Sunday, November 20, 2005

Durban - South Africa's next IT hub?

The Sunday Times has an article about Durban's prospects as the "Sillicon Valley of Africa". Like many Sunday Times articles, it seems a little less than objective, and the emphasis on "public-private partnerships" and call-centres does ring a few alarm bells.

That said, I have a soft spot for Durban, and I hope that the city does become a hi tech hub. Something I often hear from Durbanites is that their city lacks opportunities for skilled professionals, and anything to solve that problem should be welcomed.

If the Durban project succeeds, it will be an interesting case study for us in Gauteng where we have a similar project the - Innovation Hub.