About Us

Our Story

Our Story

This is our story, making an impact on the African contintent



We have trained more mobile development engineers than any other company in South Africa. We have trained a total of 148 graduates, and all of them are currently employed. Our students came from these Africa countries, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The Problem

Africa follows behind the other continents in technology, for example, in 2016, African tech startups raised a mere $129 million compared to $69,11 billion in the US. The worldwide total deal funding for 2016 amounted to $127 billion according to KPMG Insights. There's only one unicorn in the African tech scene, Jumia, the first tech startup to surpass $1 billion in market value. These stats are shocking and sad at the same time considering that the African population accounts for 16% of the world population compared to North America's 7%.

Most of the training companies in South Africa offer the traditional Information Technology certification courses from Microsoft or Cisco. The students graduating from these institutions pass the exams using brain dumps, they hold the certifications but know little or nothing about the subjects on which they hold the certifications. Brain dumps usage is widespread and so common that it's an unwritten rule that you will not pass the exam without using them.

The Solution

Peruzal was born out of extensive industry experience in training these recognized certifications. Our name reflected our core values. Peruzal was derived from the word perusal, meaning the action of reading or examining something deeply. We wanted to change how training is conducted, we ventured to create a company that offers the latest technology training in mobile and web technologies on par with the leading training institutions in the US.

Our goal was to offer unparalleled training to web developers, designers, software engineers, startups and entrepreneurs and equip them with latest technology skills in a matter of weeks. Our target was the busy professionals that needed to gain up to date technology skills in the quickest time possible by offering them world class education without having to spend months reading books or taking cheap and amateur Udemy courses to update their skills.Our courses were on par with similar boot camp courses in the US but at a fraction of the cost. On average, the mobile app development courses for Android and iOS costs more than $10 000.

Our courses were designed to focus less on the theory but let the students spend more time on practical work. Every student that attended the mobile app development course had to build an app. Every student that attended our game development course had to develop a real game by the end of the course. We were not going to give certificates only for completing a course, the certificates of completion were to be earned. Students had to demonstrate competence in the subject area. Every course was created with live guides with up to date information on the subject, these guides could be updated whilst we were in class with new information and be published and live in a matter of minutes. Six months after training support came standard with any course. Our students had access to a dedicated course Slack channel and could ask a question at any time from their instructor.

Where We Are Now

We initially started in the Mother City, Cape Town, but with the growing demand of our courses, we opened offices in the City of Gold, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014 and we partnered with Regus (they offer on-demand spaces) to deliver courses anywhere else in South Africa.

We offer a range of courses in mobile development, game development, security, databases and web development. Since then, we have grown and expanded our reach and now offer consulting services in developing mobile apps, software development, web application load testing, database performance and sql tuning, and mobile application security and penetration testing.

148

graduates

70

android graduates

27

ios graduates

20

xamarin graduates

Creating Impact

Our students are some of the brighest and with diverse backgrounds, they have created awesome apps and solutions. We are always blown away with their creativity.


Devan

Devan

SAP Developer @ Nedbank

This was the first course i feel i have been in control, i get to create what i want without being guided every step of the course. Devan built a clone of the Trello app.

Francois

Francois

Senior Operational Analyst @ NamPower

"I like it" - Francois. This is what Francois would say each time he made his code work. Fantastic course! This was by far the best course that I have attended.

Lucy

Lucy

Project Portfolio Analyst @ Barclays

Lucy together with Aristedes were invloved in building an internal app called CopaVeve. The app was used internally as a performance management tool for their staff.

Dean

Dean

Senior Software Developer @ Investec

Just a quick note to say thank you for the great training. It was an awesome week of fun and learning. Dean built one of the best well-designed iPhone app.

Faith

Faith

Business Analyst @ Econet

The mobile app device security and penetration course was very relevant to me as a practising information systems auditor, security assurance professional.

Melanie

Michael

Data Portal Manager @ i2ifacility.org

Awesome thanks guys, you’re rockstars!. I feel empowered.

Mobile Apps

Some of the apps we have been involved in developing

Praat

Android mobile app built for the Android mobile application development course

Praat is a real-time group chat application for Android. The mobile app was developed to be used for our Android mobile app development course. The app concept is simple and everyone understands how instant messaging works but at the core the app gives students the knowledge of how Android apps are put together using the different Android components.

The app demonstrates the use of Activities, Fragments, Intents, Broadcast Receivers, Services, Networking and Rest APIs, Databases and Persistence with Preferences and SQLite and Content Providers. These are the core components used to build any Android application. Armed with this knowledge, the students are tasked with creating their own Android projects with the guidance of our instructors.

The Praat Android app also consists of a back-end server application written in NodeJS with a MongoDB database and running on Heroku PaaS platform. The students are guided on how to deploy the backend server with one of the cloud platform providers. Most modern apps are built this way, they have a back-end server running a REST API that is exposed to the mobile application. The REST API is either hosted internally or deployed in the cloud.

The Praat Android app also consists of a back-end server application written in NodeJS with a MongoDB database and running on Heroku PaaS platform. The students are guided on how to deploy the backend server with one of the cloud platform providers. Most modern apps are built this way, they have a back-end server running a REST API that is exposed to the mobile application. The REST API is either hosted internally or deployed in the cloud.

The source code for the mobile app is freely open source and is available on Github for anyone to use and also contribute back. The Praat Android app source code is available here.



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Flook

A date night app for couples

Flook is a date night app for couples. Flook let couples spend more quality time together by taking the hassle out of finding and scheduling date nights.

Most couples stop spending quality time and doing fun things together once they are married. This is understandable, they have kids, work pressure and a whole lot of other things to take care of. We wanted to find a way for couples to still spend that quality time and do fun things together by making it easy for them to do the things they used to enjoy. The app offers activities such as hot air ballooning, wine and dining, city rock climbing, outdoor picnics, movies, romantic getaways and many more.

The app has built-in reminders and notifies both couples on their next date, maps to easily find the location, and in-app purchases so you can make payment right within the app.

The service providers have an admin web interface to manage their listing on the app. They use it to upload new pictures, update their offering, monitor their sales and bookings.



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Online Taxi

We created the first version of the Online Taxi Android mobile app

Online Taxi is a ride-sharing app for both Android and iOS. We helped Online Taxi create the first version of their Android app before Uber was available in South Africa. We were also instrumental in developing the back-end and offering development training to the Online Taxi team.

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GoMetro

We created the initial version of the GoMetro South Africa iPhone mobile app.

GoMetro is an app that allows you to find the schedules for the train and buses in South Africa. Planning your daily commute has never been easier. With schedules seven days a week, it is as simple as checking the app to be sure of what time to leave home. This also means not having to stand on the platform wondering if and when your train will be arriving. Features include: line updates from Metrorail, journey planner, see stops nearby, email your boss - to send a direct email to your employer, proving if train delays caused you to be late, fare rates and route maps.

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Municom

An app for solving service delivery issues

Municom was selected as a finalist for the HackJozi R5 000 000 competition for 2015.

Municom was an Android class project. Our student, Rendani, wanted to create an app to solve service delivery issues. We worked together with our student to deliver the solution

The Municom app was developed to solve service delivery issues. Municom allows residents to send service delivery issues directly to their municipality and keep track on the progress. The app allows transparency in dealing with service delivery issues.

The Municom app was developed to solve service delivery issues. Municom allows residents to send service delivery issues directly to their municipality and keep track on the progress. The app allows transparency in dealing with service delivery issues.

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