First, Durban is a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Recently, Cisco South Africa launched a R10 million state-of-the-art Edge Incubation Centre Hub in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Being the second facility built by the South African company, its aim is to develop SMMEs as well as speed up their entry into the digital marketplace.
The hub called ‘Cisco Edge Incubation Centre’ launched in Durban is part of the company’s commitment to action priorities of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030. As a result, the core interests include creating of jobs, enhancing skills development and boosting economic growth.
“We welcome the establishment of the Cisco Edge Incubation Centre, here within the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone. We see it playing an important role of developing our peoples capabilities in the areas of technology and innovation, we hope that this Incubation Centre,” said KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Sihle Zikalala.
The hub, which will be based at Dube TradePort, is a smart building with cutting-edge Cisco technology that offers complete business facilities including workspaces with high-speed broadband connectivity, video conferencing and collaboration platforms, as well as boardroom and training facilities. In addition, SMMEs will be able to connect with global Cisco experts, who can support them develop business ideas and concepts in a digital world.
Dube TradePort Chief Executive Mr Hamish Erskine said, “We foresee the Cisco Edge Incubation Centre having a huge impact on developing local business and entrepreneurs throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal, enabling them to build their capacity to compete on a global stage”.
“The facility will also be one of the cornerstones, of the knowledge-intensive firms that include an innovation center, BPO’s and research facilities that we look forward to bringing into the Dube City precinct over the next 10 years, as we develop the core of what will become a smart city around the King Shaka International Airport. These facilities will leverage off new and existing world-class telecommunications and cloud computing infrastructure which is available within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone, we are proud to have been chosen as the location to host such a cutting edge business incubation center,” said Erskine.
“Our goal is to enable SMMEs to accelerate their growth by ensuring they get access to world class technology. We are living in a world that is changing faster than ever imagined and we are inspired by the prospect of an economy with abundant jobs, a place where entrepreneurs can thrive.
With technology comes many opportunities, especially in Africa, the fastest growing region in the world. Cisco recognizes Africa’s talent and we want to continue being an enabler of tech ecosystems across the continent. With our resources, SMMEs are not only able to grow but also stay competitive,” General Manager for Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa, Clayton Naidoo said.