15 October 2021 – DURBAN, South Africa – groupelephant.com‘s EPI-USE Africa and K5 Business today announced the successful conclusion of a transaction between the companies, which sees EPI-USE acquiring a significant stake in K5 Business.
Having started operations in 2006, K5 Business specialises in the delivery of SAP and related services from their bases of operation in Durban, South Africa and Ebene, Mauritius.
Following a strong collaboration between the companies since 2017, a formalisation of the relationship was the next logical step to ensuring that a more strategic focus is placed on their complementary delivery. “In the period leading up to the conclusion, we were able to positively cooperate and confirm our expectations of a great cultural fit and the presence of a very strong and capable leadership and consulting team”, said Dirk Nieuwoudt, Associate Partner at EPI-USE. He further added, “We anticipate expansion of our delivery centre through the inclusion of K5’s consultants in the structure, and their growing team in Mauritius provides us with a unique value alternative for French-speaking EPI-USE regions. We also look forward to their non-HR services bolstering our current capabilities within our Application Management Services and the collaboration potential it brings to other group companies, SAPCONET and G3G”.
When K5 Business co-founders and Directors David Bann, Debra Dunford and Steve Dunford were asked about what they expect from the acquisition, David, Managing Director stated, “Being part of groupelephant.com allows us to offer customers a broader set of services, deeper industry and solution-specific experience, additional depth of capability, and a strengthened strategic partnership proposition – all of this while still maintaining our boutique customer-centric approach which our customers have always loved”. Debra, Sales & HR Director commented, “In addition to added value for clients, I am particularly excited about the new career and growth opportunities available to our staff”. Steve, Director expressed his confidence stating that “even prior to finalisation of the deal, our collaboration with groupelephant.com has brought tremendous value to our clients, and we look forward to quickly expanding on that”.
EPI-USE is part of groupelephant.com, which employs more than 3,000 people in 33 countries. Best known as the world’s largest and most experienced independent SAP HR/Payroll specialist, designing, building and implementing Cloud-based, hybrid and on-premises HR/Payroll systems for large, complex multinational corporations.