* Gateway Communications has made two senior appointments: Papa Gana Mbengue from Sonatel, and Nikki Popoola from Cable & Wireless. Papa Gana Mbengue joins Gateway as regional director in the service provider division and will be responsible for the opening of a representative office in Dakar. Nikki Popoola joins Gateway’s service provider global sales team as regional manager. She has been an international account manager at Cable & Wireless since 1999.

* Arivia.kom COO Hugo Knoetze has announced his resignation and will be leaving the company at the end of this month, having completed an extensive restructuring and realignment exercise at the IT solutions and services provider. Knoetze was headhunted to take up the position of COO at black-owned Masana Technologies, an IT outsourcing group formed in 1997 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the PEU Investment Group.

* Microsoft SA has announced Heather Third's appointment as business marketing officer for the global software company's local subsidiary. Third, who took on the leadership role in April, will focus on aligning Microsoft marketing strategy to the local market, while driving the company’s “people-ready’ business vision.

* Altx-listed company, Simeka BSG, recently appointed Brian Townsend, previously head of Software Futures, as business development director of its subsidiary company, ITQ in South Africa. Townsend has worked within the ICT industry for close on 40 years, and has held a number of board-level positions within the IT industry and worked in international markets.

* Albert Kan Dappah, the current Communications Minister of Ghana has been assigned a new portfolio as Minister of Internal Affairs.