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Rolf M Schmidt

Managing Director, tel-net-com consulting Pty Ltd

Currently resides in: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Born in Frankfurt Germany

An economist by trade and entrepreneur because of business ideas made to ventures, I strive to be a good citizen of corporate and social South Africa. I am, and have been, managing, founding and funding telecoms and ICT ventures in Germany, the US and further abroad. Analytical skills and social intelligence helped in getting some South African ventures off the ground - a niche market renewable energy company, a network and a service provider. Three successful turnarounds, 2 ICT, 1 FMCG. My goal is to contribute to South Africa's economic success. Mediation helps, and in mediating I help others.

Contact details

O: 0315722444

M: 0827012012

Web presence

Business Address

Durban North, Durban North, South Africa, 4051

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Joint Managing Director | Operations Management | CyberMedia Television Africa (Pty) Ltd
Durban, South Africa | 2016 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Management of operations, digital advertising platform business development

Director | Management | FurnFlex (Pty) Ltd
Durban, South Africa | January 2016 - present

Manufacturing and Industrial

Start-Up with a break-through simple tool-less design in the furniture industry in SA

Senior Partner | Management | mediatori(TM) (Pty) Ltd
Durban, South Africa | 2012 - present

Law Practice and Legal Services

Management of Mediatori(TM) SA (Pty) Ltd mediation practice and website

Director | Board | Network for Next Generation Pty Ltd
Durban, South Africa | 2010 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Director Regulatory and Strategy

Managing Director | Telecoms Business Consulting | tel-net-com Pty Ltd
Durban, South Africa | 2002 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Operations management, business planning, strategy, assisting in projects requiring the relevant experience and expertise as Senior Consultant

Previous Position(s)

Co-ordinator | Mediation and Conciliation Centre | Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Durban, South Africa | October 2012 - March 2014


Mediation and Conciliation for DCCI members

Director | Board | KZN ICTe Cluster, an Association incorporated under section 21
Durban, South Africa | 2011 - 2011

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Director Corporate Governance

Advisor Business and Regulatory | Value Added Services | SmartXchange Incubator, Durban
Durban, South Africa | June 2005 - January 2014

ICT and Telecommunications

Advice to resident entrepreneurs and incubatees i.r.o. ICT market, go-to-market and ECA regulatory framework (telecoms/ISPs)

Managing Member | Board | Solarflex CC
Somerset West, South Africa | 2004 - 2006

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Founder and Seed-Funder

Director | Board | Helderconnect CC
Somerset West, South Africa | 2003 - 2006

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Founder and seed funder, estate networking and service provider, company sold

Director | Board | GlobalTel CC
Somerset West, South Africa | 2003 - 2005

ICT and Telecommunications

Founder and seed funder, company sold

Management Team | Senior Management Team | Elisa GmbH, Germany
Duesseldorf, Germany | 2001 - 2002

ICT and Telecommunications

Integration of 22+ City Telco's (CLEC and CLAP), 3 regional fibre networks and 2 national networks into one entity, 1 MVNO with own switch

Managing Director | Board | HUkom Gmbh
Hanau, Germany | 2000 - 2001

ICT and Telecommunications

Turnaround of CLAP (City Telco) and second funding phase (both successful), MVNO and virtual DSLAM service provision

COO and CEO | Board | TIMe City Link GmbH, Germany, and Telebridge GmbH (neutral Colocation)
Frankfurt, Germany | 1999 - 2000

ICT and Telecommunications

Starting up operation, initial partner and shareholder agreements (City Link), Business Development anchor tenants (Telebridge), MVNO provision

Educational history


Ricarda Huch High School, Dreieich, Germany (1981)


CEDR UK - Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

London, Canada | April 2013 - June 2013

CEDR accredited mediator (UK) - Commercial and civil

UK accreditation as civil and commercial mediator

University of Stellenbosch Business School

Bellville, South Africa | January 2012 - March 2013

PG Dip Dispute Settlement - Mediation and Negotiation

Africa Centre for Dispute Resolution at the USB

Bellville, South Africa | 2011 - 2012

Accredited Mediator - Civil and Commercial

Accreditation by CD/ACDR for South Africa and CEDR for international/UK

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University

Frankfurt, Germany | 1982 - 1984

BCom (BSc Economy equivalent) - Marketing, Information Sciences, Industrial Psychology

