Creating South Africa’s Largest Tech Hub
The South African government has committed to growing the country’s tech hub. This will be done through a coding and programming academy as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups.
Speaking at an engagement session, Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said that, “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.”
The engagement session was led by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana. It focused on broadcasting, audio-visual and new platforms, as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The future of South African tech:
According to the Minister, South Africa is in a good position to reap the benefits from the potential of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the future. The Minister centered the importance of the technological revolution advancing to improve the lives of South Africans. Furthermore, she argues that “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. She continues, “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.
She implores South Africans to be brave and proactive with their future. “If South Africa wants to build on its existing strengths, it must not wait longer with making meaningful, and sometime bold, changes. It must overcome its current complacency, political complexity, and inertia to act.” She continues, “South African initiatives are likely to be successful only if they happen in an integrated manner and, importantly, create more scale and scope for growth across Africa and create the conditions that allow a greater role for consumers and businesses to drive the impact of new technologies through their effective use.”
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Source: Business Tech