New MediaTek Helio chipsets to support innovation in midmarket

New MediaTek Helio chipsets to support innovation in midmarket

Helio P23 and P30 deliver high performance LTE connections, power efficiency and support for next-generation dual-camera features. (image source: Phone Arena)

MediaTek has introduced the newest members of the Helio chipset family, the Helio P23 and Helio P30 system-on-chips (SoCs). As revealed by the firm, the chipsets have been designed to deliver performance and power efficiency, dual camera photography, dual SIM and dual 4G VoLTE capabilities as well as support the explosion of innovation in the midmarket.

“Reaching the midmarket means bringing people affordable devices that power and perform with the latest features,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.

“In the rapidly growing arena of new premium mid-range devices, mobile technology innovators know they need to stand out in a crowded field – P23 and P30 enable them to do that.”

For developed and emerging markets, as stated by the firm, both 16nm chipsets aim to deliver combinations of premium photography experiences with outstanding connectivity, power-savings with amazing performance, and simultaneous 4G on dual SIM cards.

Featuring Dual Camera Support
The P23 and P30 bring dual-camera support to the MediaTek Helio line, delivering software and hardware-backed dual-camera features that guarantee a superior photography experience – according to the firm. The MediaTek Helio P23 features support for 13+13 megapixel dual-camera setups, while MediaTek Helio P30 supports up to 16+16 megapixels.

Incorporating MediaTek’s Imagiq 2.0 technology suite, the chipsets are equipped to minimise aliasing, grain and noise, reduce chromatic aberration and more – resulting in clear, crisp, high-quality images across a number of lighting conditions. Additionally, as stated by the firm, a new hardware Camera Control Unit (CCU) – with auto exposure convergence speed up to twice as fast as competitors – ensures users never miss the moment they want to capture.

The P30 also features a new Vision Processing Unit (VPU), a dedicated 500MHz digital signal processor paired to the Image Signal Processors. This frees up system resources and delivers a number of key advantages including:

  • Programmability and Flexibility: The VPU provides a platform that allows original equipment manufacturers the ability to customise camera functionality and drive product differentiation.
  • Huge Power Reduction: The VPU is a dedicated camera-assisting hardware unit. It performs real-time processing functions that were typically assigned to the CPU or GPU, but at a tenth of the power usage.
  • Performance Boost: The VPU can be used in isolation or as part of a team with the CPU/GPU. This provides a true heterogeneous computing environment on the same memory subsystem for advanced multi-application or multi-function tasks.
  • With the VPU on board, combined with our Imagiq ISP, P30 can deliver real-time image and video both with ease.

Delivering Dual 4G VoLTE Connectivity
The MediaTek Helio P23 delivers, as stated by the company, the world’s first dual SIM, dual 4G VoLTE/ViLTE support. This allows faster, more consistent connectivity for users who use two SIM cards. The P23 and P30 feature MediaTek’s latest generation 4G LTE WorldMode modem, offering superior power efficiency and performance, with a unique combination of Cat-7/13 speeds at 300 Mbit/s download and 150Mbit/s upload. TAS 2.0 (Transmitting Antenna Switching) smart antenna technology further enhances performance and user experience, by using the best antenna combination to provide optimal signal quality.

High Performance Backed by MediaTek’s CorePilot Technology
Powered by MediaTek’s CorePilot technology, the P23 and P30 are built on eight Arm Cortex-A53 processers operating up to 2.3 GHz for sustained high performance and unparalleled user experience. Both chipsets feature the new Mali G71 MP2 GPU, clocked at 770MHz in the P23 and 950MHz in the P30, delivering high-end graphics performance.

MediaTek’s CorePilot 4.0 technology with power-aware scheduling, thermal management and UX monitoring enables, as revealed by the company, sustained high-performance and reliably consistent user-experience. The P23 and P30 deliver fast performance and connectivity without sacrificing battery life.

In Q4 of 2017, the MediaTek Helio P23 will be available globally and the MediaTek Helio P30 will launch first in China.

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Can IoT propel the insurance sector into the future

Can IoT propel the insurance sector into the future

Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at the Jasco Group.

