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* On the move: Xerox International Group has appointed Ben Gale as general manager sales and marketing for the company's operations across 67 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this assignment, Gale was Xerox Turkey sales director where he accelerated growth in the printer business by 300% and in paper and supplies by 80%. In an 11-year career with Xerox, Gale first worked with Xerox UK, in roles covering production printing and graphic arts, as well as facilities management. Gale holds a master's degree in information technology from Manchester University, UK, and is a graduate of the Xerox 'Leading for the Future' programme.

* The search for SA's top IT personalities is approaching its final stage. The winners of the IT Leadership and IT Personality of the Year awards will be announced at the CSSA Annual President's Awards Dinner next week. The finalists are Ken Jarvis, CIO of SARS; Stafford Masie, MD of Novell SA; Mthunzi Mdwaba, executive chairman of Torque IT; Nirvesh Sooful, CIO of the City of Cape Town; and brothers Nkosinathi and Lucky Khumalo, respectively the CEO and chief operations director of Mthombo-IT. The Computer Society of SA (CSSA) awards are run in association with ITWeb and Meta Group South Africa. Last year, the winner was Dali Mpofu, group executive director of corporate affairs at Altron and chairman of the ICT empowerment charter working group.