SA smartphone manufacturer appoints MD


Johannesburg – MARA Phones, South Africa’s smartphones manufacturer, has appointed Sylvester Taku as managing director with immediate effect.

Taku has been doing business in Africa for over 20 years and has made accelerating growth through smart, well-considered moves his signature style.

He had been the Head of Growth at Mara Phones since 2019 and led the opening of the first bricks-and-mortar Mara Experience Store in Maponya Mall in Soweto.

Mara Phones CEO Ashish J Thakkar congratulated Taku.

“Sylvester is bold and dependable with an amazing ability to spot the next opportunity. He will continue to do exceptionally well at Mara Phones as we grow together and make a huge positive social impact, bring fantastic shareholder returns and create real value for customers,” said Thakkar.

Taku is a chartered accountant who also holds an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business. He also has a strong strategic and consulting background which saw him complete tenures at industry leaders Coopers & Lybrant, PWC, Deloitte and Ernst & Young.

Taku said: “It is a privilege to lead the South African operations of the continent’s flagship smartphone brand, Mara Phones. Every South African can be proud that world-class smartphones roll out of our South African factory every day and my focus going forward will be on growth in new markets and forging new partnerships while solidifying the brand where we’re currently achieving.”


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