ATTENTION: NEWS & BUSINESS EDITORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:31 JANUARY, 2017
Proudly South African, the advocacy campaign for job creation through local procurement has noted with alarm, that a sector which has historically provided many thousands of jobs around the country, is facing massive lay-offs.
Thousands of poultry industry workers across South Africa have lost their jobs in recent months and many feel there will be few, if any, alternative work opportunities for them.
‘In the current economic climate where we are facing such low economic growth, the country can ill afford such losses and the consequent lasting damage to the sector,’ said Proudly South African’s CEO Eustace Mashimbye. ‘But the country is faced with the perennial problem of balancing trade agreements which benefit the many with a potential negative impact elsewhere. It is an unenviable task but we acknowledge the dti’s efforts to stem the flow of massive job losses and to keep the poultry sector alive and competitive with the likes of Brazil, the EU and America’.
Proudly South Africa urges all South Africans to support the country’s poultry industry which continues to produce top quality meat, and buy locally produced chicken and poultry products.
All packaging should display the country of origin and so Proudly SA once again emphasizes the importance of checking labels before placing any grocery - or other item- in your shopping trolley.
‘When jobs are lost on this scale, it is truly worrying,’ continued Mashimbye, ‘and we feel for the workers and their families who have lost their livelihoods. At Proudly SA we can only continue to work to promote the buy local ethos which is one important way in which we can each and every one of us help to preserve valuable jobs.’
For more information on Proudly South African visit www.proudlysa.co.za