SAP joins forces with German government, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

JohannesburgSAP Africa, in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 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 took place in Cape Town on the 20th April. erp4school is a three-year programme that aims to build critical ICT and business skills among students in tertiary institutions in Africa. Some of the guests at the launch included 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 develoPPP.de, 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.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, GIZ supports people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the longstanding expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international co-operation for sustainable development. GIZ is also engaged in international education work around the globe. For more information, please access http://www.giz.de.


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