We are in the midst of a digital revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we do business, the way businesses operate, and how they interact with both customers and competitors. The world is gradually moving online in its entirety, one device – one thing – at a time. And so, the Internet of Things (IoT) is here, making waves in both the private and business sectors across the globe. The Insurance industry is not exempt from the impact of IoT and, in fact, is poised for complete disruption in the way it traditionally interacts with customers.

While it’s true that IoT is still perceived as futuristic in the insurance sector, with many insurers hanging back on full adoption until they are assured that the benefits outweigh the risks, they are not unaware of its potential to grow the insurance industry and launch it into the Digital Age.

Leveraging IoT for the insurance industry
IoT offers insurers the opportunity to leverage data from ‘Smart’, connected devices such as residential and automotive sensors; wearable technology; drones; GPS, mobile and telematics devices; ‘Smart’ appliances and more. This enables them to develop new business, improve risk assessment and proactively engage with customers on how to minimise risk for both themselves and the insurer.

High value assets can be effectively monitored through the constant relay of tracking and usage data, and dangerous conditions can more easily be identified, enabling insurers to react accordingly, potentially avoiding dangerous situations and the associated losses and damage caused to property or people.

The data collected from IoT devices, when properly collected, collated and analysed, can aid an insurer by offering predictability, helping to identify current and future trends which the insurer can then act on. Analysis of usage data will be able to pinpoint customer trends and patterns in their lifestyles, buying habits and risk portfolios.

Data accumulation over time allows for stored data to be analysed for patterns or trends for both predictive and comparative use, ensuring that insurers are on the right path and that mistakes are not repeated.

It can also assist insurers to conform and comply with legislation. The customer’s right to privacy, for ‘opt in’ and permission based policy execution, and for consent of data supervision or surveillance, has never been more important than now, with the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act looming. Insurers will need to take care to moderate and control how they collect, use and disseminate data, and data storage and collection will be under the microscope.

Putting IoT to use
For insurers who are traditionally imbued with red-tape, bureaucracy and archaic siloed systems, digitalising and implementing an IoT strategy can prove a challenge. In order to be effective, IOT has to be operationalised through integration with existing business systems and workflow processes. These themselves may need adaptation to suit the introduction of digital technology and new data sources, as well as control mechanisms.

A step-by-step approach is recommended, starting with things like cloud adoption wherever it makes the most sense, and moving towards the goal of full IoT adoption.

Due to the multi-access nature of our environment today, customers expect to access service providers, like their insurer, from virtually anywhere across the platform of their choice. In order for insurers to maintain control of an omni-channel offering, they will need to integrate multiple channels through a single management platform, which will then be able to administer access rights and usage policies as required.

Monetizing IoT for insurers will ultimately come from the provision of greater efficiencies, greater data accuracy, better loss avoidance (predictability), improved compliance enforcement, and the influencing of customer behaviour. These, collectively, will serve to boost the capital growth of the insurance sector, and enhance profit margins significantly.

Navigating the challenges
Data security will be the prevailing challenge faced by insurers – in fact, any organisation or sector – looking to leverage IoT. Careful consideration of the digital strategy will need to be undertaken, prioritising end-to-end security in the overall system design. This will include data collection devices, aggregation gateways, operational platforms, back end business intelligence, and artificial intelligence/machine learning systems.

Where social networks and digital platforms are leveraged, it will be vital to establish the reliability of the data, its source and its compatibility with local compliance regulations. This data will likely only serve for indicative purposes, as it is not likely to comply across the board with legislation such as PoPI.

Embracing change
IoT will undoubtedly revolutionise the way that insurance is offered, brought to market, considered and chosen, and insurers should start looking at the steps they need to take to implement IoT now. The benefits are set to propel the insurance sector away from its perception as a grudge purchase, making it a value-added service that people will want to invest in. It will require, however, that insurers shake the chains of tradition and embrace the Digital Age.

By Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development at the Jasco Group

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The case of Mobile Money innovation in Uganda

The case of Mobile Money innovation in Uganda

The case of mobile money innovation in Uganda.

Undeniably, a lot has been said as well as written about mobile money. However, it seems there is still some unfinished business related to the topic of mobile money. This unfinished business explains why there is still an ongoing debate about the effect of mobile money on an economy, in this case, the economy of Uganda.

