After South Africa, German T-Systems seeks more African frontiers

German global IT services and consulting company T-Systems is executing further African expansion plans through its South African office, from where the rest of the continent will be approached.

“We have assessed the climate in East and West Africa and have received positive feedback, which will enable us to grab the solid opportunities that exist,” Roelof Louw, manager at T-Systems South Africa, said.

Louw stated that their stints in South Africa and the company’s position as the “biggest IT outsourcer and SAP partner in South Africa” gives them assurance that the rest of Africa will deliver similar positive results.

T-Systems’ SA-based operations currently supply work for approximately 2500 people, making it the second largest base out of Germany. Louw reports a 100 percent turnover from 2008.

The Johannesburg-based extension in SA has signed a contract of R2.58 billion with Old Mutual in January this year as part of their Long Term Saving (LTS) plan.

The deal is grounded on outsourcing and is said to be one of the largest projects with regards to the insurance business in South Africa, according to a press release. This move follows the expiry of the initial 2008 contract, now extended to 2019.

“This partnership will accelerate Old Mutual’s ability to deliver on its commitment to improving customer service, and increasing IT operational efficiency,” Richard Boynett, chief information officer for Old Mutual LTS IT, said.

T-Systems is a corporate customer division of Deutsche Telekom. The ICT solution company operates in more than 20 countries worldwide, providing services to all sectors, including the telecommunication, retail, financial and energy industries.

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