VENTURES AFRICA – Leading global systems Integrator and business transformation consulting services firm, Tech Mahindra Limited has entered a partnership with business solutions company, Falcorp, to launch a local operation in South Africa – Tech Mahindra South Africa, that will provide job and skill development in its local community.
The newly formed company will be a Level 3 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowered (B-BBEE) company that will help create local job opportunities, invest heavily in skills development, and employment equity, over a period of 6-12 months.
As part of the B-BEEE strategy, the company will target to have approximately 65 percent in local preferential procurement, a corporate social investment plan as well as a leadership and internship programme.
With the Telecoms and Media Sector serving as its customer target market in South Africa, the company said a dedicated Talent Exchange Program for the transfer of skills between India and South Africa will also be initiated.
Building on its commitment to bring the latest solution to the market, Tech Mahindra hopes to bring its full range of Network and Mobility offerings (inclusive of design, building, implementing and support for the telecoms sector), to the African ICT sector. The offering of analytics for any business application including mobility, cloud and security solutions also forms part of its strategy.
“Establishing a local entity is a significant mile stone for us in Southern Africa. As the whole region moves towards recovering from the impact left by the recent economic downturn, local telecoms providers have demonstrated a key shift in their IT spending practices. We intend to bring in our expertise around NMACS (Network, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Security) with traditional Application Support and Development to our customers in the region,” Girish Bhat, Vice President -Sales and Operations, MEA, Tech Mahindra said.
Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam, the official Information Technology Services Provider to the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa, together employ close to 300 associates in South Africa. Both the companies form a part of the larger $15.9 billion multinational group – Mahindra & Mahindra, which has dealers in all nine provinces of South Africa, which are full-fledged facilities that handle sales, service and spare parts.