Tekkie Town senior managers (including the CEO Bernard Mostert, the COO, other top management and staff) abruptly quit on Monday night.
Tekkie Town is owned by Steinhoff Africa Retail (Star).
This follows a month after Tekkie Town founder Braam van Huyssteen was pushed out of the management team and resigned as chairperson of Star’s property division.
Van Huyssteen is contesting Star’s acquisition of Tekkie Town, as the share price of Steinhoff, through which the transaction was incentivised, totally collapsed in the midst of the now famous governance crisis.
Van Huyssteen is planning to evict Star from its premises in George, which he owns.
…Firstly, because I can. They never transferred the lease into the name of Star speciality division. Secondly, I would rather cut my ties with them. I don’t need the rent, and even if I did, I wouldn’t take their money. I want nothing to do with them…— Braam van Huyssteen, Tekkie Town founder
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
Increasingly there were forces undermining us… we could no longer deliver results we were accustomed to deliver… it was absolutely the right decision… we need to move on… We couldn’t function properly anymore…— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
I’ve known Braam for a very long time… he’s a friend and mentor to us… We tried to convince Star management… and I think that led to us being treated in a way that didn’t give us a chance to deliver.— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
As the senior leadership of Tekkie Town… we did business in a particular way that worked for us…— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
The number [claims that more than 100 people resigned] looks accurate…— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
When they decided to exit Braam, for personal reasons in my opinion, I warned there were risks… When Braam and Star picked up this fight… he decided to evict them from the premises… I was the one on who the eviction notice was served… I knew about it, and immediately informed Star…— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
We know we can no longer fulfil our duties within Star… time will tell if we will start up something… we’ll be spending more time with our families…— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
It’s so close to my heart, I hope that Tekkie Town is successful!— Bernard Mostert, outgoing Tekkie Town CEO
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