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Gmail was originally founded in July 2003 as the internet services division of Gardale Solutions. When the origional co-owners of Gardale Solutions, Dale Hurwitz and Garron Kramer were considering a name for the soon to be formed ISP the name Gmail was chosen as an abbreviated version of Gardale Mail.

Gmail's initial service offering included dial-up internet access and website hosting. A few months after launching Gmail began to broaden its offerings with additional services. A facet of Gmail's stratergy was and still is to offer a broad range of high quality internet services to meet the needs of both corporate and private clients throughout South Africa.

Gmail's first office space was thanks in part to an entrepreneurial development program hosted at UCT where both of the owners were studying at the time. Since then Gmail has moved offces four times. In June 2009 Gmail proudly moved into new premises in Thorton, Cape Town.

In late 2004 Garron left for the UK where he has persued a succesful carrer in IT, specialising in Linux server administration, and lately moving into a senior IT management role. Dale acquired Garron's shares and with the help of a passionate and dedicated team has driven the business forward ever since.


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