Last Friday’s Spice broke the news that Mxit CEO Alan Knott-Craig Jnr had resigned from the self-claimed largest social network in Africa. Citing a difference of opinion from shareholders as to the company’s expansion strategy, Knott-Craig Jnr resigned from the cellphone social network, as well as its holding company, World of Avatar.
Welcome to the future, kids. Stellenbosch is about to become the first town in Africa to offer fast and free Wi-Fi accross the entire town. The project is a collaboration between the municipality, Mxit and the University of Stellenbosch. It’s even stretching into the suburbs and neighbouring towns. Très cool.
We all know who Alan Knott-Craig Jnr is. He’s the guy who bought MXit, owns World of Avatar, and made it possible for you to buy Vida with your cell. His father, Alan Knott-Craig Snr, has just been appointed as the CEO of Cell C. This could mean some very interesting developments in the telecoms industry.
In what is undoubtedly the tweet of the week, here’s new MXit mogul, Alan Knott-Craig, kicking back with a pizza and a draught at Stellenbosch eatery, Ginos, having just purchased South African social media megalith, MXit. The dream. Living it. Indeed.