Tech Mahindra has opened up local operations in South Africa, aiming to boost jobs, skills and support for the telecoms sector in the country.
Tech Mahindra South Africa was launched in partnership with SA IT and business solutions company, Falcorp Technologies, following the announcement in 2011 reinforcing Africa as a key focus for its operations.
On top of the 300 South Africans already employed by the company, Tech Mahindra said that it aims to create more local job opportunities and 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% in local preferential procurement, a corporate social investment plan as well as a leadership and internship programme.
A dedicated Talent Exchange Programme for the transfer of skills between India and South Africa will also be initiated, the company said.
Tech Mahindra SA will offer a full range of network and mobility offerings – inclusive of design, building, implementing and support for the telecoms sector.
The offering of analytics for any business application including mobility, cloud and security solutions also forms part of its strategy, it said.
The customer target market for Tech Mahindra in South Africa is the Telecoms and Media Sector.
“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,” said Girish Bhat, vice president of sales and operations for Middle-East and Africa.
“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,” he said.
Tech Mahindra forms part of the $15.9 billion multinational Mahindra & Mahindra group, which specialises in automobile manufacturing.