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Maggy Sibiya breaks the IT mould

Maggy Sibiya breaks the IT mould

Maggy Sibiya tells me she is relieved when I arrive at her office in Rivonia in Johannesburg without a camera. The ICT-Works chief operating officer says she is a “behind the scenes type of person” and

Xerox, Parc and the future of technology

Xerox, Parc and the future of technology

You would be forgiven for thinking that Xerox is just a photocopier company. After all, “xerox” became a verb in the 20th century, meaning “make a copy”. Actually, the copier business is only a small part of what Xerox does today. And the business, headquartered

Kirsty Sharman: bottled lightning

Kirsty Sharman: bottled lightning

Bottled lightning would be a good way to describe Kirsty Sharman. She heads Webfluential, a digital agency that’s redefining the social media marketing space. A digital native, she’s online more than

Geekulcha start-up fosters new IT talent

Geekulcha start-up fosters new IT talent

Mixo Ngoveni is an amiable guy, which probably accounts for why he has been able to build his Geekulcha start-up as quickly as he has. Based at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, the start-up has become the focal point for training, events and workshops for black students

Nic Haralambous’s empire of the sock

Nic Haralambous’s empire of the sock

NicSocks started as a unique and highly niche e-commerce business that focused on making and selling designer socks for men. But the business, started by Nic Haralambous, is now turning into a broader men’s fashion play as demand for clothing accessories catches up with global trends. Johannesburg-raised

Synaq: open source’s e-mail kings

Synaq: open source’s e-mail kings

Synaq’s nondescript offices near the Sandton CBD feel laid back and comfortable. A large blackboard near the entrance has scribbles all over it. These offices check all the boxes of a start-up, but this business is far too big, and a few years too old, to fall into the start-up category. It all started a few years

Adii Pienaar, SA’s WordPress pioneer

Adii Pienaar, SA’s WordPress pioneer

Any South African developer who has dabbled with WordPress is probably familiar with WooThemes or its spin-off product for e-commerce websites, WooCommerce, the companies Adii Pienaar co-founded with Magnus Jepson and Mark Forrester. For Pienaar, life in a tech start-up started

Nedbank’s geek in chief on the future of banking

Nedbank’s geek in chief on the future of banking

Banking systems have not typically made for riveting conversation outside of business IT circles. Today, however, banks, including those in South Africa, are doing some of the coolest things in the technology field. Nedbank’s low-slung building at the top of Katherine Street in Sandton has been the company’s technology and operations

Hoosen rocks Casbah into Microsoft top job

Hoosen rocks Casbah into Microsoft top job

There is a always a buzz at Microsoft South Africa’s head office in Johannesburg’s leafy Bryanston suburb. This week, the buzz is the appointment of new MD Zoaib Hoosen. Like his predecessor, Mteto Nyati, Hoosen, 49, is a former IBM executive. He joined Microsoft in 2010 as enterprise

Meet Parkhurst’s fibre pioneer

Meet Parkhurst’s fibre pioneer

The quaint “village” of Parkhurst is one of my favourite weekend spots and I often visit its pubs and eateries with the missus. So, as the resident of a neighbouring suburb, news that Parkhurst is planning to roll out fibre broadband to all homes and businesses piqued my interest. What was of particular interest was

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