Biggest executive moves of 2019

2019 was a big year in the South African IT and telecommunications market, with new policies and corporate action headlining the news.

The telecommunications sector dominated headlines with stories related to Cell C’s financial woes, Telkom looking to buy Cell C and Remgro’s big telecoms plans.

MultiChoice’s JSE listing and Webafrica looking for someone to buy the company also made headlines.

Another topic which was of particular interest to consumers was the continued Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on local ISPs.

These attacks took many ISPs offline which left many consumers and businesses without connectivity.

Biggest executive moves

The past year has also seen many big moves from South African IT and telecommunications executives.

These included the resignation of two top Vodacom C-level executives and a few high-profile tech CEOs stepping down.

Here are the biggest executive moves in 2019.


Raymond Ndlovu the new CIVH CEO

Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) has announced that Raymond Ndlovu is its new CEO and will lead the company’s newly-announced executive team.


Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk stepping down

Teraco CEO Lex van Wyk is stepping down at the end of 2019.

Lex van Wyk


Vodacom CFO Till Streichert has resigned

Vodacom CFO Till Streichert  resigned only days after the company announced that its CTO Andries Delport would be leaving.


Vodacom CTO Andries Delport resigns

Vodacom CTO Andries Delport resigned from Vodacom and is set to join CIVH as Chief Technology Officer to help oversee Remgro’s telecommunication assets.

Andries Delport


Mark Taylor resigns after deciding to leave South Africa

Reunert executive director and Nashua CEO Mark Taylor resigned in preparation of leaving the country.


Cell C appoints Douglas Craigie Stevenson as CEO

Cell C appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as chief executive officer (CEO) in August.

Douglas Craigie Stevenson


SA Post Office CEO Mark Barnes resigns

SA Post Office CEO Mark Barnes resigned in August, citing differences on a forward strategy in relation to the structure of the group, in particular the location of Postbank.

Mark Barnes


Vika Mpisane fired as ZADNA CEO

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) announced that Vika Mpisane has been terminated as the organisation’s CEO. Mpisane’s firing was effective from 16 July 2019.

Vika Mpisane


Eskom CEO steps down

The Eskom Board announced in May that Group Chief Executive Officer Phakamani Hadebe will step down at the end of July 2019.


Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos steps down

Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos stepped down from his position in February 2019 to take up a new role.

Jose dos Santos


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