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Cisco announces first Govt Affairs appointment for Africa

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Africa , 04 Feb 2015

Cisco announces first Govt Affairs appointment for Africa

Cisco has appointed Siyabonga Madyibi to the new position of Government Affairs Director for Africa. This is Cisco's first Government Affairs position for the continent.

In this new role Siyabonga, who has over 14 years' experience in telecom policy, will lead Cisco's government affairs and public policy strategy in Africa, engaging with top government officials and key policy makers in Africa.

His remit will focus initially on South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria working in close partnership and alignment the Cisco's Africa Leadership team, led by David Meads, VP for Africa at Cisco, on policies and relationships that will advance Cisco's business in Africa.

In a media statement Cisco said that as the home to nine of the world's fifteen fastest growing economies, Africa is ripe for transformation making it an increasingly attractive environment for global business investments.

"Technology is at an inflection point, in which it can transform African economies and create many new opportunities, with the increased digitisation of countries. Subsequently, governments throughout the continent are now increasingly becoming aware of the importance of growth in ICT and the benefits it can offer," the Company said.

For the past decade Siyabonga has led the government and regulatory strategy for Dimension Data in Africa. Before that, he worked with the South African Regulator, ICASA, and for MTN, one of the leading mobile operators in the telecoms sector in Africa. Siyabonga holds a BA Law degree from the University of Cape Town and an LLB degree from the University of Natal.

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