Mass layoffs at the Kenana Sugar Company in Sudan

The Kenana Sugar Company in Sudan has issued dismissal letters against more than 700 company employees without giving reasons, while sources inside the company predict up to 1,000 people – half of the company workforce – should be made redundant.

Jalal Ali Abdallah, a former supervisor of the company, said in an interview with Sudan today Radio Dabanga program, that dismissal letters are issued sequentially and almost daily. They concern all departments of the company and extend to different levels.

Abdalla says the layoffs include “a whole farming village”, saying “this is due to active participation in the Kenana Strike in August 2020 in White Nile State. He explained that the dismissal targeted relatively few or average years of service (up to 10 years), but excluded those approaching retirement age.

According to leaks from sources within the company’s management, the total number of layoffs is expected to reach 2,000, or half of the company’s workforce. The leaks indicate that the administration intends to complete the layoffs before a visit by a Kuwaiti representative arrives at the company in the coming days.

Termination letter from KSC (provided)

According to information on the CSC website, the company was established in 1975 to secure sugar production for the Arab world. It produces 400,000 tons of sugar per year, 60 million liters of ethanol and other by-products, and exports to states in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Of the society board of directors is chaired by Sudan’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Jibril Ibrahim, includes representatives of the Kuwaiti and Saudi governments, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan.

Rachel J. Bradford