The Way Business Is Moving published by
Issue Date: September 2008

News in brief

1 September 2008
Paul Booth

3Com has appointed Derek Wiggill as its regional sales director for Africa, based in Johannesburg.
4G Technology
4G Technology have announced their appointment as sole distributor of Anritsu products on the African Continent. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments, as well as operations support systems and solutions for use during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems.
Amabubesi Capital, the investment arm of Amabubesi, has announced that it intends to build a large ICT company similar to BCX, Dimension Data and GijimaAST under the Amabubesi Capital Technologies (ACT) banner. According to ACT’s CEO, Angus Young, R600m has initially been earmarked for this initiative.
Blue Label Telecoms
Blue Label Telecoms (BLT) has established a joint venture with Nadhari S A de C V, a Mexican company that has expertise in the strategic and operational development of products and services in the emerging markets of Latin America.
Celcom has acquired Vodashop Hatfield, a franchised Vodacom retail outlet, but disposed of Vodashop Rivonia. Both these deals form part of a re-structuring by the Celcom group that sees one of its subsidiaries, V Cellular Stores, now owning 16 outlets in the Gauteng region
Celtel (Zain)
Kuwait-based Zain has announced that it is re-branding its entire African operations (14 countries immediately and Ghana later in 2008 when its mobile operations start) from Celtel to Zain, thus bringing together a common branding across the Middle East and Africa.
Dimension Data
Dimension Data has proposed a $276m acquisition for the remaining shares (44,9%) in Singapore-listed Datacraft Asia that it does not already own. The deal will be funded by the issuing of new shares and orchestrated through a scheme of arrangement under Singapore law. On closure of the transaction Datacraft Asia is expected to be de-listed from the Singapore Stock Exchange. As the deal makes economic sense, it is surprising the deal has not been done earlier.
FrontRange Solutions
FrontRange Solutions (FRS) has appointed Nick Perkins as its South Africa sales director and will be responsible for all aspects of its local operations. FRS has recently bolstered its operations with the acquisitions of UK-based Centennial Software and Germany-based Enteo Software.
EMC SA has bought a stake in Enterprise Content Management Solutions (ECMS), a subsidiary of Waymark Infotech, in a BEE deal described as a first for the South Central and East African region of EMC SA.
Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro SA has appointed Hansie Fourie as its new CEO, taking over from Peter Ibbotson who initially bedded down this joint venture with MB Technologies. Fourie is an ICT veteran and was previously CFO at Drive Control.
Mark Hiller has returned to SA to take over the reins of Lexmark SA from Branislav Zivkovic, who is returning to Lexmark’s HO in Lexington USA. Hiller was previously managing director of Venture Computer and orchestrated the sell-out to Lexmark and the subsequent establishment of Lexmark SA.
Microsoft SA has witnessed a number of resignations in the last few weeks, including the local managing director, Pfungwa Serima, who has moved to SAP Africa. Serima was the first black managing director for Microsoft SA.
NITEL has announced the appointment of Kevin Caruso as its managing director and CEO. Caruso has had over 20 years experience at AT&T; and is expected to prepare NITEL for its sale to new owners. One of the consortia likely to be involved in bidding for NITEL is one promoted by a number of ex-MTN Nigeria top executives.
Qualcomm, a developer of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions has announced the appointments of James Munn as Qualcomm’s VP for business development in sub-Saharan Africa and Jay Srage as Qualcomm’s VP for business development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Rectron, part of the Mustek Group, has been appointed as the exclusive distributor in Africa for TomTom, the latter having been dumped by Core a few weeks ago.
Sahara Computers
Sahara has announced a restructuring that will fold three of its regional distribution companies (Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth) into Annex Distribution, which will remain as Sahara’s master distributor. In addition, Sahara in conjunction with Mozambique’s Institute of Information and Communications Technologies, has announced that it is setting up a computer assembly plant in Maputo
SAP Africa has announced the appointment of Pfungwa Serima as its new managing director, replacing Claas Kuehnemann, who has moved to another position in Europe.
TeliMatrix has announced the acquisition of the Safe Drive International Group of companies, an organisation focused on land transport safety solutions.

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