News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 43 on 13 October 2000

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SOUTH AFRICA - GAUTENG’S INNOVATION HUB OPENS FOR BUSINESS

13 October 2000

Successful digital economies have "clusters" or "hot-spots" of related businesses. They feed off each other’s expertise and needs. Africa has almost none of these. South Africa’s Gauteng Provincial Government is bidding to become one by opening an Innovation Hub. Amie Hunter looks at how it plans to attract entrepreneurs.   Early in 2000, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) announced an investment of R147 million over 3 years to establish an Innovation Hub as one of its key Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) projects. The development of this project supports the GPG's economic strategy of promoting Gauteng as the "smart province" in…