South African tech personality of 2012

A panel of experts unanimously voted Cell C’s new CEO, Alan Knott-Craig, as the South African tech personality of the year for 2012.

To find out which technology news stories stood out and who the newsmakers were of 2012, we asked some of South Africa’s most informed people for their insights. The panel included:

  • Rudolph Muller, founder and editor of MyBroadband
  • Gareth Vorster, editor of BusinessTech
  • Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx and editor of Gadget.co.za
  • Toby Shapshak, editor of Stuff, former columnist for the Times, and presenter of Tech on Tap

Panellists weren’t restricted to a set list of people to choose from, and could name anyone they wished.

Alan Knott-Craig
Alan Knott-Craig

Muller said that he selected Knott-Craig for shaking up the SA mobile market by messing with the holy grail – voice tariffs.

Goldstuck and Vorster provided similar reasons, with Vorster saying that the man has done what Telkom promised to do when it launched 8ta: “shake up the market”. Staring down the two giants (Vodacom and MTN) and winning a few rounds in 2012 was no easy feat, Vorster said.

Shapshak said that either Knott-Craig senior or junior could be regarded as SA’s tech personality for sheer newsworthiness. Both have been in the news a lot this year for significant reasons, Shapshak said.

Special mentions from the panellists include: Naspers CEO Koos Bekker, outgoing Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi, the head of Amazon Web Services (which is based in Cape Town) James Greenfield, former Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys, and current Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub.

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