Poised for growth: Naspers leverages global partnerships to fuel SA's tech ecosystem

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Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, South Africa CEO of Naspers. (Supplied, Naspers)
Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, South Africa CEO of Naspers. (Supplied, Naspers)

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, South Africa CEO of Naspers, told CNN's Isa Soares that Naspers started as an entrepreneurially driven newspaper business more than 100 years ago.

Today Naspers is a 100% online global internet company, still driven by that entrepreneurial spirit. As one of the largest technology investors in the world, Naspers continues to grow its existing businesses and create opportunities for new entities. In South Africa it is the largest company on the JSE. Through its investment vehicle, Naspers Foundry, it backs South African early-stage tech businesses to increase their market traction and scalability. 

Mahanyele-Dabengwa spoke about the lessons and opportunities that the company - and South Africa - can learn from Asia and how, together, we can grow the economy and improve people's lives.

Asked about the impact of COVID-19, she spoke highly of how the investee companies responded, how the pandemic accelerated the shift to online e-commerce, and how the company needed to stay agile to meet the growing demands of the digital economy.

The investment opportunities in South Africa's tech companies have been tremendous: high-quality entrepreneurs, skilled workers and an innovative mindset. South Africa, she said, "is poised for growth".

WATCH the interview on CNN here or below...

This post was sponsored and supplied by Naspers.

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