AMD has confirmed that it's to open an office in South Africa, from 1 July, headed up by new country manager Imi Mosaheb. 

Also manning the new offices with be Craig Dawson and Matthew Chetty, both currently involved with the company's 50/15 programme.
The announcement of the new office was made yesterday by AMD vice-president: sales & marketing; MD: Middle East, Africa & Pakistan Gautam Srivastava. “In his new role, Imi will be responsible for driving AMD’s business development, including major South African government technology initiatives and building and cultivating relationships with key customers."
Srivastava tells IT-Online that there are no plans to change the company's current distribution model.
Attending the launch to mark the announcement was AMD's chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz, who flew to South Africa for the occassion, and to meet local partners and distributors.
Referring to the fact that the local office was first announced almost two years ago, Ruiz says: "Now that we've done it (opened an office and appointed a country manager) we wish that we'd done it sooner. But we are here now."
He adds that South African is becoming increasingly prominent within the global IT market, and is vital to AMD’s overall success.
“As such, we are increasing AMD’s commitment to South Africa and expanding our presence in the region. We will continue defining our success based on working closely with computer manufacturers, distributors, resellers, government and end users to ensure we are delivering solutions that best address local needs and concerns.”
Commenting on AMD’s sharpened focus on South Africa, Ruiz says high-growth markets such as South Africa play a key role in AMD’s overall success. South Africa has a rapidly growing PC market. According to BMI-T’s Quarterly Tracker Report for Q4 2006, AMD grew twice as fast as the local market in 2006, showing 61,3% year-on-year unit growth, while the rest of the market showed 28,4% growth.