Leadership

Why we come to work everyday

At Openserve, our mission is to redefine the data connectivity market in South Africa through pervasive, high-quality network access and services.

Our Network

Our Network

As the pioneers of agile and virtualised network technologies, the scale and quality of our network is unmatched. Our Fibre to the Curb project has laid 147,000km of fibre, we provide DSL for over a million subscribers and we have taken fibre to over 2 million premises.

Our Products

Our Products

We are dedicated to providing a diverse set of wholesale offerings at a competitive price on our expansive network. This is matched by our is our superior service delivery and commitment to quality.

Our Experience

Our Experience

We understand that what you need from a service provider is the experience and knowhow to meet any challenge. We boast 100 years of experience in designing and building networks, and commit ourselves to excellent client service.

Our Capabilities

We consider ourselves to be game changers who go beyond laying down cables or installing lines. We establish connections through our vast networking capabilities.

Our Team

Our Team

At the center of our capabilities is our a core group of people with deep industry knowledge, understanding and insights, who oversee the success of our projects as well as the satisfaction of our clients.

Our Processes

Our Processes

We aim to get it right the first time, meaning that we constantly improve our frameworks to provide a perfect, consistent service at all times.

Our Technology

Our Technology

We constantly investigate and renovate our technologies through smart testing and diagnostics. This diligence is part of our devotion to being at the forefront of innovative technologies.

Leadership

These are our leaders who bring experience and expertise to the table, define our commitment to excellence and drive our bold aspirations.

ALPHONZO SAMUELS, CEO

ALPHONZO SAMUELS, CEO

Having joined Telkom in 1984, Alphonzo Samuels has held various executive positions with us (including Group CTO) and played a key role in shaping the success of our wholesale products and networks.

BANIE VAN VOLLENHOVEN, CFO

BANIE VAN VOLLENHOVEN, CFO

Banie van Vollenhoven brings 34 years of experience to Openserve, having held executive roles as creator of the Eskom Finance Co and head of Absa’s Property Development Company.

BEN VAN ZYL, Chief Procurement and Contracts Officer

BEN VAN ZYL, Chief Procurement and Contracts Officer

After joining us in 2014, Ben van Zyl has brought Openserve an extensive knowledge and understanding in strategic sourcing in the financial services industry, which he gained from his time at Merrill Lynch in London, as well as ABSA.

HUGO VAN ZYL, CTSO

HUGO VAN ZYL, CTSO

Hugo van Zyl has a background in telecommunications, having held various leadership positions at Vodacom and Nokia Siemens before joining the Telkom team in 2008. Since then, his many management roles have ensured the excellence of our offering.

KGOMOTSO MOLOBYE, Chief Human Resources Officer

KGOMOTSO MOLOBYE, Chief Human Resources Officer

Kgomotso Molobye joined Openserve in September 2016 as the head of HR. Her career in Human Resources boasts experience at big corporates such as Standard Bank, Sasol Ltd, AngloGold Ashanti and Edcon. 

LUCAS NDALA, COO

LUCAS NDALA, COO

Lucas Ndala joined Openserve in 2015 after his successes as Acting CEO and Finance Director of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Pty) Ltd, and the CEO for Mining Oil and Gas Services (MOGS).

PUSHKAR GOKHALE, CSO

PUSHKAR GOKHALE, CSO

Pushkar Gokhale has been with Openserve since 2012 as part of the Executive Team in IT. Before joining us he was a leading consultant for multiple telecommunications companies across Australia, India, USA, Zambia and Ghana.

 

ALTHON BEUKES, CCO

ALTHON BEUKES, CCO

Beukes has extensive executive experience in ICT and has previously assumed roles such as managing executive for the IT and Infrastructure Operations divisions at Telkom, managing director at Cybenest, and most recently CEO and Chief of International Business at BCX.