In this article, we explore how South African developers are using AI tools in their development process and what this says about AI: Is it replacing them or enabling them to do more?
Exclusive Dev Nation sneak peek: More than 40% of South African developers still aren’t using AI tools
In 2023, AI adoption in South Africa was still pretty slow, but this picture has changed significantly over the past twelve months.
This rapid increase in AI adoption can be seen in less experienced programmers becoming more productive when working with a tool like Co-pilot, as well as tech companies reducing engineering hours spent on manual work. For example, Duolingo reduced their median code review time by 68% by using AI tools as part of their development process.
From the data, we can also see the rise in AI adoption: More than half of developers have worked with an AI API, significantly up from just over a third in 2023.