Cell C to close 128 stores countrywide

This will affect 546 jobs in addition to the 960 job cuts announced in June. 

Mobile operator Cell C announced on Friday that it plans to close 128 stores across the country, accounting for more than half of its retail footprint. The decision will impact 546 jobs in addition to the 960 retrenchments announced in June when the company said it had begun the consultation process. has already been started on the line as it seeks to cut costs and restructure its operations. This brings to the tally of potential job cust to about 1,500 - more than 60 percent of the total workforce.

“The retail environment has changed and this has been fast-tracked by the impact of Covid-19 and the evolving purchasing habits of consumers,” said Blue Label Telecoms, Cell C’s JSE-listed parent company, in a statement.

“As much as banks are moving away from bricks-and-mortar branches, Cell C is embracing digital solutions and driving digital inclusion by leveraging collaborations and partnerships.”