This is our friendly greeting in MZANSI, OUR SOUTH AFRICA, OUR HERITAGE.  We love MZANSI for many things, the melting pot of diversity, dialects and diasporas, but the one thing that trumps all of this is our FRIENDLINESS.  South Africans all over the world are noted for their friendly nature, no matter where in the world we are scattered.  This is our innate HERITAGE, we embrace, we love, we care, we share, we give, we connect with reckless abandon and without reservation, giving of ourselves unconditionally.  This is our HEARTLAND, our place we call HOME.

Only in MZANSI, do we have car-guards, they are meant to guard your vehicle, but they do much more than that.  They pack your car for you after you have shopped, push your trolley, direct traffic and if given a bucket and water, you could have your car washed, all done during your shopping, only in MZANSI do you get to experience this.  LOCAL IS LEKKER!!!  That just means, we enjoy home-grown and home-brewed, everything that tantalizes the taste buds.  Our food is infused with exotic spices from the Indians and Asian cultures, blended with African herbs to make some of the most delectable marinades and rubs for an authentic BRAAI DAY, aaah the day of celebration, HERITAGE DAY, also known as NATIONAL BRAAI DAY, the day where most South Africans hover over a an iron stand with a wire mesh, mostly locally made, whereby every kind of meat is cooked over hot coals, whilst we sip only alcoholic beverages to toast the day.

It is a day of family gatherings, visits from friends and colleagues to mark a day of feasting and reveling in the goodness and greatness of all things MZANSI, a truly authentic, real SOUTH AFRICAN DAY.  We shop, we braai, we feast, we laugh, we celebrate, we enjoy, we CONEXT.

South Africans by nature are funny, we find the lighter side of a serious occurrence and soon enough jokes and memes are going viral on social media.  We can laugh at ourselves and infuse humor into all our conversations, making crowds roar with laughter.  Such is the resilience of the people of MZANSI, we are a tenacious community of diverse cultures and independent thinkers, we can adapt and co-exist in peace and harmony, yet come together when needed,  and this is what makes us unique. Our slangs or colloquial words and phrases, will never be heard anywhere else in the world, and if it is spoken anywhere other than MZANSI, then be rest assured, that person is a real SOUTH AFRICAN, they are carrying their HERITAGE.

HAPPY HERITAGE DAY MZANSI, enjoy sunny skies, braai-vleis and bunny-chows while toasting the days with cold ones celebrating lockdown level one with family, friends and colleagues.  We are #StrongerTogether, We are #Msanzi



Message from the CEO, Juanita Clark

Dear Members and Colleagues,

2020! What a year it has been. This year will go down in the history books as the most memorable or disruptive year in our lifetime, depends on perspectives.

The event that got everybody talking, and it’s immediate consequences have posed a serious challenge to our thinking, societies, governments, and businesses in profound and perhaps unprecedented ways.

The fibre sector is also impacted severely, largely responsive to the outbreak and the economic consequences thereof. Some companies the impact was positive, however, some smaller companies absorbed severe losses, and will take some time to fully recover.

It is clear is that widespread digital transformation is here to stay, and the pace of digital disruption is accelerating, at lightning speed,(pardon the pun) As an integral part of the sector,  we as Digital Council Africa and our members,  have to ready ourselves to act on the demand presented before us. This demand which is forecasted to increase as companies and societies transform to the ‘new normal’ to harness digitisation.

This is the important role of #FibreCONEXT2020 Virtual Conference.  Its mandate is to gather together as many of the Disruptors and Change Agents (the Think Tank) of the fibre sector, to engage and converse on how to help us all “Navigate Changing Environments, which is our theme for our inaugural virtual event. This year’s conference and exhibition are no different from the previous years. We will have better opportunities to listen to industry leaders in the sector, as they share strategies and views and inform the sector of their plans, which helps gear and steer the sector for what lies ahead.

Good thought leadership not only informs and educates us, it helps us in our quest to effectively plan and develop our businesses.

Digital Council Africa welcomes you to be a part of our virtual experience this year, at our state-of-the-art virtual platform, and CONEXT with us along this journey. Browse through our virtual exhibition, enjoy a virtual drink in our VIP networking rooms, engage with industry leaders in our breakaway technical sessions, giving you the freedom and access to building your itinerary for the week. Sponsors and exhibitors can be part of and track the progress on the design of their exhibition stands.

Your support means the world to us and we endeavour to ensure that the event is a success. We encourage you to sign up or register, as this event. We express our gratitude to those companies who have signed up. We will ensure you have the best virtual eventing experience and to add a little more, the event can be used to full advantage to maximise exposure of each sponsor’s brand.

2020 is in a transitional state, and a year of epic transformation, leading fundamental change in the fabric of society, that being ‘behavioural change’ meaning, how we consume and communicate moving forward. The digital industry has an incredibly important role to play in laying the foundation for our ‘the new normal’.

I am excited to be engaging with you during the conference as we prepare to unpack our role in this new era, and to remember and remind ourselves to be kind and always put human-beings at front and centre of what we do.


Juanita Clark | Chief Executive | Digital Council Africa
+27 (0) 12 655 2009 | +27 (0) 82 418 1441 |


Spring into action!

On Monday, 23 November, FibreCONEXT2020 Virtual Conference will present an exceptional opportunity to learn about new findings. The 2020 edition of the conference is aptly themed “Navigating Changing Environments” and promises to be a forum like you’ve never experienced before, stretching beyond conventional limits right from the palm of your hand.

