Gavin Watson Biography – Gavin Watson Wiki
Gavin Watson was the founder and chief executive officer of the Bosasa group, now African Global Operations. He was a member of the well-known Port Elizabeth family who won credibility in the 1980s by joining the political resistance, at a cost to its business interests. As a result, the four Watson brothers – Dan, Valence, Ronnie and Gavin – who were born on a farm in the Eastern Cape, spoke fluent Xhosa and were raised by a preacher who taught them that everybody was equal, have always been seen as struggle giants in the Eastern Cape.
After 1994, they immersed themselves in the business of BEE. Valence and Ronnie joined the Kebble mining empire, while Gavin started Bosasa, which had a number of subsidiaries – including Sondolo IT, Phezulu Fencing and Leading Prospect Trading.
Watson has made shrewd use of his political connections in the post-1994 period, projecting Bosasa as a BEE concern and landing state contracts worth billions of rands.
The Bosasa group won government tenders to provide food and security to prisons, to feed and transport refugees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp, and to provide security at the country’s courts and airports.
In addition to the Lindela contract, won by its wholly-owned subsidiary Leading Prospect Trading 111, Bosasa Operations landed state contracts worth almost R1-billion between 2004 and 2006, three of them for the correctional services department.
In addition, an affiliated company, Bosasa Security, won a security contract from the Airports Company of South Africa, while two other affiliates, Kgwerano Asset Finance and Phezulu Fencing, won contracts worth a total of close to R600-million from the transport and correctional services departments respectively.
With President Thabo Mbeki’s political adviser, Titus Mafolo, and former Strategic Fuel Fund boss Seth Phalatse, Watson is also a shareholder in Sondolo IT, which has benefited richly from state business. In 2005 and 2006 it won three contracts from the correctional services department with a combined value of more than R700-million.
Gavin Watson Age
He was born on 12 July 1948 in Somerset East, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. He died on 26 August 2019 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. He was 71 years old.
Gavin Watson Brothers – Gavin Watson Family
The four Watson brothers are Dan Watson, Valence Watson, Ronnie Watson and Gavin Watson. Valence and Ronnie, are best known for their involvement in ANC underground structures, while Cheeky, a Springbok rugby prospect, chose to play in the townships.
Gavin Watson Death – Gavin Watson Accident
He died on Monday, 26 August 2019 in a car accident near OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Police said in a statement, “The man was driving into the airport precinct when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete pillar holding up a highway bridge. The victim was certified dead on the scene by paramedics and a case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation.”
Gavin Watson Net Worth
Information about Gavin Watson’s net worth is being updated.
Gavin Watson Nationality
He was of South African nationality.