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Zoho opens Cape Town office in SA, pushes for more across Africa

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Ali Shabdar, Regional Director for MEA at Zoho

Zoho Corporation, the global technology company offering the most extensive suite of business software in the industry, Tuesday announced the opening of its South African office in Cape Town.

The office is the company’s flagship office in Africa. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the company’s annual user conference, Zoholics: South Africa.

Zoho is also conducting an upskilling programme with UCT Developer Society under which students can get certification for popular Zoho apps such as Zoho Creator, a low-code development platform and Zoho CRM, the company’s Customer Relationship Management software.

Zoho’s new Cape Town office has a training facility that can cater for up to 40 students per course for this programme.

Hyther Nizam, president, MEA at Zoho Corp

Hyther Nizam, president, MEA at Zoho Corp

“Zoho strongly believes in its growth being closely tied with the growth and development of the broader community that it serves, a strategy that we refer to as ‘transnational localism’. As part of this vision, we’re focused on contributing to the creation of self-sufficient economic clusters across the world. Our new Cape Town office adds to this effort and will help us effectively scale our ongoing initiatives in South Africa such as local hiring and upskilling, and also be closer to our customers. We build from experience, and having already conducted successful skill-building programmes in other countries like India and UAE, we’re looking forward to growing these initiatives in South Africa, especially because there is tremendous youth potential here,” said Hyther Nizam, president, MEA at Zoho Corp.

Zoho, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has had a presence in South Africa since 2019 when it hosted its first Zoholics. In 2020, the company grew by more than 50% in the region in revenue.

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As part of Zoho’s commitment to the country and its transnational localism efforts, aside from the new office in Cape Town, Zoho will continue to hire more local talent, forge long-standing partnerships, invest in local business communities, adopt local culture in its business operations, and support regional economic development initiatives. In August 2021, Zoho had announced partnership with Entrepreneur’s Organization to accelerate digital transformation of businesses associated with EO.

Data protection, Andrew Bourne

Regional Manager for Africa region at Zoho, Andrew Bourne

“We are looking to work closely with more local technology solution providers in order to grow the number of re-sellers and implementation partners in the country, while also hiring for customer-facing roles in order to service the high demand for Zoho’s products in the country. We are also looking out for partners for scaling our skill-building initiatives. South Africa is Zoho’s key market in Africa, and we will continue to invest in the country,” said Andrew Bourne, Regional Manager for Africa at Zoho Corp.

What you should know about Zoholics

Zoholics is designed to give attendees the opportunity to learn, network, and get the resources to take their teams to the next level.

Zoholic 2021

Zoholic 2021

In this event, they hear about the latest Zoho solutions, get inspired by the visionary keynotes and big picture, experience hands-on workshops and one-on-one sessions, and connect with like-minded peers who also use Zoho to drive their businesses.

Zoho

With 50+ apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho Corporation is one of the world’s most prolific technology companies.

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Zoho is privately held and profitable with more than 10,000 employees. Zoho is headquartered in Chennai, India. Additional offices are in the United States, India, Japan, China, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Zoho respects user privacy and does not have an ad-revenue model in any part of its business, including its free products. More than 70 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho every day to run their businesses, including Zoho itself.

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