Clover says it is assessing stock availability amid widespread looting.
  • Clover is assessing product availability amid widespread looting in the country.
  • The company has had its value chain disrupted, it said on Wednesday.
  • Some parts of the country have seen long queues for access to staples such as bread and milk.
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There has been disruption to the value chain, but it is still assessing the impact of looting on stock availability, major dairy producer Clover said on Wednesday.

Some of its operations have been affected, directly and indirectly, in various parts of the country, but mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, it said.

“Unfortunately, disruptions across the value chain are being experienced and Clover is working with business partners to address the impact on product availability,” Clover told Business Insider South Africa.

In some parts of the country, including Durban and Soweto, there have been long queues of people attempting to source staples such as milk and bread.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday warned that "disruptions will cost lives by cutting off the supply chains that sustain our food, health and production systems."  

Food distribution has been affected by the closure of major highways (such as the N3 between Durban and Gauteng), while panic buying temporarily emptied some shelves in Gauteng.  

“Management is closely monitoring developments and looks forward to government’s urgent support to ensure that food security is prioritised at this time,” Clover said.

“Clover has taken the necessary measures to ensure that its employees remain unharmed and to limit the impact on its facilities.”

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