Ahead of Amazon Web Services (AWS) opening its first data centres in Africa, in Cape Town early next year, the company's senior executive responsible for infrastructure has described SA as an inspiration to Amazon.

"SA is one of the most inspiring places I know," Peter Desantis, AWS vice-president for global infrastructure, told Business Times during the AWS Summit in Cape Town this week. "The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship is evident among our employees, customers and partners.

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