Private sector: Telecommunications

Shirley Lue Arnold
Telkom SA Ltd

Shirley Lue Arnold has been chairperson of Telkom SA Limited since November 2006 and is director of online news site From 2004 to 2006 she was non-executive­ director of Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd, whose empowerment committee she chaired. During 10 years in the United States she consulted to various companies and institutions, including Unisys, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Investor Responsibility Research Centre and the National Geographic Society.

She returned to South Africa in 1994 and worked with companies including Thebe Investment Corporation and Worldwide Africa Investment Holdings. In 2002 she was appointed non-executive director, and from 2004 to 2006 acting chairperson, of the Southern African arm of the accounting giant, Ernst & Young. Her public service responsibilities have included the Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) and Gordon Institute of Business Chairpersons Forum. Her current responsibilities include serving as a trustee of The Maths Centre and the Thuthuka Bursary Fund for the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Santie Botha
Executive Director: Marketing
MTN Group
Tel: +27 11 912 4056

Santie Botha joined MTN in July 2003 and promptly daubed everything from a newspaper (ThisDay) to a building (Sandton City) and several airports in sunshine yellow, MTN’s designated colour. Before joining MTN, Botha was a group executive director at Absa Bank, where she successfully branded the amalgamated group. She sits on various boards including Tiger Brands of South Africa. She has won several awards, including Role Model of the Year from the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut in 2003. Botha spent several years in London where she worked for Unilever.

Tracy Cohen
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 566 3000

Icasa has a tough task, regulating broadcasting and telecommunications­ generally; the new Electronic Communications Act is aimed at governing the new ICT space. Tracy Cohen has been a boon to the authority, bringing vast knowledge of telecommunications and ICT law. She earned an LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand, focusing on the regulation of content on the internet, and has lectured at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (B&DM) at the Wits Business School.

She was a visiting graduate research fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia University in New York and a graduate fellow at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto, where she obtained a doctoral degree in law. She is an honorary research fellow at P&DM and on the advisory panel of Privacy International. Cohen has also undertaken consultancies­ for a number of ICT organisations, including the International Telecommunications Union and the Commonwealth­ Telecommunications Organisation.

Marie du Preez
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 566 3000

Marie du Preez is a qualified CA (SA) and holds a BCom from Unisa and BCom (Hons) from the University of Pretoria. She completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her professional memberships include the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors.

She is group executive: financial management for the Vodacom Group, with responsibilities that include shareholder reporting, a consolidation function and the management of the finance functions of various Vodacom companies. She started her career in the Vodacom Group in August 1994 in the IT division, taking responsibility for retail customer billing. She then moved on to the finance arena as head of finance in Vodac during 1998. She transferred to the Vodacom Group during 2000.

Dot Field
Chief Communications Officer
Tel: +27 11 653 5440

Dot Field is one of South Africa’s highest-profile public relations professionals, as chief communications officer of the Vodacom group. Field joined Vodacom in 1994, its first year of operation. Her brief is strategic responsibility for the Vodacom Group’s external communications and public relations. Prior to her involvement with Vodacom, she was the communications­ manager at Panasonic South Africa. Field holds a BA in sociology and psychology from the University of Pretoria and is a member of the Institute of Directors as well as a founder member of the Businesswomen’s Association.

Shenanda Janse van Rensburg
Executive Head: Corporate Communications
Cell C
Tel: +27 11 324 4219

The portfolio of Shenanda Janse van Rensburg, as the executive head of corporate communications at Cell C, includes internal and external communications, media and public relations, corporate social investment, corporate reputation management and stakeholder engagement.

Graduating from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) in 1998 with a BCom in communications, she has added a number of courses and programmes, including the Strategic Leadership Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and public relations management qualifications from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa.

In 1999 she was employed by Harrison Cowley, London, as public relations account executive; among her clients were the Royal Bank of Scotland, Whitbread, Action 2000 (the government’s Y2K task force) and the Camelot Group Plc (the UK national lottery). Uthingo Management, which then ran the national lottery in South Africa, approached Janse van Rensburg in 2001 to establish and manage the company’s public relations department.

