MAKWA-IT becomes the first black & youth-owned company to achieve Cisco Gold Partner Status in Mzansi

17th March 2021


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Johannesburg based, 100% black youth owned digital technologies company, Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd has been certified as a Cisco Gold Partner in South Africa! This makes Makwa IT the first black and youth-owned company in Mzansi to achieve Cisco Gold Partner status. 

Founded in 2012, Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd is one of the youngest and fastest growing technology companies in South Africa. Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd helps its customers (both in the private and public sectors), realise the benefits of digital transformation. Their world class product portfolio, globally experienced professional services engineering teams and intelligent management services platform are built with passion, innovation and a laser focus on customer experience. Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd also boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes but not limited to the following sectors, Financial Services Industry, Mining, Construction, Safety and Security, National and Local Government

“We are absolutely excited to be certified as Cisco Gold Partner in Mzansi. Our nation is facing multiple challenges, including high unemployment and declining productivity. There is growing optimism, however, as the arrival of the 4th Industrial Revolution overlaps with a renewal of political will to address the fundamental socio-economic and development issues facing the country with the help of digital technologies. This partnership presents an incredible opportunity for us to be market leaders in helping address several macro-economic, societal and technological challenges in South Africa, which include low economic growth, growing unemployment and dwindling competitiveness,” explains Lethabo Mokone, CEO of Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd.

With customer credibility being such an important factor in gaining a competitive edge, Cisco’s certification provides recognition for Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd.’s Cisco technical expertise and the entity’s ability to deliver superior customer service. As one of the most respected programmes in the industry, the Cisco Channel Partner Programme will not only help develop Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd.’s technical expertise but also enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty; maximize profitability; grow the business, and build greater credibility with customers.  

To realise the value at stake from digital technologies and make digital transformation a success in South Africa, such partnerships are necessary. Policy makers, industry bodies and business need to work together. Across all sectors, six common success factors have emerged, and these include: a need to address physical and digital infrastructure, digital skills and training, transparency, regulation and policy, public-private partnerships and capital spending, as outlined by President Ramaphosa during his 2018 State of The Nation Address.

“Our efforts of living our brand purpose which is, ‘Changing lives through technology for a sustainable future,’ is certainly aligned with this milestone. We all have to acclimatise to the 4th Industrial Revolution and in doing so, we all have to work together in cooperatively taking advantages of new technologies in order to provide solutions for the future,” said Lethabo Mokone, CEO of Makwa IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd. “This allows us to not only live our passion, but to also grow our business and provide the much-needed job creation which our country desperately needs,” he concluded.

Makwa IT plans to leverage the Cisco recognition to bring better global solution to its customers, as well as grow its footprint both domestically and abroad. 

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter


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