South Africa To Develop Africa’s Largest Tech Hub

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The South African government is looking at developing the biggest tech hub in Africa, a coding and programming academy as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and startups in particular.

“Through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), my department, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the biggest Tech Hub in Africa…” Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Friday.

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She was addressing an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg under theme ‘Leveraging on digital platforms for 4IR creatives’.

From Tech Financials.

The session was led by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana.

The one-day engagement focused on broadcasting, audio-visual and new platforms, as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Zulu said the technological revolution must improve and advance the lives of South Africans.

“It also becomes important that Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and Cooperatives embrace this radical reshaping of the relationship between technology capabilities and business opportunities.

“Incubators must focus on creating a new generation of South African Start-ups that will drive the creation of disruptive technologies in the creatives industry,” she said.

The Minister said South Africa is well placed to benefit from the potential of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the future.

The Minister said the size of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), its levels of per capita income and productivity gave it an advantage to lead in the ICT sector on the continent.

In addition, the increasing contributions from South African firms to producing for the continent and world value chain of manufactured goods, as well as the above-average level of innovation infrastructure in which business, government and research interact, are putting South Africa in a favorable position to lead this space in Africa.

Read more at Tech Financials.