MTN appoints new CEO

first_imgRay Maota The Ayoba marketing campaign was used by MTN for the summer of 2009/2010 in South Africa. (Image: Flickr) The newly appointed CEO and president of MTN, Sifiso Dabengwa, will commence his duties in April 2011. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Maphamola Lebelo MTN Group Communications +27 83 212 9918 RELATED ARTICLES • Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal • Eskom build programme powers ahead • MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme • Telkom mobile to launch soonOn 20 December African telecommunications giant MTN announced the appointment of its new CEO and president, Sifiso Dabengwa, who will commence his duties from April 2011. Dabengwa replaces outgoing CEO Phuthuma Nhleko, who leaves in March 2011 after nine years at the helm.Dabengwa is the current group chief operating officer, a position which will soon be replaced with that of chief executive of its international operations.“Given the strong growth and development of MTN International (MTNI), it has been decided to abolish the position of COO and instead to appoint a CEO for the company to focus more intensely on opportunities,” said MTN in a statement.The incoming CEOSifiso Dabengwa is an engineering graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and was chief operating officer of MTN Group and chief executive officer of MTN Nigeria – simultaneously – before his new appointment. He holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and was also head of power utility Eskom’s distribution division, where he controlled a multibillion-rand budget before joining MTN in 1999.He started his career at MTN as MD of the group’s South African operations. In 2004 he assumed his two concurrent positions, with the goal of overseeing growth and consolidation into Nigeria’s mobile market.He has worked closely with Nhleko since returning to South Africa in 2006 and according to analysts his appointment was widely expected, as this would provide continuity for the company.Telecoms analyst Spiwe Chireka said: “Whoever would take over from Phuthuma Nhleko would definitely need to have the African experience as their first strong point.”“He’s been with Phuthuma for a while and so far MTN’s vision and strategy have worked well and you want someone who can continue with that,” added Chireka.However, analysts have also expressed caution. Fund manager Pallavi Ambekar warned that Dabengwa will be faced with the same challenges as Nhleko – these include regulatory problems and increased competition in major markets.Ambekar said: “The focus on capex and cost efficiency and continued focus on growing key markets are expected to be some of the priorities.”The outgoing CEOPhuthuma Nhleko is also chairman and a founding member of Worldwide African Investment Holdings, an investment company with interests in the petroleum, telecommunications and IT industries.Nhleko holds a BSc from the University of Ohio State and an MBA in finance from the University of Atlanta.He holds directorships in a number of major companies including Johnnic Holdings; Nedbank Group; Old Mutual SA; Network Communications Solutions; Nixia Trading; Worldwide Capital and Commerce One.Nhleko wanted to leave MTN on a high note – in 2010 the company attempted to buy Egyptian operator Orascom and to clinch a deal with India’s Bharti Airtel but both deals fell through.Although Nhleko did not seal those two deals, his tenure at MTN was a success and he will now take up the position of group non-executive chairman.Multinational mobile networkMTN is a telecoms company operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.It is the second largest mobile network in South Africa and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The group has 134.4-million subscribers across its territories.MTN operates in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.In South Africa, the telecoms company supports football; cycling; cricket; music and beauty pageants. It sponsors local football teams Golden Arrows, Ajax Cape Town and Black Leopards. It’s the sponsor of one of South Africa’s largest cycling clubs, Club 100. In terms of music, it hosts one of the country’s biggest music events, the MTN South African Music Awards. In 2010 it hosted the premier Crowning Miss Soweto beauty pageant.last_img read more

