Big moves in 2021

2021 was a year of many changes in the South African ICT market. The country got a new communications minister, and many companies announced new leaders.

In February, Takealot founder and CEO Kim Reid and CFO Gary Altini announced they were stepping down as executives at the online retailer following a transition phase.

Six months later, the company appointed Mamongae Mahlare as its new group chief executive officer, effective 1 October 2021.

The company also announced many other leadership changes, including the appointment of Tessa Ackermann Takealot Group CFO and Alex Wörz as CEO of Mr D Food.

Other companies which announced big leadership changes include Telkom, Rain, and Adapt IT.

There have also been big political changes, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing his new cabinet in August.

Enoch Godongwana replaced Tito Mboweni as finance minister, and Thandi Modise replaced Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as defence minister.

Other prominent changes included Joe Phaahla taking over from Zweli Mkhize as health minister and Senzo Mchunu replacing Lindiwe Sisulu as minister of water and sanitation.

Here is an overview of prominent leadership changes in the South African ICT market over the last year.


Khumbudzo Ntshavheni replaced Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams as communications minister.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni


Mamongae Mahlare replaced Kim Reid as Takealot Group CEO.


Serame Taukobong will replace Sipho Maseko as Telkom CEO in 2022.

Serame Taukobong


Tiffany Dunsdon replaced Sbu Shabalala as Adapt IT CEO

Tiffany Dunsdon


Brandon Leigh replaced Willem Roos as Rain CEO

Brandon Leigh, New Rain CEO


Andries Delport took over as DFA CEO from Thinus Mulder on 1 October 2021

Andries Delport


Nolo Letele retires from MultiChoice


Giovanni Chiarelli resigns as MTN SA CTIO


Charles Molapisi will replace Godfrey Motsa as MTN SA CEO


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