Calling all African SAP users: First post-pandemic Saphila conference confirmed for 2023

JOHANNESBURG – November 30, 2023 – The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) is pleased to announce that Saphila, its official conference for SAP users, will take place at the Sun City Resort, in North West province, South Africa, from 09 to 11 July 2023. Supported by SAP Africa, the theme for this first post-pandemic Saphila will be ‘ASPIRE’.

AFSUG unveiled all details around Saphila 2023 at a partner kick-off event on Tuesday 29 November, attended by around 38 partners, including information on the theme and format of the conference, as well as sponsorship opportunities.

Said AFSUG Chairman, Duke Mathebula: “Saphila plays an important role in bringing SAP users from across Africa together, with SAP and local partners, to share knowledge and learn from one another’s experiences. At our last Saphila conference in 2019 more than 900 delegates gathered together, proof of how important this event is as a platform for communication, collaboration and connection for our local SAP community.”

Said Saphila chairman, Reg Barry: “Our 2023 theme ‘ASPIRE’ can be defined as ‘directing one’s hopes and ambitions towards achieving new heights and goals’. This one word aptly sums up exactly what our intention is for Saphila 2023, with AFSUG’s objective for the conference to act as a springboard moving forward for our African SAP customers and partners to reach new heights.”

Barry, Programme Director at Dimension Data, further explained that the ASPIRE theme is closely aligned with the RISE with SAP offering, which encourages driving business innovation through collaboration, with the aim of building intelligent, sustainable enterprises in the cloud.

Mathebula, head of IT Business Applications Africa at Saint-Gobain Africa, added: “Digital transformation has been a critical topic on the agenda of African businesses for the last few years, promising huge opportunity for local businesses of all sizes. And because cloud migration and acceleration is gaining significant traction across the continent, with many organisations starting their digital transformation over the past few years, Saphila 2023 will be the place to discuss and shape cloud strategies.”

At the partner event, AFSUG also announced discounted pricing for both member and non-member attendance registrations before 31 December 2022, with details on Early Bird rates to follow on 01 January 2023. For more information, please visit:

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AFSUG is a non-profit organisation, not affiliated to SAP, and the core focus of the African SAP User Group is to provide a platform for SAP customers and partners to connect into the SAP eco-system, in doing so, sharing information, and predominantly being able to communicate with peers and experts in hearing first-hand success stories and gaining intelligence on new releases and more. AFSUG is a forum of SAP customers representing their industries and business and technological processes to share information and experiences, accelerate the implementation of successful business solutions, and influence SAP Africa and SAP AG’s local and global directions. Through regular, focused and highly professional contact between themselves, the business partners and with SAP Africa at all levels, AFSUG promotes the needs and wishes of the user community. Additionally, this contact assists SAP Africa in managing the service-related challenges presented by rapid growth.

AFSUG is governed by a group of CIO customers, executive partners, and an SAP representative. The board of directors volunteer their time to manage AFSUG as an independent and non-profit organisation.

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Nicola Read, icomm, +27 83 269 2227,