Heineken South Africa is NOT shutting down
Heineken South Africa has confirmed in a press release that they will not be shutting down.
This statement came after widespread reports stated that the beer company was being forced to stop the production of alcohol.
In the press release, the beer company states that they have been facing challenges since the banning of alcohol sales but chose to stay committed to their long-term investment in South Africa. The Heineken portfolio includes Heineken, Amstel, Windhoek, Sol, Miller Genuine Draft, Strongbow Cider, Soweto Gold and Tafel.
With a restriction on alcohol sales local production have been hindered and as a result cost-cutting measures have been taken where salaries will be cut as the company is desperately attempting to protect jobs of more than 900 employees.
“Currently, countless businesses that rely on Heineken have had to close their doors or scale down their operations because of the sudden nature of the government’s decision to stop sales of alcohol” Heineken said.
This has resulted in approximately 117 000 people losing their jobs causing panic and stress for many households that no longer have sources of income.
Heineken also added in their press release that they are willing to work with the government on specific issues that are negatively affecting the society.
“The industry demonstrated its commitment in the initial resumption of trade, by delivering numerous solutions to ensure safe and responsible trading throughout our value chain. We urge the government to prioritise both lives and livelihoods at this time”.