DURBAN - Cell C has been awarded Level 3 B-BBEE status, which significantly increases the company’s scope for growth in the SA economy.
Cell C’s upgraded B-BBEE status is largely due to an improved score with regard to enterprise and supplier development, a consistent score on socio-economic development, sustained management control ,skills development as well as the company’s incorporation of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative.
YES is a joint initiative between government and the private sector with the aim of providing skills training and employment for local youth. With one in every three young persons in SA still unemployed, Y.E.S is one of the key drivers in addressing unemployment.
Cell C is the first mobile operator and one of the first corporates to implement YES. During November and December 2018, Cell C rolled out YES across the company by employing over 130 youth and providing them with workplace experience. Many of the youth were placed in Cell C stores nationally where they received training with the ultimate goal of becoming full-time Cell C employees, thus creating sustainable employment. Of the 128 initial YES employees, 122 are still with the company.
In addition to YES, Cell C has implemented a robust enterprise and supplier development programme by gradually identifying and incorporating small emerging black enterprises into its overall value chain. Throughout 2018 – 2019 Cell C will make significant investments in small black-owned companies in the ICT sector and will continue to identify potential enterprise partners in order to keep growing its value chain and development investment.