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Launched in May 2005, the JCSE unites the City of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand and some of Joburg's leading ICT and financial services companies.

"The JCSE aims to establish an incubation strategy for BEE [black economic empowerment] software engineering start-ups, and will address the local shortage of specialists, focusing on developing a sustainable base of BEE, SMME [small, medium and micro enterprises] and women operators to lead the local ICT sector," Cohen explains.

The centre can then be used to orchestrate other ICT developments in Joburg, providing the necessary research into emerging technologies.