SAP Africa, subsidiary of SAP AG began business operations in 1982 headquartered in Woodmead - Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. SAP Africa market unit has approximately 400 employees in total which includes the key four hub offices. To date SAP Africa has offices in Southern African Development Community (SADC), East Africa, West Africa, French speaking Africa.

In 1992 SAP AG purchased Sapient Systems and SAP Southern Africa, the first wholly owned Subsidiary of SAP was established in South Africa. This led to more successes in 1996 when the first customer outside of South Africa was established on the African Continent.

SAP Africa has presence in Africa through the six main regional hubs namely: North Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa, French-speaking Africa, and Portuguese-speaking Africa covering over 54 countries. SAP Africa currently employs over 700 employees and has a customer footprint of over 2 700 active customers in Africa across all industries.

SAP Africa Company Highlights

  • SAP Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • In 1988, South African SAP distributorship established under the title of Sapient Systems.
  • In 1992, SAP AG purchased Sapient Systems and SAP Southern Africa (Pty.) Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of SAP AG) was established.
  • SAP has presence in Africa through the six main regional hubs namely: North Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa, French-speaking Africa, and Portuguese-speaking Africa covering over 54 countries.
  • The current number of employees at SAP Africa is 700.
  • SAP has a customer footprint of over 2 700 active customers in Africa across all industries.
 

Africa: Interesting Facts

  • Speaking more than 2,100 languages and spanning 54 countries, 52 out of the 54 countries in Africa each comprise 1 million people.
  • Key sectors driving growth are telecommunications, banking, retail, construction, agriculture and resources.
  • 80 percent of Africa’s combined GDP currently emanates from Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya,Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.
  • Africa’s population hit the 1 billion mark in 2010, with annual growth rates at 2.0 percent and 1.6 percent in Northern and Southern Africa, respectively; 2.5 percent and 2.7 percent in Western and Middle Africa, respectively; and the African average at about 2.4 per cent.
  • By 2020 top consumer markets will be food and beverages, housing, non-food consumer goods, health care, telecommunications, banking and education.
  • SMEs (small and medium-size enterprises) are responsible for roughly 40 percent of GDP and 50 percent of jobs on the continent.
  • Africa has the fastest growing telecoms market in the world, with 316 million subscribers in only 10 years.
  • Mobile innovation in Africa has fostered a new generation of technology entrepreneurs.
  • In West Africa, 75 percent of agriculture-related firms are micro or small enterprises, 20 percent are semi-industrial,and 5 percent are industrial. Employees are typically family members, and 50 percent to 90 percent are women.
  • Nigeria, the number of payments made by mobile phone more than doubled to 2.4 million in the first half of 2012 fromthe same period a year earlier, while Internet payments rose 9.3 percent, according to the country’s central bank.
  • South Africa produces three-quarters of the world’s platinum, 40 percent of chromium and more than 15 percent of gold and manganese.
  • Angola has been one of the four biggest recipients of Chinese financing for infrastructure projects. It supplies 51 percent of China’s oil imports from Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast are expected to be the fastest  growing African markets for millionaires, with growth of 7.4 percent a year until 2020. Zambia, Ghana and Angola are also expected to grow strongly.
 


Fastest Growing Economies in Africa

1. Sierra Leone (20.0%)

2. Nigeria (11.0%)

3. Cote d’Ivoire (8.2%)

4. Angola (8.1%)

5. Ethiopia (7.8%)

6. Rwanda (7.7%)

7. Ghana (7.5%)

8. Eritrea (7.5%)

9. Zambia (6.7%)

 

SAP Ecosystem and Channels

SAP today has more than 13,200 partners worldwide, of which 282 are accredited partners in Africa in the following areas:

  • 102 accredited value-added resellers and one distributor
  • 71 services partners
  • 89 extended business members
  • 4 hosting partners
  • 18 gold partners

Various SuccessFactors, Syclo, and Ariba partners will soon be integrated into the SAP Africa ecosystem.

 
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