About Pygma Consulting

About Us

Founded in 2007, Pygma Consulting is a Johannesburg-based consultancy firm and a member of the Pygma Group, a pan-African investment company. We focus mainly on the ICT sector, namely telecoms, broadcasting, and new media, and we provide an extensive range of consulting services, from strategy to regulatory consulting.

 

Pygma Consulting is not simply a “cut and paste” consulting company: we provide guidance, oversight, and business development. We understand what makes African markets tick, and we know that different countries require different approaches. We also know that, even though the ICT sector has multiple barriers to entry, it should not be approached in a narrow sense – at Pygma our specialities lie in ICT, but we always look at the sector in a broader sense.

 

Our projects include both the public and private ICT sectors within the African continent as well as globally, and we’ve worked with a range of stakeholders, such as NGOs, banks, governments, and equipment vendors, as well as fixed and mobile private sector players, to name just a few.

 

Pygma Consulting has extensive experience working with national and regional regulators, policymakers, operators, development organisations and industry bodies within the ICT sector across the world. We are uniquely positioned to not only provide country-specific consulting services to our ICT clients but also to provide best-practice insights steeped in our comprehensive understanding of the ICT sector and the business conditions on the African continent. Pygma Consulting is also focused on capacity building, which enables our clients to sustainably implement our solutions long after Pygma’s presence.

About Us

Founded in 2007, Pygma Consulting is a Johannesburg-based consultancy firm and a member of the Pygma Group, a pan-African investment company. We focus mainly on the ICT sector, namely telecoms, broadcasting, and new media, and we provide an extensive range of consulting services, from strategy to regulatory consulting.

 

Pygma Consulting is not simply a “cut and paste” consulting company: we provide guidance, oversight, and business development. We understand what makes African markets tick, and we know that different countries require different approaches. We also know that, even though the ICT sector has multiple barriers to entry, it should not be approached in a narrow sense – at Pygma our specialities lie in ICT, but we always look at the sector in a broader sense.

 

Our projects include both the public and private ICT sectors within the African continent as well as globally, and we’ve worked with a range of stakeholders, such as NGOs, banks, governments, and equipment vendors, as well as fixed and mobile private sector players, to name just a few.

 

Pygma Consulting has extensive experience working with national and regional regulators, policymakers, operators, development organisations and industry bodies within the ICT sector across the world. We are uniquely positioned to not only provide country-specific consulting services to our ICT clients but also to provide best-practice insights steeped in our comprehensive understanding of the ICT sector and the business conditions on the African continent. Pygma Consulting is also focused on capacity building, which enables our clients to sustainably implement our solutions long after Pygma’s presence.

OUR TEAM

Pygma Consulting has a staff contingent with qualifications in policy and regulation, law, engineering, and development economics. Our staff’s multilingual and multicultural qualities provide the firm with a broad pool of knowledge, as well as unique approaches to the ICT sector.

Founder and Chairperson, Mandla Msimang, grew up in a number of African countries including Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia, which nurtured – and cemented – her love for the continent. With qualifications from Cornell University and The London School of Economics, she has in-depth knowledge of the ever-shifting policy and regulatory environment across utility sectors, particularly the ICT sector. Her experience includes positions such as the head of Public Policy Analysis and Development at ICASA, as well as a senior management position on the regulatory team at Cell C.

Mandla Msimang 

CHAIRPERSON

Managing Director, Thabisa Faye, has an MA in Development Management from the Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. With a passion for Universal Service Access and rural development, her strengths lie in analytical and solutionist thinking.
Her experience includes policy drafting, licensing, and market studies in the telecommunications, postal and broadcasting markets.

Thabisa Faye

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Principal Consultant, Unathi Hlalele, is an engineer who has in-depth understanding of both public and private utilities. Prior to obtaining a scholarship to study at the London School of Economics (LSE), she was an independent consultant in the energy sector, with years of experience working with Eskom. Unathi also holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, and her interest lies in critiquing how societies interact with technologies and development.

Unathi Hlalele 

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

Senior Consultant, Lerato Mantshiu, studied at the University of Johannesburg from where she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Economics and Econometrics and is currently pursuing her Honours degree in Economics. Lerato is driven by her passion for African Economic Development and believes that through thorough and meaningful research the solution to take this continent forward can be realised.

Lerato Mantshiu 

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Analyst, Christelle Mwabi, is from the DRC and has a background in telecommunications, aviation law and space law. She has an LLBdegree from UNISA, and her strengths lie in research and analysis; she is currently doing her MA through the University of Pretoria. She is fully trilingual in English, French, and Swahili.

Christelle Mwabi  

ANALYST

Nema began her career at Centre d’ Etudes et de Formation Pluridisciplinaire (CEFOP), a business consultancy based in Mons, Belgium. During her two year stint at the centre, she was responsible for coordinating the department in charge of training projects for the improvement of managers and heads of African companies known as the African Business Executives in Africa. This project was backed by the European Commission – European Development Funds – FEDII.

Nema Habib  

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Alice Tshisuaka, completed her education at the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) now known as the University of Johannesburg, where she studied towards a Bachelor of Arts degree specialising in Corporate Communications. Alice has built a career drawing on the learned expertise offered by her qualification alongside a host of industry-honed skills, including interpersonal and management skills, afforded by her experiences in diverse industries.

Alice Tshisuaka

OFFICE MANAGER

OUR ASSOCIATES

In addition to our dynamic team, we leverage our outstanding team of associates – who all have substantial international experience in key consultancy areas – to provide our clients with the same Pygma quality in every project.

Dr Anthony Githiari holds 10 years of experience in telecommunications management and consulting, and he specialises in strategy, with a focus on enhancing businesses’ performance.

 

COMMERCIAL STRATEGIST

Brian Goulden has worked on various transformation projects in the ICT sector, primarily with government-owned public telecommunications operators seeking to transform themselves to meet the demands of operating effectively in a competitive ICT services environment.

STRATEGY AND CAPACITY BUILDING

Thato Mahapa is an admitted attorney who specialises in ICT law and regulation. He has gained valuable experience working at senior levels in both the private and public sectors, resulting in him gaining a unique understanding of the relationship between business, government and stakeholders.

LEGAL AND REGULATIONS

Mortimer Hope is a network engineer with over 20 years of leadership experience in the ICT sector. Mortimer’s experience both in operator and regulatory environments provides invaluable insights to all our clients.

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

Gerrit Eloff is an actuary and financial analyst with considerable expertise in network and business/financial modelling. He also specialises in dealing with start-up ICT operators in a number of countries on the African continent, and beyond.

FINANCIAL EXPERT