Ingram Micro to flee South Africa -

Reliable sources tell TechEye that one of the biggest IT distributors in the world will leave South Africa in the next three months as its joint venture expires. Ingram Micro will not renew its JV, we have learned.

That will leave a hole in the South African market that will need to be filled but at press time it's totally unclear which distributor will fill it, if any.

Another reliable source told TechEye that distribution of processors from both AMD and Intel are in jeopardy. AMD has shut down all of its staff in the country and Intel is down to one or two people, if that and part time.

South Africa, of course, is part of the umbrella organisation called "Europe, Middle East and Africa". Africa being South Africa.

A bemused reseller told TechEye: "There is plenty of business here and we don't understand why neither AMD nor Intel are taking account of the existing business."

Some dealers are looking to Indian company Sahara for succour the SA market  but it seems Sahara is now more interested in uranium mines than PCs.

None of the above could be contacted for comment.