Alumni Corner: Vusani Ramadzhia, South Africa

Mr. Vusani Ronald Ramadzhia possesses over nine years’ experience in the Public Sector and Public entities. He started off his career as a Restitution Advisor (Trainee) at The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights in 2008. In 2009 he was promoted to a Senior Project Officer. The position he held until year 2013. In November 2013 he was appointed as an Investigator: Good Governance and Integrity in the Office of the Public Protector South Africa. In the year 2015, he joined The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as a Researcher in the Policy Research and Analysis division. His primary responsibility is to research on the current trends and development in the ICT industry and reviewing existing regulations that governs ICT industry in South Africa.

1) How did you find out about the GSMA’s online courses?

I attended a face-to-face Competition Policy in the Digital Age course in 2016, delivered by Emanuela Lecchi from the GSMA who recommended the online courses.

2) What made you want to take your first course?

I had just joined the ICASA, so I needed to familiarise myself with the current issues in the industry. It is very important to join these courses.

3) What did you like most about your experience?

Learning from others, as other participants bring their experiences from their own countries into the discussions.

4) Which was your favourite course and why?

Internet of Things was my favourite course. I had an interest in it at university and I did some modules relating to it in order to understand it further. I wrote a paper on IoT and applied that knowledge to the course.

5) How have you used what you learned during the courses?

The courses make my life easier, as I can demonstrate my knowledge about the industry. I can use the knowledge from the courses to have discussions with the Ministry or with the public.

6) What would you say to a regulator or policymaker who was thinking of taking a course with us?

I would encourage everyone to take the courses, as they will learn things they have not experienced before and gain a better understanding of the regulatory environment. I have already convinced more than three of my colleagues to take the courses, showing them how to use the portal, and also sharing it across my organisation.