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2022
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Statement on Ukraine

Statement on Ukraine

2 March 2022 - We are appalled by the war in Ukraine and highly concerned for everyone affected. We hope that a diplomatic solution can be found to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible.

Our OLX Europe business employs 350 people in Ukraine and their safety is of paramount importance. We are in close contact with our Ukrainian employees and we are taking all appropriate action to support them. We have arranged accommodation for employees and their families wishing to relocate away from the east of Ukraine and into the west, and also to leave Ukraine where this is possible. Colleagues in neighbouring countries are offering their own support to Ukraine-based employees and their families. We have also advanced salaries and have offered additional financial support to those in need. Additionally, OLX Europe has committed US$350,000 (US$1,000 for every OLX Ukraine employee) to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is providing humanitarian aid at this time to the local communities in Ukraine.

We have also more than 4,000 employees in Russia working for our locally-run Russian classifieds business, Avito. Avito is supporting all of its team through this uncertain time.

At this stage, we cannot speculate on the longer-term implications for our operations and investments. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Updates

Prosus to sell its shareholding in Avito - 20 May 2022

Prosus commits US$10m to humanitarian aid in Ukraine - 30 March 2022

Statement on Avito - 25 March 2022

Statement on Avito job adverts - 21 March 2022

Investor call recording - 7 March 2022

Investor call transcript - 7 March 2022

Statement on VK - 7 March 2022

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About Naspers 

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam, and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus. 

In South Africa, Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the technology sector and is committed to building its internet and ecommerce companies. These include Takealot, Mr D Food, Superbalist, Autotrader, Property24 and PayU, in addition to Media24, South Africa’s leading print and digital media business. 

Naspers has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and a secondary listing on the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN). 

For more information, please visit www.naspers.com

Naspers Foundry 

Naspers is also focused on stimulating South Africa’s local tech sector through Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment vehicle that invests in early-stage technology companies that seek to address big societal needs. 

Naspers Labs 

In 2019, Naspers Labs, a youth development programme designed to transform and launch South Africa’s unemployed youth into economic activity, was launched. Naspers Labs focuses on digital skills and training, enabling young people to pursue tech careers. 

Naspers for Good 

Naspers employees is equally committed to giving back. Naspers for Good is a corporate philanthropy fund administered by a committee of employees in South Africa. Through the fund, Naspers forms partnerships with organisations that have a proven track record of delivering solutions for the most pressing challenges affecting our communities. Email [email protected] for more information. 

Response to COVID-19

Naspers contributed R1.5 billion of emergency aid to support the South African government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This contribution consisted of R500 million towards the Solidarity Fund and R1 billion worth of PPE sourced and distributed to South Africa’s front-line healthcare workers. In addition, Naspers contributed R6.9 million to the Nelson Mandela Foundation's EachOne FeedOne programme to support families who COVID-19 has impacted with meals for a year.