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20 April 2018

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Zim tycoon wants to create 'digitally borderless Africa'

Zimbabwean business tycoon Mutumwa Mawere is in an ambitious drive to create what he calls a "digitally borderless Africa".

Last month, Mawere, who is now based in SA, started a non-profit initiative called Digital Africa Initiative together with Tapiwa Mutisi.

According to Mawere, the Digital Africa Initiative is about building a platform to connect, equip and inspire digital transformation in Africa.

"This platform will convert connections into a community in which knowledge, insights, experiences and ideas can be shared about how best to create an inclusive digital ecosystem," says Mawere.

"The target is the community of digital citizens in Africa who are predominantly fragmented although living in the same geographical space. We want to build a digitally borderless Africa."

He adds that this involves building an inventory of actors in the supply value chain focusing not only on the supply side but also the demand side, including security issues and regulatory matters. Read the full article on ITWeb here

Reshaad Sha’s stellar rise to the top

Liquid Telecom South Africa recently announced that Reshaad Sha was its new CEO.

Sha is a young CEO, and his age hides the fact that he is a highly-experienced telecoms executive who has served as a C-level executive and board member for nearly a decade.

Before joining Liquid Telecom, he was the CEO of IoT operator SqwidNet, the Chief Strategy Officer at DFA, and a director at SA Digital Villages and MCT Telecommunications.

Sha also served as the managing director at Blackbridge, and as a strategy director at Cisco’s IBSG division. Read the full article on mybroadband here.

Vodacom appoints new head of Vodacom Business

Vodacom Group has announced that it has appointed William Mzimba as chief officer for Vodacom Business with effect from 1 May 2018.

Mzimba will be responsible for Vodacom’s enterprise units in Africa and will lead a team tasked with driving digital transformation in targeted industries and markets. He will report directly to Group CEO Shameel Joosub, and will serve on both the group executive committee and the board of Vodacom SA.

The exec joins Vodacom from Accenture where he held the position of chief executive and chairman of Accenture in Africa since 2006. During this 18-year tenure, he oversaw the growth and strategy of Accenture in Africa, advised clients on their business strategies and helped transform their businesses through technology platforms.

More recently he also served as their financial services industry lead, responsible for banking and insurance business, the group said.

Mzimba will be filling the role vacated by Vuyani Jarana in October last year, when he left to join as CEO of SAA, to head the struggling airline’s turnaround strategy.

He holds an MBA, BA (Honours) in Business Studies, Management Advancement Programme (MAP) and Diploma in Datametrics and has a proven track record in leveraging technology as a business enabler to drive results, as well as implementing successful strategies in growing businesses.