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DiData Given Green Light for FTSE Listing

[Johannesburg, 15 June 2000] - South African IT and networking company Dimension Data has been given the green light by the Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel to proceed with a listing on the London FTSE index. Yesterday's announcement brings to a conclusion DiData's year-long wait for government approval for the London listing and the company revealed yesterday that it expects to raise about #1-billion (R10,5-billion) from the listing.

DiData expect to rank 69th on the FTSE 100, making it the fifth largest technology stock on the London Stock Exchange. The company hopes to achieve a market capitalization of around #5,5-billion subsequent to the listing.

The final decision was made yesterday by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel in consultation with cabinet, but the Minister revealed that the FTSE listing would be subject to a number of conditions. These conditions are firstly that DiData's South African branch register would remain listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and secondly, that share transactions would remain subject to domestic tax laws.

DiData Chairman Jeremy Ord revealed that capital from the listing would be used to fund acquisitions, buy out minorities and improve employee incentives.

Ord indicated that it would take about 16 weeks to prepare for the listing, which would place the listing date near the beginning of October.

The company, with operations in 36 countries, has been making steady inroads into the US in recent months, leading commentators to suggest that a Nasdaq listing might have been a preferable alternative to the UK listing.

Ord indicated earlier this year, however, that his company would prefer to seek a high profile position on a smaller exchange than a low key position on the Nasdaq.