Yesterday saw the launch of the Tshimologong Precinct, part of the ambitious “Tech-in’Bram” ICT cluster development programme in Braamfontein.

The programme aims to convert the once-dilapidated suburb into the new technological heart of South Africa – and beyond.

Situated close to two universities – Wits and the University of Johannesburg – and within easy reach of both commercial customers and transport, the new cluster has many of the elements that go into making such a project successful.

The development will see programmers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs coming together in a half city block along Juta Street between Station and Henri Streets.

The Tshimologong Precinct is the brainchild of Professor Barry Dwolatzky (pictured left), who heads up the JCSE at Wits University.

Last night Prof Dwolatzky announced the Founding Partner Programme that will recognise donors who become early contributors to the project.

He says the Tshimologong Precinct will create an attractive and vibrant digital technology hub in Braamfontein that will support skills development, job creation, entrepreneurship and the rejuvenation of Johannesburg’s inner city.

To qualify as a Founding Partner, companies or large organisations are asked to pledge a minimum of R250 000. Individuals and SMMEs are asked to pledge R50 000. Those pledging before 31 December 2013 will be recognised as Founding Partners.