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Benjamin Mophatlane, Business Connexion (BCX) CEO, was injured in a car accident last night.

While details are sketchy, Mophatlane did not sustain any critical injuries and chairman Tony Ruiters hopes he will be able to return to work in a few weeks' time. The directors and staff wish him a speedy recovery.

At this stage, it is not know where the accident occurred, or the precise nature of Mophatlane's injuries.

“In the interim, we ask that everyone will respect the privacy of the Mophatlane family,” says Ruiters.

Mophatlane was appointed to the company's board in February 2004 and was one of the founders, along with his twin brother Isaac, of Software Connection in 1996, which subsequently merged with Seattle Solutions, in 2001, to form Business Connection.

He was MD of the merged entity until it again merged with Comparex Africa, in 2004, when he was appointed deputy CEO. He took over the reins when Peter Watt stepped down in 2007, after being in the position since 2003.

BCX's annual report for 2007 says Mophatlane was educated at several institutions, including Ikageng Primary School; Tsogo High School; Christian Brothers College, Kimberley; and Kingswood College, Grahamstown. He holds a BCom (Accounting) degree from the University of Pretoria.

According to Who'sWho Southern Africa, Mophatlane married Abenah-Saah Moahloli in 2003. He has one child.

Mophatlane is a member of the Black Management Forum, the Electronic Industries Federation of SA, the Black IT Forum and Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency.

He has received numerous accolades, which include the BITF Black Achiever's Award, in 1999; the CSSA/ITWeb IT Personality of the Year, in 2002; and the ICT Legend Award by the State IT Agency, in 2009.

BCX is expected to issue further details next week.

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