The Impressive Education And Experience That Got Zimbabwean Sitho Mdlalose A Top Post At Vodacom


Zimbabwean executive Sitho Mdlalose has risen through the Vodacom ranks to land one of the top jobs in the telecoms industry.

In May, Vodacom Group announced Mdlalose as the new managing director (MD) for its South Africa business. His vast experience within and beyond the group, and impressive academic qualifications made him a perfect fit for the job.

Mdlalose studied towards a Bachelor of Accounting Science in Accounting and Auditing with the University of South Africa (UNISA) from 1999 to 2002. From 1999 while an undergraduate he was assigned to Deloitte Zimbabwe, as a Trainee Chartered Accountant, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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In September 2003, Mdlalose joined Family Impact Zimbabwe, a non-government organisation that supports vulnerable families. He served as the Country Director for the organisation.


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Vodacom managing director Sitho Mdlalose [Image: My Broadband]

After leading the NGO from September 2003 to December 2004, he moved to the United Kingdom after he was hired by Ernst & Young. He was the company’s Client Service Executive/Manager from January 2005 to January 2007.

While at Ernst &Young, Mdlalose studied towards Chartered Accountancy certification with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), graduating in June 2006.

After a successful stint at Ernst & Young, Sitho Mdlalose was recruited by Vodafone in January 2007 as the senior finance manager.

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His impeccable leadership saw him scaling the ranks within Vodafone, being appointed Head of the Internal Audit Unit and as Senior Finance Manager: Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific Regions.


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Vodacom managing director Sitho Mdlalose [Image: Zimetro]


After nearly seven years at Vodafone, he relocated to South Africa in August 2013 to join Vodacom South Africa.

At Vodacom, Mdlalose held the following positions:

  • Managing Executive: Internal Audit – August 2013 to October 2014
  • Acting Chief Operating Officer for International Business – July 2015 to December 2015
  • Chief Financial Officer: International Business – July 2014 to July 2017
  • Interim Group Chief Financial Officer, Vodacom Group Limited – June 2020 to November 2020
  • Finance Director, Vodacom South Africa Pty Limited – July 2017 to July 2022
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In 2018, Mdlalose enrolled on a Senior Executive Programme at Harvard University, graduating in September 2018.

In August 2021, Vodacom Tanzania Plc announced the appointment of Sitho Mdlalose as the new Managing Director.

After less than a year in Tanzania, Vodacom Group appointed Mdlalose as the new managing director (MD) for its South Africa business, effective July 2022.

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