- A new breed of spaza shop has emerged in the townships
- These shops are different from the traditional ones in that they belong to Shoprite
- South Africans are divided over the new spaza shops
Traditional spaza shops in townships have mostly closed and informal traders on the street have been told to stay at home. This has created a tense situation in South African townships where access to the most basic essentials has become difficult.
The only stores that are allowed to trade are the formal, established stores such as Pick 'n Pay, Shoprite, and Woolworths. However, these stores are not easily accessible from the townships.
Briefly.co.za learned that Shoprite has tried to solve the problem by providing a mobile spaza shop called "Shoprite U Save". However, South Africa is divided over the new initiative.
Here are some reactions to the new spaza shops on social media:
@Diaryofazulugal: This killed township businesses
@OrifhaMpho: Capitalism on a whole new level
@sthebeworldwide: Nothing impressive here. All of you will praise this because you see the white man as superior than us blacks. A black person doing this ,that mobile thing would have been closed by now.
@SenziNkosi1: True, this might help if they can also be franchised to local smme's. @Shoprite_SA
@Nthapeleng__: Now that black businesses are shutdown, the invasion begins.
Rest in peace kasi Spaza shops: Some of those trucks will stay permanently, trust me.
In other news, Briefly.co.za has reported that 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.
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."
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