Shoprite Group Reopens 89 Stores Following Civil Unrest in KZN and Gauteng

Shoprite Group Reopens 89 Stores Following Civil Unrest in KZN and Gauteng

  • The Shoprite Group has reportedly reopened 89 stores that were negatively affected by the looting and violent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng
  • The group stated that it had received help from various sectors within itself and from customers in the affected areas
  • KZN and Gauteng are still being built up following the violent civil unrest and the Shopritre group has sent mobile stores out to communities impacted by the above

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In the past three weeks, the Shoprite Group has reopened 89 of its stores. The stores were impacted negatively by the recent civil unrest which plagued both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and claimed more than 300 lives.

The group revealed that its focus is to build up and restock damaged stores. It stated that the response from the group to restore operations and conduct clean-up programmes has been extraordinary.

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The group mentioned that its supply chain, fleet management, loss prevention, in-store teams and customers stepped up to assist with the reopening of the stores.

Shoprite Group, reopen, 89 stores, looting, civil unrest, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng
The Shoprite Group is reopening 89 stores following the destruction and looting that occurred during the civil unrest in KZN and Gauteng. Image: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
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According to IOL, a spokesperson for the group stated that the effort put in to rebuild and reopen the stores shows the resilience and strength of their teams. The spokesperson stated that the group was able to jump into the restoration operations with minute disruptions.

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A report by SABC News stated that communities impacted by the civil unrest have received mobile stores from the Shoprite Group. The group went on to explain that it will maintain its decision to save jobs and contribute to the country's economy by reopening stores as fast as it can.

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Deputy President David Mabuza addresses civil unrest during his first public appearance since his trip to Russia

Earlier, Briefly News reported that for the first time since their occurrence, Deputy President David Mabuza has spoken out about the violent riots and looting which plagued KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Mabuza stated that the unrest was a reminder to Government.

He explained that Government needs to immediately address issues such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. Mabuza stated that the growing number of youth unemployment and civil unrest is a daily reminder of the work Government needs to put in.

Mabuza was speaking at his first public appearance since he returned from Russia after reportedly receiving medical treatment. The recently civil unrest in the two provinces led to the deaths of over 300 people and billions of rands of infrastructure destruction, according to SowetanLIVE.

A report by IOL revealed that Mabuza spoke about efforts in the new Covid-19 environment should be stabilised on making sure that people, property, business and essential services have security.

Source: Briefly News

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