After attending 90 Saturday classes over the past two years, 42 students have graduated from the Dimension Data Saturday School programme. Convergence Partners has been one of the partners to Dimension Data for this programme. Mpho Sesinyi emerged as the overall top performer in all subjects at the Dimension Data Saturday School Class of 2012 graduation ceremony on Friday 7 December 2012.
Integrat Mobile has recently been born out of Integrat (Pty) Ltd, one of South Africa’s largest mobile aggregators and a leading integration and billing services provider. Previously an additional service offering to existing Integrat clients, it now stands as a separate company in a move to provide a fully customer-centric approach to mobile applications, products and services.
Internet Solutions Mozambique (IS), rated one of the top1 ISPs in the country, is about to launch the “IS Business Incubator”, a revamped version of the traditional business start-up model. Aimed at actively supporting aspiring entrepreneurs who have passion and ambition but lack the necessary business skills, the IS Business Incubator will be officially launched at the AITEC Southern Africa Summit to be held in Maputo on 5 and 6 December.
FibreCo, a Convergence Partners investee, in collaboration with the Free State Government’s Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (“DEDTEA”) recently launched the first 5 day fibre optic training programme on the maintenance of telecommunication cables, in Bloemfontein.
SEACOM has announced that it has activated the second of its two terrestrial routes across Egypt on 8 November 2012. The activation of the new route follows the activation of the primary route through Egypt on 22 January 2012.
Convergence Partners’ Chairman, Andile Ngacba, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural FTTH Council Africa broadband conference held in Cape Town on 12 and 13 November 2012. Andile outlined the four key pillars to broadband growth viz; regulatory and policy issues; technology (especially photonics); new business models; and skills development.
Britehouse Holdings, a Convergence Partners’ investee company, has formally announced its acquisition of a 60% stake in Firestring. Britehouse is a market leader in delivering SAP and Microsoft services, as well as solutions designed specifically for the new world of work, which is mobile, social and increasingly semantic.
A consortium of South African investors led by Convergence Partners, and comprising Altirah Telecoms and the Convergence Partners Foundation, has recently disposed of its 25.1% interest in the New Dawn joint venture to Intelsat S.A, its joint venture partner and the majority shareholder of New Dawn.
Skillpod Media launched its new Gamify B2B Platform to build on its expertise, experience and skills. Gamify, the use of game mechanics and rewards for non-game applications in order to increase user/visitor loyalty and engagement is on the increase in online publishing. The www.gamifyconsultant.com website provides details on the platform, experience and skills that Skillpod Media has to offer to publishers in taking advantage of gamification for their sites.