Who is already involved?
Wits University is driving this initiative as a major strategic intervention aimed at making a significant impact on job creation and inner-city renewal in Central Johannesburg. In September 2014 Johannesburg’s executive Mayor, Clr Parks Tau, opened the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa festival saying “As the City of Johannesburg, we are bridging the digital divide whilst ensuring service delivery and bringing about a Smart City to which we are committed. Working closely with the Wits University, we have invested R7 million in setting up the Tshimologong Digital Technology Precinct. This project seeks to develop a creative space for the development of ICT software and skills, as well as innovation and job creation”.
Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Programme, has shown its support by providing funding and setting up its “App Factory” – an internship for unemployed graduates – in the Digital Innovation Zone.
In February 2015 the CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty, travelled to South Africa and announced that IBM Research would be establishing it 13th international research laboratory in Braamfontein as part of Wits University’s Digital Innovation Zone.