Jullian Khala
Executive Head: Main Market
Cell C
Tel: +27 84 162 8109

As Cell C’s executive head of main market, Jullian Khala provides leadership in the development and implementation of innovative strategies for revenue generation. One of her key responsibilities is to drive and sustain the company’s dominance in the lower LSM markets, with specific focus on the community service telephony (CST) footprint, as well as wholesale and retail channels.

She was previously national manager: CST sales and training, where she played a key role in the rollout of community service telephones, driving Cell C’s strategy for creating opportunities for previously disadvantaged individuals to participate meaningfully in the industry, and in support of entrepreneurs in this area. Before she joined Cell C, Khala was national sales manager of World Books Ltd and training manager at Enterprise South Africa Tshwane. She has a passion for people development­.

Libby Lloyd
Tel: +27 83 393 2557
Email: [email protected]

Libby Lloyd started out as a journalist, working mostly in radio, including South Africa’s first independent radio station, Capital Radio, National Public Radio in the United States, and BBC Ireland; she was also active in the Speak media project.

She was subsequently head of radio training at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, a councillor with the Independent Broadcasting Authority (the predecessor of Icasa), and founding CEO of the Media Development and Diversity Agency, a public-private organisation established to provide financial and other support to developing media. Now a consultant, she works on projects including media and development issues and policy, focusing on gender and communications. She was chosen as Vodacom Media Woman of the Year in 2005.

Eunice Ditena Maluleke
General Manager
MTN South Africa Foundation
Tel: +27 11 912 4669

Eunice Ditena Maluleke, the new general manager of MTN’s South Africa Foundation, handles strategy and investment in the company’s socio-economic activities. For the past decade Maluleke has been CEO of the Transnet Foundation, worked for various city councils and played a key role in the establishment of several educational programmes: she is co-founder of a number of education development trusts, from Gauteng and North West to KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Maluleke clearly believes in education: she holds multiple qualifications, including an MBA from Henley Management College, an MA in social science from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg), a BA in social work from the University of the North, a certificate in marketing and an HDipEd (for adults) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is passionate about developing potential and driving strategy. She is a member of the Council of the Tshwane University of Technology and a director of the Rand Water Foundation.

Faaiza Ismail Mayet
Legal Manager
Cell C
Tel: +27 11 324 4000/8000

Cell C’s legal manager handles procurement, human resources, litigation, marketing, service delivery, service provision and real estate. Faaiza Mayet, who holds a BProc from Unisa and is studying towards an LLM, began her career at Chubb, where she established the legal collections department.

She moved on to Absa, then to Nedcor, where she was legal adviser in the retail legal department. She has continued to add qualifications, including the Mediation and Arbitration Council’s certificate in mediation and arbitration and the Arbitration Foundation’s diploma in alternative dispute resolution.

Wilna Meiring
Group Executive: Risk Management
Tel: +27 11 653 5000

Wilna Meiring, a chartered accountant (SA) and certified internal auditor, completed her articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and began a career in internal auditing at Iscor head office. She joined Vodacom in September 1999 as manager: internal audit, responsible for managing staff and the annual audit programme.

In March 2004 she joined risk management as the senior specialist and was promoted to executive head of risk and insurance in April 2005. As a result, she also became responsible for, inter alia, the Vodacom insurance portfolio, which she supervises with the assistance of a dedicated and knowledgeable manager.

In June 2007 she was promoted to group executive: risk management and became responsible for the following areas: enterprise risk management; insurance; forensic; law enforcement agencies; and business continuity management. In December responsibility for safety, health, environment and quality was added to her portfolio. She completed the Vodacom advanced executive programme in October 2007, receiving both the Student Choice and Best Financial Student awards.

