We’ve received official confirmation that MIH Internet Africa has closed down its e-commerce offering, Kalahari in Kenya and Nigeria ‘with immediate effect’.
This confirms rumours that the company would be shutting down some of its e-commerce services in Africa.
According to a press release made available to Techloy, the company said:
On 24 October 2011 MIH Internet (Sub-Saharan Africa) advised that, following a strategic review of its investment priorities, it will be closing down the Kalahari Kenya and Kalahari Nigeria operations with immediate effect.
The company revealed that the reason for closure is due to the fact that “the performance of the service has been below expectation since launch and reaching profitability was not a reasonable near-term prospect.”
MIH launched online retail services in Kenya and Nigeria under the Kalahari brand in October 2009 and January 2010, respectively.
The company’s decision to close the operations was made to refocus efforts on other group businesses within the region, namely Dealfish, and online classified service and Mocality, an online and mobile business directory.
Image: MIH Internet Offices [by QuintonParker via: Flickriver]