JOHANNESBURG – June 04, 2023 – The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) is pleased to
announce that a number of local SAP customers will be sharing their invaluable insights
and success stories at the highly anticipated upcoming SAPHILA 2023 conference. Set to
take place from 09 to 11 July 2023 at the Sun City Resort in South Africa’s North West
province, the event will feature speakers from a number of leading organisations
representing several sectors across the continent, including automotive, retail,
pharmaceutical, financial services, oil and gas, and more.
A critical part of this, says AFSUG general manager, Amanda Gibbs, is a look at the
business and technology journeys of local SAP customers. “SAPHILA offers an excellent
opportunity for African customers to give practical insights and real-world, actionable
advice to their peers, discussing challenges faced, strategies implemented and positive
Stream speakers at SAPHILA 2023 will include Sasha Perhat, senior manager: HR
systems at Toyota; Hanlie van der Berg, SAP architect at BMW; Robert Heneke,
executive head: cloud, SAP development and technology and Anja Leonard, enterprise
solution architect both from Pick ‘n Pay; Orscilla Haggard, group executive: finance
business support and Bushy Thebehali, application services manager from Aspen
Pharmacare; Ronel Pfotenhauer, business owner, SuccessFactors and People Analytics
and Prinushlee Govender, data scientist, People Analytics at SANLAM; Innocent M.
Dlamini, COO and sponsor of the SAP transformation project at Sincephethelo Motor
Vehicles Fund; Aveena Mothilall, CIO at Engen Petroleum; Rob Coombe, group IT
manager, Royal Eswatini Sugar Corporation; and Werner Carstens, SAP solutions
architect, Capitec Bank.
“Another drawcard speaker from outside the African region is Juan R. Carvallo Alarcon
from the King Abdullah University of Technology (KAUST), a private research university
located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, who will be speaking on the transformation of KAUST
into a living lab and smart city,” she comments.
As an added bonus, Diamond SAPHILA sponsor Dimension Data will be holding a client
panel discussion on Monday 9 July, where several local organisations will talk about
how and why they have navigated their unique SAP journey to the cloud, across a range
of deployment, subscription and licence options. AWS and SAP will also host a session
with ABSA on the same day, looking at the company’s success journey and lessons
learned. The full SAPHILA 2023 agenda can be viewed here.
Gibbs expresses further great enthusiasm for the impressive line-up of speakers
announced for SAPHILA 2023, the African SAP user Group’s premier conference hosted
in collaboration with SAP. “We are thrilled to bring together an exceptional group of
industry leaders and experts who will share their invaluable insights and experiences
with our attendees. The diverse range of topics, from platform and technology,
Solutions, Transformation and AI, promises to provide attendees with the knowledge
and inspiration they need to drive innovation and success in their organisations.”
“In addition to excellent calibre content, we’re also serving up spectacular evening
events at SAPHILA this year,” she continues, “with a boma dinner in the neighbouring
Mankwe Game Reserve, which takes place on night one of the conference, and will
feature a performance by Mzansi’s much-loved Ndlovu Youth Choir.”
Branded SAPHILA merchandise will be on sale prior to the conference and can be
booked for collection at Sun City via the website www.saphila2023.com. For more
information on SAPHILA 2023, please get in touch with info@SAPHILA2023.com.
The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) is an independent, non-profit organisation that is
not affiliated with SAP. Its primary focus is to create a platform where SAP customers
and partners can connect within the SAP ecosystem, share information, and
communicate with peers and experts. This platform enables members to access first-
hand success stories and gain intelligence on new releases and features.
AFSUG serves as a forum for SAP customers to represent their industries, business
processes, and technological requirements to share information and experiences. The
goal is to accelerate the implementation of successful business solutions and influence
the local and global directions of SAP Africa and SAP AG. AFSUG achieves this by
promoting the needs and wishes of the user community through regular, focused, and
highly professional contact between members, business partners, and SAP Africa at all
The board of directors, which comprises CIO customers, executive partners, and an SAP
representative, volunteer their time to manage AFSUG as an independent and non-profit
organisation. By providing this platform, AFSUG aims to create a community where SAP
users can access valuable resources, gain industry insights, and network with peers.