Cassava Technologies-backed data centre constructor, Africa Data Centres, has announced that it is building another data centre facility in Cape Town. The new facility will have an IT load of 20MW and is expected to be up and running by mid-2024.

According to a press release by the company, the construction of the data centre is part of the group’s ongoing investment in infrastructure in the Western Cape province, and reflects its confidence in the economy of the province and of South Africa, the continent’s largest IT infrastructure and services market.

“Cape Town is a thriving city and the second largest economy in South Africa. It is regarded as the country’s IT and software hub, and we are seeing significant growth in the data centre market in the region. It is a preferred site for both global and local providers of cloud software and IT services,” said Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres.

Africa Data Centres further added that the facility is also part of its wide-scale African expansion drive, which will see the company building several new facilities across the continent.

“This second data centre facility in Cape Town increases the number of our data centres in South Africa to four and is part of our investment program to deliver an additional ten data centres in Africa,” said Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO of Cassava Technologies.

Despite its pressing power challenges brought on by state-owned electricity provider Eskom’s seemingly never-ending troubles, South Africa continues to cement its place as the data centre hub of the continent.

Apart from the likes of Africa Data Centres building facilities in the country, tech giants including Amazon, Google, Oracle, and Microsoft have also set up cloud regions in the country, putting the country on track to benefit from the booming Africa data centre industry with a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15%.

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