Mabutho, aged 47, died on 24 August in Cape Town, South Africa, after a brief illness.
SOL Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Managing Director, Mr. Jenkins Alumona, described the news of Mabutho’s death as shattering one for MultiChoice Nigeria, his immediate family and the marketing communications industry.
Alumona described Mabutho as not just a top-tier professional, but a friend and brother to everyone privileged to interact with him.
“While we are slowly adjusting to the truth of his departure from this side of existence, it still feels very strange to speak about Martin in past tense.
“He was more than a work partner; he was a brother and friend, who was fond of us and we were fond of him. He was the definition of brother and friend. He had energy, empathy and warmth in spades. He had wit, plenty of it,” said Alumona.
“These attributes of brilliance and humaneness will be missed by MultiChoice Nigeria where he left huge footprints. Our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family as well as the management and staff of MultiChoice Nigeria at this difficult period. My beloved brother, Martin, may you find eternal bliss,” said Alumona.
Mabutho joined MultiChoice Botswana as a Customer Service Supervisor in 1999, rising to the position of Brand Manager, M-net, in 2003.
He led the Marketing and Sales effort for DStv Mobile in sub-Saharan Africa before his appointment as MultiChoice Nigeria’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing in 2013.
In 2018, he was appointed Chief Customer Officer, with responsibility for driving MultiChoice Nigeria’s customer group strategy covering customer value management, sales, marketing, customer experience and care.
Mabutho was survived by aged parents, his wife Thato and four children.
SOL Group comprises Strategic Outcomes Limited, SOL PR, Flykite Productions, Ragital and Platinum Crest Limited.
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