Sentech Ltd. is a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) operating in the broadcasting signal distribution and telecommunications sectors and reporting to the Minister of Communications. Sentech began as a technical division of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (“SABC”) responsible for signal distribution services of the Corporation. In 1992, the SABC corporatized the division as Sentech, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation. In 1996, the was amended, converting Sentech into a separate public company responsible for providing broadcasting signal distribution services as a ‘common carrier’ to licensed television and radio broadcasters. In 2002, following the de-regulation of the Telecommunications sector, Sentech was awarded two additional licences allowing the Company to provide international voice-based telecommunications and multimedia services.
Dr Setumo Mohapi was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2010. With vast experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, Dr Mohapi has worked at various companies in the sector including his preceding position as the Chief Operating Officer of IWAYAFRICA, a subsidiary of the Telkom Group in Mauritius. He also served as the Chief Technical Officer of ICT-Works. Dr Mohapi’s academic standing includes a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Masters degree in electrical engineering also obtained from MIT and a PhD in electrical engineering (telecommunications) from Witwatersrand University.