Musa Myeni

TeleMasters announces two new acquisitions, grows scope and shareholder value

JSE listed company TeleMasters Holdings Ltd. (TLM), a licenced communication service provider in the South African market, has acquired a 100% shareholding in two local ICT companies, broadening its scope and enhancing shareholder value.

Following the announcement last week that TeleMasters had acquired a 25% stake in data centre specialists ConexLink, the company has now acquired 100% of specialist networking systems integrator PerfectWorx Consulting (Pty) Ltd, and specialist wholesale voice platform provider Contineo Virtual Communications (Pty) Ltd, pending regulatory approval.

PerfectWorx Consulting, launched in 2007, is a networking systems integrator specialising in next generation IP technologies. The company is currently stepping up its partnerships and is expected to deliver growth.  

Contineo Virtual Communications is a leading provider of wholesale cloud communications in South Africa, offering complete unified communications and enterprise grade collaboration tools that address local market data sovereignty and privacy concerns. The company’s wholesale voice platform is enjoying solid growth, and supports a new flagship Unified Communications offering expected to see strong uptake amid the pivot to remote work.

Contineo and Perfectworx have been suppliers to TeleMasters since 2010, and in recent years, they have played a key role in assisting TeleMasters to roll out its complete digital solutions offering to its customers.

TeleMasters CEO Jaco Voigt says the acquired companies will retain their branding and continue to operate as independent entities. The TeleMasters Group structure now consists of the following operational entities: Catalytic Connections (Pty) Ltd, Contineo Virtual Communications (Pty) Ltd, PerfectWorx Consulting (Pty) Ltd and ConexLink (Pty) Ltd. The integration of the new businesses into the TeleMasters Holdings group delivers new opportunities to offer expanded and integrated solutions, and allows TeleMasters shareholders to benefit from a wider portfolio.

“TeleMasters is increasing its focus on both shareholder and customer value, so we are growing our portfolio into high demand sectors,” says Voigt. “In line with a changing local and global market, TeleMasters has evolved beyond its initial focus on voice communications, into a broader ICT, infrastructure, cloud and data centre provider. Technology has evolved and converged, and no business can afford to be a one dimensional service provider. We have a renewed and active strategy to grow our portfolio to enable multi-dimensional communications and ICT services and solutions.”

“The TeleMasters Board is of the opinion that the acquisition of these key suppliers will secure the company’s ability to continue to provide a unified and competitive product offering to its customers,” he says.

TeleMasters Holdings acquires 25% shareholding in ConexLink

Growth move delivers new enterprise grade, carrier neutral disaster recovery facility in Gauteng
JSE listed company TeleMasters Holdings Ltd. (TLM), a licenced communication service provider in the South African market, has announced the acquisition of a 25% stake in data centre specialists ConexLink.
The acquisition by TeleMasters Holdings Ltd, will coae into effect on June 1st 2020.
ConexLink, a new carrier neutral and vendor neutral facility outside Pretoria, brings to Gauteng an carrier grade disaster recovery centre that ticks all the boxes for physical security and georedundancy, says TeleMasters CEO Jaco Voigt.  Agreements have been concluded with a number of leading fibre providers who now have nodes in place at the facility, to support enterprises that must comply with the most stringent disaster recovery requirements.
“The acquisition of the 25% stake in ConexLink is complementary to the strategic vision we have for our Catalytic business. It allows us to provide additional options to our customers, and also exposes the group to larger enterprise opportunities,” he says.
Although the acquisition had been part of TeleMasters Holdings’ growth plans for the past year, Voigt says the current environment makes the move a timeous one. “There is now a lot of focus at board level on risk management and risk containment, with backup and business continuity a top priority. So our acquisition positions us to support these enterprises as they review their disaster recovery strategies to strengthen redundancy and compliance,” he says.
TeleMasters Holdings is set to make further announcements on strategic acquisitions and partnerships within the next few months.

“For the past 18 months, we have been running an operational optimisation exercise, and we are now poised for growth. We believe the current environment will present us with significant opportunities to expand on our growth strategy,” Voigt says.