Those who earn Low income can participate in their own capacities as producers or consumers of a product or a service. Inclusiveness simply means harnessing the capacities of poor men, women and youth to participate in the market, as consumers or producers. An inclusive market will be that market, where hindrances of poor people’s participation are at their basic minimal, or completely absent. The advent, growth and expansion in coverage of mobile phone has, to this date, been such an exposé in the development circles, particularly because of the way that mobile money brings poor people, in their various categories – men, women and youth to participate in the financial market.

Hereby, macroeconomic juxtaposition of mobile money!

An awesome number of arguments concerning mobile money has, by and large, been based on macro-economic theories. This is not surprising because most of the research done on this topic has been academic, applying macroeconomic frameworks for data collation and analysis. Macro-economic arguments about mobile money has orbited around money demand, inflation, credits and interest rates, aggregate output and monetary policies. I will endeavour to tackle some of these theories as well arguments and counter arguments that theorists put forward.

Some studies show that the proliferation of mobile money payments may disadvantage commercial banks by weakening their liquidity positions. In response to these studies, other studies show that the adoption and use of mobile money implies a gradual substitution of real cash balances for banks deposits. By so doing, mobile money reduces demand for real cash, thereby strengthening liquidity of banks. Some studies claim a positive effect on mobile money balances and price index in the medium term and long term. In response, there are modest and insignificant effect of mobile money on inflation processes. Inflation is probable if mobile money does not lead to improvement in production and overall gross domestic product.

With respect to aggregate output, antagonists of mobile money argue that it may increase the demand for money. And for this, other studies show that innovations in the financial sector (including mobile money) are negatively associated with money demand. This is because the increase in the velocity of money arising from application of mobile money is not yet higher than that of cash transactions. Notably, from the macro-economic perspective, there is very minimal adverse macroeconomic effect of mobile money and most of such effects appears only in the short run.

Now, inclusiveness and mobile money in numbers!
Mobile money is driving financial inclusion in Uganda. The advent of mobile money in 2009 has helped expand formal financial services to populations that were previously excluded. In 2013, 56% of all adults were using mobile money services. By August 2016, the value of mobile money transactions had reached 3.6 trillion and balances on mobile money reached 326 billion. Mobile money continues to be the predominant financial service and registered mobile money accounts increased from 35% in 2015 to 38% in 2016. Almost all who are included can access their money digitally. Mobile money access continued to grow in 2016, because of increase in the numbers of mobile money agents, who are men, women and youth. Notably, most agents are women. There is new evidence that having a registered mobile money account increases the likelihood of having some household savings.

From macroeconomic and inclusive perspectives, mobile money does not have any adverse effects on the economy Instead, mobile money has already been playing significant roles, which are quite relevant in the quest for economic transformation and mass poverty reduction. There is rich evidence, to support the cause for enhancing the contribution of mobile money services to the economy. Interventions, which are policy or innovations related, that can drive mobile money further will unleash the latent potential of mobile money to transform our economy. A framework through which mobile money balances could yield interests can go a long way to attract users and continuously elicit the potential of mobile money.

By Jimmy Ebong, Research Specialist at FSD Uganda

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PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup September 2017

PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup September 2017

PlayStation Plus September 2017.

The PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for September 2017 has been officially revealed. Looking back at the August 2017 lineup, gamers were offered the opportunity to download and play the likes of Just Cause 3, Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Super Motherload, Snakeball, Downwell, and Level 22.

While last month’s lineup was fantastic, the team at PlayStation has one again exceeded our expectations with the PlayStation Plus Free Game Lineup for September 2017. This month, PlayStation Plus subscribers can download the following titles for free:

  • inFamous: Second Son, PS4
  • Strike Vector Ex, PS4
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds, PS3
  • Hustle Kings, PS3
  • Hue, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4 & PS3)

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Online trade platform to launch in Kenya

Online trade platform to launch in Kenya

Traders of Africa an online marketplace is for goods not limited to Agriculture, Construction, Wood & Furniture, Food, Beverages, Leather, Textile and Mineral products.

An online platform which aims to drive intra-Africa trade is set to launch in Kenya next month. Traders of Africa (TOFA) already has its presence in Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda. The platform will also launch in Ghana. The e-commerce company is focused on developing an online marketplace for the trading of goods and services originating from Africa.

