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South Africa Overview

South Africa is a leader in telecommunications innovation in Africa.

  • Helios Towers entered South Africa in 2019 through a partnership with Vulatel (Pty), creating the infrastructure platform Helios Towers South Africa ("HTSA").
  • On 30 April 2019 HTSA completed the acquisition of SA Towers. The acquired business contains a pipeline of c.500 site locations.
  • Favourable structural dynamics in South Africa, with c.30,000 towers in the country and only c.10% owned and operated by independent tower companies.
  • As a leader in telecommunications innovation in Africa, South Africa also provides the opportunity to develop expertise in adjacent technologies, such as fibre and edge data centres.


HT Q3 2019 KPIs


110 sites    193 Tenants    1.75x Tenancy Ratio



South Africa 2018 KPIs


58m Population 2018    1% GDP Growth


4% Mobile Subscription Growth 


67% Mobile Penetration    99m Mobile Subscriptions


Jeffrey Schumacher Chief Executive Officer HTSA and HTG
Rico Marx Towers Director
Marinus Gieselback Operations Director
Sean Swanson Commercial Director
Jannie Hamilton Head of Legal
Stefan van der Merwe Finance Director