* A change of guard has been announced at the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL). Following the voluntary retirement of Adegbuji from the services of the company as managing director/chief executive with effect from January 31, the Nigerian government has approved the appointment of Emmanuel Chukwuma Omeata as the company’s new acting managing director/ chief executive. His appointment will be reviewed when the new management contractors take over.
* Tanzanian Rama Mwikalo has registered a US patent for a router-based domain name system proxy agent using address translation. US Patent No. 6,480,508 (Mwikalo , et al. November 12, 2002) was issued to his development team at Westell Technologies in Chicago (as of Nov 12, 2002). May this be the first of many for Africa.
* Zambian ICT pioneer Regina Cammy Shakakata died at her farm from complications associated with high blood pressure. Regina was an active founding member of the Zambia Association for Research Development (ZARD). She was part of the 1985 ZARD delegation to the 3rd World Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya, where she actively promoted the appropriate use of technology for women’s development.
* David Shapshak, technology editor of the Mail & Guardian and contributing editor of GQ magazine , has been nominated the overall winner of the third annual Telkom Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Journalist of the Year Awards.
* On the move: Paul Dinsmore has been appointed CEO of WebTec, South African subscription-based software services company...Isaiah Okoth, Managing Director of AfriSpace Kenya (WorldSpace Eastern Africa) is leaving after five years. According to Okoth this "has resulted from significant differences in the management between myself and the current senior management of WorldSpace Corporation". He’s now looking for pastures new. Senegal’s Mouhamed Tidiane Seck of the Ecole Superieure Polytechnique has been made head of the Government’s Informatique Department replacing Momar Aly Ndiaye.
* Botswana’s Finance Minister Baledzi Gaolathe has announced some rescue measures for Botswana Telecommunications Corporation. These include the replacement of outstanding public debt service fund (PDSF) loans with equity and the injection of fresh cash into the corporation to rehabilitate its ageing network to ensure improved service delivery. It is expected that the measures will steer the corporation to profitabilty before its planned privatisation three years from now.