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.  

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Using AWS in the Context of South African Privacy Considerations

The Protection of Personal Information Act, 4 of 2013 (POPIA) whitepaper has been updated, it provides information to assist customers who want to use AWS to store or process content containing personal information, in the context of key privacy considerations in South Africa and POPIA.  

The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region

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.

AWS helps Khayelitsha youth put tech into practice through eKasi Initiative

To address technology skill gaps and equip the workforce of the future, Amazon Web Services (AWS) established the eKasi initiative. eKasi helps youths, small businesses, and students in South Africa build their technology skills and develop business solutions for the world of tomorrow.

Latest AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region Certifications

The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region launched with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications. Customers can use the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region to further strengthen security posture and environments with the ISO-certified services available in the region.

Public sector industry segments

Government

Government

Education

Education

Educational institutions, EdTech companies, and students.

Education overview »

Higher education »

K12 & primary schools »

EdTech companies »

Nonprofits

Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and tech companies serving nonprofits.

Nonprofits overview »

Healthcare

Healthcare

Public sector healthcare organizations around the world.

Public sector healthcare overview »

Customer success stories

  • Government
  • Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • eKasi

    AWS eKasi

    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.

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    AFSOL

    AFSOL

    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.

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    Sentech

    Sentech

    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.

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    GovChat

    GovChat

    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.

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  • Education
  • University of Pretoria

    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. 

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    SKILL UP

    SkillUp

    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.

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    Lightbulb Education

    Lightbulb

    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.

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    Tuteh

    Tuteh

    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.

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    University of the Witwatersrand

    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.

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  • Nonprofits
  • GirlCode

    GirlCode

    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.

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    Grassroot

    Grassroot

    Grassroot is a South African nonprofit technology startup enabling low-income South Africans to participate in government.

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    Jembi

    Jembi

    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.

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  • Healthcare
  • A2D 24

    A2D24

    A2D24 specializes in process digitisation. Using the AWS Cloud, A2D24 is able to use digital technology to streamline and enhance manual, inefficient processes.

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    Right ePharmacy

    Right to Care ePharmacy

    Right to Care ePharmacy is a South African innovation startup. Working with departments of health, they focus on spearheading disruptive technology solutions in the primary healthcare sector.

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    Hyrax

    Hyrax

    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.

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    ehealth

    ehealth

    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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Getting started

Assess your Cloud Migration Readiness

The AWS Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART) helps organizations develop efficient and effective plans for cloud adoption and migrations following AWS Professional Services best practices.

Launch your First Workload by Choosing one of Four Pathways

Get started with AWS faster by choosing one of four pathways. Each pathway includes a webinar and dedicated content pack to get you started.

Best Practices for Cloud Database Migration

Learn about the full lifecycle of database migrations to the AWS Cloud, while taking into consideration performance, system scalability, data security, and database maintenance requirements.

Guide to Digital Transformation with the Cloud

The one stop shop for digital transformation guidance including guides, checklists, frameworks, and more.

Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Our webinars help IT practitioners, CIOs, CTOs, CSOs, data scientists, and engineers with little to no AI/ML experience find their best use case and build a proof-of-concept.

Getting Started on AWS for the Public Sector

Discover the steps you need to take to migrate your government or education institution to the cloud - from design to implementation.

Dream, build, grow: A bright future in the cloud for South Africa

AWS has a long history in South Africa, and numerous organizations in the Region are already spearheading technological innovations in the cloud. In this ebook, you will learn how local customers are using AWS to help change lives and help communities across the continent.

eBook: The future of digital government in the cloud

In this eBook, we share best practices and strategies for using cloud technology, insights for increasing your ROI, how to overcome common challenges, and guidelines from industry experts.

AWS partners

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is the global partner program for AWS. It is focused on helping APN Partners build successful AWS-based businesses or solutions by providing business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support.

Why become an APN Partner?

As an APN Partner, you will receive business, technical, sales, and marketing resources to help enable you to grow your business and better support your customers. Join the APN and take advantage of numerous APN Partner programs to differentiate your business and connect with customers on AWS. Learn more about the benefits of being an APN Partner below.

If you are an APN Partner who does business with government, education, or nonprofit organizations, learn more about the benefits of becoming an AWS Public Sector Partner.

Become an AWS Public Sector Partner »

Why work with an APN Public Sector Partner?

APN Partners are focused on your success, helping customers take full advantage of all the business benefits that AWS has to offer. With their deep expertise on AWS, APN Public Sector Partners are uniquely positioned to help your organization at any stage of your cloud adoption journey, and to help you achieve your business objectives. Find an APN Public Sector Partner today.

Find a public sector partner »

AWS Public Sector Competency Partners

The APN features best-of-breed technology providers and consulting partners that offer public sector organizations a wide variety of cloud-based solutions.

Government Competency Partners »

Education Competency Partners »

Nonprofit Competency Partners »

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Events & Webinars

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Training and Certification

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