A former senior Telkom executive, Setumo Mohapi, will be appointed as the new CEO of broadcasting signal distributor Sentech later this month.
TechCentral has learnt from a reliable political source that communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda will recommend to cabinet that Mohapi be appointed to replace Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane, who left the troubled state-owned company earlier this year.
Mokone-Matabane took “early retirement” after an Nyanda-appointed task team produced a damning report on the operational and financial state of Sentech. The report prompted Nyanda to appoint a new board of directors at Sentech, led by chairman Quraysh Patel.
That board has recommended to Nyanda that Mohapi be appointed as the company’s new CEO and TechCentral’s source says the minister has agreed with the board’s recommendation.
Mohapi appears to have the right credentials for the job. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in electrical engineering (telecommunications) from Wits.
He’s worked in a number of senior positions at Transtel, Internet Solutions, Neotel and Telkom.
Cabinet is expected to ratify Mohapi’s appointment when it meets on 27 October. — Duncan McLeod, TechCentral