Amazon’s looking for 250 skilled South African technicians

Amazon is expanding its presence in South Africa, opening a new office in Johannesburg for Amazon Web Services South Africa (AWS) and plans to hire over 250 highly skilled technologists in both Joburg and Cape Town.

The new office will have account managers, solutions architects, partner managers and various other functions for South African customers to directly engage with AWS.

¨The new Johannesburg office has been launched to support the growing customer base of AWS,” Amazon said at a press briefing in Sandton.

¨The office is now open and operational and is supporting organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to the country’s oldest and most established enterprises and public sector organisations, as they make the transition to AWS cloud.¨

Amazon’s Development Centre in Cape Town has been in operation since 2004 and develops technology for several Amazon businesses and to build the Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) service.

Many of the new engineers, network specialists and account managers will be based in Cape Town to work on Amazon EC2 as well as other new services.

“Amazon has been an active contributor to the South African technology community for over a decade,¨ said Steve Midgley, Head of EMEA, Amazon Web Services.

¨Choosing to locate an AWS office in South Africa speaks to the rapidly growing customer base, the broad set of talent here and the investment we are making to support cloud adoption around the world.”

He added that Amazon is seeing strong growth amongst African organisations moving to the cloud, and hiring highly skilled local staff will accelerate this growth in South Africa.

The new roles will include software development engineers, support engineers, technical account managers, systems engineers, solutions architects, and many more.

To see the full list of available positions, and to apply, go to

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Amazon’s looking for 250 skilled South African technicians