A colossal tree has fallen. A tree that broke the disruptive ‘winds of change’ which threatened to destabilise the nation. A tree that anchored the land when it seemed unlikely that the centre would hold. A tree that parented and protected the scion of flowers sprouting at its feet, until we could stand on our own. We mourn the passing of our father, a dedicated revolutionary and selfless leader, our collective conscience, a hero and true son of the soil who spent his life in the service of his people (fighting for liberation and equality, and as a great statesman). We as South Africans and Africans are made of the same stuff and will forever endeavour to personify Madiba’s legacy.
Convergence Partners – an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa – today announced the launch of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF), the only infrastructure fund that is dedicated solely to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa. With a first close of $145 million, it is one of the largest African based infrastructure funds, notwithstanding its single sector focus.
Ministry of Communications and Chairperson of ICASA congratulates Andile Ngcaba on appointment to global Internet panelNovember 21st, 2013 | admin
The Ministry of Communications and The Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Dr. Stephen Mncube, congratulated Dr. Andile Ngcaba, on his appointment into the Panel on the Future of Global Internet Cooperation. Dr Ngcaba is the founder of Convergence Partners, as well as Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa (DDMEA). “Andile Ngcaba’s appointment into the Panel ensures that South Africa and the continent have direct access to important discussions on future of the Internet.
Andile Ngcaba, founder of Convergence Partners, and Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa, has been appointed to a global panel to address Internet governance. The panel will meet for the first time in December in London, and its report, which will include principles for global Internet cooperation, proposed framework for such cooperation, stakeholder relations and a roadmap for future Internet governance is expected to be released in early 2014.
A new voluntary industry body has been launched to regulate and monitor the Wi-Fi industry in South Africa. The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa, led by chairperson Andile Ngcaba, aimed to “create a collaborative and self-regulating body that promotes the effective use of WiFi technologies in the delivery of ubiquitous, interoperable and seamless connectivity in South Africa”.
Convergence Partners investee, SEACOM, has excelled at the annual AfricaCom awards this year, clinching two first places and one second place in key categories of the prestigious awards. The AfricaCom Awards are held each year during the AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town and recognise excellence in the telecoms, media and ICT sectors.
Dimension Data, Convergence Partners’ investee, announced the addition of four new global cloud data centres in the next quarter to address the ongoing demand for enterprise-class cloud services. The addition of the new Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) locations will bring to 11 the number of Dimension Data’s public MCPs globally, with multiple data centres in each of the Americas, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Australia regions.
Convergence Partners investee, FibreCo Telecommunications, has announced the completion of its state-of-the art, fibre-optic networks connecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, East London and Cape Town, providing the shortest and fastest optical fibre connectivity between these cities today.
Convergence Partners’ investee company, SEACOM, has launches its Cape Town point-of-presence (PoP), growing its African footprint. Pan-African ICT firm Seacom has launched a PoP in Cape Town, in a bid to better link undersea cables along Africa’s Eastern and Western coastlines.
The Dimension Data Enterprise Development Incubator Programme held a graduation for 18 successful young entrepreneurs. The event was held at Dimension Data’s Durban offices. The Enterprise Development incubation programme was developed to promote entrepreneurial skills and to broaden the supplier base in the ICT industry.