Ronnie Apteker

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Ronnie Apteker (born 1967) is a South African internet pioneer, writer and film producer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Apteker was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and attended high school and University of the Witwatersrand,[2] from where he graduated Cum Laude with an M.Sc in Computer Science.

Business career[edit]

In 1993 Apteker co-founded Internet Solutions, South Africa's first Internet service Provider (ISP) in 1993. With thousands of employees, it became one of the country's most successful post-apartheid businesses,[3] winning numerous technology awards.[4][5] Apteker has written a number of papers, published both locally and internationally. In February 1994, he presented a paper in San Jose, California, on Distributed Multimedia to the International Society for Optical Engineering. This paper was subsequently published in the SPIE/IEEE Proceedings.[6]

In 2002, Apteker sponsored and produced the successful Laugh Out Loud fundraiser, South Africa's largest stand-up comedy TV show which raised half a million Rand for the Reach for a Dream foundation.

Apteker is also a partner in the video games company Room 8 Studio, which developed games such as Piano City and Cyto's Puzzle Adventure.

Apteker's latest online experiment is the business self-help portal

In September 2016, Apteker became a bird man and teamed up with

As a recognized business leader[7] and speaker he has appeared at the Discovery Leadership alongside others such as Sir Richard Branson, Tony Blair and Al Gore[8]

Vaya at TIFF in 2016


  • Ronnie Apteker's Funny Business: the Secrets of an Accidental Entrepreneur, Zebra Press, 2010
  • Do You Love IT in the Morning?, Apteker, Ronnie & Ord, Jeremy, Media Africa & the Publishing Partnership, 1999
  • Trading Spaces: Exploring Internet Solutions, Apteker, Ronnie, Intelligence Publishing, 1996

Film Production[edit]

Since 2000, Apteker has been one of the leading independent film producers in South Africa. His films include Material,[9] Tell Me Sweet Something[10] and Cold Harbour.[11] Etc. etc.[12] Despite critical and popular acclaim within South Africa, some of the films have failed to find the wider international acclaim that many feel they deserve.[13][14] Apteker's involvement in the South African comedy club scene has led to several comedians appearing in his films, most notably Riaad Moosa, Joey Rasdien and Vincent Ebrahim from the BBC's The Kumars at No. 42 who appeared in the film Material.

  • 2018 He Who Is Without Sin (executive producer)
  • 2017 Catching Feelings (producer)
  • 2016 Vaya (producer)
  • 2016 Beyond The River (producer)
  • 2015 Tell Me Sweet Something (producer)
  • 2015 Tiger House (producer)
  • 2013 Cold Harbour (producer)
  • 2013 Nothing for Mahala (executive producer)
  • 2012 Sleeper's Wake (executive producer)
  • 2012 Material (producer)
  • 2008 Reeker 2 (executive producer)
  • 2008 Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (executive producer)
  • 2007 Footskating 101 (producer)
  • 2005 Out on a Limb (executive producer)
  • 2005 Crazy Monkey presents...Straight Outta Benoni (producer)
  • 2005 The Flyer (executive producer)
  • 2005 Reeker (executive producer)
  • 2003 Laugh Out Loud (TV Movie) (executive producer)
  • 2002 Purpose (producer - as Ronen Apteker)


  1. ^ "Ronnie Apteker". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Ronen Apteker | Who's Who SA". Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  3. ^ Policy Choices for a Connected World US Department of State presentation, 13 November 2014
  4. ^ "Internet Solutions - Blog". Internet Solutions. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Awards Category Archives - Connect". Connect. Retrieved 2017-11-17. 
  6. ^ SPIE Proceedings 1994.
  7. ^ "Ten African Internet Millionaires to Watch", Forbes magazine, 6 August 2013
  8. ^ Leadership Summit speakers
  9. ^ Charalambous, Styli (23 February 2012). "The Entrepreneur Chronicles: Q&A with Ronnie Apteker". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Blaine, Sue. Review: Tell me Sweet Something Business Day, 14 September 2015
  11. ^ Muller, Stuart. "Cold Harbour Gets Moody About Corruption", 22 July 2014
  12. ^ van Schalwyk, Karen "SA film industry going ‘up and up’" Mail & Guardian, 8 March 2013
  13. ^ The Strand arts programme Material: popular in South Africa but struggling for wider release, BBC World Service, 6 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Can SA's Film Industry", Financial Mail, 4 July 2012