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Harvard Business School Launches Senior Executive Program In Africa

Leadership development program will teach local executives to design and execute effective strategies, accelerate growth, and establish a powerful network of peers

BOSTON, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education today announced a new three-module program, Senior Executive Program—Africa (SEPA). The new program is comprised of a module in Cape Town, South Africa from August 14 – August 19, an independent work module from August – November, and a module on the HBS campus in Boston from November 27 – December 2. The program is designed to prepare executives to seize the region’s growth opportunities and build insights into local, regional, and global markets by exploring the approaches of successful leaders.

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In partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) of Pretoria University in South Africa, the 2016 offering will help executives build the knowledge, perspective, and confidence needed to lead more effectively and accelerate growth. Over time, HBS will partner with additional leading educational institutions to offer this program in different African countries, giving senior executives in Africa the opportunity to build leadership skills and grow a powerful network of peers.

The three-module program begins in Cape Town, South Africa, where executives will learn to design strategies that foster innovation and become more effective leaders. Returning to work in Module 2, executives will examine an important business challenge facing their organizations, before presenting the results in Module 3 on the HBS campus in Boston. Executives will expand their ability to lead their organizations through the creation and execution of effective growth strategies.

“Africa’s expanding population and dynamic markets create a unique set of challenges and growth opportunities,” said Professor Das Narayandas, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Executive Education and Harvard Business Publishing. “This course teaches executives to design and execute effective strategies, nurture high-performance teams, and establish a network of peers that will help them generate short-term and long-term success in their organizations.”

Complemented by ongoing support and networking from HBS, the program helps executives grow as leaders while minimizing time away from work. Designed to emphasize relevant business challenges facing leaders in Africa’s growing businesses, the curriculum examines the experiences of executives from Africa and around the world to illustrate leadership best practices.

“To achieve their full potential and navigate the rapid change in Africa, today’s executives need a strong vision,” said Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of SEPA. “We help executives see their business through a new lens and enhance their leadership skills by studying the practices of successful enterprises. This provides them with a competitive advantage for success in Africa and beyond.”

“The tremendous amount of opportunity in Africa creates a need for exceptional leaders,” said Srikant M. Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of SEPA. “We teach executives to understand how their goals align with their team’s goals. By matching their leadership style with the needs of their organizations, executives can build and lead high-performance teams to maximize their organization’s talent.”

Senior Executive Program—Africa is designed for senior executives and strategic decision-makers in African companies from any industry. Participants may include CEOs, CFOs, business line heads, and other senior executives, as well as directors of government agencies. Organizations might include local, multinational, or pan-African businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies.

As with other HBS Executive Education offerings, Senior Executive Program—Africa will rely on research from leading HBS faculty, discussions with industry peers, and learnings from real-world case studies from successful global companies. The program also leverages insight from top faculty at GIBS and Lagos Business School.

Program Details:

Senior Executive Program—Africa will be hosted in three modules, from August through December 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa, in an independent work module, and on the Harvard Business School campus. Please visit http://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/sepa/ for complete curriculum and to apply.

Senior Executive Program—Africa

August 14 – August 19, 2016 – Module 1 (Cape Town, South Africa)

August – November 2016 – Module 2 (Independent Business Challenge Project)

November 27 – December 2, 2016 – Module 3 (HBS Campus, Boston, U.S.)


Nick Binedell, Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of Senior Executive Program—Africa.

Srikant M. Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration and faculty cochair of Senior Executive Program—Africa.

Benjamin C. Esty, Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration.

Reuel Khoza, Visiting Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Enase Okonedo, Dean of Lagos Business School (LBS) and Chair of the LBS Management Board.

Lynn S. Paine, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean.

  1. Kasturi Rangan, Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing.

Forest L. Reinhardt, John D. Black Professor.

About Harvard Business School:

Harvard Business School Executive Education, a division of Harvard Business School, is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2015, HBS faculty developed and delivered 73 open-enrollment Executive Education programs and 50 custom programs for leading organizations worldwide. More than 10,000 business executives attended programs held on campus in Boston as well as classrooms in Mumbai, and Shanghai. With global research centers in eight key regions, HBS faculty continue to develop groundbreaking research, forge powerful alliances with global organizations, and fulfill the mission of educating leaders who shape the practice of business and innovation. Learn more at www.exed.hbs.edu.

Galela Chooses Altai Super WiFi to Connect the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality

Providing Free WiFi in First of Eight South Africa Connect District Municipalities

HONG KONG, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Altai Technologies, a leading provider of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies, today announced that Galela Telecommunication Holdings (Pty) Lty (“Galela”), a trailblazer in deploying broadband networks and offering internet connection services in under-serviced areas in South Africa.  Galela has chosen the Altai Super WiFi solution to connect the city of Tlokwe within the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in South Africa.

