IS gets BEE partner for SITA job


Internet service provider (ISP) Internet Solutions (IS), which recently won the State IT Agency (SITA) contract to serve as ISP for all government departments, has signed a partnership agreement with Odirile IT Holdings.


Odirile is a broad-based black empowerment ICT company with government experience. IS says in a statement that the firm “played an integral role in its recent bid and subsequent awarding of the tender to act as the ISP to the government”.

“Odirile has all the necessary skills and services to partner with us on the SITA project,” says IS national sales director Tony Walt. “We started our relationship specifically to handle the SITA bid but our agreement could extend beyond that and we are currently exploring these opportunities and synergies.”

Jerry Mashinini, executive chairman of Odirile IT Holdings, is positive about the SITA project and future joint projects with IS.

“The country needs good, solid infrastructure to enable all levels of business to grow – especially the SMEs [small and medium enterprises] and rural communities. Odirile`s involvement in the delivery of services to SITA in conjunction with IS broadens our scope of products, allowing us to provide these communities with additional services.”

In line with the partnership agreement, IS technicians work closely with Odirile, providing coaching and mentoring. IS notes that skills transfer and SME support is imperative to facilitate more than 800 local government offices coming online over the next five years.


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