Saturday, July 28, 2007

Google SA Office

Little under a year ago, Google advertised three job positions in South Africa. Yesterday it was announced that Novell SA country manager, Stafford Masie, has taken one of those positions. He will be heading operations here from 3 September.

This is a very exciting move for SA. They have yet to decide whether the office will run from Cape Town or Johannesburg. This is only the beginning, however. What I'm waiting for is for Google to open up an engineering office in SA. That would be awesome! Amazon recently opened an engineering office in Cape Town, so there is definitely interest. We have a fair number of talented computer scientists coming out of our universities every year.

There is already a domain with some of our official languages, which has been around for a good couple of years now. Google Maps data for SA is aweful and that is generally one of the first projects when a new engineering office opens. If you don't know what I'm talking about, do a search in America (you can even drag the route!).


  1. This would be awesome, it would mean that I don't have to leave the country.

  2. It would off course require you to get hired Alex ... and why do you _have_ to leave the country?

  3. Well Alapan, I was hoping someone would spot that assumption. In order to work for google currently it would be non-SA based