Praekelt Foundation

Praekelt Foundation builds open source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in poverty. Our programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Foundation was founded in early 2007 by Gustav Praekelt and Robin Miller in response to the opportunities created by the rapid and unprecedented spread of mobile phones across Africa. Gustav, a digital entrepreneur and obsessive technologist, recognised how many of the mobile technologies his consultancy developed could be used to give communities access to services and information which had previously been inaccessible.


A super-scalable conversation engine for delivering SMSes, star menus and chat messages. It’s event-driven and built on top of Twisted, RabbitMQ and Riak and comes with a great set of unit tests.

Read more at vumi.org -- or grab the code from GitHub.


Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's mission in Africa is to make the internet an integral part of everyday life in Africa, by increasing its relevance and usefulness, eliminating access barriers for potential users, and developing products that are meaningful for the countries in the region. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Google seeks to inspire developers everywhere by providing them with information and resources, training, and entrepreneurial support. Google works with many developer communities, and most closely with the independently led Google Developer Groups (GDGs). There are 8 GDGs in South Africa (Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, RLabs, Stellenbosch, Vaal University of Technology, Johannesburg and Wits University) and over 104 more on the African continent. These groups meet up, to organize boot camps, workshops, hackathons and bigger events like Barcamps for the wider technologist community.

For more information on Google's developer offerings visit developers.google.com.

For more information on our activities in Africa, visit our Africa Blog, google-africa.blogspot.com or follow us (@googleafrica) on Twitter.


Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data centre. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers — 400,000 of them in more than 145 countries around the world — to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers.

Oracle is committed to Cloud and at the Oracle Cloud Development Centre in Cape Town, we are growing an ace engineering team to accomplish our ambitious cloud goals. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Management Services team designs and develops the Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform that drives Oracle Cloud and Oracle's Engineered Systems offerings.

Key focus areas include scale, performance and reliability. We work in Python and Twisted to build our cloud infrastructure management product in a Linux ecosystem.

At the Oracle Cloud Development Centre, we are tackling some of the most interesting problems in tech today. The work is always interesting, challenging and skills development is guaranteed. Our team is comprised of highly skilled, motivated software developers, that span from Cape Town to Silicon Valley, and beyond. Working at Oracle allows you be part of something big!

We offer visionary leadership and innovation in a fast-paced, challenging, and always evolving environment. We know talented individuals drive success, and when we find good people we work hard to keep them. For that reason, Oracle invests in its talent, from providing extensive training and professional development to ensuring our employees enjoy excellent benefits and opportunities, from a flexible working environment to health and medical benefits.


Help build the cloud!

In 2005 Amazon Web Services (AWS) opened a Development Centre in Cape Town. In 2006 the Cape Town team launched Amazon EC2. In 2012, Amazon is building an AWS Support group based in Cape Town.

What do we do?

The Cape Town based Development Center plays a central role in building the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is the web service that pioneered cloud computing.

AWS Support provides global technical support to a wide range of external customers as they build mission-critical applications on top of AWS services such as Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2.

What do we need?

Exceptional Engineers with very strong technical skills and experience. You should be obsessed with customer satisfaction, have a background in computer science and be passionate about cloud computing.

Python Software Foundation

The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.

The majority of the PSF's work is focused on empowering and supporting people within the Python community. The PSF has active grant programs that support sprints, conferences, meetups, user groups, and Python development efforts all over the world. In addition, the PSF underwrites and runs PyCon US, the primary Python community conference.

Being part of the PSF means being part of the Python community. In 2014, we changed the bylaws to make the PSF an open membership organization, so that everyone who uses and supports Python can join. To learn more, visit www.python.org/psf/membership.

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