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Microsoft Opens First Data Centres in Africa

Mar 07, 2019


 Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News – 07-03-2019

(Twitter: @FaizelPatel143)


Microsoft has opened two new data centres in South Africa in a move it says will drive digital transformation in the country.

The tech giant says the data centres will form part of a multi-million-dollar investment to create economic opportunities for South Africa through an Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP).

Newly appointed Microsoft South Africa managing director Lillian Barnard revealed that the Microsoft EEIP has evolved to include investment in technology solutions in agriculture and digital transformation in manufacturing.

Barnard says Microsoft’s EEIP is also funding skills development among South Africa’s young software developers, making them more employable.

“The evolved EEIP demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to digital transformation, skills development and experiential learning, as well as the enablement of innovation and technological advancement in South Africa.”

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says bringing data centres onto South African soil would advance the fourth industrial revolution.


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