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MTN Group has welcomed 25 bright young minds to develop software solutions for our operations and contribute to delivering on our strategy of ‘leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress’

15 enthusiastic young people in Johannesburg and ten in Cape Town have joined MTN Software Solutions, an entity established to bring software delivery inside the MTN organisation in a centralised way.

The interns join MTN from the not-for-profit organisation, WeThinkCode_(WTC), where they were trained extensively as software developers. WTC was founded in 2016 as both a social impact venture – recruiting previously disadvantaged youth, and a solution to a pressing business problem – a shortage of tech talent.

“Their energy, talent and diversity are not just an addition to our team, but an important step in our commitment to innovation, inclusivity and leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress,” said Marcin Waligora, MTN Group Executive: Software Engineering.

Marcin Waligora, a seasoned information technology executive with more than 20 years’ experience, joined MTN in March 2023 to lead MTN Software Solutions. Under his guidance, the interns will help MTN accelerate the time to market of software projects, and to improve the customer experience and productivity at the Group.

Among the interns is 27-year-old Venus Chappie. “I’m delighted to share that I’m starting a new position as a software engineering intern at MTN! As part of the company’s COE (Centre of Excellence), I plan to hold my head up high and stand as living proof that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to,” she posted on LinkedIn of her expectations of being part of the programme, which is aligned to MTN’s efforts to promote more women in technology roles. Of the 25 interns, three-quarters are women.