Matlare was a pillar of strength and consummate professional, says family

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Peter Matlare’s relatives have described the late Deputy CEO of Absa as a pillar of strength around whom the family connected.

Matlare succumbed to COVID19-related complications on Sunday.

“Family was a cornerstone of Peter’s life. He used his talent and passion for cooking to regularly gather the family for Sunday lunches, and maintain deep connections in the family.  His support for family, friends and colleagues has left a lasting legacy,” his family says in a statement confirming his passing.

The Matlares describe the 61-year-old as a consummate professional, who made an immense contribution to business in South Africa and across the African continent.

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The family says he believed deeply in the potential of Africa and was passionate about transforming businesses.

“He also created opportunities for dozens of young managers and professionals to expand their horizons in the businesses he led,” the family says.

Matlare has held senior positions in the corporate world, including at the SABC, Tiger Brands and Vodacom.

Former SABC Executive, Thami Ntenteni, describes him as a leader who left an indelible mark on all companies he led.

“The period at which Matlare was the group CEO of the SABC, that was a time when the SABC was at its highest level of performance. He did not demand of others that which he did not put himself through. Peter occupied a number of senior positions in various companies and I think those companies still hold him in high esteem because of the quality of leadership that Peter brought in every organisation that he worked for,” says Ntenteni.

Ntenteni’s tribute in the video below:

Other South Africans have also taken to social media to pay tribute to the late business executive.