Deputy-Minister of Communications Pinky Kekana says Microsoft’s decision to invest in South Africa by building two data centres is one of the best investments in Africa.
Speaking at the fourth installment of the Microsoft Annual Trusted Cloud Policy Summit at Sun City Convention Centre in Rustenburg, North West, Kekana said that this move showed that the international market has confidence in the South African government.
Through the data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town government departments, state-owned entities (SOEs), large, small and medium businesses, (SMBs), people will be able to use massive computing power to fuel South Africa’s inclusive growth and accelerate digital transformation.
This partnership will also serve to accelerate e-governance at a large scale and speed.
Kekana said the data centres are an investment that will transform the lives of South Africans.
“Approximately 100,000 new jobs will accrue as a result of this investment.”
Although the rise of artificial intelligence may threaten some jobs, Kekana pointed out that throughout history, new technologies have always been accompanied with warnings about human redundancy. She also added that new technologies have actually created more meaningful and specialised skilled jobs.
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