Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Business of Tech

Sitho Mdlalose returns to Vodacom SA as new MD

Article Image
Vodacom Group has announced a new managing director (MD) for its South Africa business, with Sitho Mdlalose returning from Tanzania to take up the role.

Vodacom said in a statement that Mdlalose, who has been the MD of Vodacom Tanzania since August 2021, will take over from current SA MD Balesh Sharma at the beginning of July 2022.

In April, the market learned that Sharma was stepping down from the role at the end of June to pursue an external career opportunity.

Vodacom South Africa MD, Balesh Sharma, is stepping down at the end of June 2022.  (Source: Vodacom)
Vodacom South Africa MD, Balesh Sharma, is stepping down at the end of June 2022.
(Source: Vodacom)

Mdlalose is a qualified chartered accountant and a Harvard Business School senior executive program graduate. He has more than 20 years of experience in finance, consulting and management; 13 of which have been in telecommunications across both emerging and developed markets.

"I am confident that Sitho is the ideal candidate to lead Vodacom South Africa in a challenging economic climate that will require proactive innovations to adjust to shifts in customer behaviour. His in-depth experience, financial and business acumen, strong interpersonal skills and proven track record make him an obvious choice for this important role," said Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub in an emailed statement.

"I'd like to offer my personal congratulations to Sitho as we celebrate yet another internal promotion, showcasing the strong bench of executive talent at Vodacom," Joosub added.

Mdlalose worked at the Vodafone Group for over six years prior to joining Vodacom. He has held various leadership roles, including CFO for International Business. He was then interim Group CFO and finance director for Vodacom South Africa before being appointed to MD for Vodacom Tanzania in 2021.

In 2020, Vodacom Group announced the creation of a standalone South African operating company as part of a simplification of its structure following the expansion of its African portfolio – adding Vodafone Ghana and Vodafone Egypt to the fold – and accelerated growth ambitions on the continent, including financial and digital services.

Tanzanian tenure

Vodacom Tanzania also made its own statement about Mdlalose's departure, saying he successfully led the company through multiple strategic negotiations that have poised its operations for recovery and future growth.

"The board acknowledges the talent and experience that Sitho brought into the organization. True to his abilities, and in the short period that he served at the helm of the company, he formulated a robust strategy that we all believe will serve to consolidate our leadership position in the market for the mid to long term," said Vodacom Tanzania Board Chairman Thomas Mihayo.

Mdlalose's successor in Tanzania will be announced in due course, the operator said.

Related posts:

*Top image is of new Vodacom South Africa MD Sitho Mdlalose. (Source: Vodacom)

— Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub


Moya super app takes aim at SA fintech market

Super app Moya's fintech platform, MoyaPay, aims to be South Africa's most widely used mobile money payments platform.


Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Shamba Pride

This month's hot startup, Shamba Pride, wants to revolutionize the rural agricultural trade ecosystem in Kenya by transforming agro-dealers into franchised 'DigiShops.'

More Innovation hub

Guest Perspectives


Omdia View: April 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia View highlights indicate a shift to digital transformation and operational consolidation to maximize return on investments.


Omdia View: March 2022

By Omdia Analysts

This month's Omdia summary of the biggest stories in the Middle East and Africa focuses on SA's spectrum auction and new submarine cables landing in Kenya and Togo.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Flash poll

All polls

Latest video

More videos

Archived webinars

Boosting Customer Experience in the Digital Age

From the first interaction to the last payment: convert leads into clients, drive loyalty and grow your bottom line.

The digital age has ushered in a new era of customer engagement. Consumer demands and expectations are higher than ever – where an affordable but seamless online experience is now the norm.

At a time when competition for your customers is fierce, ensuring a client journey that is tailored to their needs has never been more important. The ability to build these bespoke offerings starts with understanding, and that understanding is built on data.

This webinar will explore how gathering insight is key to growing and retaining a strong customer base; we’ll unpack how CRM platforms, mobile payment, lead capture, and online marketing are key factors in building a successful 21st Century digital business.

  • Customer Experience – understanding consumer expectations of today
  • What easy steps can you take to provide a complete, immersive digital customer experience?
  • How to leverage modern digital tools to build customer loyalty

More Webinars

Sponsored video

More videos

AfricaCom perspectives


Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.


Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.


How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up