Clover Closes Biggest SA Cheese Factory in NW, Plans to Relocate to Durban

Clover Closes Biggest SA Cheese Factory in NW, Plans to Relocate to Durban

- Clover is reportedly planning to close its largest cheese factory in South Africa which is based in Lichtenburg in the North West province

- The company is said to be moving the factory to the branch in Queensburgh, Durban due to the issues it faced with the Municipality in the NW

- Reports say that there had been issues faced with electricity and water supplies which immensely impacted the production of cheese and milk pasteurisation

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Clover is shutting its largest cheese factory in South Africa down. The factory is based in Lichtenburg, North West. The reasoning behind the shutting down of the factory is based on poor service delivery by the Municipality.

Following substantial losses stemming from regular water and electricity outages, Clover is moving its Lichtenburg production activities to Queensburgh in Durban.

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Disruptions to electricity and water supplies have had a significantly negative impact on its cheese production primarily in the treatment and pasteurisation of milk.

Clover Closes Biggest SA Cheese Factory in NW, Plans to Relocate to Durban
Clover is closing South Africa's biggest cheese factory. Image: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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The relocation reportedly estimated at R1.5 billion will result in 330 employees, unfortunately, losing their jobs, this is according to Netwerk24. Clover reportedly also battle to utilise the road heading to the factory due to large potholes.

Clover releases statement

JacarandaFM reported on a statement made by Clover emphasising that the Lichtenburg factory has been poorly maintained while suffering water and power outages on a regular basis without any signs of resolution by the Municipality.

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In other business news, Briefly News recently reported that 1 July, 2021 will mark the date for which the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, or PoPIA, will be fully implemented as businesses hurry to ensure that they meet the standards of compliance.

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Briefly News also reported that after a year of preparation and anticipation, the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) enters into full effect as of 1 July, 2021. Many organisations are not taking the upcoming deadline well as they panic to get their affairs in order or face legal consequences.

Temporary Employment Service (TES) is a great asset in aiding organisations to navigate the legal compliance landscape. Ensuring your TES provider is PoPIA complaint will ensure, at the very least, that the staffing aspect of the business is compliant, giving businesses the opportunity to focus on other key areas that may need to be urgently addressed.

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