Red Man Technologies' new consulting division has secured its first assignment – advising Spring Lights Gas on its path to IT infrastructure independence from Sasol Gas.
Spring Lights Gas, one of South Africa's leading gas suppliers is a black empowerment company that was formed from a joint venture with Sasol Gas to service customers, initially in Durban South, but later extending its reach throughout KwaZulu Natal. It is owned 49% by Sasol Gas Holdings and 51% by Coal Energy Power Resources.
It currently operates on Sasol Gas's IT infrastructure and SAP applications but wants to establish, with some urgency, its own operational infrastructure.
Mike McGrath, Red Man Technologies' strategy enablement executive, says the scope of work for Spring Lights Gas involves defining the appropriate organisational structure and staffing, defining business processes, producing an RFP and then selecting the appropriate solution and vendor to install and implement the solution.
He adds that the three-month consultancy process and vendor selection is under pressure to start implementation by mid-year.
Spring Lights Gas is eager to expand its share of South Africa's pipeline gas market to 5% by 2012 from its current 2% share, and believes that this time of demand on the country's electricity supply is opportune to convert consumers to pipeline gas which carries an array of advantages to the consumer and to the environment.
Spring Lights Gas's CEO Motsamai Koapeng says Red Man was chosen to consult on the IT infrastructure for the company because of its track record in designing and implementing integrated solutions in South Africa's corporate market place.