- Education minister Prof. Romain Murenzi has called for the promotion of science and technology to build capacity that is vital for Rwanda's development. The minister made the remarks while presiding over the official opening of the Second Annual Research Conference at the National University of Rwanda.

Murenzi said there are plans to start a masters program in water resources, agro-forestry and ICT in order to produce relevant practical research. "To modernise Rwanda, we need to have an economy and society based on ICT as an engine," he added. Participants were briefed on the need to be part of the global connectivity through modern methods like Internet to afford competitiveness in international business. Government plans to install fibre optic system in vital sectors like health in order to connect health centres and other major teaching institutions by July this year. The minister lauded Rwanda's partners in developments, including SIDA/SAREC, World Bank, ADB, Development Gateway Foundation and UNESCO.

- Vodacom has named a new chief corporate strategy officer, reporting directly to CEO Alan Knott-Craig. Nku Nyembezi-Heita will take on the role, and will be responsible for the formal strategy formulation for the shareholders and management of the Vodacom Group. She will also be closely involved in the acquisition of new cellular licences and part of her job will be to ensure the new commercial viability and success of such licences. According to the mobile operator, this role has become pivotal in the face of deregulation and convergence. Nyembezi-Heita has been mandated to ensure the adoption of appropriate strategies in order for the organisation to maintain its competitive-edge.

This is the latest in a number of appointments announced by Vodacom, including those of Romeo Kumalo as managing executive for strategic business relationships and Peter Matlare as commercial executive director.