The firm has physically engaged over merchants spread across the continent with plans in place to launch in Ghana next month. Kenya will be the fourth marketplace

It has over 9,000 merchants already signed up and plans to verify buyers and sellers in a bid to curb theft.

The firm has partnered with Ecobank, who will provide Escrow for deal settlements.

“TOFA’s dream is to get all 54 African countries on board in the next 24 months and plans to onboard Mali, Zambia, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso & Tanzania over the next 6 months,” said TOFA Chief Executive, Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka.

Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka says TOFA’s aim is to create sustainable wealth for individuals, communities, organisations and nation states in Africa.

The products and services TOFA offers include but are not limited to Agriculture, Construction, Wood & Furniture, Food, Beverages, Leather, Textile and Mineral products.

Trading on the marketplace will start on September 1, 2017.

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Increased remittances will have greater impact on development

Increased remittances will have greater impact on development

President of International Fund for Agriculture Development, Gilbert Houngbo.

Migrants sent around $450 billion in remittances to developing countries in 2015, 40% of which went to rural areas. On 16 June, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency tasked with eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries, celebrated the International Day of Family Remittances to draw attention to how the money migrants send home contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu talked to the president of IFAD, Gilbert Houngbo, about the impact remittances are having in receiving countries. The following are excerpts from the interview:

Global remittances increased 51% over the last decade. Yet you are saying that those numbers do not tell the whole story. Why?
I believe we are expecting $454 billion of transfers in 2017, but what is important is not the 50% to 51% growth of today. The point is not to look at remittances only in terms of billions of dollars, but in terms of the impact the billions of dollars are having daily on the lives of the recipients. The billions of dollars transferred are more than the amount of FDI [foreign direct investment] and ODA [official development assistance] in most of the countries. So, we should stop seeing it as just a money transfer. It is a real contribution to development.

But don’t bigger amounts mean bigger impacts? Shouldn’t robust growth matter?
Of course, it does. We want to keep it growing, but let us not make the mistake of keeping it growing just for the sake of it. Let us not sit back and say, “So much is being transferred, hence the work is done.” The end result has to be the impact and not the input. There must be an impact on development.

So far, remittances are for helping families back home send their children to school, pay for health care and buy food. What else can this money do? Financing a small solar energy system would give a brother or sister some income-generating activity. In rural communities, that money could help the young man or woman rent a tractor, so he or she could go and work on a farm. That money would not just help an individual but would enrich the community. Farmers’ associations could get a small, cheap or basic irrigation system that would allow them to be less dependent on subsistence agriculture.

How then do we make the impact of remittances felt at the community or national level, and not just on the level of family?
Of course, we don’t have a solution that fixes all, let us be clear on that, but there are several options. If the transfers are to remain at the family level, I don’t think there are a lot of things they can change.

However, we have started working in several receiving countries on what we call “the village savings and loan associations”. Members of these associations will pool their savings together and then lend them back to finance productive activities in their communities.

At the national level, one of the challenges that we still have is the cost of transfers. While it has decreased from 10% to 7.5%, our report estimates that if it goes further down to 3%, this will amount to about $20 or $40 billion that can be released back to beneficiaries. Governments can also help by trying to see how they can reduce the overall cost of transfers.

Your report says that remittances don’t impact only the receiving countries but also the global economic and political landscape. How?
First, we note that 85% of a migrant’s earnings are spent in the countries where they live, as they do not qualify for the social security of the host country. Second, we must also recognize that when $500 billion is flowing to developing countries, that constitutes a major contribution to what I call “global financing for development.”

This report is the most comprehensive over the last decade. What do you want to do with its findings? What is next for IFAD?
First, we want to make the case that migrants should not be considered a source of problems in host countries. In fact, they are positively impacting other peoples’ lives. It is not just a matter of billions of dollars, it is also a matter of billions of lives. Secondly, it is necessary to continue advocating for the reduction of money transfer costs. Thirdly, we would like to work with the receiving countries to move away from overconsumption patterns into a more productive use of their remittances.

