Business tycoon Bredenkamp dies

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BUSINESS tycoon John Arnold Bredenkamp, pictured, has died. He was due to turn 80 in August.
He passed on yesterday morning at his Harare town house from a kidney problem.

Bredenkamp was the founder of Casalee Group of companies, a primarily leaf tobacco merchanting company. The company grew to become the fifth largest tobacco merchant in the world and the biggest non-US leaf tobacco company. It owned tobacco-processing factories in the Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Brazil.

The Casalee Group of companies was sold in 1993 to Universal Leaf Tobacco, the largest leaf tobacco company in the world.

Since then, Bredenkamp had expanded his business interests into many other different areas, mainly through the Zimbabwe-registered Breco company.

Bredenkamp was a former national team rugby captain before independence.
The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) yesterday sent a message of condolence.

“It is with a heavy and sad heart that the president of the ZRU announces the sad passing of our former Sables player and captain John Bredenkamp this morning,” the ZRU said in a statement.

“May his family and friends be comforted during this sad time. The ZRU is at a loss for words on the passing of our former skipper. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” read the message from ZRU.

Burial arrangements were yet to be announced at the time of going to print last night.

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