• Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise unit wraps up SA exit after selling training and development provider.
  • Continuation of T-Systems slimming drive

T‑Systems offloads South African remnant

T‑Systems offloads South African remnant

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T‑Systems was reported to have completed its exit from South Africa after selling T‑Systems ICT Academy — a rarely mentioned remnant of its former local business (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #100 and #103).

According to ITWeb, the digital skills teaching and graduate trainee unit has been acquired by early-career development organisation Afrika Tikkun and private college Maharishi Invincibility Institute. The purchase price has not been disclosed.

To reflect the takeover, the Johannesburg-based T‑Sys ICT Academy, established in 2003, is re‑branding as “Digital Youth ICT Academy”, ITWeb added. It will now offer employers counselled by Afrika Tikkun and Maharishi Invincibility Institute the opportunity to retrain staff in automation, app development, cloud, cybersecurity, and other subjects.

T‑Systems South Africa is now under the ownership of local ICT service provider Gijima after a sale was agreed in 2020. The decision to exit SA came as part of a long‑running reorganisation of T‑Systems and its focus on core markets in the Americas and Europe (Deutsche Telekomwatch, passim). The enterprise services division also recently sold its business in Malaysia to private investment holding firm Quintephi Sdn Bhd.

The move also came in the wake of T‑Systems South Africa’s decision to walk away from a major contract with Transnet, after it dropped a legal case against the state‑owned freight and logistics business in 2018 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #78).