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The Business Book Club presents...
About the Author
About the Book
Betting on a Darkie
Mteto Nyati
The Business Book Club
The Business Book Club was founded with the purpose to share knowledge in a business context. Knowledge is the start of change, an inevitable process of business (and life), and one can obtain it through various means. Books are our favourite way and what better than to have a conversation with the author. Sharing knowledge through questions and answers helps us understand how each of us can affect change in a positive way.

At our monthly meetings, we invite an author to showcase their book and share their knowledge. Through conversations with the author, we grow our leadership capability by understanding how we can change our business environments.

We do not charge an entry fee to our events but ask that a pre-loved business or educational book is donated. These books are collected and then donated to a needy library or community in less privileged areas. Every book that is donated is making a difference in someone's life.
Mteto Nyati is the CEO at Altron, having joined the company in April 2017.
He is responsible for transforming Altron into a world class Information and Communications Technology company that does good business while doing good.

Prior to joining Altron, Mteto was Chief Executive Officer of MTN South Africa. 
He was responsible for returning MTN South Africa to growth by overhauling employee engagement and transforming customer experience. 
He also led Microsoft South Africa for six years.

Mteto holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. In 2004, he was named one 
of Yale University’s World Fellows on Global Leadership.
Mteto is author of the number one best-seller, Betting On a Darkie, a book 
about his life as a shopkeeper’s son, family man and business leader at local 
and multinational corporates.

In 2013, he was joint winner of South Africa’s IT Personality of the Year award.

"Betting on a Darkie: Lifting the Corporate Game" 
is an Autobiography of a man who is changing the face of corporate.

'If you want to take the system down, provide a better alternative at least. 
At heart I’m an engineer. I want to encourage people to fix things, 
not to raise false hopes.' 

Mteto Nyati knew years ago as a schoolboy in Mthatha, working behind the 
counter at his mnetfother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. 
After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Natal University, 
he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to 
take up a position at Afrox. He was the only black engineer and the sole advice 
he received from his superiors was ‘don’t mess up’. 

He didn’t. Today Nyati is one of South Africa’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft South Africa and MTN South Africa out of troubled times. He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a high-performing international IT company with a social conscience.

Jacques is an experienced NxtLevel™ Business Coach, Public Speaker and international award-winning Facilitator helping CEO’s and teams transform their companies into successful enterprises in today’s competitive world.

He wrote his first book in 2017, NxtLevel™ Business, How To Predictably Double Your Profits And Revenue In The Next 3 Years, and is one of South Africa’s recognised facilitators for LMI (Leadership Management International), helping companies create collaboration within teams in South Africa’s diverse landscape.

At the beginning of 2017, he founded The Business Book Club, a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose to share the love of knowledge through books.
Jacques Velleman
About the Founder
Entrance: A pre-loved book for donation
Help us spread and share knowledge across South Africa.
Tuesday 3 December 2019
19h00 - 20h30
The Capital, 20 West Road South, Sandton
Event Details
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