Antonie Roux, CEO of Naspers’ Internet operations and Naspers subsidiary MIH Group, which is the co-owner of Ibibo, passed away on Sunday following a cancer surgery, reports Fin24. He was 54.

Antonie Roux had joined the Naspers group in 1979 as a junior technician and was one of the founding members of Naspers’ subscription-funded television channel M-Net in 1985. The channel currently offers a mixture of general entertainment, children’s programmes, sports and movies created locally as well as licensed from overseas content providers. M-Net also offers a subscription-based Web TV service called KuduClub.

In 1997, Roux was appointed as the CEO of M-Web South Africa, owned by Naspers subsidiary, Multichoice South Africa and is apparently South Africa’s second largest Internet Service Provider having 350,000 subscribers as of March 2011. M-Web currently offers Internet connectivity and solutions for home users, business owners and large corporates through MWEB Consumer and MWEB Business divisions.

In 2002, Roux was appointed as the CEO of Naspers Internet operations. Naspers Internet currently manages or has a significant stake in various Internet companies including Ibibo, Gadu-Gadu, Mocality, OLX,  PayU, and Nimbuzz among others. Following this, he was appointed as the CEO of MIH group in April 2011.