South African cleaning services platform, SweepSouth, said it will shut down its Nigerian operation effective from November 25, 2022.
The company explained that its decision to leave Nigeria was due to the ‘unfavourable global macroeconomic development’. The move is coming just months after the company launched its operations in Nigeria.
In the meantime, the company said it will keep attending to its Nigerian customers until Friday, November 25, 2022, when it will close its Nigerian shop.
A difficult decision: In a notice to its Nigerian customers seen by Nairametrics, SweepSouth said the decision was difficult to make.
“This has been a difficult decision to make considering our passion to serve the Nigerian market. We know this decision will negatively impact our SweepSouth Community and SweepStars.
“Due to the unfavourable global macroeconomic environment, the home services industry continues to hit hard. This has meant that our business cannot sustainably operate due to economic pressures being faced at the moment.
“While we will no longer be operating in Nigeria, we will continue to keep abreast of activities in the Nigerian market and work towards a potential re-entry into the market at a later date,” the company said.
Recall that SweepSouth raised an $11 million investment in September 2022, which it said would facilitate its pan-African expansion. Part of that expansion effort saw the start of its short-lived Nigerian operation.
The company is still operational in South Africa and Egypt, where it acquired FilKhedma, an online marketplace for home maintenance and improvement services such as plumbing, carpentry, electricity, air conditioning, painting and appliances.
Founded in 2014 by Aisha Pandor and her husband, Alen Ribic, and backed by over $15 million from venture capitalists, including Alitheia IDF and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, SweepSouth takes 40,000 bookings per month across its three markets—South Africa, Kenya and Egypt.
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