Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival lights up Johannesburg

  With a superb line-up celebrating technology and creativity by Africans for Africa, the 2016 Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival was once again a resounding success. This year’s festival ran from 19 August to 3 September 2016 and brought together diverse digital and technology sectors to collaborate and share skills in digital media and technology innovation. Read more about Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival lights up Johannesburg[…]


  There was quite a bit of media hype around the launch of the Tshimologong Digital Precinct on 1 September (see the blog titled: Coffee, Pizza and Bandwidth), here are some of the videos that celebrate the occasion, including informative videos from the Wits University PR Department. The following video was produced by SABC News: Read more about VIDEOS: TSHIMOLOGONG IN MOVING PICTURES[…]

Coffee, pizza and bandwidth…

  The launch of the Tshimologong Precinct on 1 September 2016 created something of a media buzz… eNCA led the way with an article titled ‘Coffee, pizza, bandwidth – Braamfontein tech hub opens‘ and Independent Online published their story: “Wits launches digital innovation hub“. For a look at the fantastic coverage on the Precinct launch, Read more about Coffee, pizza and bandwidth…[…]


The University of the Witwatersrand and its partners in government, business and industry today officially launched the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Setswana for “new beginnings”, Tshimologong is Johannesburg’s newest high-tech address in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of Read more about WITS’ NEW DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB IN BRAAMFONTEIN[…]

Launch: IBM Research Lab

  Wits University and IBM Research today opened the IBM Research lab – the second in Africa, at the University’s new technology innovation hub in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein. The researchers will focus on collaborations in the areas of data driven healthcare, digital urban ecosystems and astronomy. Wits’ Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, says Read more about Launch: IBM Research Lab[…]

Tshimologong – Looking Back…

It’s incredible to think that Professor Barry Dwolatzky has been working on his dream of a digital innovation hub in Juta Street Braamfontein for over three years. Just take a look at some of the images… and watch the video, shot in 2013.  On 1 September, the first day of Spring, the Tshimologong Precinct will Read more about Tshimologong – Looking Back…[…]

Tshimologong Precinct Update

Video (above): Professor Barry Dwolatzky from the WITS JCSE talks about exciting upcoming events including the Fakugesi Festival, the launch of the IBM Research Lab and of course the official launch of the Tshimologong Precinct on 1 September… See the latest image gallery, below as the Tshimologong Precinct moves towards its very own “new beginning…”

Update: Tshimologong Precinct

Provincial government is on board regarding the development of the Tshimologong Precinct. In this video, Professor Barry Dwolatzky talks about the creation of the DAV Centre in the heart of Braamfontein. He also explains that WITS JCSE has secured a formal link with the Gauteng Innovation Hub in Pretoria. Watch the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJwaK5EYs9Y

2016 promises to be an exciting year…

In this video clip, Professor Barry Dwolatzky from the WITS JCSE talks about his expectations for 2016. He says the major focus is going to be on the ‘operational implementation’ of the Tshimologong Precinct as a living, breathing, working IT hub in Braamfontein. He says, the second aspect of focus is going to be the Read more about 2016 promises to be an exciting year…[…]

Tshimologong Photo Blog: A work in progress

Professor Barry Dwolatzky’s dream of creating an IT Hub in Braamfontein is not becoming a reality, it already is a reality. However, this is a dream not made overnight and during 2015 the big focus has been on the construction process… With IBM moving into Juta Street in early 2016, sees the next step in Read more about Tshimologong Photo Blog: A work in progress[…]

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 Read more about The DizSpark “Pizza Box campaign”[…]

Professor Barry Dwolatzky features on 702

702, 25 June 2015: TSHIMOLOGONG PRECINCT IN BRAAMFONTEIN WILL SOON BE HOME TO TECH SAVVY FOLKS Two years ago, Wits University embarked on a programme to establish the digital technology hub – The Tshimologong Precinct, which will provide a space for skills development in the software and digital technology sector. Tshimologong is the Sesotho phrase Read more about Professor Barry Dwolatzky features on 702[…]