South Africa Gets Its First Digital and Audio-Visual Content Hub
The newly launched digital content hub known as Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, that is founded by the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct which was established in 2016 in Johannesburg, has the primary goal of incubating digital entrepreneurs and growing skills for the digital economy through collaboration with the government, academic institutions, corporations, and entrepreneurs.
Lesley Williams, the CEO of Tshimologong Precinct, said that the three-year EUR 950 000 (R 14,500,000) grant it has received from AFD would enable the digital hub to expand its activities in audiovisual content creation to include animation, virtual reality, augmented reality, video games, applications, web series music, mixed reality, holograms, 360° video, and web content.
According to Williams: “We need this kind of partnership for skills development in the country. Our collaboration with the AFD will help create market access between French companies and South African startups, creating investment opportunities for businesses in digital content.”