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MTN South Africa CEO resigns

MTN SA CEO, Ahmad Farroukh

JOHANNESBURG – THE MTN Group has announced the resignation of Ahmad Farroukh, Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa. The resignation is effective July 31. “This was a difficult decision to take for Ahmad, but unavoidable due to personal and family reasons,” says MTN Group President and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa. Dabengwa said a successor to Farroukh would be announced as ...

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Telco refurbishes houses of Rwanda genocide widows

MTN Centre in Kigali, Rwanda

by PHYLLIS BIRORI MTN has donated Rwf 8 million for the renovation of houses for women rendered widows by the unforgettable genocide that hit Rwanda more than 20 years ago. Beneficiaries include the Association of the Widows of Rwanda, AVEGA Agahozo as well as Kinyinya Sector Authority. Mary Asiimwe, MTN’s General Manager for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Management, said that the assistance ...

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New MTN Rwanda CEO ready for new role

MTN Rwanda CEO, Gunter Englin

by PHYLLIS BIRORI Staff Reporter INDUSTRY expert, Gunter Engling, will on Wednesday assume a new role as Chief Executive Officer of MTN Rwanda. He replaces Ebenezer Asante who moves to take over a similar position in MTN’s key operation in Ghana. “I am honoured to have been appointed to this role, and I look forward to working with the entire ...

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Start-ups set to receive much-needed funding

Moto Taxis Stand in Kigali

by PHYLLIS BIRORI FOUR African start-up firms will receive some funding and mentoring to enhance their operations following their adoption by a Rwandan incubator. Think, the technology incubator based in the capital Kigali, has adopted the up-and-coming organizations through the Think accelerated programme. The organizations are Asuqu (Nigeria), Esaja (Zimbabwe) SafeMostos and Team Tigo (both Rwanda). According to the incubator, ...

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Tech scheme launched to empower deprived SA youths

SAP, Sci-Bono and Simplon officials

JOHANNESBURG– YOUTH from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa have received a major boost after SAP, the enterprise application software firm, partnered Simplon and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre to offer an historic innovative new programme focused on web development and entrepreneurship training. The Simplon Lab, which has been launched in Johannesburg, is aimed at advancing youth skills development among graduate students ...

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Latest BlackBerry leaps to South Africa

BlackBerry Leap

JOHANNESBURG – THE BlackBerry Leap is now available in South Africa. “Beginning today (Wednesday), consumers who want to get things done and companies looking for enterprise fleet renewals can now purchase the modern and powerful BlackBerry Leap,” the company stated on Tuesday. Top features of the BlackBerry Leap, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant and Best-in-Class BlackBerry ...

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Telco sees positive response from government, business

Airtel

LAGOS – GLOBACOM, the mobile network operator, reported a positive response to its services from government and corporate organisations following its network upgrade. The company embarked on a massive network upgrade in 2014 to enhance service delivery. Head of Corporate Sales of Globacom, Kamaldeen Shonibare, said the exercise had given it the edge over other operators. Among sectors that have “pitched their tent” with Glo ...

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MTN announces change of service codes

MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Yvonne Manzi Makolo

by PHYLLIS BIRORI MTN Rwanda will next Monday change its customer service codes in line with regulatory requirements. Among these codes include those for loading Airtime and checking balance. MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Yvonne Manzi Makolo, assured customers that they would be given enough time to adapt to the new codes so as to avoid any confusion. “In order to ...

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Microsoft launches new Lumias in SA

Microsoft Lumia 640

JOHANNESBURG – MICROSOFT has announced the introduction of three new Lumia smartphones in South Africa. The Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL and 430 Dual SIM have been unveiled in Johannesburg under the productivity centric umbrella #AchieveMore. “People are looking for a phone which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank. “The Lumia 640 ...

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SAP assists SA metros comply with new regulations

SAP Africa COO Mehmood Khan

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) South Africa, the market leader in enterprise application software, has expressed its intent to engage with its ecosystem and local government to assist local government municipalities simplify their functions and new regulatory processes. This follows the South African National Treasury publishing the Municipal Regulation on Standard Chart of Accounts Regulation (MSCOA), which aims to standardise ...

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