Wi-Fi Forum

of South Africa

Management Committee

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Andile Ngcaba

Chairperson
andile.n@wifi.org.za

Andile Ngcaba has served as the Chairperson of the Wi-Fi Forum SA since its inception in November 2013. He brings to the table his expertise and skills that are needed to make the Forum a success. He has been actively been involved in public policy development at national, Continental and global levels for more than 25 years through his active involvement and participation in various bodies including the ITU, ICANN and the African Telecommunications Union. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity to a number of national, regional and international policymaking bodies in the technology and science sectors. Andile was also recently appointed as Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he will work on multi-disciplinary research related to the Internet.

Andile is the Chairman and founder of Convergence Partners Investments, as well as the Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa. He serves on the boards of a number of Convergence Partners’ portfolio companies, which include: Internet Solutions, a Pan-African telecoms service provider to public and private sector organisations and has been providing innovative end-to-end telco solutions and related services for more than 20 years; Seacom, the first fibre-optic submarine cable to serve the East Coast of Africa which is focused on increasing Africa’s access to affordable, accessible broadband services; and FibreCo Telecommunications an independent fibre network operator offering high capacity, data transmission solutions for operators, service providers and enterprises nation-wide.

Raj Wanniappa

Executive Deputy Chairperson
Chair: Partnerships & Engagements Sub-Committee
Chair: Events Sub-Committee
raj@wifi.org.za

Raj is the Executive Deputy Chairperson of the Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa. Raj has been an integral part of the Wi-Fi Forum SA since its formation in November 2013, having previously served on the Interim Committee. He also chairs the Partnership & Engagements and Events Sub-Committees.

Raj is the CEO of Future Horizon Technologies, which is based in Johannesburg and is engaged in Telecommunications, Big Data and Analytics and Cryptocurrency initiatives throughout Africa. Before this, he worked at the Dimension Data Middle East and Africa Group for 11 years, prior to which he was a senior manager at Accenture South Africa and an engineer at IBM in Toronto, Canada. Raj has a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Toronto, is a non-executive director of the Digital Finance Institute based in Vancouver. He is also the founder of a Cryptocurrency startup called SecureLend.

Mpho Mokete

Treasurer
mpho@wifi.org.za

Mpho was elected as Treasurer of the Wi-Fi Forum SA due to his extensive financial background. Mpho has also served on the Interim Committee.

Mpho is currently Head of Commercial and Legal for the Cloud Business Unit at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. He was previously at FastNet, where he was instrumental in in-site acquisition and rollout of the Telkom Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots. He has held leading Financial Management roles at Massmart and Edcon. Working in project accounting, deal structuring, financial management and new business development, Mpho has unprecedented commercial experience spanning the Retail, Investment Banking and Telecoms industries. His involvement in landmark transactions have given him the exposure and experience to enable and unlock value. Some of these transactions include the unbundling of industry leading local Telco’s and one of South Africa’s largest Black Economic Empowerment deals. Mpho holds a BCom, HdipAcc (Rhodes), CA(SA) and is currently at the ultimate accreditation of Chartered Global Management Accountant – CGMA (UK).

Envir Fraser

Management Committee Member (Co-opted)
Chair: Communications Sub-Committee
Interim Chair: Regulatory Sub-Committee
Interim Chair: Training Sub-Committee
envir@wifi.org.za

Envir was co-opted to the Management Committee, and has previously served on the Interim Committee. Envir chairs the Communications Sub-Committee. He is a victim of his success, and was nominated to take over chairing the Regulatory and Training Sub-Committees as an interim arrangement.

Envir is the Chief Strategy Officer at Convergence Partners and oversees its regulatory and policy activities and research function. He also serves on the Boards of certain of its investee companies. Prior to joining Convergence Partners, Envir was the research development and funding manager of the Meraka Institute, at the CSIR.

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Mashila Matlala

Management Committee Member
Chair: Stakeholder Management Sub-Committee
mashila@wifi.org.za

Mashila was co-opted to the Management Committee and chairs the Stakeholder Management Sub-Committee.

Mashila is an accomplished and highly driven graduate with hands–on policy and regulatory strategy experience. She is a resourceful and proactive individual with over 15 years’ ICT experience working with government and private sector. Mashila acquired experience working with high-profile global organisations. She is proficient in managing large multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex, multi-facet international projects in ICT infrastructure and regulatory strategy.

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Brian Mdluli

Management Committee Member
Chair: Access Sub-Committee
brian@wifi.org.za

Brian was elected as a Committee member, and also chairs the Events Sub-Committee.

Brian is current founder of Topaz Sky Group of Companies and was appointed CEO of Wi-Taxi (Pty) Ltd as of May 1st 2014. Brian is the former CEO of the DMA of Southern Africa. His objective was to work alongside the board of committed and professional DM opinion leaders to deliver a true mouth piece for the direct marketing industry.

With international sales and marketing experience, Brian also holds strong views on corporate governance and the transformation of the economy. He has extensive experience in business development and sales growth working from the ground up. Between 2000 and 2004, Brian visited 51 out of the 52 African countries to establish and develop business contacts throughout the continent, ranging from private sector through to government contacts. During his career Brian has worked at Nedcor, Multi-Waste, Harvey Roofing Products and Afro Cool before his appointment as CEO of the Direct Marketing Association of SA in 2006.

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Gareth Mortimer

Management Committee Member
Chair: Members Sub-Committee
gareth@wifi.org.za

Gareth is a committee member of the Wi-Fi Forum of SA and chairs the Members Sub-Committee.

Gareth has served as the CFO of VAST Networks since its inception and relishes the challenge of being part of the team deploying the world’s first open access Wi-Fi network. Prior to that, he spent 7 years at Dimension Data in various Global Finance roles, the last of which was Group Financial Manager for Operations.

Gareth enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Gareth is a keen golfer and passionate follower of all sports, especially rugby, football and golf.

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William Stucke

Management Committee Member

Chair: Training Sub-Committee
william@wifi.org.za

William serves on the Management Committee, which benefits from his deep and varied skillset.

William was educated in 17 places in 3 continents, eventually getting some weird non-specific honours engineering degree in London. That’s just as well, because he was a Construction, Project, Electrical, Mechanical, and Control & Instrumentation Engineer – and that’s just in the Mining Industry. After that, he wandered back to the Telecoms Industry and became a bit of a pain about telecoms liberalisation in Africa. Along the way, he co-founded ISOC-ZA, AfrISPA and NameSpace, and led all of them at some stage. He also made noises at ISPA, who were so glad he left that they gave him an award.

William programmed his first huge mainframe (with 36 K of hand-built Ferrite Core Memory) in 1972, built the first fibre optic network in an underground mine in 1987, started an ISP in 1996 and did a bunch of clever stuff no one else had thought of, with lots of help from his partners, until they bailed. For his sins, he ended up being an ICASA Councillor and is now a Consultant, flogging his enormous skills (and tiny ego) on the open market.