YeboYethu, Vodacom’s BEE scheme, was listed on the Empowerment Segment in the telecommunications sector of the JSE’s main board.
YeboYethu was incorporated in 2008 to hold a direct investment in Vodacom SA.
YeboYethu 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. “The JSE believes this will help to foster broad-based share ownership of listed companies by black shareholders.”
Since YeboYethu’s incorporation, more than 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,” says Nemer.
In the past, BEE shares were traded on the over-the-counter (OTC) BEE Market, but in 2015 the Financial Services Board (FSB) mandated that these shares must be traded on a licensed exchange.
“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, using the JSE BEE Segment,” says Zarina Bassa, chairman of YeboYethu.