Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) in Africa announced Thursday that it has reached a landmark milestone with 100 employees now based in the company's South Africa office to support customers in the continent and across the globe.
According to a press release, in the last 12 months alone, GLI Africa has hired a further 58 employees to "keep up with customer demand for testing and certification" from GLI's team of experts.
"The quickly expanding team has also resulted in the physical extension of GLI's state-of-the-art laboratory and office, which opened in Midrand, Johannesburg in 2017," the company added, stating that an additional 400 square meters were needed to make room for all the new employees and increase the capacity within the laboratory to ensure GLI can "continue to deliver to customers' expectations."
100 strong! We are proud to announce that GLI Africa has reached the 100-employee milestone, putting more global expertise at your fingertips. What milestones do you hope to hit in 2022? Our growing team of experts is ready to help you. https://t.co/0W739SzNFw#GLI #GamingLabs pic.twitter.com/XEBI2lSbsa— Gaming Laboratories International (@GamingLabsInt) June 30, 2022
Devon Dalbock, General Manager of GLI Africa, said: "GLI was the first gaming test lab to set up in South Africa with just a handful of employees in 1996. Since then, we have continued to invest in the South Africa operation, and reaching this important milestone is a real success story for us."
"Like many places, Johannesburg was hit hard by the pandemic with rising unemployment levels," Dalbock noted. "We are proud of the fact we retained all staff during the pandemic and have been able to create new job opportunities for so many talented individuals to work on projects not only in Africa but in jurisdictions across the world."
"It's also great news for our customers in Africa that they have access to local experts who understand the complexities and challenges of the market here, but also have a global team working with them who can offer insights and expertise about markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and the USA," the executive concluded.
Devon Dalbock, General Manager of GLI Africa
Kailin Hank, who joined GLI Africa as a Maths Analyst, has become the company's 100th employee. "Kailin joined the team having worked part-time as a mathematics tutor at underprivileged schools in Johannesburg, aiming to inspire young people," a press release explains.
"When I first learned about GLI, I was attracted to how much the company strives with work ethics and their global commitment to give back to communities," she explained in a statement. "I was also excited to see how I could use the skills and experience I obtained as a graduate and integrate that with GLI's vision."
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) in Africa was recently awarded a certificate of recognition from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) for maintaining its continuous accreditation for more than 20 years.
The company's South Africa office is part of its global network of laboratory locations across six continents. Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly 2 million items and has tested equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions.