Software Engineering skills shortage needs action now!

It is well known that South Africa’s skills shortage is not only a real issue, but that it limits the country in its abilities and has a direct impact on economic growth. Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University says South Africa specifically needs senior software engineering[…]

The DizSpark “Pizza Box campaign”

In an exciting initiative to encourage students to join the digital revolution by becoming innovators and entrepreneurs, Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University, has launched a campaign called DIZSpark. In this video clip, Prof Barry explains the concept…: And lots of fun was had by all[…]

Tshimologong Precinct – a great place to hack

A digital company called Isobar have been using the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein for their regular hackathons. In this video clip various participants in the Valentine’s Day ‘Create for Love’ hackathon talk about the Tshimologong Precinct as a place of ingenuity and inspiration. They also give thanks to the two Barrys from the JCSE –[…]

Transforming Tshimologong

Barry Myburgh from the WITS JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering) talks about the demolition of the Tshimologong Precinct at the end of January 2015 – the next phase in the emergence of Johannesburg’s Digital Technology Zone (DTZ). The transformation of five WITS buildings into an IT precinct is part of the vision of Professor[…]

Barclays find inspiration at the iClub

Barclays take an ‘innovation journey’ at the old iClub that forms part of the Tshimologong Precinct. They were one of the last companies to use this innovative space in January 2015 before the demolition process began in earnest.  The old iClub forms part of the Tshimologong Precinct Digital Technology Zone (DTZ).  

The Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival 2014

The Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival 2014 was launched on Friday 12 September 2014 at the old iClub at the Tshimologong Digital Precinct. Here is an interview with Professor Barry Dwolatzky about the launch and the festival: Prior to the launch Professor Dwolatzky did a walk-about with Mayor Parks Tau, to demonstrate the vision for the[…]

Agile Africa 2014 promises to be bigger and better…

This is the latest promotional video for Agile Africa 2014, taking place at the Parktonian Hotel on 11 and 12 August. Looking back at last year’s event, delegates were truly blow away… Here are some of the comments: * “Diversity of speakers and the size of audience” * “Found some good insights that can be[…]

MIT Global Startup Lab – South Africa

MIT Global Startup Labs is a multidisciplinary group of MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) that promotes development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. MIT GLobal Startup Labs develop curriculum materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable undergraduate students in emerging regions to innovate in the area of information and communication[…]


Professor Barry Dwolatzky is a busy man these days. He has recently been on an international roadshow to raise funds for further development of the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. Take a look at Open at Wits, a website created to support his international fundraising trip. Of prime importance are the beautiful visuals of the ‘precinct[…]

The JCSE moves to 45 Juta Street…

The WITS Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) recently moved into 45 Juta Street, which is part of the developing Tshimologong Precinct, and the place is already buzzing….After extensive renovations to the building (one of five that form part of the Tshimologong Precinct), Project Manager Ashleigh Gormally says the building already feels like home –[…]

Braamfontein: Getting the word on the street

This recent Youtube video features vox pops with students and entrepreneurs on the revival of Braamfontein. The video features Josef Talotta Head of Precinct Development for South Point Properties who says, ‘Braamfontein has moved from a distressed area, about 10 years back, into what I think is South Africa’s most dynamic live/work/play district. It’s student-friendly,[…]