Three women tell of their triumph

first_imgGiving up is not an option for Siphiwe Mazoro, a single mother from Zimbabwe.August in South Africa is Women’s Month. It is a time to reflect on how far the country has come in terms of equality, and how far it still has to go. Women’s Day, on 9 August, is held to commemorate the Women’s March in protest against the pass laws.On 9 August 1956, more than 20 000 South African women of all races staged a march on the Union Buildings to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, commonly referred to as the “pass laws”. The march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams.To mark the occasion, three women from varying backgrounds speak about their lives to show their resilience: Siphiwe Mazoro from Zimbabwe; Ivy Kgowa from Tembisa; and Nelly Tshabalala from KwaZulu-Natal.SURVIVING ABUSEMazoro, a hairdresser at a salon Hillbrow in downtown Johannesburg, came to South Africa in 2014 in search of greener pastures following her divorce from an abusive husband.“I had to leave,” she said. “It was getting too dangerous for me and my children. I packed up and left my three kids with my mom and headed for South Africa to get a new lease on life.”Mazoro had learned to work with hair as a young girl, when she did her friends’ and family’s hair. This ability has given her a means of earning a living in South Africa.“I left school after Grade 11 and this skill is what I use to put food on my family’s table,” said Mazoro.Mazoro wants to let women know that giving up is never the option as a mother.“As women, we are able to handle things men could never handle. We just need to keep going over the hurdles life throws because as women and mothers it’s not about us but about the people who look at us for inspiration – our children,” she said.She was working towards having her own salon soon, as she had a passion for hairdressing, said the Zimbabwean immigrant.GRANT MONEY NOT ENOUGHIvy Kgowa believes in not sitting around as a mother but going out there to find opportunities.Kgowa, a 35-year-old from Tembisa, is originally from Bochum in Limpopo, and is a mother of two. She is interning at the Department of Education in Braamfontein, in Johannesburg.“I am an intern here at the Department of Education and I live with my mother and kids. It is difficult having kids and not being able to support them,” she said.“As a single mother I know the grant money does not go far and I want to do better for my children.”Her drive comes from not wanting to depend on grants, Kgowa explained. “I want to wake up as a mother and go do well for my kids. That is my inspiration.”Kgowa’s message to women is to not just sit and mope.“Read more and go out in search of those opportunities that will give you a better life. We are not our circumstances.”FROM SWEET SELLER TO TEACHERTshabalala left KwaZulu-Natal in 1999 and came to Johannesburg in search of a better future.With three children to raise, she opened a public phone booth, where she also sold sweets and cigarettes.“I had to put food on the table while also studying for my diploma in teaching. How I survived it, I don’t know,” she said.Tshabalala was able to put her two older children through school before she became a qualified teacher, which she regards as her greatest achievement.“If I had relied only on government help I would not be where I am today. Your circumstances should not define you. We are women; we know how to bare pain and show resilience. Happy Women’s Month,” she said.last_img read more

Enough is Enough – 365 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

first_imgBy Thandi Vivian Tobias, Brand South Africa’s Chairperson of the BoardAs we come to the end of observing 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, we spare a thought for all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. This has become a pandemic in our country, with women dying daily at the hands of men. It is an issue that needs to be consistently addressed for 365 days of the year.The annual commemoration stems from the United Nations campaign which takes place from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The United Nations identifies violence against women as a problem that transcends racial, cultural, religious, geographical and economic borders. This year’s theme for 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children is Enough is Enough – 356 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and Femicide. Violence of any kind is unacceptable, especially violence towards unfortified segments of society like women and children.We are all affected by the scourge that plagues our country, whether directly or indirectly and so; all South Africans have a responsibility to play their part and take a stand. Enough is enough.In raising awareness on issues of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, we cannot turn a blind eye to the very violent and brutal war underway against the women of South Africa. Earlier this year at a joint sitting of parliament on the scourge of violence in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Regardless of where we stand across the political divide, each of us here recognises the reality that we are confronting a crisis of violence and intolerance. We have to act now before anger, hopelessness and despair engulfs our country.Let us to come together to signify the magnitude of the challenge we face, and the importance that our Parliament should attach to it. Confronted with this daily, the women of our country are demanding that we should have a ‘state of emergency’ which may go a long way in enabling us to deal more effectively with the scourge.”To echo the President’s sentiments, Brand South Africa pleads with communities across the country to continue to play their part by unwaveringly calling out and reporting abusers, supporting victims and educating community members. The President has also called for harsher sentences for perpetrators and this has been witnessed with the recent arrests and sentencing of Luyanda Botha and Nicholas Ninow to mention a few.South Africa can no longer afford to be seen as one of the most violent and dangerous countries for women and children. This is against our values of Ubuntu. Our focus is on positioning the brand of South Africa to be seen in a positive light and incidents on gender based violence take away from this focus.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Federations cannot dictate terms anymore, says S Kannan

