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WASPA appoints new Communications Chief

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Sipho Bengu appointed as the new Board Member in charge of the Communications and Membership portfolio
Sipho Bengu appointed as the new Board Member in charge of the Communications and Membership portfolio

On 29 August 2019 WASPA, an industry for South African companies in the mobile services industry, announced the appointment of Sipho Bengu as a new Board member in charge of the Communications and Membership portfolio. Bengu was elected to the governing body that represents the interests of South Africa’s mobile content and application service providers. The association claims to pursue a strong consumer protection mandate.

Bengu was recently the Supplier Development Lead at ABSA Bank’s Johannesburg head office. Whilst there, he was responsible for increasing the participation of black-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Requests for Proposals. WASPA says that Bengu’s experience as a dealmaker will allow him to provide and contribute new ideas and perspectives to the teams. The company also notes that he is  experienced in balancing competing interests.

“WASPA’s continued commitment to transformation will help it stay relevant in a complex local mobile environment that must reflect a changing society. We are excited at the prospect of Sipho helping WASPA to take its transformation agenda to the next level,” said Ilonka Badenhorst, WASPA General Manager. “I enjoy proactively reaching out to people in an optimistic style. So much can be achieved when everyone feels part of new objectives and no-one is alienated. WASPA’s role in the mobile sector and in the wider economy can be expanded for everyone’s benefit and I’m looking forward to achieving this for WASPA members,” Bengu commented.

WASPA’s constitution provides for a board which replaces the former Management Committee structure in place since the association was founded in 2004. The other board members who are currently serving their 12-month terms are James McNab, Vice-Chair & Lobbying – Networks portfolio; Lianda Holleman, Treasurer & Finance portfolio; Anthony Ekerold, Code of Conduct portfolio; Conrad Geldenhuys, Lobbying – Regulatory portfolio; and Pierre van Rensburg, Wholesale portfolio. WASPA’s Chair for the 2019/2019 financial year is Greg Brophy, who, according to WASPA, has been in the mobile industry for a significant period of time.

Edited by Kojo Essah

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