Search giant Google is to invest US$12m (R120m) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96MW solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa’s arid Northern Cape province. When completed, Jasper will generate enough electricity to power 30 000 homes and will be one of the largest solar installations in Africa. Google has committed
Internet penetration in SA, the continent’s economic powerhouse, is low compared to other leading economies in Africa due to high broadband cost and a lack of infrastructure, a study said Tuesday. According to the study, commissioned by Google SA, the country had 8,5m Internet users
If there is one company that does not have to throw alms from the gilded corporate carriage to the unwashed masses of small businesses out there, it is Google. Its very existence is already a potent form of small-business support. Yet the Internet juggernaut has recently stepped up its outreach to SA small businesses. Woza Online
Google has launched a new initiative to get SA small and medium-sized businesses online. Called Woza Online , it wants to allow businesses to create an online presence by building a website with minimal effort. Google launched the initiative in Pretoria on Thursday in conjunction
Google’s popular YouTube video service is now available in Zulu and Afrikaans. The SA version of the site, at www.youtube.co.za, was launched in May 2010 and was the first localised YouTube edition in Africa. The Internet giant took the wraps off the Zulu and Afrikaans
SA start-ups will soon be able to apply for incubation support from Google SA. The international search giant has launched Umbono, a technology incubator based in Cape Town. Google SA country manager Luke Mckend
Google is on the hunt for talent, hoping to double the size of its SA subsidiary from about 20 staff now, to roughly 40 people in the medium term. That’s the word from Google SA’s new country manager
South African national Luke McKend, who has worked at Google in London for several years, is the company’s new SA country manager. Google announced his appointment on Thursday, concluding a search that lasted for nearly six months. McKend, who will join Google SA on 1 November, replaces Stephen Newton, who resigned from Google in April to join mobile advertising specialist InMobi.