Meeting Africa's demanding digital needs

The Digital Academy recruits motivated young people with a raw talent for Web and software development. They learn practical, hands-on development skills that are needed in the real world.

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Our story

The Digital Academy focuses on creating innovative digital products in Africa. Launched in response to a frustrating lack of digital skills on the continent, our vision is to create opportunities for youth through incentive-based learning with strategic corporate partners who share a common vision.

Our interns learn practical, hands-on development skills that are needed in the real world whilst building commercial facing products via a rapid internship programme.

Our approach

Innovative technologies

We embrace tried-and-tested industry standards & ground-breaking technologies. Interns are urged to learn whatever they are passionate about. Regular talks and training sessions are conducted to keep the interns informed on innovative technologies.

Build things that matter

We focus on building products with commercial intent. Interns will undertake projects that matter to organisations, creating products that are useful in a commercial environment and that have the potential to be of economic benefit in the digital economy.

Practice makes perfect

We believe that in order to master a skill, it needs to be used. The Digital Academy focuses on providing a practical learning environment in which interns are divided into competitive teams to solve real-world problems.

Our Tech Leader

Ed Wrede

Ed Wrede

Technical manager

Passionate about all things tech, Ed has been fascinated by computers since the age of four. As the technical manager of The Digital Academy, he is responsible for the journey of the interns as a whole, from intake to completion.

He is responsible for the learning programme, giving talks and workshops, and providing guidance where necessary. His technical team have 20 years' combined experience in the fin-tech industry. Up-skilling young software developers and putting South Africa on the development map are causes close to his heart.

The Team


Gary Bannatyne

Co-founder

Gary is driven by doing things that matter. With an extensive background in enterprise development, he has been instrumental in inspiring and shaping the lives of young people and start-up businesses across Africa. His passion lies in using technology for social change.

Leo Da Silva

Operations Manager

Leo, Bosszonke, has an Honours in Marketing from the IMM Graduate School of Marketing, accompanied with his Bcom Undergraduate with majors in Business Management and Marketing Management from The University of Pretoria. His passions in the corporate world are firmly placed in marketing and entrepreneurship. He has a natural way with people. A one of a kind motivating and managerial styles that result in bringing the best performance out of any peer around him.

Bongani Dlamini

Internal Communications Coordinator

Bongani has a very strong interest in television, communication and people which has driven him to obtain a degree in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Johannesburg. He went on to apply his skills in the media and communication industry which has equipped him with unique experiences and a strong opinion on the future of communication in the workplace.



Hardy Lutula

Technical Coordinator

Hard is a young passionate individual originally from the DR Congo who enjoys spending his time learning and writing source code on a daily basis. Writing source code has been his best hobby since he met the so-called "Software engineering" individual hiding behind computers.

James Coetzee

Co-founder

James is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three sustainable ventures. He is also a business development consultant. His passion lies in adding long-term value to businesses.

Brandon Muller

Co-founder

Combining a knack for numbers with a love of technology, Brandon’s passion lies in financial forecasting and management. With a CIMA qualification behind his name, he ensures that corporate partners’ investments are optimally used.

Testimonials




A few words from former interns:


Working in a group has made me understand group dynamics whilst dealing with different personalities and resolving some issues faced in the project process. Being a part of The Digital Academy has opened my mind. I love the learning environment and openness to creativity.

Mohapi Godfrey Tau

I was not exposed to the IT industry previously, but now I am proud to call myself an IT developer because of the knowledge, experience and support I received at The Digital Academy.

Vusani Mavhasa

My experience at The Digital Academy has been a great one. I learnt a lot: how to work in a team; how to communicate with others; how to improve my PHP and JavaScript; and new technologies such as AngularJS and Ionic. The activities we took part in boosted our soft skills and motivated us.

Nceba Sobikwa

This has been an amazing yet challenging journey. I learned a lot from The Digital Academy team leaders. We had unlimited access to resources (such as tutorials and WiFi). They up-skilled me as an individual, and now I can code in PHP, HTML, JQuery and MySQL. We are not only surrounded by a group of intelligent developers, but the atmosphere itself is amazing.

Jabulile Mahlangu

While being at The Digital Academy I experienced a lot, both in personal and professional growth. I grew in terms of knowing what I want in my life and found exactly what my strengths and weaknesses are. I have acquired more skills such as java, and a bit of designing in Adobe Illustrator, which I never even knew before.

Humbulani Masiagwala

Joining The Digital Academy was the best decision I made for my career as a developer, especially since I was fresh from varsity. The academy gives you a taste of how everything is going to be and what you should expect in your career as a developer. I really wish everyone could start at the academy to kick-start their own career in development.

Yongasi Ndzukula

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