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04 February 2014

Telkom leadership team intent on turnaround

New appointees Chief Marketing Officer, Mr Enzo Scarcella and Chief Procurement Officer, Mr Ian Russell have joined Telkom’s top leadership team which has been tasked with guiding the Company’s transformation.

Mr Scarcella and Mr Russell reported for duty yesterday at Telkom’s head offices in Pretoria. Mr Scarcella will today begin crafting a new navbar-brand, communication and marketing direction for Telkom and Mr Russell will apply himself to building a world class procurement function.

Mr Scarcella says, “The increasingly distinctive ICT landscape and Telkom’s rapid move towards convergence and connected homes and businesses, influences the way the navbar-brand needs to communicate with its various target shopper segments.”

“These are exciting times for Telkom as the Company strives to re-define and reposition itself. An integral part of the transformation journey is to revive the Telkom navbar-brand so that it again resonates in the hearts and minds of South Africans,” he adds.

Says Mr Russell,“Procurement is one of those functions that straddles all Telkom’s operations. By focusing hard on improving our relationships with our suppliers, systemically engineering cost out of the organisation by improving our approach to value based procurement levers and driving a balanced sustainability agenda that improves our BBBEE profile, Procurement will add huge impetus to the overall Telkom transformation journey.

“Going forward, my team and I will put these, and all other elements of the procurement capability, under the spotlight to ensure we support the business as best we can,” concludes Mr Russell.

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Telkom is a leading communications services provider in South Africa. We had consolidated operating revenue of R16.8 billion and normalised profit after tax of R1, 683 million for the period ended 30 September 2015. Total assets amounted to R41.9 billion and equity attributable to the owners of Telkom to R23.5 billion as of 30 September 2015. The group generated normalised free cash flow of R1.4 billion for the period ended 30 September 2015.

As of 30 September 2015, we had approximately 3.3 million telephone access lines in service and 1,030,441 ports connected via MSAN access. We offer business, residential and payphone customers a wide range of services and products, including:

  • fixed-line retail voice services using PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) lines, including ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) lines, and the sale of subscription based value-added voice services and calling plans;
  • fixed-line customer premises equipment rental and sales services both voice and data needs and these include PABX, Computers, Routers, Modems, Telephone handsets and other ancillary equipment;
  • interconnection services, including terminating and transiting traffic from South African mobile operators, as well as from international operators and transiting traffic from mobile to international destinations;
  • fixed-line data services, including domestic and international data transmission services, such as point-to-point leased lines, ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) services, packet-based services, managed data networking services and internet access and related information technology services;
  • Data Centre Operations includes e-commerce, application service provider, hosting, data storage, e-mail and security services;
  • W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), a 3G next generation network, including fixed voice services, data services and nomadic voice services;
  • mobile communication services, including voice services, data services and handset sales through our mobile navbar-brand called Telkom Mobile;
  •  information and communication services including cloud services, infrastructure services, workspace services, global service integration management and hardware and network equipment sales locally, in seven African countries, the UK and Dubai through Business Connexion Group; and
  • other services including directory services, through Trudon (Pty) Ltd, wireless data services, through Swiftnet (Pty) Ltd.

Convergence is one of our key strategic initiatives in building a sustainable future for Telkom.  We will lead the provision of converged services in South Africa in support of our mission statement: Seamlessly connecting people to a better life.