Naspers shuts down OLX website in South Africa.. The South African version of OLX, a secondhand classified site similar to Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, has shuttered much to the surprise of many visitors.
We discovered this first hand when trying to access the site to check on any new listings only to be presented with the above image informing us that the site is now closed and a redirection to AutoTrader or Property24.
We weren’t the only ones surprised to see this. Many people on platforms such as Twitter have similarly been blindsided by the closure.
We reached out to Naspers, the parent company for OLX, to find out what had happened.
Sjoerd Nikkelen, general manager for Asia, Middle East and Africa at OLX Group, said:
“Earlier today, we discontinued our OLX horizontal classifieds platform in South Africa, as we focus our customer proposition fully on our strong property and autos verticals in the country (Property24 and AutoTrader). This is ultimately an indication of the progress we have made in South Africa over recent years and symbolic of how we as OLX Group continue to adjust ourselves.”
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