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Issue Date: January 2009

News in brief

1 January 2009

The Minister of Communications has been refused leave of appeal re the High Court’s judgement in favour of Altech and other VANS and their right to self provide. In a separate judgement the DOC also lost its case for an interdict against ICASA to prevent it from issuing a telecommunications licence to Altech.
Uganda-based ADCEL, a data service company, has opened its operations in that country and is focused on helping the public access information about any company in Uganda free of charge.
Africa Online
John Joseph, the CEO of Africa Online and a subsidiary of Telkom SA, has died in a boating accident whilst on holiday.
Ansys has acquired AR Process Projects, a company that provides project management services and engineering solutions to a wide range of industries.
Beget Holdings
Beget Holdings has appointed Advocate Joe Fana Nalane as its new non-executive chairman in place of Tebogo Mogashoa, who remains a non-executive director.
Belay Solutions
John Ramatsui has been appointed as chairman of Belay Solutions, a privately owned company that serves as an entrepreneurial hub for focused, owner operated ICT companies.
ConvergeNet Holdings
ConvergeNet Holdings has acquired 74% of Chrystalpine, a supplier of infrastructure technology products through its subsidiary, Contract Kitting.
Dimension Data
3fifteeen, a subsidiary of Britehouse, itself a subsidiary of Dimension Data, has acquired BMO Software, a CRM specialist, a move that creates one of the largest Microsoft CRM consultancies in South Africa.
Intervate, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a provider of ECM Solutions, has acquired Cape Town-based Synergy Corporate Technologies, another Microsoft Gold Partner.
DVT Holdings has acquired Cape-based Emerald Consulting, a leading provider of software and related services to the legal sector, with five out of the largest seven legal companies on its books.
Israel-based Foxcom, a division of One Path Networks, has announced that it has entered the SA telecommunications market by establishing its operations in Durban. It has been involved in the local market for some 10 years.
France Telecom
France Telecom has entered into a joint venture with Hits Telecom Uganda that will create Orange Uganda that will be 53% owned by the former.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has announced that the latter has sold its stake in this 50/50 joint venture to Fujitsu, to be effective from 1 April 2009 in a deal valued at about €450m. There was talk of Lenovo buying this stake in order to strengthen its position in the PC market as both FSC and Lenovo are members of the ‘second’ tier of PC suppliers along with Toshiba. The first tier, HP, Dell and Acer, make up about 45% of the market by shipments.
HP has appointed Steen Lombolt-Thomsen as VP AND GM of HP Software’s EMEA region. Lombolt-Thomsen joins from IBM where he spent 10 years in its software division.
Huge Group
Anton Potgieter has been appointed as executive chairman of Huge Group (he was CEO) in place of Fensta Lediga and James Herbst as CEO of Huge Group (was CFO).
LG Electronics
LG Electronics has appointed Peet van Rooyen, as its local managing director in place of ST Tae. Van Rooyen is the first non-Korean globally to head a LG Electronics subsidiary.
MTN has concluded a joint venture with Amaracos Holdings of Cyprus that will give its Cyprus operations an expanded distribution network in that country. It is also speculated that MTN will enter the Indian market under its own steam, following the failure to secure partnership deals in that country, a move that makes sense given that the Indian market is gaining 8m subscribers per month.
Naspers has terminated the planned auction sale of MWeb South Africa, but has sold off MWEB Africa for $63m and 75% of MWeb Namibia to Telkom SA. The two companies were part of MultiChoice Africa and MIH Holdings respectively.
Orascom Telecom
Orascom Egypt and Telecom Egypt have shut down their landline joint venture in Algeria, citing problems with the incumbent operator, Algérie Télécom.
Proability, a UK-based company and a provider of cellphone gambling, is planning to offer its services in SA following the promulgation of a bill a few months ago that permits online gambling.
RSA, a subsidiary of EMC, has established a local office in SA, headed by Rob Watson. The RSA products are currently distributed via SecureData, but it has appointed Egis Security Distribution as its second distributor for its southern Africa region.
Sekunjalo has made a R27m (30%) investment in BT Communications Services South Africa, the South African operations of the BT Group.
StreamServe has opened a South African office in Cape Town headed by Birger Lundgren, one of the original founders of the company. SteamServe provides document composition, management and delivery solutions for ECM, ERP and CRM systems.
Mardia van der Walt-Korsten, CEO of T-Systems SA, had been named as the CSSA IT Personality of the Year.

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