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14 February 2022

DFA appoints new Chief Information Officer

CENTURION, Gauteng – 14 February 2022 – DFA today announced the appointment of Dr Heydon Hall as its Chief information Officer. The key focus of his role at DFA is to develop and oversee the implementation of a robust and integrated information-technology strategy, as well as the company’s overall digital transformation and enterprise architecture.

With over 20 years’ senior IT-leadership experience, Hall has led teams in digital transformation and business re-engineering turnarounds for numerous large organizations and has been involved in several successful technology start-ups.

DFA CEO, Andries Delport, welcomed Hall’s addition to the company’s executive leadership. “Heydon joins DFA at a time when we are going through extensive restructuring to become a leaner, more agile business, and he has all the right skills and experience to help accelerate DFA’s journey towards this goal,” he said.

Hall sees himself as a student of business, an innovator, and a serial corporate entrepreneur whose CIO roles give him the opportunity to pair his organizational-design and technology skills to enhance business performance. He has extensive technology-implementation and corporate-leadership experience at executive and board level. He has a solid track record in the business re-engineering arena and brings great insight into the robotic-process-automation and artificial-intelligence spaces. He holds a DCom (Performance, Leadership, and Change) from the University of Johannesburg. He studied his MBA through Oxford Brookes University, with a focus on organizational design, technology, and marketing. He also holds a BCom with majors in economics, business, marketing, and law from Unisa.

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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