The Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University will open Tshimologong Precinct in downtown Jozi, where a "Robin Hood strategy" will operate – those who can pay will; those who cannot will be sponsored. It will be a vast space where people can collaborate and create new digital technology.
A Google Hangout hosted by Brand South Africa saw expat South African tech gurus discussing ways to use their digital expertise to benefit their home country.
Africa's unprecedented economic growth, projected at 5% for the foreseeable future, is taking place in a very different environmental context to the 19th and 20th century growth spurts of Europe, the Americas, Japan and China. So to anyone interested in sustainable development, Africa’s next steps are fascinating.
Sub-Saharan Africa produces the same amount of energy as Spain – and excluding South Africa, less electricity than used by New York. But ambitious new power projects will soon light up the continent, and allow Africa to bypass the dirty old technologies that powered the growth of the developed world.