In 1953 Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France. During the age of 14, his family emigrated to South Africa and during the transition between continents Serge had to learn to read and write English. Once he mastered the language, Serge was enrolled in Highlands North Boys’ High School in Johannesburg. Visit https://people.equilar.com/bio/serge-belamant-net–/salary/90428

Serge Belamant was a sociable but bright student. He excelled at rugby. In 1970 Serge was the house captain for the bridge and science clubs. As he was awarded Victor Ludorum in 1971. In 1972 he was named Head Prefect and Serge came in sixth place in chess school championships.

When Serge first attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg he was studying engineering. In his second year, he switched to computer science and applied mathematics. In his third year, he transferred to the University of South Africa and studied information systems. He never finished his degree.

Serge Belamant was offered a job at Matrix. He began work in the company’s GKSH division and while working with software he developed the first applications to analyze dams throughout the RSA, based on optimal water levels to prevent and predict droughts.

Serge continued creating complex models for the CSIR. He was put in charge of the computer section where his methods made a breakthrough in digital mapping and creating graphic interfaces for the road planning project. Later, while working for Control Data as head of their ESKOM division, he developed the first scientifically based financial system.

Serge Belamant’s biggest success happened as head of SASWITCH’s IT division. They were owned by the RSA banks and the systems running on a Christian Rovsing that couldn’t handle real-time switching. In the ’80s after world-wide sanctions on RSA Serge secured European computers and pioneered the idea of switching the communications’ protocol of the banks.

Serge Belamant created the first RSA POS system running it on an X.25 network. In October 1989 he founded Net1 Technologies. After frivolous lawsuits, Serge had to step down as CEO and Chairman of Net1 in 2017. There was no wrongdoing by him and in London 2018 Serge founded Zilch Technology Limited.

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