MTN’s transformative Branded Retail Channel Programme was established last year, to transform the retail channel by driving BBBEE measures in the telecommunications industry by lowering the barrier for entry and placing more stores in the hands of black owners.
Since then, four MTN employees have become BBBEE owner-operators of 14 stores across Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. The appointments follow successful applications by the employees who applied through the programme.
“The model was specifically designed to offer MTN employees the opportunity to become MTN owner-operators of stores in their respective home regions as we believe that our stores should be run by hands-on owners who personally connect with their stores, employees and customers, and are therefore committed to giving our customers the quality service they deserve,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, MTN SA’s executive of corporate affairs.
The following four MTN employees are now the owners of their own MTN stores:
Larry Padayachee is a former senior manager in the Branded Retail Channel and an MTN employee of 31 years, and now the new dealer for the MTN stores at Eastgate Mall, Highlands North, Alberton City and Mall of the South in Johannesburg.
Mukesh Dookie – former area manager in KZN and an MTN employee of 18 years, and now the new dealer for the MTN stores at Cornubia Mall, Chatsworth Centre, Mutual Mall and Southcoast Mall in KZN.
Lance George is a former regional operations supervisor and an MTN employee of 23 years, and now the new dealer for the MTN stores at Ballito Lifestyle Centre and KwaDukuza Mall in KZN.
Gaba Majola is a former general manager in sales and distribution and an MTN employee of 11 years, and now the new dealer for the MTN stores at Clearwater Mall, Cradlestone Mall and Cresta, in Johannesburg.
The employees have now resigned from their company roles and will take up their new store owner roles on 1 October 2020.
“We are extremely excited to see our own hard-working, experienced and deserving employees being given the opportunity to become owners in their own right, helping us brighten more lives in the communities we serve,” added O’ Sullivan.