* Akossi Akossi is being put forward by the Ivorian government as candidate for the Secretary-Generalship of the African Telecommunications Union at its annual meeting (26-27 August) in Abidjan. If he gets the job he will inherit an organisation that is in poor shape. It has been in arrears for several years with salaries and pension contributions and less than half of the state-owned telephone companies that make up its membership base are paid-up members. It is also having difficulty coming to terms with the new competitive world of African telecoms. Uganda Telecom can be a full member but MTN Uganda (as the SNO) can only be an associate member. Why? Africa needs a strong regional institution in this area so we wish Akossi Akossi well if he gets the job in bringing about some changes.

* SA’s CSIR’s icomtek business unit director, Sello Matsabu was killed in a car crash in Pretoria last week. Matsabu joined icomtek ­ the CSIR’s information, communications and space technology business unit ­ in September 2001. The company says he was instrumental in positioning the CSIR’s information and communications technology (ICT) capability and knowledge to be recognised on a national and regional level. He also played an active part in the ICT thrust in Nepad. He was appointed as one of the commissioners of the E-Africa Commission in 2001 and played an active part in the development of the national e-strategy, driven by the Department of Communications. Matsabu recently handled the Domain Name Authority Board appointment process successfully on behalf of the minister of communications. He was chairman of the panel that reviewed the nominations, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations to the minister regarding appointments to this board.

* Moves: Mr Posholi (formerly of the Lesotho Pharmaceutical Corporation) has replaced T Khabele as Chief Executive of the Lesotho Telecoms Authority...Thomas Lungu of Coppernet is leaving Zambia for a job in the UK...Athol Few of Zimbabwe Online left in December and has been replaced by Ashleigh Morris...Emmanuel Olekambainei ("Ole") is leaving African Connection (one of the ATU’s specialist agencies) which is closing down: it was unable to attract external funding...David Souter is leaving the Commonwealth Telecommunications Agency...Alan Findlay has left Sangonet to go freelance...NamITech Holdings Limited has announced the appointment of Adam Jones as Managing Director for the company. Jones previously held the position of Executive Director: Finance and Corporate Services.

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