Below is some of the latest media coverage about the Convergence Partners Group.

SEACOM to be the first pan-African reseller of AMS-IX Amsterdam

September 18th, 2012 | admin
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SEACOM, a pan-African ICT enabler, plans to expand its European connectivity to Amsterdam and will be the latest partner to join the AMS-IX reselling program. Joining the program gives SEACOM the opportunity to make connectivity to the AMS-IX platform more easily available for African Internet companies. Peering and IP interconnection between African and European networks will be greatly enhanced moving forward.

FibreCo completes first 600 km of R5 billion broadband network

September 13th, 2012 | admin
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FibreCo Telecommunications, a joint venture between Cell C, Convergence Partners and Internet Solutions, has passed the halfway mark of the first link of its R5-billion national fibre-optic broadband network. The company said that the construction of 600 km of the targeted 1 000 km stretch from Johannesburg, through Bloemfontein, to East London has been completed.

SEACOM appoints Byron Clatterbuck as Chief Commercial Officer

September 12th, 2012 | admin
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SEACOM, the pan-African ICT enabler, today announced the appointment of Byron Clatterbuck as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) with immediate effect. An industry veteran with more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Byron Clatterbuck has held a number of senior international executive positions during his career, most recently as President of Tata Communications’ Global Service Provider Segment, a company operating the largest private subsea cable system network in the world.

Dimension Data Community Development Trust activities highlighted on YouTube

September 11th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data recently released a YouTube video reflecting on the success of the groups that form part of the Dimension Data Community Development Trust. The video highlights the important activities that these groups are undertaking in supporting the empowerment of marginalised communities and individuals, totalling around 45 000. This programme forms part of the Dimension Data Broadbased Black Economic Empowerment transaction.

Convergence Partners renews its vows with Dimension Data

September 6th, 2012 | admin
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Convergence Parnters is pleased to announce its re-investment in Dimension Data Middle East & Africa (DDMEA) on the expiry of the original BEE transaction and is proud to have led this landmark empowerment initiative. Since 2004 Convergence Partners has been invested in DDMEA as lead partner to a wide-ranging black economic empowerment consortium, and as a strategic partner to Dimension Data itself. In December 2010, we acquired a further interest together with Dimension Data on the exit of Safika.

Dimension Data announces outcome of the 2004 BEE transaction

September 5th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data released details today of the R1.26 billion outcome of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transaction it signed with the BEE Consortium in September 2004. The consortium is led by Andile Ngcaba. Ngcaba who is chairman of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa (DDMEA) said he will, through Convergence Partners, remain a shareholder, together with 35 broad-based groups that provide support and care to over 45,000 vulnerable individuals in the nine provinces of South Africa. He will also remain chairman of DDMEA.

Dimension Data celebrates CRF Best Employers 2012/13 certification

September 4th, 2012 | admin
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Dimension Data celebrates accreditation to a select group of companies, which have been certified as Best Employers South Africa 2012/13, following a gala awards dinner, held by the CRF Institute.
The Best Employers ranking is a unique HR policy and practice benchmarking project run annually by the CRF Institute. The Institute researches and identifies the best employers to work for in South Africa, based on objective, fact-based research.

Internet Solutions sponsors development of Afrika Tikkun’s New Centre

September 3rd, 2012 | admin
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The official opening of the Afrika Tikkun Uthando Centre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, took place on August 15 in a heritage building that has been given a new lease on life. Afrika Tikkun, a humanitarian non-governmental organisation which provides education, health and social services to children, young adults and their families through a number of centres, recently relocated its Hillbrow centre to the former Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children on Constitution Hill in Braamfontein. The centre has been operating from its new premises since mid-July and the number of children and young adults attending it has already increased.

Britehouse wraps up Firestring deal

August 31st, 2012 | admin
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Britehouse, a Convergence Partners investee, has completed its acquisition of Firestring, which it bought for an undisclosed amount. Britehouse CEO Scott Gibson says the company was attracted to Firestring because it provides an entry into the “social operating system” from an enterprise perspective. He explains the system ties into its Microsoft, SAP and mobile offerings.

3Fifteen and Aurecon going live with the Disaster and Emergency Management Portal

August 31st, 2012 | admin
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Aurecon and software development house, 3fifteen, have begun the process of going live with the Disaster and Emergency Management Portal, an emergency management solution that will aid rapid and co-ordinated responses from government agencies in the instance of an emergency.