AWS in South Africa’s Public Sector
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AWS is already helping South African public sector organisations pioneer solutions that can tackle some of the most pertinent challenges facing the country. Since 2004, organizations have used AWS to help build their ideas, improving everyday life for people and communities across the country, throughout the wider African continent, and the world. Cloud is a crucial enabler to effectively compete, and excel in an era of vast opportunities and innovation, dive into these resources learn how AWS can support your cloud journey.
Using AWS in the Context of South African Privacy Considerations
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Since 2004, organizations in South Africa have used AWS to help build their ideas, improving everyday life for people and communities across the country, throughout the wider African continent, and the world. Innovation continues to shape an exciting new era, helping to better support 43 million South Africans.
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Public sector industry segments
National, regional, and local governments around the world.
Educational institutions, EdTech companies, and students.
Nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and tech companies serving nonprofits.
Public sector healthcare organizations around the world.
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Customer success stories
The AWS eKasi initiative aims to build technology skills in South African townships that are sustainable, with skills transfer being paramount. Through AWS eKasi, we work with our public sector customers to develop skills for the township, in the township, delivered by the township.
Automated Fleet Solutions (AFSOL) works with the Western Cape Provincial Government in South Africa to provide an intelligent transport system to better monitor and manage public transport.
Sentech provides the national broadcasting signal distribution (BSD) and telecommunications for all South African television and radio stations. The AWS Cloud gives them the flexibility to experiment and deliver solutions, drastically reducing the cost of deploying channels.
GovChat became the official platform for citizen engagement with the South African government in 2018. To provide speed of delivery and scalability while keeping costs down, GovChat turned to AWS.
University of Pretoria
The scale and complexity of the LMS used by the University of Pretoria allows them to focus on the user experience realizing cost savings and robustness with little downtime.
SkillUp allows students to get one-on-one expert help from trained and experienced tutors. Students now have direct access to the tutor through a web interface, so that lessons can be administered at their convenience. SkillUp uses the breadth and depth of AWS services to innovate and experiment with technology.
Lightbulb is an EdTech company that creates learning management systems (LMS) to address the unique needs of the South African education system. Lightbulb LMS allows students to easily communicate with subject-matter experts through mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. Being able to offer an elastic expansion of services was one of their key reasons for choosing AWS.
In 2019, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUTEH) turned to AWS to build a cloud-based platform to make it simpler to manage properties. AWS Professional Services worked with the TUTEH IT team over a period of 20 days to deliver T-RES, a serverless cloud platform for property administration.
University of the Witwatersrand
The University of the Witwatersrand is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. Using the AWS Cloud, students are able to have an unparalleled user experience due to fast and locally cached content, and zero-rated data charges.
GirlCode strives to alleviate South Africa’s high unemployment rate through targeted technology skills and capacitation initiatives, including a GirlCoder Club, workshops, and a Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) accelerator. They facilitate collaboration between women from divergent backgrounds to create innovative and sustainable solutions.
Grassroot is a South African nonprofit technology startup enabling low-income South Africans to participate in government.
Hear Lourens Walters, Senior Program Manager and Data Scientist at Jembi Health Systems, discuss how AWS Training has allowed them to improve the way healthcare information is standardized and shared between governments, healthcare organizations as well as academia across Africa.
A2D24 specializes in process digitisation. Using the AWS Cloud, A2D24 is able to use digital technology to streamline and enhance manual, inefficient processes.
Right ePharmacy is a South African innovation startup. Working with departments of health, they focus on spearheading disruptive technology solutions in the primary healthcare sector.
In a world of personalized medicine, Hyrax Biosciences’ software enables access to and reduces the cost of genetic diagnostics. This provides doctors with the information they require to prescribe the correct medication to patients. As Hyrax Biosciences increases its global footprint in the highly regulated healthcare industry, they rely on the security and scalability that the AWS cloud offers.
eHealth Africa delivers its software as a service, and, until recently, hosted its software using local infrastructure providers. In May 2020, eHealth Africa migrated to AWS to better meet customers’ needs for high availability, data protection, and security.
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