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AmazonBusiness Times reports that Jeff Bezos's Amazon.com is on the hunt for talent in SA as it prepares to open its first African data centres in Cape Town.  

During a visit to the country this week, the corporation's vice-president and chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, outlined big plans for the expansion of jobs, educational initiatives and technology roll-out in SA.  The thrust into Africa will be spearheaded by the company's cloud-computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has had a development centre in Cape Town since 2004.  AWS sets up its data centres in clusters, which it calls infrastructure regions, of which it now has 19 worldwide.  The three data centres in Cape Town will comprise a new AWS region.  Vogel observed:  ‘The new AWS region means more than just the arrival of advanced, secure computing hardware and services.  It will also bring with it highly skilled, well-paid jobs to the local economy, and drive growth in cloud-technology jobs.”  He went on to indicate:  "The kind of roles AWS is hiring for includes data-centre engineers, support engineers, engineering-operations managers, security specialists, account managers, solution architects, partner-development managers, and more.  We are constantly looking for top-quality candidates to join the AWS team in SA and around the world.  Currently, we have dozens of open positions in SA, and we recommend people continue to look at the amazon.jobs website as we continue to add more roles."

  • Read the full original of Arthur Goldstuck’s report on this story at BusinessLive (paywall access only)


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