Multinational research company IBM announced on Friday that it will be opening a research laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, in the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg.
The premises was once a bar, and still has a long bar counter and heavily-graffiti’ed walls, but in a year this will be one of the top information communication technology (ICT) research laboratories in the country.
In the up-and-coming suburb of Braamfontein in Johannesburg, computer programmers and tech-preneurs will soon be rubbing elbows with artists, hipsters and those attracted to the rejuvenation in the city centre.
“We’re expanding our global research network to South Africa,” said Dr Solomon Assefa in a telephonic interview on Wednesday. He is director of the laboratory, which falls under IBM Research Africa…
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