ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH), publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard and NewsDay, have appointed a chief technology officer (CTO) in line with the company’s vision to be the leader in the provision of multimedia and digital products.
Report by digital editor John Mokwetsi
AMH becomes the first media house in Zimbabwe to employ a CTO.
This is in compliance with international trends.
AMH has a deliberate digital first strategy hence the appointment of the CTO, Kangai Maukazuva, who brings into the company 20 years of international and local experience in both the ICT and telecoms industries.
AMH chairman Trevor Ncube, announcing the appointment yesterday, said: “This is a key strategic appointment for our group. There is a digital revolution taking place on the continent and we are delighted that a man of Maukazuva’s pedigree and experience will lead AMH in exploiting the opportunities that this disruption presents. He joins a solid executive team working to keep AMH ahead of the curve.”
Maukazuva brings a wealth of knowledge having been exposed to blue chip organisations at high levels of ICT management.
In 1996, Maukazuva joined Star Mutual Assurance Society where he worked as the Technical Support and Systems Administration Manager up to the end of 1997.
In 1998, he joined the University of Zimbabwe Administration Department and worked as the acting IT Operations Manager, before joining Econet the same year as Network Executive.
At Econet he worked in the capacity of Platforms Engineer in 2002 and as Technical Support Manager up to 2005, before becoming the head of IT Operations, a position that he held before leaving Econet in 2008. While at Econet, Maukazuva was a key IT resource who participated on their IT projects in other countries such as Burundi and Lesotho.
In 2008, he consulted for Wise Global Technology from Afghanistan before joining Spiritage in January of 2009 in South Africa.
Under Spiritage, Maukazuva came to Zimbabwe and became the key person in the establishment of Valley Technologies. As Managing Director for Valley Technologies, he was responsible for the network roll-out and guided the company to its launch in May 2011.
On his vision for AMH, Maukazuva said his immediate task was to make the company the most dynamic, efficient and innovative media company through the application of best-fit technologies and standards.
“Adopting new media technology solutions can change a media house into an efficient, cost-effective, profitable and dynamic business. Use of standardised authoring tools integrated with mobile tools such as smart phones and tablets can improve the authoring processes, content creation and publishing cost-effectively and efficiently. That is what defines our vision and what we seek to achieve,” he said.