Electronic messaging specialist, Striata, has concluded an agreement
with Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) equity partner, First Republic
Technologies (Pty) Ltd (FRT) for the purchase of a 25,1% shareholding in
Striata SA (Pty) Ltd.
Striata is a global provider of software and services in the electronic
messaging space. "Our purpose is to enrich the way organisations
communicate with their customers and stakeholders by replacing paper
processes with smart, effective digital interaction. We provide
electronic messaging services to a substantial portion of the financial
and telecoms sectors and were looking for a partner to build on this
success and grow our product offerings in new industries," says Striata
SA Managing Director, Alison Treadaway.
New BEE entrant, FRT brings not only equity participation, but also commercial, legal and strategic experience. Says FRT Director Dheven Dharmalingam, "Our intention is to enter into strategic partnerships where we can participate in building world-class sustainable businesses that create job opportunities for all South Africans. Striata SA is already a leader in the field of digital communication, and we see a multitude of opportunities arising from this partnership."
Striata's solutions can add value to any organisation that communicates with its customers on a marketing, operational, billing or collections level. According to Treadaway, more businesses are recognising the importance of going green and the effectiveness of communicating electronically. Striata is well positioned to meet this growing digital trend with electronic messaging solutions that improve operational efficiencies and assist companies to achieve environmental targets.
Director and shareholder, Abel Dlamini, is confident that the skills represented by FRT's experienced executives will add value to all parties. "Collectively, we have considerable knowledge in all aspects of business development; including financial, commercial, strategy and technology expertise across many industries."
Says Treadaway, "We are delighted to have achieved a Level 3 rating on the broad-based scorecard, and we intend to continue to improve our contribution toward black empowerment".