* A sign of the times. Swaziland’s King Mswati reportedly sacked his now former Prime Minister, Sibusiso Dlamini last year via an SMS, according to recent revelations by members of Parliament. Attorney General Phesheya Dlamini, reportedly acting on instructions from the King, sent Dlamini an SMS message in September informing him he was being replaced as part of a wider government shake-up ahead of parliamentary elections.
* Vodacom has named the 14 people in its senior management team in Vodacom Nigeria. The board has approved the appointment of Willem Swart, as the new Chief Executive Officer of Vodacom Nigeria. Swart was formerly the Managing Director of Vodacom Congo. Also approved is the appointment of Boye Olusanya as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Olusanya was Acting CEO of the company until the execution of the five-year Management Service Agreement, signed on April 1.
Other top management appointments announced in the company include, Kevin Carliell, Chief Finance officer, Tunde Oyewole, Chief Legal Officer, Lawrie Golding, Chief Marketing Officer, Karl Toriola, Chief Regional Officer, Kemal Okudo, Acting Chief Logistics and Security Officer, Akin Braithwaite, Acting Chief Customer Care Officer, J. P. Snijders, Acting Chief Regulatory Officer, Chris Bezuidenhout, Chief Human Resources Officer. J.J. Botha, Chief Sales Officer Henry Stephan, Chief Operations Officer Frikkie Vermeulen, Chief Engineering Officer John Ayoh, Chief Information Service Officer Jayson Connecher, Chief Billing Officer.
* AfriNIC’s Board Election Committee has the following members: Alain Aina (Benin); Jacob Mtui (Tanzania); Raúl Echeberría (from the NRO’s EC) and Adiel Akplogan (AfriNIC PM).
* Dave Meintjes, formerly of UUNet is now playing the role of COO of Korbitec, a software development company.
* Samsung Electronics has appointed a country manager for Nigeria, Emeka Nkpa, a Nigerian with several years of experience in Nigeria and from the United Kingdom. Nkpa, who originally trained as Pharmacist from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife has worked with Vodafone and T-Mobile in the UK He also once worked with Zinox as Regional Manager in Port Harcourt.