Nomvuyiso Batyi, in partnership with several CEOs from the South African telecom industry, launched the Association for Communications and Technology (ACT) on Thursday, August 11, 2022.
The non-profit organization, initially established in 2021, aims to take care of the interests of the major telecom operators in South Africa by cooperating with regulators and the government.
Patty, who previously chaired the Presidential Committee for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PC4IR) of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, was named CEO of ACT.
She also previously served as a special advisor to former Communications Minister Stella Ndabene Abrahams.
“The formation of this consortium will help network operators reduce fragmentation in the industry and ensure that they deliver a common message on industry-related matters,” Patty said during the launch.
“The ICT sector creates jobs and economic participation in industries such as health, banking and financial institutions as well as education, making the role of the consolidated industry a critical voice to assist the government in managing these sectors.”
Patty also highlighted the fact that there are significant disparities in terms of regulation in South Africa’s ICT policy.
“We need to find appropriate solutions for South Africa and its citizens,” she said.
Batty added that the industry must be proactive in ensuring that its policies and regulatory processes are responsive.
Shamil Gossup, CEO of Vodacom Group, chairs the association, and its founding members include Vodacom, Ryan, Cell C, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, MTN, and Telecom.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, as a keynote speaker.
The minister likened the formation of the assembly to the old African proverb, “If you want to hurry, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”