Convergence Partners Offices
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South African Convergence Partners, which is owned by ICT industry veteran Andile Ngcaba, has bought a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa.

ESET Southern Africa is the local distributor and brand operator for leading global internet and endpoint security software vendor ESET, for the Southern African region.

“In the emerging native cloud environment, coupled with edge computing, data is becoming more vulnerable and we have witnessed increased vulnerability of public and private data repositories to cyber threats and attacks. Cyber security solutions like that offered by ESET are a critical line of defense. We are excited to partner with ESET on this journey,” said Andile Ngcaba, founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners.

The 4Di Group, which among its interests distributes ESET’s range of multi-award winning security software in South Africa and Namibia, has represented and operated the globally recognised brand in the region for 15 years as ESET Southern Africa.

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman Convergence Partners
Andile Ngcaba, Chairman Convergence Partners

“ESET is now taking specific steps to continue its advance into the enterprise segment, with exciting new enterprise-oriented products and services, which we expect to progress locally together with Convergence Partners,” said Justin Stanford, co-founder and MD of 4Di Group.

The 4Di Group is a family office and diversified investment group headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa, with its principal interests in software, internet security and venture capital.

The group was established by entrepreneurs Stanford and Erik van Vlaanderen to manage their joint business partnerships and investments, and among its holdings owns ESET Southern Africa, the official brand operator and distributor for ESET in South Africa and Namibia.

“We welcome Convergence Partners aboard ESET’s business in South Africa – a market which has long been our strongest presence on the African continent. We look forward to continue winning the trust of users with the best quality cyber-security protection and the help of both Convergence Partners and ESET Southern Africa to increase the market share of our products,” said Miroslav Mikus, Sales and Marketing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at ESET

Convergence Partners will also be involved in developing the opportunity for growth for ESET in numerous East African countries, with its acquisition of a stake in ESRO Ltd, the ESET distributor for the East African region.

“We look forward to working with Convergence Partners’ established African presence to further develop the ESET brand and distribution opportunities in East Africa. In particular, their portfolio of investments in telecommunications and value-added services offer an important distribution vector for us in these countries,“ said Alistair Freeman, Director of ESRO Ltd.