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Telkom, Vodacom CEOs to sleep in the streets

Sipho Maseko

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

They make millions every year. But Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko and Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub have agreed to spend a winter’s night on the cold streets of Johannesburg — and will even stump up a large amount of cash for the “privilege” of doing so.

It’s all part of a project led by radio station 702 and Sun International called the CEO Sleepout.

Maseko and Joosub will cough up R100 000 each to charity and put their heads down for the night on a cold pavement.

The event will take place on 18 June, three days before the winter solstice.

Maseko was nominated by MultiChoice South Africa Group CEO Imtiaz Patel, who has in turn nominated Business Connexion CEO Isaac Mophatlane and newly appointed acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to join them.

Joosub was nominated by Ran Neu-Ner of the Creative Counsel on 17 April.

Joosub, in turn, has thrown out the challenge to all telecoms CEOs. MTN South Africa CEO Ahmad Farroukh and Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos have not yet said whether they plan to join their rivals on the pavement.

Shameel Joosub

Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

The CEO Sleepout is an initiative started by Bernard Fehon in Australia 10 years ago.

Rather than have just another fundraiser for the poor, he decided he wanted CEOs to experience the realities of living on the street — just as the homeless do.

The Sleepout is being hosted by 702 and Sun International in South Africa. It will see the CEOs of many of South Africa’s top companies spend a night on the pavement in Gwen Lane in Sandton. The street is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The CEO Sleepout embraces the cause of vulnerable children and funds raised will go to Girls and Boys Towns.

Organisers hope that 250 CEOs will participate to raise a total of R25m. The project will be rolled out to the rest of the country in 2016. Besides raising funds, the initiative aims to create empathy and understanding for the plight of the homeless.  — © 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. Naughty Mashas on

    Sipho my man you have my e-mail in your e-mail address or drop me an sms I will bring you some coffee. how many sugars, plain coffee or with milk. I love you brother you are doing very good job in the helm of Telkom Touch Tomrrow.

  2. Truncheon007 on

    Sipho I hope it so F^%#<} Cold you freeze your balls off. At least u have one supporter that will give you coffee. Myself and a few hundred others can come there and throw icewater on you, you useless racist piece of trash. I wouldn't even give you the time of day conniving bastard

  3. CharlieTango on

    It’s not the CEO’s that should be spending a night on the streets but our government ministers as then they may begin to understand that their incompetence has a knock on effect (one of which is homeless people). However, I hold out little hope of our ruling government ever taking its head out of the sand (or elsewhere for that matter) and realising how they are screwing up SA.

  4. Eric Martinsich on

    That is where those in government used to sleep. shacks, hideaways, prison etc.

  5. Now that they are fat cats looks like they forgot what it was like, or now that they are very well fed and warm and robbing us citizens they dont care.

  6. CharlieTango on

    There are a few million homeless, poor and unemployed South African that would disagree.

  7. Eric Martinsich on

    so David are we only talking about those in Government or all political parties

  8. Eric Martinsich on

    of course they would. even the millions in America, Russia, and many other countries around the world. then there are those that would agree that have homes, employed etc. but for some worldwide stats and we pale in significance. “Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.

  9. Are these CEOs spending their own money or the company’s money?
    It shows more commitment to the cause if it is their own money!

  10. Greg Mahlknecht on

    That makes their current behavior all the worse, not more excusable. Just because you had a crap upbringing, doesn’t mean you need to cheat and steal when you manage to get off the bottom rung of society.

  11. Ofentse Letsholo on

    Yeah that’s what I asked myself also but I think it’s their own money that’s why it’s not 1mil each but 100k as it’s “not that much” when comparing both.

  12. Eric Martinsich on

    ITS NOT OK. Bringing home a point that around the world there is poverty due to population explosion. 1 billion in 20 years. So we need to look at how many people are no longer in poverty in this country and the access to grants to put food on the table for those unemployed.

  13. Eric Martinsich on

    so name all the ANC top brass that has cheated and what was it that the cheated on. please do tell. false propaganda can eventually make people believe its true

  14. Greg Mahlknecht on

    You’re kidding, right? Do you not read the news? It starts from the top (do you REALLY think Nkandla is all on the up-and-up?) and filters down to the many suspended, convicted and redeployed struggle buddies with issues ranging from faked credentials, fraudulent tenders and … well just take your head out the sand and read the news. People believe it because it’s true. We have a government which is rotten to the core. And all that Number One does is shuffle the deck chairs with the dwindling faithful incompetents which are loyal to him.

  15. Eric Martinsich on

    Not kidding at al and I read the news everyday. even the propaganda. so do tell about Nkandla and what should the President be paying and where was that outcome finalised.. start looking at all the good that is done and give a balanced view

  16. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Well the way I see it, either #1 did what the public protector said (the due diligence has been done on the costs), and needs to pay back the money, or he’s so inconceivably stupid that he was unaware of what was happening with his own home as it was being built around him over the course of a number of years. I don’t think Zuma’s a particularly bright man, but he’s not THAT stupid.

    The government has indeed done good, but when you consider how little that is over 20+ years it’s not at all impressive, and the opportunity cost of the incompetence of the ANC, and what the country could have been if they actually acted in the interest of the citizens, and not themselves, it makes you want to cry.

  17. Eric Martinsich on

    There was no due Diligence done by the Public protector. that was left to the ministers and others to work out. there are court cases on the go as well where overcharging took place etc. the report on Nkandla will be presented to Parliament shortly so I wait and hear.

  18. Bokwe Mafuna on

    Maybe then the CEOs should each nominate a Minister, or a DG or a DDG, as the game ups. So then they would have to join, refuse, or use a spokesman to say they will be out of the country. Let the games begin.

  19. Bokwe Mafuna on

    People believe it because it’s true. Or it’s true because people believe it?

  20. Bokwe Mafuna on

    CEOs can be human too, I think. And Government Ministers could surprise us; if only they could be invited in. As well as the DGs and DDGs.

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