Vodacom appoints government heavyweight as executive

Vodacom has appointed Takalani Netshitenzhe, a former ambassador to Hungary and Croatia, as its new chief officer of corporate affairs.

Netshitenzhe is the sister Joel Netshitenzhe, an ANC stalwart who was a powerful political player when Thabo Mbeki was president.

Netshitenzhe has spent most of her career in government, and is currently the Head of Office and Policy Services of the Intelligence Council at the Ministry of State Security.

She previously served as Intelligence Policy and Legal Advisor at the Ministry of State Security, and ambassador on home transfer at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

She was also the CEO of the Electronic Communications Security Agency from 2004 to 2008.

Netshitenzhe is an admitted advocate in the High Court and hold numerous degrees and qualifications, including a Masters’ in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria.

Netshitenzhe replaces Maya Makanjee, who left Vodacom at the end of July 2016.

She will join Vodacom on 15 September 2016.

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