Many of us consider Cape Town as a
laid-back city boasting one of the new wonders of nature, Table Mountain and
favourite tourist spot to all. Although this is true to a certain extent, this
city has also become a serious player in the software and IT services sector.
Since 2006 Cape Town’s software
and IT services sector has been booming with more than R1.5 billion
In December 2011, the City of Cape Town, as
part of its broadband
infrastructure project, completed a R125 million, 500km optic fibre network
project, thereby increasing the City’s bandwidth by approximately 1,000 times
and ensuring even further growth in this sector.
It is therefore no surprise that Cape
Town gets compared to Silicon Valley. Cape Town is quite similar in
culture, it’s cosmopolitan, with an offering to quirky tech intellectuals and
up-and- coming wealthy entrepreneurs. The Cape architecture– combining new and
old – and the coffee and wine culture is important in bringing together highly
mobile, wealthy and tech savvy individuals.
Mark Shuttleworth is a household name in
South Africa and to many abroad he has championed innovation and made science
hip again. Since his success, a number of creative software design and development
companies have been founded in Cape Town.
Fundamo is one of South Africa’s tech
success stories exiting to Visa for a whopping US$110-million in 2011. It
was founded by Hannes van Rensburg in 2000 in Cape Town and launched the
world’s first mobile financial service for the unbanked in developing economies
in 2002. Bridging the gap between the kind of un-banked and under banked customer
the financial industry usually does not want to serve and the big banking
corporations has been something a pre- and post-acquision Fundamo has pulled
off on a large scale. It provided financial services for the very poorest
people in the world through their mobile phones, especially in rural areas with
Founded in 2003 by Namibian born software developer
Herman Heunis, MXit grew from humble
beginnings as a mobile phone IM client to a full-scale mobile social
network with about 23-24 million users in sub-Saharan Africa. The extensive
reach of the MXit service, its proven robustness, support of many different
handsets (more than 3 000) and high penetration of the youth market gives it an
advantage over rivals. MXit is another great example of South African success
in the technology industry.
Founded in South Africa, the company
created the first websites for business to consumer SMS messaging and have
been cashing in on the continued growth of mobile phone users – and the
increasing want for companies to use SMS to their advantage – ever since.
Although Clickatell moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley in the US, its
roots in South Africa means it has recruited large enterprise clients in
sub-Saharan Africa. Testament to its success is the backing it has received
from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, widely regarded as one of the best
in the business and investors in companies including Apple, Google, YouTube and
Cape Town’s growing start up community
demonstrates the breadth and depth of the talent that calls Cape Town home.
With the numerous software and IT companies based around the city it’s the
perfect location to find your next career opportunity.
Communicate Recruitment have offices in
Cape Town and a team of specialist recruitment consultants in the IT sector
that will match your skills with the relevant job. We have career opportunities
that include .Net developer jobs, Java developer jobs, Php developer jobs, IT
manager jobs, DBA jobs and much more. Visit our website and apply today.
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