DT50: South Africa’s Top 50 Visionary Leaders Driving Digital Transformation

Exito Media Concepts proudly presents DT 50, a momentous initiative set to applaud the extraordinary accomplishments of South Africa’s technology leaders. This prestigious program is designed to honour exceptional individuals who have spearheaded groundbreaking advancements in technology within the region.

We are proud to announce the distinguished individuals who have been selected for DT 50, shining a spotlight on the trailblazers who have propelled South Africa’s tech landscape to new heights. With a commitment to recognising outstanding contributions, this remarkable endeavour showcases the visionary leaders who have redefined what is possible in the realm of technology.

Here is the esteemed DT 50 list:

  • Sibusiso Mbingo – Chief Information Officer, MMI Holdings
  • Oswald Abrahams – Head of IT, Plumblink – Proudly Bidvest
  • Ashley Singh – Chief Information Officer, Sanlam Corporate
  • Celenkosini Lukhele – Principal Digital Data Transformation, De Beers Group
  • Dr Sylvia Sathekge – Partner & CIO, SNG Grant Thornton
  • Dr Mgobansimbi Stanley Mpofu – Chief Information Officer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Nikos Angelopoulos – Group CIO, MTN Group
  • Ricci Birchfield – Head of Technology and Business Strategy, Volkswagen Group South Africa
  • Raymond Tsongorera – Head of IT – HGR, Hollard Insurance
  • Norbit Williams – Chief Information Officer, Department of Public Enterprises
  • Riaan Lourens – Chief Information Officer, FNB South Africa
  • Luchen Moodley – Head Of Information Technology, Sasol
  • Johan Wolmarans – Head Of Information Technology, Telesure Investment Holdings (TIH)
  • Charity Mudzongo – Head of IT & BPO, DHL Global Forwarding (Pty) Ltd.
  • Zanele Majeke – Chief Information Officer, Standard Bank South Africa
  • Duke Mathebula – Chief Information Officer, Trident Steel Africa
  • Popi Kunene – Head Of Technology Retail, Old Mutual Insure, Johannesburg
  • Alan Vickery – Chief Information Officer, FirstRand Group, Johannesburg
  • Toni Serra – Chief Information Officer, AECI Limited
  • Heydon Hall – Chief Information Officer, Dark Fibre Africa Pty Ltd.
  • Dejan Kastelic – Group CTO, Vodacom.
  • Tsholofelo Moeca – Chief Information Officer, Clover S.A. Proprietary Limited.
  • Phakama Makalima – Chief Information Officer, Absa Life.
  • Leonie Upton – Chief Information Officer – Home Loans, Absa Group.
  • Nameetha Panday – Chief Digital and Transformation Officer, Lenmed.
  • Jaco Joubert – Head of Information Technology Department , Curro Hazeldean High.
  • Gareth Sieberhagen – Head of Information Technology, in2food.
  • Dimakatso Masiteng – Head of ICT, National Youth Development Agency.
  • Dhesen Ramsamy – Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited.
  • Unathi Mtya – Group Chief Information & Digital Officer, African Bank.
  • Desmond Govender – Group Chief Information Officer, African Rainbow Minerals Limited.
  • Nduduzo Majozi – Group Chief Technology Officer, Rand Mutual – RMA.
  • Avsharn Bachoo – Chief Information Officer, AfroCentric Group.
  • Sudhish Mohan – Chief Information Officer Digital Banking, Old Mutual Limited
  • Murendeni Nemukula – Head: Management Information BI and Analytics, Bidvest Bank Limited
  • Dr. Noxolo Kubheka-Dlamini – Chief Information and Technology Officer, Transnet Freight Rail
  • Gloseije Bazolana – Head: Information Technology, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • Siya Phoswa – Head of Digital Delivery, Discovery Limited
  • Lihle Mbatha – Head of Information Technology, Barloworld Equipment
  • Innocent Gumede – Chief Information Officer, Motovantage
  • Andrew Roberts – Chief Information Officer, Clinix Health Group (Pty) Ltd.
  • Zakhele Chibi – Country CIO, TotalEnergies
  • Mlindi Mashologu – Deputy Director-General: ICT Information Society and Capacity Development, Department of Communications and Digital Technologies
  • John Bosco Arends – Group Head Information and Network Technology Operations, City of Johannesburg
  • Lambros Karropoulos – Head of IT (CIO), Scaw Metals
  • Ishaaq Jacobs – Global Chief Cyber security Officer (CISO), Sasol
  • Ayanda Peta – CISO, African Rainbow Minerals Limited
  • Sne Dlamini – Chief Information Officer, Discovery Insure
  • Faith Burn – Chief Information Officer, Eskom Holdings
  • Menzi Sithole – IT Director- Africa, Unilever

