By Alistair Anderson for BusinessLive
Edcon is a large employer, with 40,000 staff, while its operations also affect numerous suppliers and 100,000 workers indirectly.
Edcon has been battling to save jobs following some poor strategic decisions and mounting competition from newer retailers who have eaten into its market share over the past decade. In the past few weeks, it managed to sign a rental savings deal with a fifth of its landlords so that CEO Grant Pattison could implement a turnaround plan. This plan includes selling or closing underperforming businesses and flattening management structures.