20 April 2005 – AccTech completes major mining system upgrade

Issued by: PR Connections

[Johannesburg, 20 April 2005] – Premier Sage ERP Accpac business partner AccTech Systems has completed a major upgrade of the Zambian cobalt refinery giant, Chambishi Metals plc’s finance and procurement system.

“Chambishi Metals, a full affiliate of Switzerland’s J&W Investments Group, runs the largest cobalt refinery operation in Africa from its production site in Zambia’s Copperbelt capital city Kitwe,” says Tertius Zitzke, managing director of AccTech Systems.

“Since our first installation of Sage ERP Accpac and our eWorkflow module in 1999, we’ve managed to take Chambishi through four seamless upgrades giving credit to the database structure and platform independent design of Sage ERP Accpac Advantage series. Today, Chambishi Metals is our largest mining eWorkflow site with more than 100 concurrent users using our advanced procurement and requisitioning modules,” adds Zitzke.

“With AccTech eWorkflow we have managed to move to a paperless stock requisitioning system with comprehensive commitment tracking per cost centre and business unit on both main and sub-process level,” says Abishek Budia, Internal Auditor at Chambishi Metals. “We carry more than 5 000 stock items and with eWorkflow’s Procurement module we have an automated re-ordering system to maintain our minimum levels on critical stock items.

Our dedicated buying department is also able to use AccTech eWorkflow RFQ – request for quote module with its embedded multi-currency quote evaluation and business rules features,” says Budia.

“Chambishi’s General Ledger (GL) structure is setup in segments representing cost centre and business units on main and sub-process level,” says Zitzke. “They have the ability to drill down from GL Level straight down to the source documents. This has made online real-time costing, with budget control and commitment tracking, a reality.

“AccTech’s experience and development skills on our project have proved to be of vital importance to the success of our system,” says Budia. “During the latest upgrade, they’ve managed to upgrade our financial year and convert all our system’s history in line with the new fiscal period, all within the set project budget.”

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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