These outstanding individuals have left an indelible mark on the technology sector in South Africa. The complete DT 50 list can be viewed on our official website: https://digitransformationsummit.com/south-africa-dt-50/

To mark this special occasion, we are delighted to announce that the launch of DT 50 magazine will take place during the highly anticipated 21st Edition of the Digital Transformation Summit. The summit is scheduled for the 20th of July at the prestigious Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The Digital Transformation Summit is a premier event that brings together industry professionals, thought leaders, and technology enthusiasts for engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and unparalleled networking opportunities. The Summit aims at getting a deeper understanding of how organizations are currently adopting digital transformation and how the country is working on enhancing the Human-Machine Relationship.

Rishikesh Shetty, CEO of Exito Media Concepts, said, “We are excited to introduce DT 50, an esteemed recognition that shines a spotlight on South Africa’s technology leaders. In the next decade, South Africa’s digital technology adoption will triple productivity growth in the country and we aim to honor the leaders spearheading digitization in South Africa for their significant contributions.”

About Exito Media Concepts

Exito, which means success in Spanish, embodies our commitment to the success of our customers. Each year, we host over 240 virtual and in-person conferences globally, bringing together audiences with world-class thought leaders and C-level executives across industries. Our meticulously crafted agendas, based on extensive research and valuable industry insights, facilitate business, knowledge transfer, deal flow, and impactful messaging for brands.

For more information about DT 50, including the complete list of nominees and the Digital Transformation Summit schedule, please visit our official event website: https://digitransformationsummit.com/south-africa/

For press inquiries or media coverage requests:
Contact: Mithun Gopinath
Email: mithun.gopinath@exito-e.com

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E Fest Cape Town to Host Africa’s Green Economy Summit to Connect Capital to Projects in Feb Next Year

 Africa’s Green Economy Summit, an official E Fest Cape Town event, to be hosted from 22–24 February 2023, will focus on the exciting investment opportunities to accelerate Africa’s adoption of renewable energy, clean transport and clean technologies, such as green hydrogen, that can effect social change and development.

Cape Town will host the E Fest from 22–25 February 2023*—a curated mix of content and events, showcasing our electric future in the week leading up to the first E-Prix event to take place on the African continent.

“Our role is to be agents for positive change in the South African economy,” says Iain Banner, co-founder of E Movement Pty Ltd and Africa’s Green Energy Summit. “By staging the summit, we are creating a marketplace to ensure real investment is made into qualifying green economy opportunities, not just in South Africa but deep into Africa too. We are connecting global capital with African green economic opportunity, so as to ensure there is real impact on the ground.”

SA needs to adapt to a green economy

“Climate change is accelerating the need for a green economy transition in Africa,” Banner explains, “and South Africa needs to adapt to a green economy to remain competitive in the global economy.”:

– South Africa is the 12th highest carbon emitter in the world and the highest

emitter in Africa.

– Over 90% of transport emissions in SA is caused by road transport, and motorcars in particular, and yet, the uptake of electric vehicles is slow.

– The slow adoption of EVs, along with the carbon intensiveness of the national electricity grid, uncoordinated policy frameworks and worsening socio-economic conditions have raised concerns over South Africa’s ability to adapt and remain globally competitive.

Western Cape: top green economy

“I look forward to participating in this exciting summit,” says the Western Cape’s Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, “precisely because building energy resilience is a key priority for the Western Cape Government; not only because we need to mitigate the effects of loadshedding and the resulting economic damage, but also because of the immense potential this sector has to attract investment, grow our regional economy and create jobs.”

