Launch of 'Betting on a Darkie' by Mteto Nyati on Thursday

Lerato Mbele will pick the brain of Mthatha schoolboy-turned-CEO Mteto Nyati at the Joburg launch of his autobiography

10 September 2019 - 11:38
You can bet your bottom dollar that this 'darkie' won't raise false hopes.
You can bet your bottom dollar that this 'darkie' won't raise false hopes.
Image: Kwela

If you want to take the system down, provide a better alternative at least. At heart I’m an engineer. I want to encourage people to fix things, not to raise false hopes.'

Mteto Nyati knew as a schoolboy in Mthatha, working behind the counter at his mother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things.

After completing his studies in mechanical engineering at then Natal University, he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to take up a position at Afrox.

He was the only black engineer and the sole advice he received from his superiors was “don’t mess up”.

He didn’t.

Today, Nyati is one of SA’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft SA and MTN SA out of troubled times.

He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a high-performing international IT company with a social conscience.

Nyati is group CE and executive director of Altron. He served as CEO at MTN, where he was responsible for returning the business to growth by overhauling employee engagement and transforming customer experience. Named one of Yale University's World Fellows in 2004, he is also a joint winner of 2013's IT Personality of the Year.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: Thursday, September 12 (6pm for 6.30pm)
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner, c/o Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Dr
  • Guest speaker: Lerato Mbele
  • RSVP: events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Betting on a Darkie is published by Kwela, an imprint of NB Publishers


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