Resignation of CEO, Gustav Smit

CENTURION, Gauteng – 9 March 2016 – Gustav Smit, the Chief Executive Officer of DFA, announced his resignation. Gustav cofounded DFA some 9 years ago and has grown the company to the extent that today it employs over 400 people and has built out an open access fibre network of more than 9000 km. During his tenure at DFA, the company has been highly successful in all of its endeavours and has surpassed the goals of the original business plan. Gustav has decided that the foundation that was built is extremely strong and that the time has come to retire from DFA. He will leave DFA at the end of June 2016. Gustav will leave a legacy of leadership and a strong company that is a significant participant in the telecoms industry. He will be succeeded by Thinus Mulder, the current Chief Financial Officer. Thinus has played a major role in the development of DFA over the last 8 years and will take over from 1 July 2016.

About DFA

DFA finances, builds, installs, manages, and maintains a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic in South Africa. DFA started rolling out its network in South African cities during October 2007. DFA has rolled out in excess of 10,000km of route fibre which it manages and operates with an uptime of 99.99% at a passive level. DFA leases secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms.

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Carrie Daly
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for DFA