Article Title: Serge Belamant: “A Modern Day Henry Ford”

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475 kilometers south of Paris, Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France in 1953. For his primary schooling, Belamant traveled to South Africa and attended “The Highlands North High School for Boys.” It was in highschool where Serge Belamant first learned to speak and write English, along with flourish as a student-athlete playing Rugby and Chess. In fact Serge Belamant was awarded Victor Ludorum for two consecutive years in 1970-1971. One year later, Belamant would go on to represent Southern Transvaal in a national chess championship. While Belamant did not win this tournament in 1972, he did place sixth, and matriculated out of high school that same year. Visit

After highschool Serge Belamant studied at Witwatersrand University and The University of South Africa. First studying engineering and computer systems, Belamant decided to discontinue those pathways and begin taking third year courses in information systems. However, this change in majors would have required him to retake courses he previously passed. Because of this, Serge Belamant never earned a college degree.

Belamant began working at Matrix as a civil engineer. He started working with IBM computers data analysis and special applications to measure the water levels in South African dams. These programs not only helped predict future droughts in the region but were also laid the foundation that taught Belamant statistical methods, graphics interfaces, digital mapping, and road network analysis. To make ends meet, Belamant also held a plethora of side jobs that were in the same industry and helped him further a career in computer systems and engineering.

After leaving Matrix, Belamant spent a short stint of time creating the SASWITCH System, After that venture, Belamant founded Net1 and was hired by Visa to develop The Chip Offline Pre-Authorized Card. Net1 continued its expansion with Belamant and made payments more secure for the average person,”an achievement equal to Henry Ford” one reporter stated. Belamant left his post as CEO in 2017 to co-found Zilch Technology Limited with his son. Zilch has revolutionized the banking yet again with cryptocurrencies that are more secure than ever. Read more on

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