SATNAC 2021 | 21-23 November


Current & Future Ways of Working

Africa’s leading ICT conference

The two-day SATNAC conference features a number of plenary sessions and presentations focusing on the theme: Accelerated Digitalisation - Current and Future Ways of Working, with speakers and panelists representing local and international telecommunication, software, network and infrastructure providers.


COVID-19 Updates

Your safety is our priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, only 200 delegates will be allowed to attend this year’s conference at the Champagne Sports Resort in central Drakensberg.

All conference and accommodation venues have strict protocols to ensure your health and safety, which includes screening, sterilisation, social distancing and more.

For more information on Champagne Sports Resort, you can visit their website.

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SATNAC Offers Unprecedented Value

SATNAC always provides a schedule filled with noteworthy, valuable, and memorable events. Check out the schedule page for an overview of the upcoming events, which includes presentations, panels, dinners, and a golf day.


Our Speakers

Ryan Hogarth

Programme Director

Bridging the gap between new adaptive thinking and old school, establishment thinking through his keynotes, masterclasses and workshops, Ryan’s high-energy professional style has been described as statesman-like where he has worked with major banks, blue chip companies, mainstream tech companies and reputable international associations.

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Minister of Communications
and Digital Technologies


Ms Ntshavheni was appointed as the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies on 05 August 2021. She was previously appointed Minister for Small Business Development and acting Minister in the Presidency. Before joining the 6th Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Ntshavheni was a serial entrepreneur with interests in transport, FMCG and agriculture.

Sipho Maseko

Group Chief
Executive Officer

Telkom SA SOC Ltd

Sipho Maseko was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer and as an Executive Director of Telkom on 1 April 2013. He is also the Chairman of the Board at BCX. Prior, he was the Group Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Vodacom, which he joined from BP Southern Africa, where he held various roles from 1997, including COO and CEO.

Serame Taukobong

Group CEO-designate

Telkom SA SOC Ltd

For the last 3 years, Serame has led as the CEO for the Consumer Division at Telkom SA SOC Ltd. In October 2021, Serame stepped into his role as Telkom Group CEO-designate, and will be taking over full responsibilities as Telkom Group CEO from July 2022.

Prof Zeblon Vilakazi

Vice Chancellor & Principal of Wits

University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University in January 2021. Previously holding the position of Vice-Principal and DVC Research, he brings a wealth of experience, insight and knowledge to the University and the Executive Team. Prof. Vilakazi is committed to making a positive impact on society through creating and advancing global knowledge; and fostering graduates to be leaders with integrity.

Abdullah Verachia

Chief Executive Officer

The Strategists

Abdullah Verachia is a sought-after global speaker, advisor, practice strategist and innovator. He is adept at fusing practice, education, insight, empathy and experience together to add significant value at all levels.

Althon Beukes

CEO Openserve &
Telkom Group CIO

Telkom SA SOC Ltd

Althon is a proven technology, digital and commercial leader with vast experience across transformational roles within Telkom Group. As an innovator with a deep grasp of technology and change management principles, Althon is focused on creating a journey that is underpinned by technology and digital enablement that allows for a sustainable transformation.

Fabio De Gaetano

Managing Director - Technology Innovation


Based in Dubai (UAE), Fabio is Italian born with his Masters in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude), University of La Sapienza (Rome) as well as a Masters in Telecommunications, University of Brooklyn (New York). Executive Director since 1998, with different roles/projects in Network/OSS engineering, Marketing, IT Operations (Italy, Spain, France, Germany).

Greg Cress

Digital Transformation Lead

Communications, Media and
High-Tech at Accenture

Greg has 23 years’ experience within South African & Middle Eastern telecoms markets, and currently the Cluster Lead for several of Accenture’s telecommunications clients, responsible for delivering digital transformation projects in experience design, new product development and innovative platform business solutions.

Jonathan Shmukler

Head of Cross
Portfolio Marketing


Jonathan has over 25 years of experience in the communications and media market with in-depth knowledge of the trends, business solutions and technology that impact an ever-changing industry. He is a passionate and much requested speaker that has presented at physical and digital events worldwide.

Ludwick Marishane

Business Scientist


Ludwick Marishane is a University of Cape Town graduate, with an Honours in Business Science. Ludwick is a business scientist and entrepreneurial inventor, and the MD of Headboy, which is a product-development and commercialisation agency, best known for their DryBath® product.

Lunga Siyo

Chief Executive Officer

Telkom Consumer

Lunga has experience in Financial Analysis, Digital Transformation, eCommerce, Sales and Marketing. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise rooted in working with Blue Chip companies such as MTN, BP, Santam and Standard Bank where he held several senior and executive positions. Lunga has a track record of creating, executing and scaling digital channels and businesses.

Nigel Bruin

Principal Consultant

Huawei Business & Network

With over 30 years of global experience in telecom & IT industries, Nigel Bruin has a strong background in fixed and wireless technologies. Nigel’s capabilities in business & consulting includes business strategy development, business case, market analysis, Go-To-Market planning and more.

Stefaan Vanhastel

Chief Technical Officer

Nokia Fixed Networks

Stefaan has more than 20 years of experience in telecoms. He has a PhD in telecoms engineering and spent nearly a decade in research before taking the lead for Fixed Networks marketing in Nokia. He recently returned to his technology roots, and is now CTO for Nokia Fixed Networks.

A breathtaking Venue

Nestled in the picturesque Central Drakensberg, Champagne Sports Resort is the ultimate destination for work & play. Discover the perfect place for conferencing, leisure, timeshare, wellness & golfing – where business meets pleasure & so much more.

Champagne Sports Resort features state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a full range of accommodation options from family to luxury, a gorgeous golf course, world-class leisure amenities & state-of-the-art conferencing facilities.