* David Meintjes has taken the decision to step down as CEO of UUNET SA, and to consult to UUNET on its corporate development strategy. His decision came as a result of taking a lifestyle choice to spend more time with his family, and sees him moving to Stellenbosch."This has not been an easy decision to take, and is in no way a reflection of the confidence I have in the future development and stability of the company," says Meintjes. "I have been with UUNET SA for seven years and have been proud to be a part of its growth from an industry and company perspective. UUNET has not only led the way in terms of infrastructure development, solution innovation, but we have also expanded our services into five African countries. I believe that UUNET will continue to remain the leading service provider in Africa, through its great people and passion for the growth of the Internet economy."

While a new CEO has not yet been appointed, Carl Roberts, chief of staff EMEA, MCI, will take overall responsibility for UUNET SA in the interim, until a successor is recruited. This decision will also give UUNET an opportunity to strengthen an already strong management team, which has over 60 years Internet experience.

MCI has recently renewed its commitment to its African operations. This confidence is founded on the strong financial health of the company and certainty in its market growth. "Having seen the benefit of being in business for the last 10 years, UUNET is well positioned to take advantage of the local market once deregulation becomes a reality, something which will continue to strengthen its ability to drive innovative solutions into Africa," concludes Meintjes.

* Djibouti’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Rifki Abdoulkader Bamakhrama has appointed Pierre Durey, General manager and Reguig Taoufik, administrative and financial Director. Durey replaces former General Manager M.Mohamed Kamil Ali.The Secretary-general of the ministry for Finances, the National Economy, in charge with Planning and Privatization, also president of the Commission of privatization, M. Mohamed Abdi Douksieh said at the ceremony of to appoint the new team that their task was to carry out "the rectification initially of this company before launching a sound possible privatization "