Serge Belamant was born in Tulle, France in 1953 and moved to France with his family at the age of 14. While attending Highlands North High School for boys, he became fluent in English and excelled in rugby and chess. From 1970 through 1972, Serge earned several accolades, becoming house captain, head prefect and the representative of the Southern Transvaal in the South African Chess School Championship. He was also a member of science and bridge club.
Serge Belamant earned an exemption pass that allowed him to matriculate from high school in 1972 and he went on to attend the University of the Witwatersrand where he studied engineering, computer science and applied mathematics. He later completed information systems coursework through UNISA prior to receiving a job offer from Matrix, an engineering company and a division of BKSH. Belamant gained proficiency in the use of finite element analysis software while working with a variety of IBM computers. During his time at Matrix, he also developed applications on Cyber computers analyzing water levels in dams to predict future droughts.
Eager to achieve his financial goals, Serge Belamant provided support to engineers at Control Data in establishing benchmarks for a variety of technologies. His support led to an offer of employment and he officially joined the Control Data team providing application support. Belamant’s role included debugging code and operating a range of scientific packages involving linear programming and structural engineering. Serge earned the Analyst of the Year award in the capacity.
After receiving extensive training in linear and non-linear programming in order to run a COBRA system for the RSA military, Serge Belamant improved the application for RSA aptitude testing and specifications. He earned a leadership role as Head Analyst of Control Data operating systems support group and was awarded the Systems Analyst Award.
Serge Belamant created his first financial system that was scientifically driven while at Databank. He also created the VIB network. Sought after by leading companies, Balamant joined Saswitch and led the IT division where he introduced the National ATM switch in RSA connected to all RSA banks.
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