Zandi Mbele takes the reins at ETS Innovations
Seasoned IT executive Zandi Mbele has taken a 100% share of ETS Innovations through her Jubilee Line Consulting business, making ETS the only black woman owned level one B-BBEE Oracle Field Service Delivery Partner in South Africa.
ETS provides infrastructure, database, cloud and security solutions for enterprise and mid-market clients primarily in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland, with some reach into the rest of Africa and the Middle East. ETS is also an AWS, Dell EMC and Veritas partner, and its highly skilled engineers are among the few in South Africa qualified to deliver Oracle Exadata training at the Oracle University.
Mbele has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry and has served as a Director of ETS for the past five years. She also previously served as CEO and Director of Quintica, Executive at IBM, Director of Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, Plessey and the Universal Service Agency, and was Chair of the MICTSETA – the sector education training authority responsible for ICT skills in South Africa.
She expanded her shareholding of the company to 100% with effect from this month, on the exit from South Africa of former business partner Wikus Pienaar. She will now serve as CEO of ETS and as a Director of Jubilee Line Consulting.
“ETS has seen solid growth in recent years, and I see potential for further growth as the local market makes database management, cloud migration and data security their top priorities,” she says. With a highly qualified database team in place, ETS is now focusing on building out its cloud and security capabilities to meet growing demand from customers.
Says Mbele: “We are now looking to accelerate the security aspect of the business to fulfil customer needs. Since we maintain databases, we also increasingly advise on database governance, risk and compliance in light of new legislation such as the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). We also plan to expand and upskill our team. I am passionate about skills development, therefore ETS will be looking to upskill and develop young ICT practitioners – particularly young women – in areas such as databases, database security, infrastructure, cloud and security.”