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• A state-funded project to help South African IT entrepreneurs develop business skills says it has partnered with over 400 companies since its launch 18 months ago. Most of these are new IT-related companies. The non-government organisation, Bodibeng Technology Incubator (BTI), launched in April 2002 and offers free hands-on assistance in drawing up business and marketing plans, finding financial assistance, and developing and finding a target market. Unlike the Small Business Development Corporation, this organisation does not have its own resources and is supported by state and foreign funding.

• Moroccan PC assembler DBM Maroc which puts together Accent branded machines looks set to benefit from getting an OEM licence from Microst, having just won similar status from Intel. The company is predicting 30% growth in turnover in 2004.