first_imgLike a jumbo jet waiting for clearance from an air traffic control tower before take-off, several sporting teams had to endure tense moments before getting the final nod for the Incheon Asian Games.If there is joy and celebration for some sporting federations today, there is agony and anguish as well for those who missed the flight.Clear cut cases like shooting, hockey, archery, badminton, squash and track and field did not have to worry, even as last minute adjustments were being made. As of Saturday evening, the size of the Indian contingent had swelled to 692, with some more support staff getting clearance at the eleventh hour.If you think this will be the final number, do not be surprised as some federations and the Indian Olympic Association are trying to “accommodate” some more delegates even if they have to pay for it.Nobody minds going to the party, even if you have to pay for it – that’s the mantra for the sporting fraternity in India. In fact, some federations like ten pin bowling, rugby, fencing, modern pentathlon, soft tennis, triathlon and beach volleyball are weeping how they spent so much money trying to build teams for winning medals in Incheon!Sania Mirza has given priority to representing the country even though she will lose a lot of points on the WTA circuit.You have to take these comments with a pinch of salt, as everyone knows these sports surface once every four years when a multi discipline extravaganza comes up.If you talk of serious disciplines in which India competes at the Asiad, the sports ministry has given them full finding. Be it training camps, exposure tours, hiring foreign coaches and providing food supplements and so on, most Indian athletes owe it to the Government of India.advertisementTake the shooters for example. This being an expensive sport, all the ammunition and ranges, foreign training and weapon procurement comes due to government help.Yet, when it comes to rubbishing the government, so many national sports bodies take the lead. On the other hand, if you talk about the Indian Olympic Association, essentially a post office for forwarding entries, its contribution to Indian sport is zero.The way the International Olympic Committee suspended India from the Olympic Movement for close to a year before the IOA got readmitted, it was a lesson in governance.This is not the end of the mess. Take the boxing and archery federations at home. Even though the boxers and archers continue to win laurels for the country, their federations are a total shambles.To some extent, if the government is being blamed now for clearing an undeserving sport, it has to be football. Gone are the days when Indian football had depth and won two Asiad gold medals in 1951 and 1962.The new generation of Indian footballers has no class. If hiring a foreign coach was seen as a mantra for success, it has failed. Once the Asian Games campaign is over, it will be pack up time for Wim Koevermans, who has done little to raise the stature of Indian football.Everyone knows why the football team got cleared – AIFF boss Praful Patel is a smart politician and lobbied hard. Just imagine, the men’s and women’s football teams were in China playing friendly matches and then headed to Incheon.The amount of money spent on 50 players, coaches and support staff for over a fortnight would run into a huge sum. And the best part is, even if the government had not cleared them, they were ready to pay!To be sure, the debate over whether sporting federations should be allowed to ‘pay and proceed’ for mega events can be debated at length. However much the IOA talks of government interference, the fact is without the sports ministry, everything is a mess.Gone are the days when Indian teams went abroad to compete in the spirit of the game. As a sporting nation, we have grown and medals can come from a variety of disciplines. The way the government funded the training of athletes for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, followed by the Asian Games and then the 2012 London Olympics was praiseworthy.There has been a change in the central government this summer. Today, if the Prime Minister’s office has also come into the picture for clearing teams for the Asiad, so you can well imagine what pressure federations exert on SAI and the government babus!Sania Mirza, who has never said no to national duty, is also on board for the Asian Games. This highlights how a professional tennis player is willing to give priority to representing the country even though she stands to lose a lot on the WTA circuit. And for all those who said no to national duty this time, there should be an alert from their national sports federations. At the same time, we cannot have another situation like the All India Tennis Association actually supporting recalcitrant players just because it has petty differences with the [email protected]last_img read more

