About Us

Get the Latest Technology With None of the Headache

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OptiNet has extensive experience in technology services for digital media, including print, online, e-commerce, video and content distribution.

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We started as a connectivity, hosting and content delivery network provider and our journey has naturally evolved to provide a full suite of managed services.

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Our specialised IT solutions use standard global platforms to help our clients realise the benefits of working in a cloud-based, hyperconnected world.

Our Team

Meet the Specialists Behind OptiNet

Sereshan Gopaul
Executive Head

Sereshan Gopaul

An expert in digital strategy value chains from his years of working for the Naspers group, Sereshan has experience in strategy, acquisitions, due diligence, business development and business management. He has held various positions in auditing, finance and operations during his career. Sereshan is a chartered accountant with a BComm (Financial Accounting) and postgraduate diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town. He has also completed a course in general management with Harvard Executive Education.

Head of Business Development

André Retief

Part of the executive team who diversified Naspers into a formidable group of online entities, André has worked in countries across the globe. His experience lies in IT operations and engineering, software development, executive management and business development in the telecoms, internet and media industries. André holds a BSc (Engineering) from the University of Cape Town, a Diploma in Business Leadership from the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Strategic Business Management from Harvard Business School.

André Retief
Francois Roets
Technical Account Manager

Francois Roets

Francois worked for a number of small companies before joining Media24, in 2000, where his career progressed amid various changes to the organisation. He now combines his technical know-how with an understanding of clients’ expectations and needs to ensure the best results for both parties. Francois holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.

General Manager: Operations

Jaco Muller

Jaco has many years’ experience in managing infrastructure and operations teams who plan, deploy and maintain technical infrastructure for service providers. He is responsible for OptiNet’s core and access networks, security, cloud infrastructure, applications support, cloud strategy and architecture. After graduating from the University of Pretoria with a BComm Informatics degree, Jaco started his career as a desktop technician at Multichoice in 1996. From there he gained experience in systems and networking technology and became responsible for planning and building the ISP network for MWEB. Today he is responsible for the cloud and infrastructure operations for Optinet.

Jaco Muller
Rodger Matthee
General Manager: Planning and Service Delivery

Rodger Matthee

Rodger has worked in the IT industry for many years and held various IT executive leadership roles at Chevron Corporation and Novus Holdings (formerly Paarl Media) before taking on the responsibility for operational support activities, client service delivery and project implementations at OptiNet. Rodger holds a Diploma in Management from Stellenbosch Business School and Executive Influence and CIO Leadership certifications from Stanford University and the University of Berkley respectively.

Head of Finance, Commercial and Compliance

Fatima Essa

Fatima started her career as a research scientist in the agricultural sector, then changed direction and studied to become a Chartered Accountant. She was the Corporate Finance Manager for MWEB before joining OptiNet, where she now oversees financial reporting, compliance and commercial agreements. Fatima holds a master’s degree in molecular genetics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an honours degree in accounting from the University of Cape Town. She is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Fatima Essa