About African Ideas


441 Main Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town

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African Ideas is on a mission to build a world-class tech team through OfferZen.

African Ideas is committed to drive growth and innovation in the tech community.

Continous Learning and Staff Development at African Ideas

Read about how African Ideas is investing in continuous learning and staff development to bring further value to our customers and ensure that we remain at the forefront of technological innovation

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African Ideas is launching a new website for the Bitou Municipality in the next few weeks. The Bitou Municipality website has been redesigned to make it easier to do business within the region and with the municipality. It has improved search functionality which means that content such as news, vacancies, tender requests and frequently asked questions are all easier to find. Best of all, our world-class change management team is training staff across various departments on how to use the system, so that each department can update their own pages, keeping the website fresh and up-to-date for users! This project was a partnership between the Bitou Municipality and the Western Cape Government’s Red Tape Reduction Unit with the aim was making it easier for businesses to access information and engage with the municipality digitally, reducing time, complexity, and costs. This was part of the WCG Municipal Ease of Doing Business Fund, which provides capacity and funding support to municipalities to make it easier for businesses to do business in the Western Cape. The Bitou Municipality, like most government departments, was still using Drupal 7 as the website content management system. Drupal 7 is a 12-year-old technology that is at end of its life. The original contract called for an upgrade to Drupal 9. However, African Ideas realised that Drupal 9 would also be at end of its life in November 2023, and rather opted to upgrade the site to Drupal 10, which has support all the way until 2025. With this technology, upgrades to new versions are also easier, so the municipality can keep up to date. Drupal 10 is brand new. It was only released in December 2023, and with the Bitou Municipality going live with this site, it will be among the leading 1% of Drupal sites in the world that run Drupal 10. It is the first municipal and probably the first government site in South Africa to go live on Drupal 10. We are very proud because not only did we deliver this website in only 4 months, but we did it as part of our Graduate Development Programme, skilling our young staff and delivering outstanding work to our clients at the same time!

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African Ideas Founder, Nirvesh Sooful has been featured in a series of videos by the IGC highlighting the work he has done during his tenure as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the City of Cape Town.

Our founder and previous director, Nirvesh Sooful, was interviewed by the Policy and Strategy branch of the City of Cape Town (CoCT). This formed a part of a research project they are undertaking in partnership with the London School of Economics and International Growth Centre entitled Data and Research as Key Enablers for City Outcomes: A Case Study of the City of Cape Town (2000 – 2021). Nirvesh, who worked at the CoCT for 10 years as its first Chief Information Officer (CIO) until 2008, has earned international recognition for his leadership within the ICT space. Nirvesh has received numerous awards; including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award (Berlin), 21st-Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Programme (Washington DC), African ICT Achievers Award, Computer Society IT Personality of the Year, CIO of the year and Western Cape Premier's Provincial Honours Award. Nirvesh's role in pioneering the CoCT's Information Systems and Technology strategy and his role in projects like Smart Cape are considered foundational to the research project being undertaken. This research aims to draw lessons from the CoCT's journey over 20 years to apply to its and other cities' future. Nirvesh was, therefore, a logical primary participant in the research project. The full video will soon be available on the CoCT's website (and we will be the first to tell you when it releases!). You can expect to hear Nirvesh recollect how absurd people believed the idea of expanding ICT in South Africa to be at the time – and how he and his department ultimately achieved it. You can also expect to hear some thoughts on the lessons that should be taken into the future by cities based on his time as CIO. We are delighted that the city is undertaking this important research project and look forward to seeing the final version. Thank you, Nirvesh!

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What We Do

African Ideas is a strategy and innovation company focused on Africa.

Our services focus on strategic planning, research and disruptive innovation especially related to the impact of digitisation across society. We collaborate with companies and governments to devise transformative growth strategies, build innovation capabilities, and create products, services and solutions that improve people’s lives.