First, we want to make the case that migrants should not be considered a source of problems in host countries. In fact, they are positively impacting other peoples’ lives. It is not just a matter of billions of dollars, it is also a matter of billions of lives. Secondly, it is necessary to continue advocating for the reduction of money transfer costs. Thirdly, we would like to work with the receiving countries to move away from overconsumption patterns into a more productive use of their remittances.

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Google reveals AR software ARCore for Android devices

Google reveals AR software ARCore for Android devices

Google reveals AR software ARCore for Android devices.

Search engine giant Google has released new software for app developers to bring augmented reality (AR) to mobile devices utilising the Android platform. The ARCore software development kit (SDK) builds on the firm’s Tango platform and makes AR accessible for existing devices, without hardware modifications.

As revealed by Telecompaper, ARCore works initially with the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones running Android 7.0. Google said, according to the report, that it aims to reach 100 million devices with the preview of the software and is also working with manufacturers such as Huawei, LG and Asus.

As stated by the report, ARCore works with a mobile phone’s camera and sensors to determine the phone’s position as it moves and places virtual objects around the user. It can also detect horizontal surfaces using the same feature points it uses for motion tracking and observing ambient light in the environment in order to light virtual objects and make them appear more real.

To help developers, Google is releasing prototype browsers for experimenting with AR. These custom browsers allow developers to create AR-enhanced websites and run them on both ARCore and Apple’s AR platform unveiled in June 2017, ARKit.

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Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

Nigerian invents computer that can smell explosives

Nigerian, Oshiorenya Agabi, the inventor of Koniku Kore. (Image Source: TedGlobal)

Oshiorenoya Agabi, a Nigerian inventor based in Silicon Valley, has developed a computer that can identify the smell of explosives and aid in bomb detection. The Nigerian inventor unveiled his modem-sized technology which uses mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania, according to a report by the BBC.

The device, which has been dubbed “Koniku Kore” is made from a mixture of living neurons and silicon, with sensors that can detect and recognise smells. Agabi believes that his technology could be used to replace traditional airport security and could provide the brain for future robots.

“You can give the neurons instructions about what to do – in our case we tell it to provide a receptor that can detect explosives”, he told BBC.

According to a report by the Nigerian Communications Week, the device could also be used to detect illness by sensing markers of a disease in the air molecules that a patient gives off.

“This device can live on a desk and we can keep them alive for a couple of months. We think that the processing power that is going to run the robots of the future will be synthetic biology-based and we are laying the foundations for that today.”

Agabi believes his startup company, which was launched over a year ago and has raised $1m (£800,000) in funding, could lead us into a future where devices such as Koniku Kore could be discreetly used at various points in airports, eliminating the need for queues to get through airport security.

He says the company is already making profits of $10m upwards and has customers in the aviation and pharmaceuticals industries.

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Gartner: Spending On Comms Services in South Africa To Grow 0.7 % in 2017

Gartner: Spending On Comms Services in South Africa To Grow 0.7 % in 2017

Gartner: Spending on Communications Services in South Africa Will Grow 0.7 % in 2017

Gartner has predicted that end-user spending on communications services in South Africa will total R122 billion in 2017, this is a 0.7 percent increase from 2016.

“The forecast growth rate is slight, mainly due to shifts to less expensive legacy service offerings as competition heats up,” said William Hahn, principal research analyst at Gartner. “It’s likely to remain fairly flat in 2018 as increased competition in the access services segment erodes prices as fast as, or faster than, adjacent market revenues replace it.”

Enterprise Spending Holds Steady
According to Gartner, this slight growth in spending on communications services South Africa in 2017 compares favourably with the global market, which is forecast to show a 0.2 per cent decline. Their research found that business customers are applying effective pressure to service providers to get shorter contracts, lower and more accurate pricing, and shifting to software-defined architectures that improve their ability to order only what they need at the time growth occurs. Gartner expects to see increased internet channels to branch offices, and the development of hybrid WANs as service providers improve fixed coverage and access to public clouds.

Growth in the Internet of Things promises a limited source of additional revenue for service providers, but ecosystems in areas such as automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and smart cities will require extensive expertise in professional services, consulting and support to deliver solid growth. Connectivity alone will become a commodity, just as with legacy subscribers.

