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South Africa’s Cloud Conquest: A $7.5 Billion Bet on Digital Domination


Cloud Computing: The Silent Enslavement of South Africa’s IT Sector

A new report has emerged, highlighting the alarming growth of cloud computing in South Africa, with market research firm Africa Analysis forecasting a staggering 26% annual growth rate between 2023 and 2028, expanding to a whopping R113 billion. The driving force behind this tidal wave of digital transformation is none other than the large-scale investments made by global cloud hyperscalers in SA.

Chris Ngwenyama, director of Africa Analysis, sheds light on the key players dominating the local cloud market: "AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud hold the largest share." But at what cost? Are these global giants truly committed to South Africa’s economic growth and job creation, or are they simply swooping in to exploit the country’s resource-rich environment?

As demand for data storage continues to soar, these hyperscalers are establishing local data centre investments, partnering with regional operators, and poaching talent to fuel their cloud ambitions. Meanwhile, SMEs struggle to stay afloat amidst a weak economy, lack of credit, and inadequate management skills, effectively rendering them prey to the whims of global giants.

The trend toward hybrid cloud adoption, championed by the likes of IBM, Microsoft, and SAP, is touted as a strategy for cost reduction and agility. But has anyone stopped to consider the data sovereignty implications of entrusting vital national resources to foreign interests?

The consequences of unchecked cloud proliferation are dire. Private data will be sold, aggregated, and manipulated without our knowledge or consent. South African jobs will be outsourced, allowing foreign entities to reap the benefits while our citizens suffer. Local economic growth will be stifled as SMEs are priced out of the market by global cloud behemoths.

Wake up, South Africa! Your cloud is about to rain hellfire and brimstone on your IT sector.



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