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'When I look back, I know with certainty there are many things I should not have done. But they are part of me, part of who I have become, and they have a place in the context of my life. They are reminders that mistakes can be built on, that journeys are filled with learning and that the right path, whatever ‘right’ may mean for you, is often only a step away'

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By: Mteto Nyati


-Lifting the corporate game -
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Mteto Nyati knew years ago as a schoolboy in Mthatha, working behind the counter at his mother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Natal University, he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to take up a position at Afrox. He was the only black engineer and the sole advice he received from his superiors was ‘don’t mess up’. He didn’t. Today Nyati is one of South Africa’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft South Africa and MTN South Africa out of troubled times. He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a highperforming international IT company with a social conscience.

Chapters in the book

A quick look at the book contents

Chapter 1: The Shopkeeper's Son

"Our character is not so much the product of race and hereditary as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits...

Chapter 2: Johannesburg 1986

"Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is within our power." - Benjamin Disraeli

Chapter 3: Choices and Consequences

"If you always do what you've done, you'll always get what you've always got." - Anonymous

Chapter 4: Into the Big Blue

...a position with IBM South Africa as Senior Client Relationship Representative for Manufacturing ...

Chapter 5: The Global Circle

"The road to success has many tempting parking places" - Steve Potter

Chapter 6: Yale World Fellow

...they are trailblazers: disruptive thinkers and bold, original voices in their fields...

Chapter 7: Windows into BEE

Well become every more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt the status quo like never before.

Chapter 8: Dead Man Walking

"union chants 'voetsek' to MTN execs" - Fin24Tech 20May 2015
"MTN strike turns chaotic" - moneyweb 29 May 2015
"MTN granted interdict against striking workers" - Biznews 13 June 2015

Chapter 9: eMpTyN

...leaders will be those who serve others, actively listen, and daily empower...

Chapter 10: Reboot

"We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us" - Ken Levine

Chapter 11: Mbazo

Execution - getting the task done, making it happen - is the most unappreciated skill

Chapter 12: Company and Country

"If we want a great nation, we have to change it ourselves." - Cory Booker, US Senator

Chapter 13: Betting on a Darkie

"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." - Whoopi Goldberg

Reader’s Feedback It’s Positive & Great

Here's what others had to say about the book.

01. Xoliswa Kakana - CEO ICT-Works

Only got to sit and start reading last night...yho...'un-putdownable'... yherr Mteto Nyati ...So much inspiration.

02. Luvuyo Rani - CEO Lulutho

What great book to read, Mr Mteto Nyati you are my role model. I highly recommend that you get the book.

03. Dan Moyane - News Anchor eNCA

Wonderfully written open & honest account of an illustrious journey from rural Eastern Cape to the corporate world

04. Lincoln Mali -Experienced Banking Executive

Mteto Nyati’s personal and professional life story is inspiring, this book brings it to life for future generations to learn about humility, integrity, excellence, resilience and leadership.

05. Craig Jackson - Investment Manager at Investec Wealth & Investment

Thank you for taking the time to document and share your experiences. I am even more convinced, having read the book, that there are many lessons therein for all South Africans!

06.Jeanette Kruger - IBM Executive UK

It’s a bittersweet read. So far I’ve smiled, cried and laughed out loud

07. Antoinette Gervais van Staaden - BPO and IT Project Manager

Got my copy at King Shaka airport a week ago.... really enjoying the book.

08. Xabiso Matewu - Cisco Systems Engineer

Finished the book in one sitting. Definitely worth it!

09. Nana Phiri - Head Debt Financing at RMB

Got it & read it & finished it & loved it

10. Nick Binedell - Professor at GIBS Business School

Just finished reading, engaging, insightful and challenging. Most importantly a damn good read. Glad to have been a small part of the journey.

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Know More About The Author

Mteto Nyati

Mteto Nyati, BSc (Eng), had been group chief executive and executive director of Altron since April 2017. He served as chief executive officer at MTN South Africa from 2014 to March 2017, where he was responsible for returning the business to growth by overhauling employee engagement and transforming customer experience. Prior to that he was group chief enterprise officer of MTN group limited. He joined Microsoft Corporation, where he was the managing director of Microsoft South Africa from 2008. Beginning in June 2005,he had a twelve-year career at IBM, where he was director of global technology services for South and Central Africa and served in a number of senior executive roles. He met two large business units at IBM: telecommunications, and small and medium business. He has also served as an independent non-executive director at AdvTECH Ltd. And as a non-executive director of Blue Label Telecoms. In 2004 he read named one of the Yale University's World Fellows. He is the joint winner of the 2013 It Personality of the Year. Mteto holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal.



Fundile Nyati & Pelokazi Madlingozi

Chapter 1

Ruth Stenhouse Smith

Chapter 2

Oupa Magashula

Chapter 3

Mpho Letlape & Lillian Barnard

Chapter 4

Anda Nyati & Louis Guelette

Chapter 5

Mark Harris

Chapter 6

Ali Faramawy & Kevin Turner

Chapter 7

Sifiso Dabengwa

Chapter 9

Shenaaz Dabengwa

Chapter 10

Dingulwazi Makwelo

Chapter 11

Anette Klopper du Toit

Chapter 12

The Social World

To those that have bought the book, thank you!


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