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* Willy Govender, CEO of Bizworks, Data World and Data Matrix, has been named the CSSA KwaZulu-Natal IT Person of the Year. Govender was named the winner at an event last week, and will be included in the nominees for the National IT Person of the Year event later this year. Among his achievements are playing a key role in establishing an outsourced call centre operation, called Bizworks, in KwaZulu-Natal. Govender believes business process outsourcing, especially call centre operations, represents a major opportunity for the city of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

* Botswana Telecommunications Cooperation's CEO Vincent Seretse told Mmegi last week that the company will be upgrading its network to meet future competition. "The mobile industry has indeed taken our customers and we have felt the jolt," he said. He however added that BTC is now in the process of rolling out a plan to ensure a clear fibre optic network infrastructure to cover the whole country. By 2006 we should be able to compete with anybody in the industry,he said. In terms of projects, he said BTC has already completed the fibre link between the southern and eastern corridor (between Gaborone and Francistown) and are looking to complete the other linkages to Lobatse, Kanye, Mamuno, Gantsi and Orapa. Once these are complete the whole country will be using a fibre network,? he said. He added that they have also completed their digital link with Zimbabwe and are only awaiting a connection from the Zimbabwe side. He said the completion of these P200 million projects would result in an efficient and reliable network because the fibre network compared to the old top-end system has infinite capacity thus cutting out on the problem of congested lines.

* On the move: Yaw Osei Amoako has left VOiP carrier, ITXC, recently taken over by Canadian international carrier Teleglobe.

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