SA joins forces to build skills


SAP Africa, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is pleased to announce the launch of the erp4school programme.

The launch is set to take place in Cape Town. erp4school is a three year programme that aims to build critical ICT and business skills amongst students in tertiary institutions in Africa. Some of the guests expected to attend the launch include the German Ambassador, Dr Halle and Dr Qhobela, Deputy Director General - Human Capital and Knowledge Systems, National Department of Science and Technology.

The erp4school programme was developed by teachers for teachers with the objective of educating students about companies and their processes as a whole. The programme uses SAP?s enterprise resource planning software to enable teachers to actively integrate SAP software into their day to day teaching methodologies. Several institutions in Germany are already running the programme, and SAP is now ready to roll it out in South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana.

Derek Kudsee, Chief Operating Officer of SAP Africa, says, "SAP is excited to bring this programme to Africa and is grateful for the partnerships and financial contribution by the German government through the BMZ programme, which endeavours to partner with German and European private sector companies to address developmental issues'.

"Partnering with the private sector to address developmental issues such as ICT skills and employability is a crucial component of GIZ?s strategy for sustainable development. This partnership represents an excellent example of the public and private sector coming together to affect change,' says Ellen Kallinowsky GIZ Regional Coordinator for Cooperation with the Private Sector.

The CPUT will host the Academic Competency Centre (ACC) for erp4school programme in Africa. "We are proud members of the SAP University Alliance and consider it an honour to establish the Academic Competence Centre to host and promote the erp4school programme outreach, training and capacity building at Universities and Colleges in Africa. This project gives credence to our institutional vision to be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa" says Prof Lineo Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga, Vice-Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

SAP is committed to addressing issues of job creation and skills development and these are some of the key objectives that form part of our CSR strategy,' concludes Kudsee.