According to the minister, the Western Cape is already proudly positioned as one of Africa’s top “green economy” investment destinations: “We have a strong green economy ecosystem, which we have worked hard to cultivate, because by prioritising investments in the green economy, we are investing in our future, precisely because the future is green.”

Shaping the continent’s net zero future

“Africa’s Green Economy Summit will host finance and investor professionals from across the globe in a meeting place with the intention of connecting capital to projects,” says David Ashdown, CEO of VUKA Group, organisers of the summit.

“A global event like the Formula E being held in Africa for the first time will create legacy impact projects that will shape the future of our continent,” Ashdown explains. “Meeting during the week before race weekend, global delegates will contribute towards two days of deep dialogue around the green economy, a day of exciting social activities around the Western Cape and concluding in race weekend in the heart of Cape Town under the majestic Table Mountain.”

He adds: “VUKA Group is very proud to partner with the local organiser of the Cape Town E-Prix to contribute to the programme of events that are designed to create change across the continent.”

Green economy in Africa

The Summit’s focus on three of seven, interdependent green economy pillars; clean transport, renewable energy, and clean technologies, including green hydrogen, will drive a strong foundation of economic value and development. Due to rapid growth forecasts in population, motorisation, and urbanisation on the continent, it is urgent that these verticals become important to the agenda as transport decarbonisation is a core focus of cities and municipalities across the globe.

The event will highlight investment prospects that exist in the fields of green hydrogen, EVs and hybrid vehicles, energy storage, solar, hydro and wind energy, infrastructure development, smart cities as well as manufacturing. Creating a platform to bring stakeholders together in an environment where people and organisations will connect with information and to each other.

African cities and green-tech start-ups are spearheading the necessary change towards a just transition but require more capital to grow. Catalysing investments across local and international stakeholders is key to fast-tracking the development of projects and infrastructure to enable a net zero economy on the continent. This new era presents an unprecedented opportunity for projects to scale up, further development of infrastructure and re-industrialisation, which will have a significant impact on environmental sustainability and economic growth.

*Subject to FIA calendar ratification

Africa’s Green Economy Summit

Annemarie Roodbol





  • Alternative Energy

Africa’s Leading NFT Project to Launch NFT Marketplace with Maiden NFT

AFEN has scheduled the release of its long-anticipated NFT marketplace. To be launched on August 20, 2021, the AFEN NFT marketplace is set to become one of the few African projects to move from idea to actual product. It will also move to compete with top ranking NFT marketplaces such as open sea, Rarible, and Foundation. Built on the Binance smart chain, the AFEN NFT marketplace has incredibly low transaction fees and less than 10% in commission from sales.
What’s more exciting is, beyond the launch of the marketplace, AFEN is set to launch the biggest Afrocentric NFT project called AFROXNFT. According to the details of the project, AFROXNFT Afro x represents a confluence of modern, mystic and ancient African design as illustrated by stellar African Afromysterics and 3D digital artist, Jesse Tomi. Furthermore, AFROXNFTs represent the core of African existence, displaying a mixture of culture and futurism. The collection is represented by 3 afro beings and a mythical creature: A man, a woman, a genderless child, and a masquerade. 1,000 AFROXNFT will be minted in the first phase at a floor price of 1BNB and will be available at the AFEN NFT marketplace.

Now for the thrilling part of all this, to launch the AFEN NFT marketplace, AFEN is set to host the most attended AMA session by an African project on Friday, 13th August, 2021 at 19:00 WAT. The AMA session will have in attendance, top AFEN partners, notable crypto influencers, NFT artists and collectors as well as over 10,000 AFEN community members.

AFFOXNFT Artdrops will be done to over 100 attendees expected to get lucky. After this AMA session, there will be a second Artdrop for another 100 lucky people to make the AFROXNFT whitelist on the 20th of August 2021 hosted by Binance Africa. According to the details on both AMA sessions, there will be loads of giveaways from different projects in attendance and influencers.