Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 60 - Page 15

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ITC Secure and Cassava Technologies announce joint venture to expand security operations and Microsoft cloud security expertise in Africa

access to cybersecurity and other digital services . We look forward to bringing ITC ’ s world-class cyber expertise , coupled with Microsoft ’ s industry-leading technology , to build Africa ’ s digital future .”

ITC Secure ( ITC ), an advisory-led cybersecurity services company and a Microsoft Gold cybersecurity partner , and Cassava Technologies , a pan-African technology company , have announced today that they have entered into a Joint Venture ( JV ) to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services , powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa .

Hardy Pemhiwa , the CEO of Cassava Technologies said : “ Digital Transformation in Africa is accelerating the adoption of cloud services which is creating an urgent need to better protect users and business-critical data . Cassava Technologies footprint covering more than 15 countries in Africa , we are wellpositioned to meet the growing needs of businesses and individuals and expand
Andre Pienaar , Chairman , ITC Secure , said : “ The strategic partnership between ITC Secure and Cassava Technologies , as a pan-African technology leader , will bring Microsoft ’ s cutting-edge cloud security solutions to the African market to drive the growth of the technology sector and innovation across Africa .”
Admiral Mike Mullen , Chairman , ITC Secure USA said : “ The combination of ITC Secure and Cassava Technologies will help guide us to the future while addressing the growing needs of individuals and organisations in the African market .”

Africa No Filter and Meta announce a new fund to improve Virtual Reality in Africa ’ s storytelling

Africa No Filter , a narrative change organisation , and Meta have announced a partnership to launch “ Future Africa : Telling Stories , Building Worlds ” programme , aimed at boosting the use of Virtual Reality in Africa ’ s storytelling . ‘ Future Africa : Telling Stories , Building Worlds ’ forms part of Meta ’ s focus on immersive technologies and Africa No Filter ’ s investments in innovative storytelling that shifts negative stereotypes about Africa .

Moky Makura , Executive Director , Africa No Filter , said : “ Virtual Reality has the potential to take storytelling to another level . In this new metaverse , audiences don ’ t just get to watch a story unfold , they get to live in it . This is an opportunity for African content creators to push the boundaries of their creativity and innovation .”
Africa No Filter and Meta are inviting Extended Reality creators to apply to the programme and receive funding of up to US $ 30,000 . Applicants must be of African descent and living in the continent , aged over 18 years , have a track record of XR content creation and have a portfolio of work showing their creativity and innovation .
Sherry Dzinoreva , Public Policy Programmes Director , Africa , Middle East , and Turkey , Meta said : “ We ’ re excited to be partnering with ANF to launch a fund that brings together the best of the African tech ecosystem to showcase innovations for the future and tell positive stories about Africa .” p
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