Coronavirus: Shoprite pays staff R102m in bonuses ahead of lockdown

Coronavirus: Shoprite pays staff R102m in bonuses ahead of lockdown

- The looming lockdown will see cashiers, truck drivers and other similar employees becoming national heroes

- With the country staying at home in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, essential staff will be feeding the nation

- In light of this, Shoprite has announced a R102 million once-off bonus to thank these special citizens

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The coronavirus has started changing people's perspective on staff that many often take for granted.

An example of this is cashiers who have emerged as one of the most vital professions in light of the impending lockdown.

Shoprite, in the spirit of thanking employees ahead of this crucial period for SA's future, has announced a R102 million once-off bonus for staff in shops and distribution centres.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: Citizens ignore Ramaphosa's call for calm and flood shops

Shoprite CEO Pieter Engelbrecht commented on the decision to spoil one of the largest employee groups in the country:

"Our employees are crucial players in the task ahead and the Group wants to thank and reward them for their tireless efforts to stock our shelves with food and other essentials for our 29 million shoppers."

Shoprite is one of the largest employers besides the government, with the bonus expected to be paid next week.

Engelbrecht urged South Africans to buy responsibly and not to purchase more than needed at one time:

"Current gaps on supermarket shelves will be filled as our warehouses remain well stocked and new stock is arriving regularly. We have also increased orders and are sourcing new and additional suppliers." reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured citizens that there is ample stock available to see the nation through this time.

Ramaphosa had warned against panic-buying during this period, with citizens still allowed to access retailers to purchase food and other basics despite the lockdown.

Despite this warning, countless people opted to flood local retailers on Tuesday, placing themselves at risk in the process.

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