A key focus area relates to helping Governments accelerate the benefits of ICT-enabled change through transformation of the public sector and the wider economy. African Ideas brings together people with a track record of success in delivering social, economic and public sector transformation. At the heart of African Ideas is a team that has worked at top global organisations and who led some of the country’s most ambitious and successful programmes of e-transformation.

About Our Roles

African Ideas is an SMME recruitment partner for the Western Cape Government (WCG). We recruit for all IT roles at various departments, including but not limited to the Department of Health (DOH), Transversal Applications Unit (TAPS), EGA, etc., in partnership with iOCO/EOH.

Our Approach

African Ideas is an independent consulting organisation. We are not affiliated with any technology vendor or technology solution provider. This is a deliberate part of our business strategy. We believe that it adds integrity and trust to our offering. We see ourselves as being on the same side as the client – working with the client to turn ideas into strategies, strategies into plans and plans into execution.

We will work side by side with our clients to devise strategies, develop business cases, specify products and services needed, evaluate vendors and products, select the best service providers, manage and oversee the delivery by external service providers, etc.

Essentially we see ourselves as an extension of the client’s team – adding capacity, specific competencies and expertise while also working with the client to mentor, build and extend the internal capacity of the client organisation.

Our Hiring Process

If you're curious about how you might become part of our team, here's a step-by-step guide through the application process:

  1. CV Submission: We'll take your CV and format it according to the client's (WCG) requirements before submitting it to EOH for initial screening.
  2. Initial CV Screening: Once your CV passes the initial screening, we invite you to a technical interview with an experienced developer from EOH.
  3. Technical Interview: Should your interview go well, the next step involves a technical assessment or an IKM test, as per the requirement. Don't worry! We at African Ideas will manage the arrangements for this.
  4. Technical Assessment or IKM Test: Your performance on this test may lead to an interview invitation from the client (WCG).
  5. Interview with WCG: Should your assessment results be favourable, you'll have the chance to interview directly with the client, WCG.
  6. Appointment Notification: After interviewing with the client, we will let you know if you have been chosen for the role.

All candidates who succeed in the selection process will be warmly welcomed as valued members of the African Ideas team.

Hybrid Roles
Continuous Training and Staff Development Opportunities
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Spring Framework
Microsoft Azure
.Net Core 2.0
React Native
Apache Beam
Amazon Web Services
.NET Core


Android Studio
Azure DevOps
Visual Studio


Google Analytics
Power BI

Business Tools

Microsoft Sharepoint
Microsoft Teams
We celebrated African Ideas’ 10th birthday in February 2023! It was incredible to connect with many of our employees based at Western Cape Government, our divisional executive, Zain, who flew down from Johannesburg, and other stakeholders from EOH and MICT SETA. In the words of our company CEO, “As a company, we have bootstrapped most of what we achieved ourselves, and refused to let even COVID slow us down for long. We are still here 10 years later, and unlike many of our peers of that time, we are bigger and better, largely because of all of you and our other employees and partners. That is why we chose to do this today, because in these times of darkness and pessimism, our light shines brighter than ever. We have a good story to tell, and that is worthy of a celebration “ Thank you to everyone who attended!
October 2022 | African Ideas hosted an internal workshop with all of our interns and office staff. This workshop was primarily focused on helping our entire team to become Microsoft Certified Catalyst Trainers. This certification will allow our team to host workshops with clients to help them understand the Office environment and the various products it entails. Thando Shabalala, who has recently attended a string of Sales workshops through the Fetola Social Entrepreneurship Impact Lab (SEIL) in partnership with FNB, took the team through sales strategy and how it applies to them. Aleya Banwari, who recently became a Prosci Change Management Certified Change Practitioner and a recent graduate of the Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at UCT, took the team through Design Thinking and Change Management practices that are to be incorporated into their everyday work. Lastly, our marketing team took us through the various strategies they are currently employing to boost our social media presence and to give each staff member everyday tips to help increase the reach of African Ideas' posts. This workshop was a fantastic way to bond with our team and learn from each other. Looking forward to the next one!