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image EZULWINI - Eswatini MTN Board Chairman David Dlamini (L) welcoming the new CEO of the company Wandile Mtshali during his unveiling ceremony held at Mahlalekhukhwini House yesterday. (Pic: Stanley Khumalo)

MBABANE – The corner office on the first floor in the left wing of Mahlalekhukhwini House shall have a new occupant as of next week Monday.
On March 2, 2020, Wandile Mtshali, as reported by our sister publication, the Times SUNDAY, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of MTN Eswatini.

Mtshali was yesterday unveiled as the new CEO of the mobile telephony company in a press conference that started just after 2pm. He was presented to members of media houses by the Chairman of the Board, David Dlamini.

Mtshali succeeds Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, who was appointed to the position of prime minister by His Majesty the King on October 27, 2018.
However, following the departure of Dlamini, the fort at MTN Eswatini was held by the Head of Corporate Services, Sibusiso Nhleko.
When introducing Mtshali, the chairman of the Board first appreciated Nhleko for his leadership while the Board worked with MTN Group to recruit a substantive CEO.


“I would like to thank management for working well with Nhleko, because of this collaboration, MTN Eswatini performed well in 2019,” the chairman of the Board said.

With a smile, the chairman then introduced Mtshali, stating that the latter was not new to MTN Eswatini and the telecommunications sector. He then read the profile of Mtshali which encompassed the new CEO joining the mobile telephony company as switch and valued added services (VAS) engineer, which quickly led to his acceleration to becoming a senior VAS engineer.

The chairman said this was due to Mtshali’s agility and passion in telecommunications. From this role, the chairman highlighted that Mtshali became exposed to other markets in the continent like MTN Guinea Bissau and MTN South Sudan where he worked as chief technical officer.
The chairman concluded by noting that Mtshali was a seasoned executive who was bringing a wealth of industry experience from local and international markets.

“The Board of directors is confident that he will harness all resources that MTN has accrued over the years and propel MTN Eswatini to greater heights.
“I, therefore, encourage all staff, across all levels, to work with him so that MTN Eswatini continues to be a leading digital operator in the Kingdom of Eswatini,” the Board chairman said.


In response to the welcoming remarks by the chairman, Mtshali thanked the shareholders, MTN Group and the Board for affording him this opportunity and trusting him to lead the organisation to achieve its vision.
MTN Eswatini’s vision is ‘to lead in the delivery of a bold new digital world’.

He said MTN Eswatini’s customers lives were set to be brighter if all worked collectively.
“We’ll be the number one digital operator in the country which shall give digital solutions to our clients. This encompasses all needs our customers might have,” Mtshali said.

Mtshali further said his focus would be in attaining sustainable growth in the company as shareholders had given them (leaders) targets and objectives which they had to make sure that they attain and bring value to their shareholders.

Also, he emphasised the need for making sure that all customers experience excellent services from his new home – MTN Eswatini – in any manner that they shall be dealing with the mobile telephony company.

The Bhadzeni II in Mankayane descendant, as previously reported by the Times SUNDAY, resigned from Eswatini Mobile last month.
At the time of his resignation from Eswatini Mobile, he held the position of chief technical officer.  At some point, he was given the responsibility to serve as an acting CEO for Eswatini Mobile.

He went back to his substantive position when the Board of directors appointed telecoms mastermind Jeff Penberton as the chief executive officer in February 2018.
Meanwhile, in his professional brief, which he published on linked-In, Mtshali said he had successfully held executive positions within the mobile technology industry and produced excellent results in terms of technology strategy formulation and execution.


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