With a notable wealth of experience, Mr Ralebitso replaces Philip Amoateng who is from Ghana.
Among other things, he will be expected to provide strategic leadership and oversight of Vodacom Lesotho operations in line with the purpose to connect Basotho to a better future.
The government, through the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology has welcomed the new telecommunications company chief and with great expectations that among other things, he will work towards developing innovative yet affordable products and services most suitable to the country.
“Having looked at Mr Ralebitso’s track record, the ministry and the government of Lesotho accept the entity’s decision to appoint the said candidate who brings in a wealth of knowledge and skills acquired locally and outside Lesotho, including global business leadership that will transform the country’s telecommunications industry,” the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Keketso Sello said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said his ministry is particularly looking forward to sharing Mr Ralebitso’s experience from his leadership as an entrepreneur in financial services and as former Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council in South Africa.
“As the Minister responsible for communications and technology, I wish him all the best in his appointment and trust that with his leadership, Vodacom Lesotho will contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth, progress and integration into the global digital economy,” Mr Sello said.
With his experience in corporate governance, Mr Ralebitso has held the roles of executive and non-executive director in several organisations including the Old Mutual Foundation, Absa Insurance and Financial Advisors as well as Absa Trust to mention a few.
Before undertaking his new role, he excelled as an entrepreneur and founded an initiative called Itataise Investment.
He holds a Bachelor’s Executive Degree in Political Science.
The new MD will further have to work tirelessly to ensure that Vodacom Lesotho, which has been involved in a bitter scuffle with the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), recovers from a revenue drop of 12.2 percent in the past fiscal year as well as regain control after a significant 16.5 percent drop in earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) during the same period.
The stats were revealed by Vodacom Group Limited in their annual results for the year ended March 31, 2021.