Gijima receives the Huawei IT Partner of the Year award. The South African largest black-owned and level one broad-based black economic empowerment ICT provider, and systems integrator, was recognized by Huawei as a significant contributor in the ICT sector.
“It is very special to be the recipient of such a prestigious award and especially from a company such as Huawei, which has invested into local skills over the past decade,” said Sylvester Samuel, chief executive of Gijima Holdings South Africa.
Huawei recognizes exceptional feats by ICT providers who are in partnership with them. Huawei’s partnership with Gijima is one of the long-lasting partnerships which has exceeded a decade.
Huawei awards incredible performance among its partners. Chen Wei, director of solution sales and marketing for Huawei South Africa, said Huawei searches for three qualities in a Huawei IT Partner of the Year.
The first quality is the ability of a company to work with Huawei in the IT sphere to jointly create or break new ground in businesses in the IT field. Second, the company must have worked with Huawei for a long time to develop calculated partnerships in the South African ecosystem, with excellent IT integration capacity. Third, and the vital part, the company must be a key player in transforming IT in Africa.
Wei said Gajima bagged the award because of its unwavering focus on the IT field and its implementation of the Cloud First strategic direction, which aligns with Huawei’s strategic direction sets it apart from other competitors.
“Having a partner who shares the same strategic direction as Huawei proves to bring great value to South Africa,” Wei said.
“Now as we are exiting the Covid 19 pandemic we are finding that it is extremely difficult to get our space in the industry, but being 100% black-owned we are focusing on developing skills locally.
“We are focusing on local innovation and the partnership with Huawei just takes us to a new level. It adds so much value to a company of Gijima’s stature,” Samuel explained the challenges faced by the company as a black-owned ICT provider coupled with the impact of COVID 19.
Wei said, “We further want to consolidate co-operation in the IT field and develop multi-field and multi-industry ICT infrastructure construction plans in South Africa.”
Samuel described the partnership with Huawei as a “fusion of Chinese and South African culture.” He went on to share plans for this partnership.
“We want to focus on the strategy within the innovation topics of the ICT solution such as safe and smart cities and have a greater focus on cloud.
“We want to focus on building an enterprise business with Huawei so that we can have a converged platform for government and local private customers,” Samuel said.