First Python user group meetup in Cape Town

Today I attended the first ever Cape Town Python Users Group Meeting (CTPUG). I didn’t attend the entire event, which is a pity because I missed a talk on Turbogears, which is possibly not all that bad since I decided to go with Django (time-wise I can’t really afford to change my mind :) )

The day looked very well planned. there were several talks and while a huge amount of it went over my head, it’s good to know that there’s now a very knowledgeable local Python community that I can tap into when I get stuck. There were a surprisingly large amount of people there. 95 people registered for the day, and it seems that it was an accurate account of the amount of people that were there.

Props to Jan Groenewald and Neil Blakey-Milner for setting this up! I hope the CT Python community gets nicely cemented, the same way that CLUG has .

CTPUG Meeting

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    I wonder if you can help me… I am a recruitment consultant in Pretoria and I have a client in Centurion who is desperately looking for a Developer. I have been looking in every single place I can think of for such a person, but it seems they are extremely scarce.

    Herewith is info on the position, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please can you forward it to them? Or if you can point me in another direction, I would really appreciate it.

    Our client is a financial services company based in Centurion. They have a small team of closely collaborating developers working on their business platform. They are looking for an experienced developer with good communication skills to join their team. The candidate must be skilled in various technologies, have a strong object-oriented background and be willing to use non mainstream technologies.

    They develop mainly in a Linux environment, using Python and Smalltalk. Part of their platform runs on Windows.

    Exposure to the following (more or less in order of importance) is advantageous:
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    – HTML
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    Salary and benefits are as follows:

    Basic salary of R29 000/month (CTC, negotiable)

    Bonus every 6 months, depending on performance of the company and the individual

    Leave of 15 days per year, negotiable

    Unfortunately no provision is made for Medical Aid or pension, however the individual can request for his own to be deducted from his salary.

    Kind regards,

    Esther Dreyer
    082 887 1985

  2. Jess Green says:

    Hi Jonathan

    I have a similar request, could I get in contact with you by email or phone? Below are my details.

    Kind regards
    Jess Green

  3. kurt Cam says:

    Hi Jonathan

    I need your help. I have just started teaching myself various languages like Python and web stuff(HTML, CSS and Javascript). I would like to get into programming as a career but have absolutely no experience.

    To make up for this i am working on a portfolio which I want to use as a CV to get a position as a junior developer.
    Do you think I am on the right track?

    I don’t have a qualification either which makes it extra difficult.

    any advice would help?

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