Vodacom Congo outgoing, new boss meet DRC Prime Minister
By Issa Sikiti da Silva, in Kinshasa, DR Congo
Outgoing Vodacom Congo Managing Director, South African-born Godfrey Motsa, last week went to the Office of DRC Prime Minister Matata Ponyo to say good bye and thanks as his term at the helm of the mobile operator ended this month.
Motsa is heading back to South Africa after five ‘good’ years at Vodacom Congo, where he is said to have helped reposition the company as a leading mobile network in this market of 80 million people located at the heart of the continent.
Motsa, who received a gift from Matata, said he was honoured but ‘sad’ to leave the DRC, which he described as acountry full of opportunities.
Motsa-Ponyo meeting came against the backdrop of a three-day high-level investment encounter between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which took place last week at the Grand Hotel in the capital Kinshasa.
The South African delegation, which was led by Trade and Industry DDG Yunus Hoosen, was joined at the meeting by more than 30 South African companies that came to seek business opportunities in this mineral-rich Central African nation.
Potential investment sectors included ICTs, telecommunications, agriculture and mining.
Vodacom Congo, a subsidiary of Vodacom South Africa, has already invested close to US$1-billion in the DRC. The company announced two weeks ago that it had appointed Murielle Lorilloux as its new MD in replacement of Motsa.
Lorilloux, who was introduced to the DRC Prime Minister by Motsa, vowed to continue leading Vodacom Congo on the path of growth. The new Vodacom boss stressed that her company might possibly undertake more investmentshere in the coming years.
All DRC towns and villages should develop with the help of the Vodacom Congo network through 3G, fibre optic,M-Pesa, among others, she said, adding that other new technologies will be leveraged to support an emergent DRC.