Excerpted from the South Africa Career Guide
South Africa's sophisticated information technology market is the largest in Africa and ranks 20th in the world. It also ranks eighth in IT spending as a proportion of GDP (Gross Domestic Product – a measure of a country’s wealth). Several multinational corporations (MNCs) operate subsidiaries in South Africa, including IBM, Unisys,
Microsoft, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Dell, Novell and Compaq. Key players in telecommunications and electronics include Siemens, Alcatel, Ericsson, Altech, Grintek and Spescom.
Key growth areas
Digital mapping: Both large and small businesses depend on digital maps not only for navigation and tracking, but also for efficiency, productivity and security. Two-thirds of large corporations and SMEs intend to increase their spending on digital mapping services this year.
Broadband: Broadband access in South Africa has more than doubled in the last two years, as the cost of data plummeted and network roll-out accelerated. Broadband subscriptions grew from 3.6 million at the end of 2010 to an expected 8.2 million by the end of last year – 128 percent growth.
Areas of Job Promise
Cloud computing: Expertise in this specialty is required for a number of IT positions ranging from computer software and systems engineers to marketing managers and sales engineers. Industries offering positions in cloud computing include manufacturing, retail, health care and insurance, and finance. Industries that have hesitated to adopt cloud technologies indicate that lack of skilled professionals is one impediment.
· Hackers wanted: Hacking skills are in great demand. With businesses increasingly concerned with security and the increasing sophistication malicious hackers, South Africa needs more IT security experts.
Organizations and Trade Associations
Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI)
The Cape IT Initiative (CITI) is a non-profit organization established in 1998 to develop and support the information and communications technology (ICT) cluster in the Western Cape. Its recent focus has been to include the IT-related needs of ICT-e enabled industries in the Western Cape (including insurance, asset management and retail). CITI's CapaCITI 1000 program is a series of industry-demand driven initiatives over a five year period, designed to ensure Western Cape-based software and IT services companies, as well as other ICT-dependent industry verticals, have the right ICT skills, of the right quality, at the right time and at a competitive price, in order to grow revenue, be competitive and meet market demand.
Cape Information Technology Initiative
Block B, 3rd Floor
Woodstock Industrial Centre (Woodstock Exchange)
66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock
Cape Town, 8000
Tel: +27 21 409 7000
Fax: +27 21 409 7050
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.