AfricaCom 2017: Convergence Partners acquires stake in ESET Southern Africa

AfricaCom 2017: Convergence Partners acquires stake in ESET Southern Africa

Andile Ngcaba, founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners.

At the annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, South Africa pan-African ICT investor, Convergence Partners and 4Di Group announced a recently concluded acquisition of a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa by Convergence Partners. 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. Cybersecurity solutions like that offered by ESET are a critical line of defence. 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.

“We are delighted to welcome Convergence Partners as key new shareholders to our business. We have known their team for some time and greatly admire their work, and look forward to collaborating further. Over the years ESET has established itself firmly as a major global contender in the endpoint security sector, the largest based in the European Union and one of the largest in the world. We have developed a significant market share in South Africa, with an emphasis on top quality customer service and channel support, ably underpinned by ESET’s strong brand and reputation for excellent products that consistently delight its customers,” said Justin Stanford, co-founder and MD of 4Di Group. “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.”

“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,“ concluded Alistair Freeman, Director of ESRO Ltd.

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