VENTURES AFRICA – Africa’s youngest female billionaire and Angola’s richest woman, Isabel Dos Santos, is reportedly keen to takeover struggling Zimbabwean mobile phone company, Telecel Zimbabwe.
“Isabel is interested in taking over telecoms giant Telecel Zimbabwe as it emerges political bigwigs in the southern Africa nation are pushing for ouster of Telecel Zimbabwe founding shareholder James Makamba,” read a report by the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper.
The newspaper also reported that Isabel, who is worth $3.5 billion, has put out feelers to buyout the struggling telecoms company. Isabel already has interests in a number of telecoms businesses, mainly in Portugal and Angola.
Zimbabwe last month cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe’s licence after it failed to comply with local empowerment laws and settle outstanding licence fees.
Telecel, which had over 2.5 million active subscribers in Zimbabwe, and is jointly owned by Telecel Globe and the Empowerment Corporation, led by local businessman Makamba.
By George Mpofu