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Mteto Nyati is one of those leaders in South Africa's society whose career path is nothing short of excellence. From starting as an engineer during South Africa's much darker Apartheid days to changing industries into the Information Technology field and then later Telecommunications.

He has proven that he has a knack for taking on challenges and finding solutions. In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show I got to speak with Mteto about his younger days as detailed in his book "Betting on a Darkie."

We also discuss the state that South Africa finds itself in and what he proposes should be done to move the country forward.

Biography: Mteto Nyati

Mteto has been the group chief executive and executive director of Altron since April 2017. He served as a chief executive officer at MTN South Africa from 2014 to March 2017, where he was responsible for returning the business to growth by overhauling employee engagement and transforming the customer experience.

Before that, he was the group chief enterprise officer of MTN group limited. He joined Microsoft Corporation, where he was the managing director of Microsoft South Africa from 2008. Beginning in June 2005, he had a twelve-year career at IBM, where he was director of global technology services for South and Central Africa and served in several senior executive roles. He met two large business units at IBM: telecommunications and small and medium businesses.

He has also served as an independent non-executive director at AdvTECH Ltd. And as a non-executive director of Blue Label Telecoms. In 2004 he read named one of Yale University's World Fellows. He is the joint winner of the 2013 It Personality of the Year. Mteto holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal.

Podcast notes

Website: Mteto Nyati, CEO of Altron Group, Profile and Biography by Bloomberg

Article: MTN, union agree to end strike immediately by Mail & Guardian (MTN South Africa)

Website: Mteto Nyati (Personal Website)

Book: Betting on a Darkie: Lifting the Corporate Game by Mteto Nyati.

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