The term ‘Virtual Exhibition’ has been used for a while by columnists in the mainstream media, in blogs by futurists and by tech developers for commercial projects. However, despite the popularity of the term, the reality is that most virtual exhibitions have been nothing more than online directories or webinars, until now.

The FibreCONEXT2020 Virtual Conference is different – it is being built on a web platform that uses high-res CGI and dynamic rendering to allow visitors to attend the show in the first person using a mobile device, tablet or PC.

As its name suggests, FibreCONEXT2020 Virtual Conference is a fibre industry trade fair that will host a range of exhibition stands from SMEs to market-leading brands. Visitors will be invited from a global audience and not just companies with operations in Africa. The emphasis is on promoting the global capabilities of its exhibitors., content from the event will be open to all delegates for a longer period, unlike conventional exhibitions. During this period sponsors, booths will be constantly updated to promote the newest services and share the latest product launches with registered visitors.

The top priority of the platform is to introduce a user-friendly interface that allows visitors to experience all the benefits of a ‘real’ event, with fewer of the drawbacks. For example, each stand can host 3D rendered products, interactive demonstrations, chat functionality and even provide free giveaways to add to a ‘virtual goodie bag’. Visitors won’t have to face rush hour traffic and parking fees to attend. In fact, visitors will be able to register to the platform and save their favourite stands or materials to make return visits even more efficient.

As we welcome you to the CONEXT generation, one will meet and connect with those transforming African connectivity with new ideas and new ways of thinking. You will get full access to online content and be able to book virtual meetings with interesting people live on our platform.

Establish connections with telecom giants, latent whizzes and national and local government. Meet virtually, swap contact information and extend your network. Having a virtual version of a live event has also been proven to increase visitor traffic to the live event. It keeps an audience engaged all year round, so, when the opportunity to attend the live show arrives, the decision is encouraged by the opportunity to physically see products and meet people first hand.

FibreCONEXT2020 Conference brings together the entire connectivity ecosystem to one easy-to-use platform.

Check out our website for more information!


Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

Its a time of renewal, hope, energy and positivity, we are excited about the new season here in South Africa and the opportunity to bring like-minded business leaders together.

On the 22 July, 2020, Fibre industry lobby group FTTx Council Africa announced its rebranding to Digital Council Africa. Our evolution is a fresh and vibrant burst of change. We are making our presence felt with a significant commitment to helping Africa embrace digital transformation, taking up its rightful place in the global innovation race.

You may have been familiar with the FTTx conference which has now emerged into a fantastic ‘new innovation on the block’ called FibreCONEXT2020! Its a forum like you’ve never experienced before, stretching beyond conventional limits right from the palm of your hands. A collaboration where we can act together in a time of “Navigating Changing Environments.“

As the digital world continues to evolve around us, entire industries are pursuing individual visions of a digitised future. We’re taking on transformations built around sustainability, convenience and user experience.

Our response to social distancing in a COVID-19 affected world is an unparalleled simulated experience – think networking and innovation but without the mundane protocols. For several years our communication mix has included direct sales, service providers, a mix of large and local forums and an increasing digital presence. But now, more than ever, our customers and employees are proud, active participants in the digital revolution. Our virtual conference will gives you 5 days access to keynote presentations. Whilst the virtual exhibition will include digital company stands where you can view key presentations and download inspirational content to share with your colleagues.

We believes rebranding will enable us to expand the conversation that is needed to accomplish our objectives, which is to foster and develop the digital economy in AfricaHaving a virtual version of a live event has also been proven to increase visitor traffic to the live event. It keeps an audience engaged all year round, so, when the opportunity to attend the live show arrives, the decision is encouraged by the opportunity to physically see products and meet people first hand.

FibreCONEXT2020 site will be regularly updated with upcoming event information throughout spring. Simply sign in and get straight to business, efficiently and effectively, so you won’t miss a thing!

The future has come more quickly than we expected – is your business ready to embrace the digital revolution?

The runway is lit – FTTx is your virtual GPS as we “Navigate Changing Environments.”

For more information please visit:


Fibre council rebrands to Digital Council Africa

Juanita Clark remains CEO of the Digital Council Africa.
The FTTx Council Africa has embarked on a rebranding strategy, changing its name to the Digital Council Africa, it announced this morning.

Founded in 2010 by Juanita Clark and industry veteran Richard Came, the organisation worked to expand the deployment of high-speed fibre-optic infrastructure in Africa.

Under the new banner, the Digital Council plans to focus on the expectations of a gigabit society, according to its statement.
The organisation further explains that the name change is part of the strategy targeted to emphasise the strength of its commitment to helping Africa embrace digital transformation and take up its rightful place in the global innovation race.

“COVID-19 clearly revealed that digital technologies will bring widespread disruption and will, with it, unlock new opportunities for rapid economic growth, innovation, job creation and access to services,” says the statement. “The goal of the organisation is to stimulate growth in the digital sector by sharing knowledge on this subject with policy-makers, operators and influencers.

“The Digital Council believes rebranding will enable us to expand the conversation that is needed to accomplish our objectives, which is to foster and develop the digital economy in Africa.

“The new name will place us in a position where we can have a more inclusive conversation across a wider audience, which will help us and the continent grow and participate in the disruption. For our existing members, we remain committed to the causes that got us here in the first place.”

The Digital Council will continue to be led by industry stalwart Andile Ngcaba as its president, while Clark will remain as CEO.


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