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Press Release
9 March 2016

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.

DFA is the premier wholesale, open-access fibre-infrastructure and -connectivity provider in South Africa. We finance, build, install, manage, and maintain a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic. We started rolling out our fibre network in 2007, and to date, we have deployed over 13,000 km of ducting infrastructure in major metros, secondary cities, and smaller towns. Our network runs with an industry-leading uptime of 99.98%. We lease our secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure and provide associated connectivity services to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms. DFA is a Level 3 B-BBEE Contributor on the ICT Sector Codes.

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