Mteto Nyati, the CEO of leading information technology group Altron, has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Management. The accolade was granted by the SA Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

Professionals from various organisations were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed. The organisers of the event have subsequently undertaken to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the Awards following a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

Janette Minnaar, the chair of the adjudication panel explained how the winners were determined.

“They were judged based on a host of attributes including demonstration of leadership skills, changing of paradigms and innovation within the bounds of available resources. We also conferred a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving recipients who had served their professions faithfully for many years,” said Minnaar.

The firm awards were based on the following criteria – business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. The criteria were not equally weighted, a strong showing in one category was sufficient to put the firm above the rest

On receiving his trophy and certificate for the Award, Mteto Nyati expressed that he was truly honoured.

“Giving your people something that is better than what you received is what management is all about. It is about using the resources that you have been given effectively and creating a great environment for people so as to inspire them to be excited about what they do and to realise their full potential,” said Nyati.

Nyati joined Altron in April 2017.He was Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa, where he succeeded in returning the mobile company to growth by overhauling employee engagement and transforming customer experience. Over a period of 12 years, he held various leadership positions at IBM in South Africa and Europe. He later joined Microsoft South Africa, where he was MD for six years.

In 2019, Nyati won the Business Leader of the Year award at the All African Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) and the IPM CEO Special Award from the Institute of People Management. He was also the joint winner of South Africa’s 2013 IT Personality of the Year. In 2004 he was named one of Yale University’s World Fellows on Global Leadership.

He is author of the number one best seller, Betting on a Darkie, a book about his life as a shopkeeper’s son, family man and business leader at local and multinational corporates.

Watch Mteto Nyati’s acceptance speech below: