- Mobile phone services giant, Celtel International, has been honoured by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The company received IFC's first annual Client Leadership Award for making a significant contribution towards sustainable development. "In our book, the winner of the IFC Client Leadership Award should be a company that sets the gold standard for its peers anywhere in the world, a company that is a role model for others, regardless of sector, region, or country," said Peter Woicke, the Executive Vice President of IFC. "This year's winner, the very first winner, more than meets that test, " he added. Celtel, founded by the African entrepreneur Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, now has four million customers.
- On the move: Faritec, a South African black-empowered managed services company, today announced that Mzilikazi Ndhlovu has been appointed Enterprise business development manager for its public sector division. Ndhlovu will be responsible for promoting Faritec's brand awareness and growth within the public sector. Ndhlovu has accumulated 16 years experience in the local ICT sector. Prior to his appointment at Faritec, Ndhlovu held the position of business unit director for Synthesis Informatics, where he was responsible for implementing business plans and developing sales strategies. He has also held positions at Iocore, ICL, Oracle, Workgroup Distribution, IBM, Government Computer Bureau and Extas Computers....Brahim Fall has taken over as Director of Senegal's l‚Ecole supérieure multinationale des télécommunications (Esmt). He was formerly Director of the Institut Africain d'Informatique (IAI) in Libreville, Gabon. He replaces Idrissa Touré....Robert Valentin has left the Development Gateway Foundation (which is responsible for the Development Gateway websites) and returned to the World Bank.