Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 9

NEWS

Redvine Networks capitalises on African growth

Binesh George , CEO and Co-founder , Redvine Networks

Redvine Networks , a fully managed secure

SD-WAN and networking service provider and distributor , says that it has been able to consistently grow its customer base over the past five years while also enabling partners to leverage the strength of its SASE solution to make their solutions easier to deploy .
“ Year on year , Redvine has been in a strong position and over the last two years , we have doubled our client base while keeping churn extremely low . This can be ascribed to the value proposition of our SASE and SD-WAN offerings . Clients are becoming digitally led and require solutions that allow them to benefit from the cloud and the availability of more sophisticated technologies ,” said Binesh George , CEO and Co-founder , Redvine Networks .
George said that this year will see Redvine embark on a comprehensive hiring strategy across the sales and technical departments , where it will look to drive growth as it services more companies across Africa .
“ The continent has shown an appetite for robust SASE solutions that are ushering in a new age of Digital Transformation . By strengthening our sales and technical teams we can reach more people in Africa while providing an integral support role to our partners and resellers as they target new markets ,” he said .

Trace and the Mastercard Foundation launch free learning app to reach 26 million young Africans

Trace and the Mastercard Foundation have launched Trace Academia , a freeto-use , interactive , mobile-based learning application that aims to enable 26 million young Africans to acquire on-demand , market-relevant skills .

Trace Academia is available on Android and iOS and has already been successfully tested in four African countries . Users can access courses in one of two languages : English and French . Portuguese courses will soon be launched . The learning content will include technical courses relevant to 15 different industries – including courses in energy , beauty , fashion , DIY , digital marketing , hospitality , the creative arts , journalism , film , and technology – as well courses that are more broadly relevant , such as entrepreneurship , public speaking , and personal wellness .
“ Our courses and certificates are created in partnership with influential players across the industry , governments , and non-profit sector . This free , easy-to-use app aims to train 26 million African youth by 2026 with the skills they need to find or create work and the opportunities to kickstart their careers . I strongly believe that their current circumstances should never be a hindrance to their success ,” said Olivier Laouchez , Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Trace .
“ The Mastercard Foundation is pleased to support this platform as part of our Young Africa Works strategy to enable 30 million young people to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030 ,” said Peter Materu , Chief Programme Officer , Mastercard Foundation .
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