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom | October 1981 - February 1982

Orientation year - second semester - Economics

Business/Managerial Economics, IT/DP, Marketing

Newcastle University

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom | April 1981 - September 1981

Orientation year - first semester - Economics

Business/Managerial Economics, IT/DP, Marketing



Mentoring Award 2014 | 2014

Award for outstanding business performance increase by mentoring, for mentee and for mentor

Mentor Award 2013 | 2013

Awarded as one of the best three business success stories based on mentoring, award to mentee and mentor

Mentor Award 2012 | 2012

Mentee and mentor honored for outstanding achievements in the DCCI / BATSA mentoring program

Mentor Award 2011 | 2011

Mentor award for professional mentoring at DCCI 2011

Mentor Award 2010 | 2010

Award for achievements and performance as mentor in the 2010 programme

Mentor award | 2009

Winner of the DCCI BATSA Mentor award of the year 2009

Shortlist and nomination

CSSA/ITWeb IT Personality of the Year | 2011

Top 10 finalist

media exposure

Die Wirtschafts Mediation 2-2014 (magazine), Germany (2012-2015), since 2016 'Die Mediation' | 2014

Aussergerichtliche Konfliktloesung am Arbeitsplatz - Impulse aus Suedafrika / Workplace Alternative Dispute Resolution - Impulses from South Africa - co-author to Prof. Dr. Andre Niedostadek, Harz-University, Germany

The Mercury / Business Week | 2012

Launch of the DCCI mediation and conciliation centre

KapExpress | 2011

Writing articles for the only German language newspaper in South Africa - KapExpress

Competitive Accomplishments

Winner | Squash Tournament between friends | 2012

Scored for the first time ! Usually I loose. Three rounds, 9:7, 5:9, 12:10, won first and last round thus the set ! Without wounding each other. Took up Squash in 2011 after NOT playing for more than 25 years.

2 | Badminton game | 2011

I think keeping the shuttlecock in the air for full 3 minutes in a townhouse garden at the age of 50, after not having touched ANY racket, be it Badminton or Squash, for 23+ years, is more of a competitive accomplishment than scoring in a sports tournament. You have to be ready to make a complete idiot of yourselves to play in a townhouse garden.

Academic Achievements

Completing a BSc equivalent in Germany | 1984

Studying base studies economy in Germany

Other Achievements

Recognition of mentee as mentee of the year 2014 | 2014

Mentee was awarded as achiever of the year in respect of the mentoring program

Recognition of my mentee as mentee of the year 2012 | 2012

Mentee was recognized as meritorious and an achiever in respect of targets we worked towards to during a year

Recognition as mentee of the year award | 2011

please see below - 2009 mentee = 2010 winner, 2010 mentee = 2011 winner, etc

Recognition as winner of the Mentee award | 2009

As mentor in the DCCI BATSA mentorship my mentees won two years in a row the Mentee award



Network Economy

Member, January 1999 - present

Venture investment and management

Network Economy

Member, January 1999 - present

Venture investment and management

South African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI)

member, 2003 - present

German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Africa

South African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI)

member, 2003 - present

German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Africa

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Member and SMME mentor, September 2007 - October 2014

International Telecommunication Union

sector member (ROA/Operator/Provider), 1999 - December 2001

USB Alumnus (Stellenbosch)

member, May 2012 - present

Internet Society ISOC

Member, 1995 - present


Lamontville Johnny Makathini Multimedia Centre / eThekwini EDU

Mediator, 2010 - 2011

Mediated successfully between eThekwini's EDU (economic development unit) and the community (local boardmembers of a section 21 company) in Lamontville on launching the Lamontville JMMC

Other Activities

Golf, Badminton, Squash, 4x4 offroading, camping, hiking, cycling (MTB)

stay fit !, 1989 - present

all my hobbies in one go - except for collecting historic or antique furniture, historic sewing machines, vinyl records, particular movie DVD's, cooking, DIY'ing....

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