Launched in February, the WiFi service is provided for free to all local residents.The WiFi network covers the under-serviced areas such as townships and settlements. Chairman of Galela Mr. Thami Mtshali said, “When evaluating WiFi solutions, we understand that access points with long range technologies are important for a citywide WiFi network. Utilizing patented smart antenna technologies, Altai Super WiFi is able to provide not only larger coverage but also better performance, ensuring a superior quality of service to South Africa’s diverse populations. Fewer Altai Super WiFi base stations and access points are required per kilometer, thus significantly reducing the total deployment cost and time.”

Owing to the huge coverage area and high user capacity, Altai A8-Ein and A2-Ei are deployed on the rooftops of various buildings to provide WiFi access while C1n’s are used as CPE’s to extend the WiFi coverage. In some areas such as internet cafes, schools and clinics, A2’s and C1n’s are used to provide small area wireless networks.

“We are pleased to partner with Galela on the South Africa Connect program. At Altai, we believe broadband connectivity is more than just internet access, it truly makes a difference from an economic to education standpoint,” said Dr. Raymond Leung, CEO of Altai Technologies. “With a free WiFi service, the Tlokwe residents are connecting with others in the community and the outside world as well. Together with Galela, we look forward to continually enabling people to connect in more and more locations.”

Since the base stations and access points are installed in many different locations the network operator has chosen AltaiCare, a cloud-based network management solution to configure & manage the WiFi network and access points. This allows the service provider to efficiently manage and operate the network.

The rollout of the free WiFi in Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality is part of the South Africa Connect program to provide fast, reliable and secure internet to all citizens. Phase two will cover all the provinces in the north-western part of South Africa and is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The Altai Super WiFi Solution is proven in many different applications, helping service providers with an increasing number of mobile users and associated interference problems to solve the capacity and coverage challenges in a cost-effective way.

About Galela

Galela Telecommunication Holdings (Pty) Ltd is one of South Africa’s leading telecoms companies. Galela’s Team has over 20 years combined experience in wireless telecommunications. The company provides progressive ICT solutions and services to populations and businesses in South Africa’s most developed urban areas as well as in its underserved rural areas.

For more information please visit http://www.galela.com

About Altai Technologies

Altai Technologies is a leading provider of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies with deployments in 100 countries.  It is also the leading solution for the vertical industrial markets, covering over 180 terminal ports and airports globally.  The Altai Super WiFi Solution includes a complete portfolio of indoor and outdoor products for carriers, WISPs, and enterprises to support a wide range of applications such as mobile data offload, public access, WLAN access, and backhaul.

For more information, please visit www.altaitechnologies.com

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Annie Loi
Email: mktg@altaitechnologies.com
Tel: +852-3758-6000

La DFM AX7 sera exposée au salon Equip Auto Algeria 2016 avec l’AX3

ALGER, Algérie, 14 mars 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Le 17 mars 2016, DongFeng Motor Corporation (DFM), participera au salon Equip Auto Algeria 2016 avec une gamme neuve et un nouveau slogan : « Avec vous ». Ensuite, feront leur entrée spectaculaire sur le stand les 10 modèles DFM que voici : la DFM SUV AX7, et le deuxième modèle phare DFM SUV AX3, les  DFM A30, S30, et DFM H30 Cross, ainsi que les DFM Joyear X5, DFM Xiaokang GLORY 360 et les DFM Xiaokang K01, K02, V21 et V22.

Dans l’après-midi du 17 mars, DFM organisera la cérémonie de lancement initial et de promotion du modèle stratégique SUV AX7 au centre d’exposition SAFEX d’Alger. En tant qu’important modèle SUV de DFM, l’AX3 propose pour la première fois, la philosophie de marque « New Life Plus », qui utilise une technologie et une conception de pointe sur le plan international pour répondre aux attentes des jeunes clients, et offrir des avantages en termes d’espace, de puissance et de consommation de carburant. L’AX3 est un SUV de ville personnalisé. C’est aussi le seul modèle alimenté par T parmi tous les modèles SUV de son segment. Cet SUV AX3 « ultra spacieux » sera l’attraction numéro une de l’exposition.

Des représentants du gouvernement algérien et d’importants représentants de l’Ambassade de Chine en Algérie seront présents. Su Weibin, directeur de l’unité internationale de DFM et directeur général de China DongFeng Motor Industry Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd., présentera, à d’autres invités, l’histoire et les réalisations de DFM. Il évoquera aussi les perspectives commerciales encourageantes de l’Algérie. Proposant une formule tout-inclus englobant performances animées, fonctions bien planifiées, et chaleureuses représentations commerciales et professionnelles, DFM se réjouit d’accueillir de nombreux clients lors de l’exposition.

