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Newsbyte: South African students graduate from SAP Skills

for Africa programme

SAP Newsbyte JOHANNESBURG, South Africa January 28, 2016 SAP Africa today
announced the successful graduation of all 75 South African students from its SAP Skills for Africa job
creation initiative. The South African chapter of the SAP Skills for Africa initiative was announced four
months ago and forms an integral part of SAP Africas commitment to train ICT consultants across the
The successful graduation today of all 75 South African students follows the first group of graduates from
Kenya who completed the SAP Skills for Africa training certification in 2013 and 2014, as well as in
Morocco in 2015.
The South African programme represents collaboration between SAP Africa and local SAP customers
and partners, including Accenture, ATOS, Britehouse, BMW, Consnet, Gauteng Provincial Government,
Multichoice, Tata Consulting Services, T-Systems and MICT SETA, all of whom share a unified mission to
promote economic growth and sustainable job creation.
We are committed to work with the private sector to increase the pool of ICT professionals who have the
requisite skills to enable us to deliver high quality e-government services to the Gauteng City Region.
This partnership represents an important step in the right direction for us as we move to train and
empower half a million young people across our province over the next five years and achieve the
objectives of Gauteng Tshepo 500 000, which is a bold employment and entrepreneurial programme of
Premier David Makhura, said Barbara Creecy, MEC for Treasury and E-Government.
A total of 19 graduates from the SAP Skills for Africa initiative joined the Department of E-Government as
interns at the beginning of this month. They will spend the next 12 months working alongside the
professional staff of the provincial government in the configuration, customisation and support activities of
the SAP System functions in all departments.
"These students have been afforded a rare opportunity to kick-start long and fruitful careers in a global
growth space. As an SAP partner and company that's been fully immersed in the process, we are
fortunate enough to snap up some of this talent. Were excited by what the future holds and the impact
these students will have on Britehouse and the industry. It won't take long for these rising stars to become
shining stars, said Themba Chakela, General Manager, Group Organisational Effectiveness at
The value of the SAP Skills for Africa programme is that every student who has successfully completed
their studies will go on to internships with SAP partners and customers involved in the initiative, says
Brett Parker, Managing Director at SAP Africa.
SAP is still committed to driving business right across Africa, with the ultimate objective of improving
peoples lives through the deployment of innovative industry-specific software solutions. This is not
possible without developing the right skills and creating the right jobs in the communities in which we do
business, he added.

The SAP Skills for Africa Scholarship Programme training takes place over a period of ten to twelve
weeks and comprises a hybrid approach of classroom and e-learning fully-sponsored by SAP with no cost
to the students. The course focuses on internationally recognised IT and business skills.
For more information, visit the SAP Newsroom.

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