NAMIBIA'S OTAVI VILLAGE GETS NEW SAP SOFTWARE TO RUN VILLAGE

Computing

A new chapter in development and finding solutions to help Namibia's local authorities to deliver services effectively was written at the northern town of Otavi when a data processing company launched a computer system for the once poorly run village of Otavo.

The system, which was demonstrated to the business community and members of the village council at Otavi on Wednesday morning, is a fully integrated and comprehensive data processing solution that offers customer care and billing, credit and budget control, as well as financial accounting.

In May last year, a fire destroyed the village council's offices and records, leaving it in a desperate situation and unable to offer services to the community.

SAP Africa came to the rescue after it learned of the news. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday morning, SAP Africa's representative Ephraim Murape said: "Realising the council's dire needs and indeed the urgency of the need to restore the council's capacity, SAP Africa and its business partners identified Otavi as a deserving candidate for assistance." The software will be tested for a year, after which the council and SAP Africa's management will enter into further negotiations.