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Issue Date: June 2007

Companies in the news

1 June 2007
Paul Booth

Altech has recently undertaken two empowerment deals involving its Alcom Matomo and Altech Fleet Management Services subsidiaries. Also, Altech has been appointed as the southern Africa distributor for the broadband services of USA-based CityNet Wireless, part of its plans that it hopes will enable it to become a telecommunications operator in this part of the world.
APC-MGE has appointed Carl Kleyhans as its regional director for Africa, including the Indian Islands. Kleyhans joined APC in 1998 and prior to this new appointment was responsible for the Middle East and Africa region for APC.
Calling the Cape
Luke Mills, the executive director of Calling the Cape, a Western Cape call centre promotion agency, has resigned in order to head up the local operation of an as yet unnamed major USA-based outsourcing company.
Channel Data
Mike Hamilton has been promoted to the managing director of Channel Data, with the previous MD, Jack Ward, taking up the executive chairman position. Channel Data is a BEE specialist technical distributor of numerous hardware and software products.
Control Instruments
Control Instruments has acquired the distribution rights in respect of FM Europe and the businesses and assets of Datatrak UK and One-Stop-Shop from Siemens VDO, for £5,045m.
Datatec has continued its acquisition spree with the £20,7m purchase of Crane telecommunications, a European distributor of voice and data communications services. It is the intention of Datatec to integrate Crane Telecommunications into its European operations of Westcon, its largest subsidiary, which supplies networking equipment.
Dialogue Group
MSG Afrika Investment Holdings has taken a 7% investment in the recently-listed Dialogue Group.
Dimension Data
Dimension Data has increased its 10% shareholding in its Datacraft operation in Brazil to 50,1% thus giving it a controlling interest and allowing it to change the company's name to Dimension Data Brazil. In a totally separate transaction, Dimension Data has disposed of its loss-making Swedish operation to Cygate AB, a subsidiary of TeliaSonera, a major telecommunications player in Scandinavia and partly owned by the Swedish government.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Mark Wilson, the managing director of Fujitsu Siemens Computers South Africa has been promoted to the position of MD for their Middle East and Africa region. Wilson will also continue in his local role until a suitable successor has been appointed.
Ingram Micro SA
Peter Ibbotson has been appointed as the CEO of Ingram Micro South Africa, a distributor that starts its local operations this month. Ibbotson was a previous director of MB Technologies, a 50/50 shareholder in Ingram Micro SA, and a previous chairman of Tarsus Technologies. Until recently, Ibbotson was also a previous executive chairman of Acer Africa. Guy Whitcroft, the ex-MD of Tarsus Technologies and a director of MB Technologies was widely expected to take on the above role, but has resigned from the group to take up a position in the Middle East with Aptec, a distributor and competitor to Ingram Micro.
The shares of three suspended ICT companies that were either insolvent or had ceased trading were formally de-listed. The companies were CCI Holdings, ShawCell Telecommunications and Top Tech Information. In a separate move, the shares of Integrear, now a cash shell, were suspended, pending acquisition moves by that company.
Numara Software
Numara Software, a supplier of service desk management solutions has 'converted' its distributor for SA, Onsoft, into a fully-fledged subsidiary for its products and services in sub-Saharan Africa.
Pinnacle Micro
Pinnacle Micro has been appointed by Western Digital as one of its local distribution partners for sub-Saharan Africa.
SBi, a subsidiary of JSE-listed, has been appointed by New Zealand-based Onstream Systems, an imaging software company, as its sub-Saharan distributor.
Uganda Telecom
A Libyan company, Libya African Portfolio Greencom has taken over Ugandan Telecom after it acquired Ucom, the latter's majority shareholder. They have also appointed a new MD, Abdulbaset Elazzabi.
Vestor Investments
Vestor Investments, ex-Vesta, has made two acquisitions. The first is that of ConvergeNet SA, an ICT distribution business and the second is that Structured Connectivity Solutions, a company dedicated to the consultancy, design and turnkey project management of business IT solutions. It is the intention following the completion of the first of the two acquisitions, that Vestor Investments will be re-named ConvergeNet Holdings.

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