African Press Association

Vodacom empowerment scheme lists on JSE



JOHANNESBURG – YEBO Yethu, Vodacom’s black upliftment scheme, on Thursday listed on the Empowerment Segment in the telecommunications sector of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange main board.

It is the third company to list on the JSE’s Empowerment Segment, which currently has a total market capitalisation of approximately R7,46 billion.

Donna Nemer, Director: Capital Markets at the JSE, says the Empowerment segment allows BEE shares to be listed and traded among qualifying shareholders.

Johannesburg Stock Exchnge

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

“The JSE believes this will help to foster broad-based share ownership of listed companies by black shareholders,” says Nemer.

Since YeboYethu’s incorporation in 2008, over 100 000 black people have been able to hold a beneficial interest in Vodacom SA through investing in YeboYethu shares.

The listing of BEE shares on the JSE provides black shareholders with a platform to trade their shares on one of the best regulated exchanges in the world, offering them guaranteed settlement in a transparent environment.

“These are exciting times for the YeboYethu BEE Scheme as we’re increasing the protection of YeboYethu investors, ensuring that they continue to maximise value from their shares,” says Zarina Bassa, Chairman of YeboYethu.

– CAJ News / APA