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* MTN Nigeria announced the appointment of Ahmad Farroukh as managing director and chief executive officer. He resumed duty immediately. He took over from Sifiso Dabengwa, who has run the Nigeria operation since September 2004. Mr. Dabengwa has returned to South Africa to focus on his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

* Uganda's candidate for directorship at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has scored a first victory. The executive director at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Eng. Patrick Masambu beat two other candidates from Algeria and Morocco for the African Union endorsement. Four top posts, including the director for telecommunications development for which Masambu, 52, is contesting, are up for grabs at the ITU plenipotentiary conference slated for Turkey in November 2006.

* DataPro Group has appointed Anthony Peter van Marken to its board. Van Marken, who graduated with a BSc in computer science from the University of Cape Town in 1984, has been appointed with effect from 7 July.

* Dell SA has recently appointed Doug Downing as its enterprise brand manager. In this new role, Downing will focus on driving the enterprise offering at Dell South Africa.