South African fibre giant appoints new CCO

  • MAZIV, the parent company of Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa has appointed a new chief commercial officer.
  • Junaid Munshi, previously at SADV, will take the reins and be responsible for driving the acquisition and retention of new customers.
  • Munshi has 20 years of experience in the corporate space and has held executive roles at Cell C, MTN and Vodacom, according to MAZIV.

The parent company of Vumatel and Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), MAZIV has announced the appointment of a new group chief commercial officer (CCO). Junaid Munshi will be taking the role, reporting directly to group chief executive Dietlof Mare.

Munshi will be overseeing the growth of MAZIV and its subsidiaries in the market. Vumatel and DFA combined have over 47 000km of fibre, making MAZIV one of South Africa’s largest fibre network operators.

Vumatel alone has now connected its fibre to nearly two million homes across South Africa and has provided free, unlimited 1gbps fibre connections to over 700 schools.

The company is only growing, which is why it has tapped an executive with over 20 years of experience in the corporate world in Munshi. In terms of his scope, the new CCO will collaborate closely with the MAZIV executive team to define and execute its commercial goals, drive customer acquisition, retention, and enhance its market presence.

“His role will be pivotal in identifying emerging business opportunities and implementing innovative strategies to ensure our sustained competitive edge in a rapidly evolving business landscape,” the firm says in a press release sent to Hypertext.

Prior to his appointment at MAZIV, Munshi served as the managing director at SADV, an internet services provider which also offers fibre products. He also has managing experience in organisations such as Cell C, Vodacom and MTN. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from UCT, and an MBA from Wits Business School

“I am excited and privileged to join MAZIV as the Chief Commercial Officer,” Munshi enthuses.

“I firmly believe that the company is best positioned in the industry, and I am looking forward to a join a team that’s driving our growth across the vast spectrum of opportunities before us. We are particularly excited to be at the forefront of delivering a new era of best value, high-speed broadband services to all corners of society to unlock the vast socio-economic benefits that lie ahead,” he adds.

MAZIV recently announced that it would be investing R400 million through DFA in order to embark on a country-wide upgrading of existing fibre infrastructure. This project will take 18 months to complete and will see improved network performance for customers.

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