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Thinus Mulder CEO at Dark Fibre Africa


Thinus Mulder is Chief Executive Officer of Dark Fibre Africa – a leading provider of high quality , open source connectivity. Thinus stepped into the role in June 2016, taking over from the company’s founder and then CEO Gustav Smit.

Prior to this he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at DFA since its inception, stewarding the company financially throughout its growth from a  team of 10 people in 2008 to an employer of more than 800 in in six offices nationwide by 2016.   

Thinus began his professional career at Standard Bank where he held various senior management positions over six years. These included Financial Manager for Stannic and Senior Manager in the Tax Department. As head of Financial Reporting for the bank, he gained extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and compliance.

Thinus went on to join the AST Group in 1998 where he held the position of Financial Director at the listed ,  and oversaw the successful merger of AST and Gijima to establish the country’s biggest black empowered IT company.

In 2005, he assumed the role of Financial Director at Lindsay Saker – part of the Imperial Group – where he became Managing Director 2 years later.

A Chartered Accountant by training, Thinus obtained a BCom Accounting Honours degree and Certificate in the Theory of Accounting from the University of Pretoria in 1989. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 after completing his articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers.   

Dark Fibre Africa is South Africa’s largest open source network company; financing, building, installing, managing and maintaining a world-class dark fibre network to transmit metro and long- haul telecommunications traffic.  

DFA started rolling out its network in South African cities during October 2007.  At the beginning of 2017, it had invested over R8 billion and installed over 10 000 kilometres of fibre infrastructure and access to over 30 000 end points nationwide.

It further grew through the acquisition of MCT Telecommunication - a fibre build and project management company - as well as SA Digital Villages, a provider of fibre to the home. DFA has also made significant investments in Internet of Things through the establishment of fully-owned subsidiary SqwidNet – the only licensed Sigfox operator in South Africa.

As CEO of Dark Fibre Africa, Thinus’ vision is to grow the DFA Group into a substantial and sustainable Tier 1 Telecom Infrastructure through organic growth and acquisitions and expanding the business into adjacent areas and territories.

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