Africa's Largest Employers

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Africa's Largest Employers

Africa's Largest Employers

 

The list below was compiled by looking at companies listed on various stock exchanges in Africa and information available on the internet. Some of the companies are multi-nationals (i.e they are active in multiple countries - including Europe and the Americas), they made it to out list because the originated in and are headquatered in Africa.

Shoprite Holdings

The Shoprite Group of Companies


Headquarters: Western Cape, South Africa

Industry: Retail

CEO: P.C. Engelbrecht

Employees: 147 000

Established in 1979, Shoprite is the largest supermarket retailer in Africa - operating in 15 countries on the continent. With 2998 stores, their brands include Shoprite supermarkets, Checkers Supermarkets, Checkers Hypers, OK Furniture, OK Power Express, House & Home, Usave stores, MediRite and LiquorShops.

www.shopriteholdings.co.za

 
Bidvest Group

Bidvest Group


Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa

Industry: Trading, Services and Distribution

CEO: Lindsay Peter Ralphs

Employees: 137 000

Bidvest operates in a wide range of areas including; consumer & industrial products, electrical products, financial services, freight management, office solutions, travel & aviation services & automotive retailing.

www.bidvest.co.za

 
Sonatrach

Sonatrach


Headquarters: Algiers, Algeria

Industry: OIL | State-owned Corporation

CEO: Toufik Hakkar

Employees: 120 000

Known to many as Africa’s first oil major company, Sonotrach accounts for 98% of Algeria’s foreign earnings. The company has 154 subsidiaries and employs over 120 000 people.

www.sonatrach.com

 
Sanlam

Sanlam


Headquarters: Bellville, South Africa

Industry: Financial Services

CEO: Thinus Alsworth-Elvey

Employees: 103 000

The Financial Services Behemoth started out as a Life Insurance company in 1918, but later grew into a diversified financial services organization. Currently active in 11 African countries, and over 35 count outside Africa - Sanlam is recognized as one of the 50 largest internationally active insurance groups in the world.

www.sanlam.co.za/

 
Sanlam

Pick n Pay Stores


Headquarters: Cape Town, South Africa

Industry: Retail

CEO: Richard Brasher

Employees: 85 000

The Financial Services Behemoth started out as a Life Insurance company in 1918, but later grew into a diversified financial services organization. Currently active in 11 African countries, and over 35 count outside Africa - Sanlam is recognized as one of the 50 largest internationally active insurance groups in the world.

www.pnp.co.za

 
Orascom Construction PLC

Orascom Construction PLC


Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt

Industry: Engineering and Construction

CEO: Osama Bishai

Employees: 87 159

Having started in the 1950s, Orascom Construction PLC has grown to become a leading global engineering and construction contractor with operations covering the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors.

www.orascom.com

 
Sonatrach

The Arab Contractors


Headquarters: Cairo, Egypt

Industry: Construction | State-owned Corporation

CEO: Mohamed Mohsen Salah El Din

Employees: 77 000

Fully operational in Africa and the Middle-East, The Arab Contractors is one of the continets largest contruction companies.

www.arabcont.com

 
Standard Bank

Standard Bank Group


Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa

Industry: Banking, Financial Services

CEO: Sim Tshabalala

Employees: 54 767

Founded in 1862, Standard bank is Africa's biggest lender by assets. Though widely known for banking, standard bank has grown and expanded to include other financial services such as Insurance, Investment Banking, Foreign Currency Exchange and Wealth Management.

www.standardbank.com

 
Impala Platinum

Impala Platinum Holdings Limited


Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa

Industry: Mining, Platinum

CEO: Nico Mullere

Employees: 50 712

With over 130 million attributable platinum ounces, Implats produced 3.07 million refined PGM ounces including 1.53 million platinum ounces and 0.91 palladium ounces in 2019.

www.implats.co.za

 
Dangote Group

Dangote Industries Limited


Headquarters: Lagos, Nigeria

Industry: Diversified Conglomerate

CEO: Aliko Dangote

Employees: 30 000

One of the most recognisable brands in Africa - Dangote is active in wide range of sectors including cement, sugar, salt, condiments, flour, packaging, energy, port operations, fertilizer, and petrochemicals.

www.dangote.com

 
Access Bank

Accesss Bank


Headquarters: Lagos, Nigeria

Industry: Banking

CEO: Herbert Wigwe

Employees: 28 121

Access Bank recently merged with Diamond bank to become one of Africa’s leading banks. Having started as a corporate bank, Access has expended to include personal and business bank.

www.accessbankplc.com

 
METL Group

The METL Group


Headquarters: Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania

Industry: Diversified

CEO: Mohammed "Mo" Gulamabbas Dewji

Employees: 24 000

MeTL Group employis more than 24,000 people and is the largest company originating from Tanzania. MeTL is active in 12 countries in Africa, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Dubai and DR Congo.

www.metl.net

 
METL Group

EcoBank


Headquarters: Lomé, Togo

Industry: Banking

CEO: Ade Ayeyemi

Employees: 19 568

EcoBank is active in 36 African Countries (mainly in West and Central Africa). It was established in 1985 as one of the few privately owned commercial banks in the region at the time.

www.ecobank.com

 

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