26 October 2005 – AccTech Systems to enhance Law Society of SA`s Accpac system

Issued by: Watt Communications & G Watt Design

[Johannesburg, 26 October 2005] – Softline Accpac 2004 business partner of the year, AccTech Systems, is to enhance the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA’s) financial system with business intelligence features.

The LSSA is the umbrella body of the attorneys’ profession in SA. It aims to promote the common interests of its members, having regard at all times to the broader interests of the public whom the legal profession serves.

“We have been using Accpac for more than seven years and the upgrade to the new Accpac 500 ERP version 5.3 is exciting for the Law Society,” says Tony Pillay, financial manager of the Law Society of South Africa.

“Running on a Microsoft SQL database, the law society operates eight training centres across SA. These include Durban, Cape Town and Pietersburg where qualified law students have the option to attend practical law school to cut down the mandatory articles period to one year,” says Tertius Zitzke, managing director, AccTech Systems.

“The law society utilises Accpac’s Purchase Order module using Accpac’s Managed Operations option. This results in purchase orders being processed via the Web and sent back to the head office in Pretoria.”

“Another important factor in our Accpac upgrade is the installation of AccTech’s eWorkflow Accounts Payable Reconciliation module,” says Pillay. “The AP Recon function is split into three sections, namely reconciliation, remittance and Accpac interface. The reconciliation phase allows us to replicate the manual reconciliation function by drawing the vendor information, ie invoices into a separate environment that allows us to individually reconcile each account entry to those on the vendor’s statement. Following this, the remittance stage takes the information saved during reconciliation and assists us in preparing the payment. It strips out any invoices which are not due and calculates settlement discounts, which can be earned.”

Once the reconciliation and remittance stage is complete, the transactions are written into Accpac’s Accounts Payable module for payment via cheque or EFT.

“AccTech eWorkflow’s AP Recon module allows companies to only pay what should be paid, when it should be paid,” says Zitzke

The LSSA is also looking forward to migrating to Accpac Insight for Management reporting, which will result in improved financial information for all decision-makers in the society.

AccTech Systems (PTY) LTD

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd is an Sage ERP Accpac accounting software solution provider. Accredited as a premier solution provider by Sage ERP Accpac International, AccTech specialises in Sage ERP Accpac’s entire range of award-winning product lines and third-party software products.

AccTech is currently the number one Softline Accpac Dealer of the year as well as the number one Sage CRM dealer of the year. AccTech offers in-depth customer needs analysis, product configuration and custom-designed workflow solutions and backs that up with world-class training and support.

AccTech Systems has representation in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.

AccTech Systems (Pty) Ltd was also named as one of three finalists of DTI exporter of the year 2005.

Softline is a leading provider of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions to small, medium and large companies. Founded in 1988 by Ivan Epstein, Alan Osrin and Steven Cohen, Softline was established during the formative years of the software industry and listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa in February 1997. Softline expanded to establish a strong position within its area of focus in South Africa and Australia.

Focused on the development of accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions, Softline has a 16-year track record as a market leader. The group has a broad range of products offering users a variety of software solutions to run their businesses efficiently. Softline’s leading brands include Softline Accpac, Softline Enterprise, Softline Pastel (Accounting and Payroll) and Softline VIP. The combination of the group’s product offerings provides Softline customers with comprehensive, well-branded accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions.

In November 2003, Softline was acquired by Sage Group plc, an established FTSE 100 company. The group includes market-leading businesses throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia, supplying business software to the small, medium and large business community.

Softline has a solid track record of profitability and cash generation. The group delivers quality accounting, payroll and CRM software solutions that improve the efficiencies of businesses around the world.


The Sage Group plc is a leading supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related services for small, medium and large enterprises. It comprises market-leading businesses throughout Europe, United Kingdom, North America, South Africa and Australia .The Sage group plc has over 5 million small and mid-sized customers in 55 countries and 10 500 staff.

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