South African Media reported on Wednesday that Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa would be leading the operations of Multimedia giant Naspers in South Africa.

The position has been newly created and she becomes the first person to occupy it.

Mahanyele-Dabengwa is married to Telecommunications millionaire Sifiso Dabengwa. Sifiso and the late ZPRA Intelligence Supremo Dumiso Dabengwa are cousins.

Mahanyele-Dabengwa will be based in Johannesburg and report directly to the group CEO of Naspers, Bob van Dijk the company has said.

“She will lead the group’s day-to-day business in South Africa and represent its interests in country. She will also be responsible for Naspers’ recently announced units, Naspers Foundry and Naspers Labs,which are designed to help stimulate the South African tech sector and tackle youth unemployment, respectively,” the group said in a statement.

“I am thrilled to be joining Naspers at such a pivotal time for the group and for South Africa and look forward to adding value to the group in realising its strategy in South Africa,” said Mahanyele-Dabengwa in a statement.

Naspers is a broad-based multinational internet and media group headquartered in South Africa, offering services in more than 130 countries. Its principal operations are in internet communication, entertainment, gaming and e-commerce.



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