Prof Andile Ngcaba, one of South Africa’s most influential ICT leaders, has recently been announced as a new Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in the Department of Computing Sciences.
Prof Ngcaba is Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Africa and Middle East, and was responsible for restructuring the country’s ICT sector during his eight-year tenure as Director General of the SA Department of Communication. He has agreed to share his experience and expertise in what is seen as a major coup for the University.
“It is a great honour for us as a department to have this formal relationship with him. We look forward to many positive outcomes of our future collaboration, and know that he will add great value,” says NMMU Head of Computing Sciences, Prof Jean Greyling.
Prof Ngcaba is recognised globally in ICT circles not only as a solutions provider operating in 51 countries, but as a driver of innovation and change. He recently founded Cortex in his hometown, East London, which is an innovation hub, employing 30 innovators, many of whom are computing graduates from various Eastern Cape Universities. He grew up in Duncan Village, East London.
The University’s relationship with Prof Ngcaba, who is based in Johannesburg, goes back to 1998 when he as Director General, unveiled a plaque at the launch of the Department of Computing Sciences’ Centre of Excellence. Prof Ngcaba has also been actively involved in the optimum of the Eastern Cape ICT.
“In making himself available as an Adjunct Professor, he has indicated he will be working on multi-disciplinary topics related to the Internet,” says Prof Greyling.
He will also give an annual lecture in this research field at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University.