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Cassava Technologies to add 100MW to South Africa footprint

New investment follows on from the announcement just a week ago that allocated $200 million to build a new facility in Kenya.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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November 24, 2021 | 2:00 AM GMT

Cassava Technologies to add 100MW to South Africa footprint

Hardy Pemhiwa, president and CEO of Cassava Technologies. Source: Cassava Technologies

Cassava Technologies’ data centre business arm Africa Data Centres said it will expand its capacity in Johannesburg to 100MW of IT load.

In addition, the operator has plans to expand its hyper-scale and enterprise-focused data centres at its existing campuses in Midrand and Samrand and is securing land for a third location.

The announcements follow the recent launch of a new 10MW data centre at the company’s campus in Midrand.

Hardy Pemhiwa, president and CEO of Cassava Technologies, said: “Today’s announcements by Africa Data Centres and our expansion plans, highlights our commitment to accelerating digital transformation in Africa.

“Growing our data centres footprint is a key part of delivering on our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind.”

Africa Data Centres has set aside US$500 million to enable the company to more than double its footprint across the continent with the aim to operate ten hyperscale data centres in several countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt.

The company has recently also announced the deployment of $200 million to expand its presence in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

The cash will be used to build a second facility which will add 20MW of capacity as well as securing land for a third facility in the city.

The investment will double the country’s data centre capacity and serve the development of Kenya as a key digital hub, allowing Kenyan data to stay in Kenya.

Africa Data Centres operates today under digital infrastructure business Cassava Technologies, which was launched by privately held African telecommunications group Econet in mid-November 2021.

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