23 August 2005 – Manica Africa upgrades IT systems in Africa

Issued by: Watt Communications & G Watt Design

[Johannesburg, 23 August 2005] – 2004 Softline Sage ERP Accpac solution provider of the year, AccTech Systems, has upgraded Manica Africa’s Sage ERP Accpac Plus solution to Sage ERP Accpac for Windows for three of its over-border companies in southern Africa.

Established in Mozambique in 1892, Manica Africa is a group of wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bidvest Group of companies located throughout southern Africa. As the market leader in the region for freight management and logistics solutions, Manica Africa has upgraded its Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe operations to improve operational efficiencies and enhance its offerings in more remote areas traditionally slow to embrace new technology.

“Successful freight management and logistics services are further enhanced with the use of leading-edge technology. It enables companies such as Manica Africa to increase efficiencies and better meet the needs of its customers,” says Mark Günther, managing director of the Manica Africa Group.

Tertius Zitzke, managing director of AccTech Systems, says the upgrade to Sage ERP Accpac will assist Manica Africa to gain valuable knowledge and insight into its local operations: “By standardising the technology across the organisation, Manica Africa is in a strong position to better utilise its scarce resources, allowing it to provide superior freight management and logistics services.”

“Manica Africa is committed to developing the infrastructure and potential of the southern African region. As a result, it continues to invest in key infrastructures, facilities and systems to promote the smooth flow of cargo in the regions. In so doing, it rallies not only its own financial resources, but also those of the Bidvest Group to which it belongs,” says Günther.

Raffaello Sparapano, regional financial executive of the Manica Group, says the upgraded system has simplified the financial management procedures assisting in the management of the group across its regional markets: “The roll-out of the Sage ERP Accpac system necessitated the installation of a new IT infrastructure countrywide for all three southern African territories.

“With an aim to enhance the business capabilities of regional markets traditionally slow in keeping pace with rapidly changing technology, Manica Africa invested significantly in each market which will provide the group with a distinctive advantage over its competition.”

Manica Africa replaced part of the old system with the Accpac Purchase Order (PO) add-on, Service Manager, along with customised management reports created using Crystal Reports.

“This allowed Manica Africa to continue to properly manage and analyse all aspects of customer disbursement files,” says Sparapano.

According to Zitzke, the amount of transactions that occur on a daily basis from regional head offices and various remote sites resulted in Manica Africa needing continued control to ensure the effective recovery of disbursements paid to suppliers and the government as well as from clients.

“The implementation of Service Manager has made it possible to improve the control of outstanding disbursement recoveries as soon as the payment is made. This enables Manica Africa to generate more accurate cash flow projections with relevant and up-to-date information,” says Zitzke.

The most notable change for Manica Africa is the reduction in the risk of duplication and operator errors where remote offices used to capture transactions and invoice information on standalone workstations. According to Sparapano, all remote sites can now directly invoice from a central system in real-time, significantly assisting Manica Africa to improve its financial and operational efficiencies.

“The ease of use and simplicity of the financial management reporting reduces the time taken to gather information for financial reporting, giving us more time to focus on other tasks,” concludes Sparapano.

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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