Mara Phones, South Africa’s manufacturer of smartphones, has appointed Sylvester Taku as Managing Director with immediate effect. Photo: Supplied
Mara Phones, South Africa’s manufacturer of smartphones, has appointed Sylvester Taku as Managing Director with immediate effect. Photo: Supplied

SA smartphone manufacturer appoints MD

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jan 25, 2021

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DURBAN - MARA Phones, South Africa’s manufacturer of smartphones, 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 has 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, Soweto.

Congratulating Taku on his appointment, Mara Phones CEO Ashish J Thakkar said, “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.”

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.”

Mara Phones is the first truly African-made smartphone provided at highly affordable prices and excellent quality standards. It is a proudly African brand and company that has been working on the continent for over two and a half decades.

The company integrates technology to enable business growth and prosperity with innovative products and services delivered in a localised manner.

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