South Africa-Science-Technology

S/Africa to develop Africa’s largest tech hub - Minister

APA-Johannesburg (South Africa)

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 start-ups in particular, APA has learnt.

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said this on Friday when she was addressing an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg under theme “Leveraging on Digital Platforms for Forth Industrial Revolution Creatives.”

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

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

“Through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), my ministry, in partnership with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the biggest Tech Hub in Africa…” Zulu said.

According to her, 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 creative industry,” she said.

The minister said South Africa was well placed to benefit from the potential of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the future, and the country’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.


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