Two years ago, Wits University embarked on a programme to establish the digital technology hub – The Tshimologong Precinct, which will provide a space for skills development in the software and digital technology sector. Tshimologong is the Sesotho phrase for ‘place of new beginnings’.
Based in Braamfontein, the hub will see programmers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs gathering to share space and hopefully come up with some of the creative digital solutions to some of South Africa’s biggest challenges.
To get more insight into this remarkable development, 702’s John Robbie spoke to Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Professor of Software Engineering, School of Electrical and Information Engineering at University of the Witwatersrand.
The key thing was to find the correct place and to me Braamfontein was the perfect place. It’s got this mix of being next to big universities, Wits and UJ. It’s still a business hub; it’s very connected and transport it’s easy to get in and out. It has an amazing infrastructure, so we really focused on Braamfontein to say a tech-hub like we’ve seen in East end could happen in Braamfontein and now we working really hard to make that happen— Prof. Barry Dwolatzky - Professor of Software Engineering at Wits University
According to Prof Dwolatzky, they have five buildings owned by Wits University which are currently being renovated to be the new technical heart of South Africa. A big research lab, established by IBM, which is the 13th lab in the world is also among the developments at Tshimologong Precinct.
Prof Dwolatzky’s dream is to create a cluster rather than a hub with a lot of established businesses moving into Tshimologong Precinct.
The City of Johannesburg is also in support of the project and backed the #Hack.Jozi challenge to get young minds involved.
Video: Watch the team at WITS JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering) talk about Tshimologong Precinct
Listen to the full conversation on The John Robbie Show: