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NMMU News

04/02/2015

ONE of South Africa’s most influential ICT leaders, Prof Andile Ngcaba, has been announced as a new Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Prof Ngcaba who serves as executive chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa and Convergence Partners Investments has a long history of involvement in the South African ICT sector. He was responsible for the fundamental transformation of the country’s ICT sector post the first democratic elections in 1994 during his eight-year tenure as Director General of the SA Department of Communications.

NMMU is honoured that he has agreed to share his experience and expertise in what is 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, based not only on his active involvement in business, various global policy-making and technology development institutions, but also as a driver of innovation and change. He recently founded the Cortex Hub, an innovation hub in East London, employing 30 innovators, many of whom are computing graduates from Eastern Cape universities.  

The university’s relationship with Prof Ngcaba goes back to 1998 when he, as Director General, launched the Department of Computing Sciences’ Centre of Excellence.

Prof Ngcaba has been actively involved in the annual Eastern Cape ICT summit and last year he personally sponsored a project for student innovation using the new Raspberry Pi device.

“In making himself available as an Adjunct Professor, he has indicated he’ll be working on multi-disciplinary topics related to the internet,” says Prof Greyling.

He will also give an annual lecture in this research field. This is scheduled for 10 March.