Jane Mosebi
Managing Director and Shareholder
Tel: +27 11 603 1660

Jane Mosebi is the managing director and a shareholder of ForgeAhead, a majority black women-owned information and communication technologies consulting house. Mosebi had extensive experience in the marketing and management of events through her involvement with BMW in South Africa and Germany before moving to ForgeAhead at its inception in 1995.

With its core competencies of ICT consulting and research, ForgeAhead delivers research-based services to both public and private sector clients in South Africa and the rest of Africa through consulting on strategies, business cases, black economic empowerment and partner identification. Its clients include the Department of Communications, Telkom and Microsoft.

Zeona Motshabi
Chief Corporate Officer
Cell C
Tel: +27 11 324 4157

Zeona Motshabi is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in corporate, governmental and agency positions. In January 2007 she assumed the position of chief corporate officer at Cell C, where she is responsible for legal, regulatory and corporate communications and one of Cell C’s commercial departments, main market.

She was previously executive chairperson of the Lobedu Communications Group and managing director of Lobedu Leo Burnett; during her tenure the agency won numerous local and international creativity awards, including awards at Cannes. Her involvement in creativity has been utilised at Cell C; among her innovations was the company’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day in 2002.

She has held senior management positions in major corporations and has worked in key government organisations, serving in posts as diverse as director of communications for the Truth and Reconciliation­ Commission and cultural organiser for the United States Information Service in South Africa. She holds board directorship positions on the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg and Batswadi Pharmaceuticals.

Michelle Nana
Group Company Secretary
Cell C
Tel: +27 11 324 4028

Michelle Nana is group company secretary at Cell C, where she is responsible at board level for all secretarial and statutory duties as required by the Companies Act. She ensures that all advisory functions and committees are in compliance with the principles of corporate governance. Before joining Cell C, Nana was assistant company secretary at Murray and Roberts, where she spent 10 years. She holds a BA degree from Unisa and a Chartered Institute of Secretaries diploma.

Lungi Ndlovu
Executive Director: Human Resources
Tel: +27 11 653 5000

Lungi Ndlovu is responsible for the full spectrum of HR functions within the Vodacom group. She believes firmly that competent and enthused employees are the greatest differentiator for any organisation. Ndlovu holds a BA from the University of Zululand, a higher diploma in personnel management from the Wits Business School and an MA from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. She serves on the board of Vodacom SA and Vodacom Congo, the board of trustees of the Vodacom Foundation and the Vodacom Group Retirement Fund.

Judi Nwokedi
Country Manager
Motorola Southern Africa
Tel: +27 11 800 7800

As MD for public broadcasting at the SABC, Judi Nwokedi led the largest media portfolio in the country, heading 15 radio stations and two television stations, SABC1 and SABC2. In 2004 she was nominated one of South Africa’s top 10 women in media. She was the first female media leader to introduce interactive audience content to drive up ad revenue successfully. She has made a huge difference in the prevention of HIV among young people; before joining the SABC Nwokedi conceptualised and implemented loveLife, the South African multimedia and national HIV/Aids prevention programme.

Nwokedi holds an MA in psychology from the University of Sydney; she practised in Sydney during her years in Australia as a political exile. In her current position as country manager for Motorola South Africa, which she joined in 2005, she drives the implementation of strategies­ on black economic empowerment.

Rapelang Rabana
Founder and Partner
Yeigo Communications

Rapelang Rabana started Yeigo Communications with two colleagues she met in 2005 at the University of Cape Town. All three were software developers and business science graduates, and well placed to start up a telecoms business intended to become a major player in Voice over Internet Protocol.

Yeigo is unusual; it’s one of the first companies internationally to offer VoIP services for cellphones. The attitude of Rabana and her partners — as well as their skills, and their sophisticated and highly detailed business plan — might explain their success in finding investors as well as customers. Shortly after the launch of Yeigo last year, Rabana was asked by a Sunday Times journalist whether it was a bit of a gamble to take on the more-established companies in the field. She laughed, said the journalist, then replied: “We are still 23 years old and we’ve never had anything, so what have we got to lose?”

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