By Gugu Lourie

As part of its strategy to expand its presence in South Africa, Amazon will recruit a significant number of new staff  to fill highly-skilled technical roles to pioneer networking technologies and next generation cloud software.

The world’s largest online retailer said on Thursday that it plans to hire more than 250 people in the next 12 months in South Africa.  The new roles will include software development engineers; network development engineers; support engineers; technical account managers; systems engineers; solutions architects and many more.

The move comes after the retailer opened a new office in Johannesburg to support the growing customer base of Amazon Web Services  (AWS) South Africa Pty Ltd, a cloud computing business for Amazon. The new office in Johannesburg joins the established Amazon Development Center Cape Town, which has been in operation since 2004 and develops technology for several Amazon businesses, including AWS and help build the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service.

“Amazon has been an active contributor to the South African technology community for over a decade,” said Steve Midgley, Head of EMEA, Amazon Web Services.


“Over this time we have seen some key technologies of the AWS cloud emerge from the country so it is no surprise we are also seeing strong growth amongst African organisations moving to the cloud. Choosing to locate an AWS office in South Africa speaks to the rapidly growing customer base, the broad set of talent here and the investment we are making to support cloud adoption around the world. By expanding our presence in South Africa, and through hiring highly skilled staff, we intend to further accelerate the growth of our cloud customers in Africa and around the globe.”

The growth news about South Africa comes as Amazon continues its investment in, and expansion, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

People looking to apply for a role in South Africa, or any of Amazon’s businesses around the world, can apply online at


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