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
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