The South Africa leading Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed ICT services company, Adapt IT, has opened a subsidiary in Botswana as part of its growth strategy to conquer sub-Saharan Africa and the world at large.
At the launch on Thursday, Adapt IT Managing Director and partner, Ogone Mothooagae, said the company helps companies foresee future probabilities and trends through integrated solutions and predictive analytics. “The opening of the outlet in Botswana marks a major milestone in this company’s entry into our market as ICT is key to the economy,” said Mothooagae.
He further said that in appreciating and adopting the knowledge capital and indeed capital investments from companies coming from more developed countries, it is important to illustrate a clear mandate to empower the citizens of Botswana in order to ensure seamless continuity and sustenance of the growth of this nature.
Mothooagae stated that with its deep industry expertise across various industry areas, Adapt IT has a great track record in deploying Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). Officially launching the subsidiary on Thursday, Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Nonofo Molefhi said it is for this reason that the government is ever receptive of investments in this field from private sector quarters, such as the one embarked on by Adapt IT.
He is of the view that E-Government is the overarching strategic driver for most of these initiatives, adding that the ICT and innovation transformation receives support from the highest level in government and the highest office in the land.
“This is a very commendable effort and will be made easy by the fact that your company already has knowledge centres or labs in three business hubs; being: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, currently serving over 1, 100 young people in those localities,” he stated.
Molefhi said an increase in the use of ICT capabilities by companies will help the country attain the level of a knowledge economy that is being aspired for. He also commended the leadership of the company for having taken the “wise” decision to select Botswana as one of the company’s landing strips as they continue to conquer sub-Saharan Africa and the world at large.
He spoke of the World Economic Forum in its assessment of ICT usage in many countries across the world which ranks Botswana at position 69 out of a total of 141 countries surveyed in 2015. He believes that this shows that more and more people are using ICT and taking advantage of the ICT infrastructure that the government has provided. He said initiatives by companies like Adapt IT will therefore assist many businesses to leverage on ICT in order to serve their customers better.