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Smith appointed first female SAP Africa MD

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA  JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa has announced the appointment of Cathy Smith as Managing Director, becoming the first female leader of the software company. The appointment is with immediate effect. Smith takes over from Claas Kuehnemann, who now assumes a new leadership position with SAP in Switzerland, but will continue to be a non-executive director on the SAP ...

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The COO dilemma: digitising the supply chain in an exponential world

by MEHMOOD KHAN, Chief Operating Officer at SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 30th January 2018, –/African Press Association (APA) / – CHIEF operating officers (COOs) and supply chain management are feeling the brunt of a accelerating business environment further complicated by increasing customer demands for efficiency, personalisation, and convenience. Slow manual processes based on inconsistent information across functional areas ...

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Introducing the SAP Leonardo Digital Innovation System

by SIMON CARPENTER, Chief Technology Adviser at SAP Africa JOHANNESBURG – “TALENT hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer. 1788 – 1860 THROUGHOUT human history, genius has always risen above the herd to change the way we see things and how we live in the world; Plato, Newton, Einstein, ...

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Food rations reduced for refugees in Rwanda

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by PHYLLIS BIRORI  KIGALI – CASH-strapped humanitarian organisations have reduced food rations to refugees in Rwanda amid insufficient support by donors. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed the funding shortages forced the latter to trim assistance to 90 percent in November and December. Funding gaps have widened and with immediate effect, WFP has reduced the ration ...

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Historic AfricaCom 2017 resumes in South Africa

CAPE TOWN – MORE than 11 000 delegates and 400 exhibitors have converged in Cape Town, South Africa for AfricaCom, the annual premier Pan-African technology, telecoms and media event. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the event endorsed by governments promises to showcase cutting-edge information and communications technology innovations and host high level discussions on speeding Africa’s digital revolution. The ...

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Apologetic SAP confirms misconduct in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) has offered an apology and opened formal disciplinary proceedings after a probe found indications of misconduct in the management of Gupta-related third parties in South Africa. The proceedings have been opened despite the company disclosing to date, the investigation had not revealed any evidence of a payment to a South African government official, including Transnet ...

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Red Hat delivers platform for SAP environments

JOHANNESBURG – RED Hat, the provider of open source solutions,has launched an optimised Linux operating system to enhances value and support for heterogeneous SAP software environments. The launch of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions provides a smoother path for organizations seeking to integrate or merge their SAP software environments thus offering a single, proven and standardized platform for ...

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SAP gives update on probe into South African business

JOHANNESBURG – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP), the global software company, will provide an update on investigations into alleged impropriety by its South African entity, in October. The company is accused of paying kickbacks to a company linked to the influential Gupta family to secure tenders with state-owned companies. SAP initiated an investigation spearheaded by international law firm Baker McKenzie on July ...

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AfricaCom20: Sigital disruption equals digital democracy

CAPE TOWN – ACKNOWLEDGING the role financial technology is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency. A host of talks, presentations, case studies and prospects around fintech and e-commerce will debut at the event scheduled for November 7-9 in Cape Town. Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of AfricaCom organiser ...

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Botswana shifts focus to digital skills development

JOHANNESBURG – THE government of Botswana and SAP have partnered to empower pupils and teachers nationwide in preparation for Africa Code Week (ACW) 2017, scheduled for October. This past weekend, SAP ACW returned to Gaborone’s Bontleng Primary School to provide coding training to 80 local teachers and 100 pupils. Identified by the Ministry of Basic Education in the South-East region, the ...

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