Rob Rose Editor: Financial Mail

There are some distinctly unhappy staff at Cell C’s swish headquarters in Midrand who are fuming over disturbingly lavish payments made to CEO Jose dos Santos and his comrades in the executive suite. A series of letters have been flying around in recent weeks between "representatives of 391 Cell C employees" and the board of the country’s third-largest mobile phone operator, which claims to now have 16.3-million subscribers What sparked the exchange was Cell C’s financials for the year to December 2017, which, interestingly for a company that claims it wants to list within two years, are not on its website. Those accounts show how payments to executives vaulted more than fourfold last year — from R50.9m to R219.2m — at a time when staff say the business is slashing expenses in every other corner. It means that of the R1.49bn spent on all 2,272 employees last year, nearly 15% went to just three people — Dos Santos; chief strategy officer Robert Pasley; and Tyrone Soondarjee, who resi...

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