Yahsat hosts South African delegation led by Deputy President Paul Mashatile

The visit discussed potential for Yahsat to expand its presence in South Africa as part of the country’s plans to enhance communications capabilities.

Yahsat has hosted a distinguished delegation from the Government of South Africa, led by His Excellency Deputy President Paul Mashatile. The purpose of the meeting was to foster closer collaboration in the satellite communications sector, showcasing the country’s ongoing commitment to enhancing communication services by tapping into the UAE’s advanced satcom sector and intelligent data solutions services.

Comprising senior government ministers, department heads, and representatives from Brainwave Projects SA, Yahsat’s satellite broadband solutions provider in South Africa, the delegation engaged in high-level discussions. These discussions underscore Yahsat’s established reputation in Africa as an innovative and cost-effective satellite communications technology and service provider.

Welcoming the delegation were prominent figures including Karim Sabbagh, Managing Director Designate of SPACE42, Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, Hasan Al Hosani, Managing Director of Bayanat, and Sulaiman Al Ali, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat.

Satellite communications have emerged as a vital facilitator of economic development across Africa. This technology aids in connecting isolated and underserved communities, granting access to essential services such as telemedicine, e-learning, government services, and e-commerce. The visit served as an opportunity for both parties to explore potential avenues for Yahsat to expand its footprint in South Africa, aligning with the government’s objectives to enhance connectivity nationwide.

Satellite communications have become a critical enabler of economic development across Africa as the technology helps to connect isolated, underserved communities allowing access to important services such as telemedicine, e-learning, government services, e-commerce and more. The visit enabled both parties to explore potential opportunities for Yahsat to expand its presence in South Africa to support the government objectives to improve connectivity across the country.

Ali Al Hashemi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Yahsat, said: “We were delighted to welcome the senior delegation from the South African Government led by His Excellency Deputy President Paul Mashatile to our headquarters. This visit reflects Yahsat’s exemplary reputation as a respected satellite communications provider, and more importantly the status of the UAE as a global leader in advancing SpaceTech and AI solutions to address the most pressing challenges. Our extensive work to connect rural and isolated communities across South Africa and the wider African continent not only demonstrates our commitment to these communities but highlights the advanced capabilities of our products and services.”

Mondli Gungubele, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, added: “It was a pleasure to visit Yahsat as part of our on-going efforts to collaborate with the UAE and harness its technological capabilities. We are committed to working together with our UAE partners across a range of different industries and, in particular, in the satellite sector where we do not currently have all the required capabilities. By working in partnership with Yahsat we will be able to establish these capabilities and knowledge sufficient to build our own national satellite programme and infrastructure in the future.”