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South Africa’s Kalahari-takealot Merger Approved

by Caroline Vutagwa
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The merger between Naspers’ and has been approved by South Africa’s country’s Competition Commission after the two announced October last year that they will merge their operations to maximize their efforts to grow ecommerce in the country and expand across the continent.

“It’s an approval subject to conditions to address employment concerns,” said Hardin Ratshisusu, the acting deputy commissioner for the competition commission.

According to him the concerns involve potential job losses, which should not exceed 200 with regard to the Kalahari-takealot merger.

E-tailer was officially launched in June 2011 after the acquisition of an existing e-commerce business called ‘Take2’ by the US-based investment firm Tiger Global Management and Kim Reid in October 2010.

Last year, also raised over $100m (over R1bn) in funding from Investment firm Tiger Global Management

Meanwhile, was established in 1998 and is one of SA’s largest online retailers, selling millions of books, e-books, e-readers, music, DVDs, games, cameras and electronics.

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