Agriculture dept initiates steps for yearround training to farmers

first_imgKolkata: Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s direction, the state Agriculture department has initiated all necessary steps to ensure round-the-year training programmes for farmers at Mati Tirtha in Burdwan.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, will be visiting Mati Tirtha on June 24, to take a stock of the situation and would discuss the issues related to it with the concerned officials.It may be mentioned that Mati Tirtha in Burdwan is the permanent venue of Mati Utsav that takes place every year in January. The Chief Minister felicitates successful farmers from different parts of the state in the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMati Tirtha is spread over a large area as the Chief Minister had directed to take necessary steps so that seminars, programmes and symposiums related to agriculture and its allied departments can be held at the place.The requirement of organising such programmes was felt, in ensuring that farmers keep getting regular updates and can implement the same while carrying out agricultural activities.With the initiative taken by the state government, a team comprising senior officials of the Agriculture department visited Mati Tirtha on June 13. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey have prepared a report and there was detailed discussion to ensure presence of all sorts of infrastructure at Mati Tirtha, which is necessary to carry out round-the-year training of farmers.Sources said that some other departments can also organise training programmes at Mati Tirtha and they have also been approached.The state government has witnessed massive development in the agriculture sector in the past seven years, with several steps taken by Mamata Banerjee after coming to power in 2011. The steps have ensured a growth in production of paddy and at the same time, the area for cultivation of crops has also been increased.Innovations have also taken place in this sector, with research stations under the state Agriculture department working on different aspects of the sector.The state Agriculture department often organises programmes to aware farmers about new techniques and schemes. Now, the step has been taken up for their round-the-year training at Mati Tirtha. Farmers will be immensely benefitted with initiation of the same.It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee had initiated the Mati Utsav to celebrate the success of farmers in the state and at the beginning, it used to take place at Panagarh and later it was shifted to its permanent venue at Mati Tirtha.last_img read more

3 Confusing Windows 8 Features Explained

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now min read Enroll Now for Free 1. Problem: There’s no Start button. One of the most bizarre features of Windows 8 is the lack of the Start button and menu in the lower left of the screen. Instead, the new design places many control functions in a large menu on the right.Solution: Install a Start Button/Menu app. Third-party developers have rushed to offer plugins that put the Start menu back into Windows 8. Vistart 8 and ClassicShell are both free. Start8 is available for $5. All offer traditional start button and menu functionality.Remember, these apps come from smaller developers so support will be spotty. Be sure to back your material up before you install it.Related: Why You Might Not Upgrade to Windows 82. Problem: The tile-based interface. Windows 8 uses what’s called the “Metro” interface, a group of touch-screen tiles, to control the PC. Instead of working from familiar menus, users must remember where a tile is located and what it is called to find their work.Solution: Find the touch screen-friendly tasks in your business. The trick to using Metro is to match it to chores that lend themselves to touch-based control. Instead of using a PC to check inventory, consider using a Windows 8-powered tablet that you can easily carry around a stockroom or sales floor. Check the updated templates page for touch-oriented content for Word and Excel files.3. Problem: There’s a different Windows 8 for different devices. Microsoft has launched its new OS in three major pieces: The PC-based Windows 8, the mobile-based version called Windows Phone 8 and a hybrid called Windows RT that functions on its new Surface line of mobile tablet devices. This can create compatibility problems for programs that do not run on all platforms.Solution: Become familiar with the improved security options. The Windows 8 cross-platform strategy is complex, but it is the most secure platform Microsoft has created. It comes with features — such as advanced malware protection and improved identity management, among other things — that provide an integrated, enterprise-grade security solution, keeping safer than in traditional web-based apps. Microsoft even offers a series of tutorials about its new security features.Related: For Windows Users, Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Might Be Your Next TabletWill you upgrade to the new Windows 8? Let us know why — or why not — in the comments.center_img October 26, 2012 Bill Gates wasn’t speaking lightly when he called Microsoft Windows 8 the next big step in computing. Indeed, Microsoft Windows’ latest version — which is launching today — steps away from many of the familiar conventions of work personal computers.Translation: Upgrading to Windows 8 will be confusing. For instance, the familiar “Start” button is gone. And the interactive desktop where most files and applications rest has been minimalized. Plus, there are different versions of the software depending on the device you’re using.Here’s a look at three of the most confusing new features and how to navigate them, based on our testing of the new software: This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more