Fondé en 1969, DongFeng Motor Corporation (DFM) est l’un des trois principaux groupes automobiles chinois. Gérant un actif total de 41 milliards USD, DFM se classe en 109ème position dans le palmarès Fortune Global 500. En 2015, DFM a vendu 3,8725 millions d’unités. L’activité principale de DFM couvre toutes les gammes de véhicules : utilitaires, tourisme, pièces, équipements et produits automobiles différenciés horizontalement. Interbrand a classé  « DongFeng » parmi les « Meilleures marques automobiles de Chine ». Durant la même année, la marque DFM a vendu 1,2185 millions d’unités indépendantes, y compris 781 200 véhicules de tourisme, une hausse de 6,6 pour cent en glissement annuel.

À l’avenir, DFM compte intensifier ses activités internationales en renforçant l’impact de son image de marque et la portée de ses produits, de son marketing et de sa culture. Le constructeur veut améliorer sa capacité de livraison de produits aux concessionnaires algériens. Il va sans cesse optimiser la qualité pour favoriser la compétitivité de sa marque et la satisfaction du client.


JOHANNESBURG, Police in South Africa’s Gauteng Province are investigating a possible syndicate behind cable theft in the City of Johannesburg as officials continue to wage war against the thefts which is costing South Africa millions of Rand.

Four men were caught in the act by police officers as they were stealing cables worth hundreds of thousands of Rand here Monday morning.

Cable thefts not only cost the country millions of rand but they also lead to the sabotage of essential services such as electricity. In some instances, trains have been derailed because of the theft of cables for their copper.

Last month, more arrests were made in the Johannesburg central business district and hundreds of thousands of rand worth of cable were seized.

A manhunt is underway for the suspected syndicate members.


SA Missions to Zimbabwe Strengthen Relations � Official

The trade and investment missions that the South African government undertakes to Zimbabwe every year are going a long way in cementing the close historical, economic and political ties that have bound the two economies since the times of South Africa’s liberation struggle. This was said by the Deputy Director-General of Export Promotion at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Ms Pumla Ncapayi.

Ncapayi was addressing delegates who attended the Investment and Trade Business Seminar that was hosted by the dti in Harare yesterday. The seminar was part of the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) that started Harare today and will end in Bulawayo on Friday. The theme of the ITI is Strengthening Business Linkages Between South Africa and Zimbabwe. 30 SA businesspeople are participating in the ITI.

“We are undertaking ITIs in a bid to further cement the close historical, economic and political ties that have bound our two economies since the times of South Africa’s liberation struggle. South Africans are truly grateful for the support received from the people of Zimbabwe during our struggle for liberation. Today we share a common destiny of mutual pursuance of stable democratic governance, economic growth and socio-economic development. We therefore share a sense of kinship with the people of Zimbabwe, which we believe forms a solid basis for the strengthening of business ties,” said Ncapayi.

She added that South Africa remained committed to partnering with Zimbabwe in the realisation of the two countries’ economic aspirations.

“This commitment has been translated into tangible initiatives over the years as evidenced by the five previous it is that we have undertaken. A further attestation to our commitment can be displayed in our ongoing participation in the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair attended by 23 South African exhibitors last year. We return this year with a business delegation comprising of 33 companies representing diverse sectors including agro-processing, mining, health care, infrastructure and Information and Communication Technology, amongst others,” added Ncapayi.

She said Zimbabwe had been at the forefront of a number of historical milestones in advancing the industrialisation agenda in Africa. These include the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap another and the Tripartite Free Trade Area.

“Both of these initiatives will see Africa attaining self-sustaining development through value addition, employing strategies that boost production capacity of industries, developing infrastructure that leverages industrialisation and promotes technological advancement,” emphasised Ncapayi

Ncapayi also said SA and Zimbabwe share economic advantages that once unleashed would address the structural challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality that plague both countries.

“We have at hand a number of mechanisms that are currently steering our bilateral trade relationship. These include the SADC Trade Protocols, the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bilateral Trade Agreement, the Joint Commission for Cooperation and the Joint Technical Committee. In addition to these, during the State visit by President Mugabe to South Africa in 2015, the two sides agreed to elevate the engagements to that of a Binational Commission to be led by our respective Heads of State. This strategic level of engagement aptly demonstrates the confidence and trust that both our governments have in each other towards realising our economic ambitions. To this end, I think the time is ripe for our business communities to translate these aspirations into tangible projects,” concluded Ncapayi.


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SOURCE: Department of Trade and Industry Republic of South Africa