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ContinuitySA expands Cape Town presence

ContinuitySA has expanded its business continuity service capability in Cape Town with the news that it is about to make another 6 000 square metres of office space available in the Somerset West area.

The new location brings the number of buildings under ContinuitySA's management that specialise in and are specifically designed for business continuity to 13, located in four countries.

“We needed more space in Cape Town as - throughout all regions in southern Africa - our clients have become more aware than ever of the value of business continuity services due to an increased focus on corporate governance and compliance,” says Ansophie Strydom, GM of International Business Development at ContinuitySA. "Our first site in Cape Town had almost reached capacity, necessitating the set-up of a second site."

“There has always been a need for business continuity professionals within the region to share knowledge,” says the head of BCM at a large financial services company based in Cape Town. “Twelve months ago the Cape Town BCM forum was established to cater for this need. It meets every quarter and the attendance has been remarkable. In my opinion, business continuity awareness is increasing within the region. With ContinuitySA now providing a second site with more office recovery capacity, the larger businesses will be able to contract to more seats and have the added advantage of greater recovery redundancy within the region.”

Strydom adds that the impending restrictions that will be implemented as a result of the FIFA World Cup have also forced business leaders to proactively rethink their continuity plans.

The FIFA restrictions will have a dramatic impact on the region. For example, roads around the stadium will be closed on match days and some roads will be closed for the duration of the tournament. In addition, fan parks and their associated restrictions will be located at the Athlone Stadium, the Grand Parade, the Velodrome in Bellville, and another will be set up in Gansbaai. In the city centre, Darling Street, between Adderley Street and Buidenkant Street, together with the side roads feeding into Darling will be closed for the full duration of the event to facilitate the activities associated with the FIFA Fan Fest on the Grand Parade.

Bradley Janse van Rensburg, Solutions Design Manager at ContinuitySA, adds that it's not only soccer driving the changes. With signs that the recession is finally ending, companies are emerging from survival mode and looking at ways to enhance their support of customers, investors and employees.

He says the recession can be summed up in the concept of “short-term profit over long-term sustainability”. With this lesson behind them, business leaders are realising that their strategies need to be accountable for the long-term sustainability and viability of their companies. Business continuity management is an integral part of a sustainable business and hence the renewed interest in ContinuitySA's services.

“Businesses are not only thinking of their own operational constraints during the tournament, but also the viability of their supply chains,” adds Janse van Rensburg. “They are questioning how critical suppliers will be able to deliver as required during the World Cup, as well as afterwardsm should another type of emergency occur.”

The new recovery location will provide customers with the ability to split their recovery plans over multiple sites as an additional safeguard in case of emergencies. The new location will be specifically prepared for workstation recovery services, and ContinuitySA has installed high-speed fibre optic links to its other recovery locations.

“Though Somerset West is based well away from any major business hub, it is at the same time well suited for a recovery site, with local resources such as hotels and food vendors. Access routes to the area are well established,” adds the head of BCM at a large financial services company based in Cape Town.

ContinuitySA will host a breakfast event towards the end of May to introduce the new facility to Cape Town businesses. Those interested in attending should contact Ansophie Strydom at [email protected] or on (011) 554 8000.



ContinuitySA is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management and related services. The company boasts some of the continent's most highly skilled and qualified business continuity and disaster management experts who help companies, organisations and government departments of all sizes prepare for and deal with all eventualities. These include potential threats, events, incidences and unforeseen or sudden disruptions due to human error or natural events.

ContinuitySA also provides a variety of hosting solutions, ranging from co-located to fully managed virtualised environments, with their primary focus being to ensure its clients are able to address the resilience and recoverability of their IT services. These hosting services are complemented by managed backup and recovery services, virtual server replication and high availability solutions to satisfy any level of continuity requirement.

ContinuitySA operates the largest recovery facilities in southern Africa. It has a number of recovery centres in southern Africa with over 20 000 square metres of recovery facilities in Midrand, Gauteng. Smaller sites have been located in Cape Town, Gaborone, Botswana and Mozambique, and a joint venture has been established in Mauritius.

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