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* US e-learning company Skills2Learn has invested R6m in SA to tap into the demand for skills development.Chairman Frank Keery said the company had decided to open a branch in SA because there was a huge market potential here for training."Unfortunately the market has not evolved the way it should, given the massive amount of skills development that is necessary here," he said."Companies whose employees do not have skills that are competitive worldwide will have difficulty playing in the first world markets.

* Managing Director Michel Fayeaux of Côte d’Ivoire Télécom told journalist last week:"Côte d’Ivoire Télécom is ready to confront competition. But regulation must be done in a way that is clearly defined. He said that everybody could see what the companyt had done during the civil war. It had invested 300 billion FCFAs, installed fibre networks and launched 15 new products, including Fidelis. He said customers could now access a website-offered VOIP service that gave them lower cost calls.

* On the move: SA’s Telkom has appointed a chief financial officer (CFO) to replace Anthony Lewis, who returned to the US last year. Kaushik Patel, who was named acting CFO in August, has been appointed to the post on a permanent basis. Patel joined Telkom as deputy CFO in 2000, before which he served as financial director at Teba Bank from 1999 and finance executive at The African Bank from 1997...Following the recent resignation of Dan van der Westhuizen, Computer Associates (CA) has appointed Gary Lawrence to take over as the company’s SA country manager... Sun Microsystems has appointed Vito Bonafede as the new regional director for the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region...Rob Hewitt has left Ametelco to return to the UK.