Mobile Spending Is Rising but Challenges Remain
End-user mobile data and voice spending is forecasted to total R95.5 billion in 2017, a 1.2 per cent increase from 2016 (see Table 1). “Spending growth in this segment is slowing, mainly due to increased competition between the major providers as market penetration increases, as well as a decreased emphasis on voice usage,” said the principle research analyst.

In South Africa (just as in the global market), the decline in spending on voice services (5.7 per cent in 2017) offsets gains from an increase in data connections. “Many users engage in substitute messaging, such as IM chat, and the predominance of prepaid billing can accelerate this trend,” said Hahn. “As legacy pricing comes under increased pressure, communications providers must expand the range of devices offered to end users to win the churn battle, incentivising more data use with plans, value-added content and customer service.”

Table 1. Forecast of End-User Spending on Communications Services in South Africa (Millions of Rand)

  2016 Spending 2016 Growth (%) 2017 Spending 2017 Growth (%) 2018 Spending 2018 Growth (%)
Fixed Data Consumer Internet/Broadband 2,923 -1.3 3,010 3.0 3,066 1.9
Fixed Data Enterprise (Access and Core Network) 9,339 2.0 9,489 1.6 9,791 3.2
Fixed Voice 14,557 -4.7 14,068 -3.4 13,556 -3.6
Total Fixed 26,819 -2.1 26,567 -1.0 26,413 -0.6
Mobile Data (Mobile Data Only and Mobile Phone Data) 42,033 14.1 46,183 9.9 48,904 5.9
Mobile Phone Voice 52,262 -7.1 49,269 -5.7 46,965 -4.7
Total Mobile 94,295 1.3 95,452 1.2 95,869 0.4
Overall Spending 121,115 0.5 122,019 0.7 122,281 0.2

Source: Gartner (August 2017)

South African Providers Must Branch Into Adjacent Areas
The company did highlight that South African providers achieved good growth overall in 2017, following some tough years, including a particularly difficult 2015. They achieved overall revenue growth, although growth in the average revenue per user slowed, due to new cheaper devices coming onto the market and legacy offerings encountering fierce competition. “It’s vital that these providers move into adjacent areas that can produce synergies with existing access services. This will enable them to climb the value chain by offering related support, consulting, digital media content and more, either through direct acquisitions or partnerships. The connected-home, smart-city and automotive sectors are expected to exhibit solid growth, but not every provider will be well-suited to them,” concluded Hahn.

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Altron appoints new business unit MDs

Altron appoints new business unit MDs

Leslie Moodley has been appointed as Managing Director of Bytes Systems Integration.

JSE listed Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron) has announced the appointment of Chad Baker as Managing Director of Bytes Managed Solutions, and Leslie Moodley as Managing Director of Bytes Systems Integration, a new business unit within Altron coming out of the consolidation of Bytes Systems Integration and Bytes Universal Systems.

Chad was previously Vice President of NEC Africa, the African arm of NEC Corporation. In this role, his responsibilities included driving new business development in Africa; reviewing business models and adapting to market requirements through restructures, new solutions and new commercial models; and achieving revenue growth and profit targets.

Prior to this Chad held senior positions at Xon, Alcatel Lucent and IBM. Chad joins the group on 1 September 2017. Chad has completed a number of senior executive training programmes through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Leslie was formerly managing partner for IBM’s Global Business Services practice in South Africa where he restructured the practice to focus on key industries and offerings, and introduced new partners and associate partners to rebuild the leadership team. He has a proven track record of building teams that deliver profitable revenue growth.

Prior to this, Leslie was the Business Unit Executive and Consulting Executive at Gijima and was also a partner with Deloitte.

Leslie holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and completed his MBA in 1997 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Leslie joins the group on 1 October 2017.

In their respective positions, both Leslie and Chad will report directly to the Altron Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Holden, and will sit on the Altron Group Executive Committee so as to have a closer alignment between head office and the operations.

According to Mteto Nyati, Altron Chief Executive, both Baker and Moodley have proven track records within their respective areas of expertise and bring a wealth of experience to the group.

“These key appointments bring to the Altron Group deep industry insights and expertise. This is important as we partner with our customers to deliver innovation that matters. They are also recognised for leading from the front when it comes to employee engagement. This is critical as we create an environment that fosters collaboration and personal growth,” he said.

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