14 June 2005 – AccTech Systems increases reach into Africa through strategic alliances

Issued by: Watt Communications & G Watt Design

[Johannesburg, 14 June 2005] – Premier Softline Sage ERP Accpac business partner, AccTech Systems has expanded its geographic reach through strategic business alliances, resulting in representation in six new regions: North West, Limpopo; and Mpumalanga as well as Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

“Our new business model encourages existing companies to become part of the AccTech Group by expanding their product range to include Softline Sage ERP Accpac products,” says Tertius Zitzke, group managing director of AccTech Systems.

“Many of our new alliance partners have impressive levels of expertise in the field of networking and computer hardware. With our Sage ERP Accpac knowledge we will broaden their service offerings by including a market leading ERP solution.”

“We are very pleased to be part of AccTech Systems,” says Brynt Moggach, managing director of the newly formed AccTech North West in Rustenburg.

“We come from a entirely different IT background and many of our existing clients require accounting and ERP solutions as well as remote support, which always proved to be a hindrance. The strategic alliance with Acctech Systems has ensured that this is no longer the case.”

Nico Smith, CEO of AccTech Limpopo, agrees: “There are many different areas of expertise in the IT industry and the collaboration between the hardware and software is vital. AccTech’s experience in the business management software industry such as Sage ERP Accpac is unrivalled and we are looking forward to a mutually beneficial business relationship.”

“Business potential in Mozambique is at an all time high,” says Gabriel Labao Dava, managing director of AccTech Mozambique. “Local companies want to interact with South African business consultants but the language barrier often gets in the way. With our new alliance with AccTech Systems we’ll be able to deliver the required solutions to local companies in Portuguese. It is a win-win situation.”

At the helm of AccTech Alliance operations is managing director, Bernard Ford. “The concept of forming franchise-like alliances with partners in outlying areas in sub-Saharan Africa is a far better strategy than the opening branches. Increasing our geographical representation is of vital importance and we believe the franchise route we have selected has merit because we get to work with existing businesses that have an understanding of local conditions and have an invested interest in the success of the business.”

AccTech Systems (PTY) LTD

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd is an Sage ERP Accpac accounting software solution provider. Accredited as a premier solution provider by Sage ERP Accpac International, AccTech specialises in Sage ERP Accpac’s entire range of award-winning product lines and third-party software products.

AccTech is currently the number one Softline Accpac Dealer of the year as well as the number one Sage CRM dealer of the year. AccTech offers in-depth customer needs analysis, product configuration and custom-designed workflow solutions and backs that up with world-class training and support.

AccTech Systems has representation in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd was also named as one of three finalists of DTI exporter of the year 2005.

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia.

Focused on the development of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions, Softline has a 16-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline’s leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings provides Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions.

In November 2003, Softline was acquired by Sage Group plc, an established FTSE 100 company. The group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community.

Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.

Sage

The Sage Group plc is a leading supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related services for small, medium and large enterprises. It comprises market-leading businesses throughout Europe, United Kingdom, North America, South Africa and Australia .The Sage group plc has over 5 million small and mid-sized customers in 55 countries and 10 500 staff.

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