On Monday, President Ramaphosa warned that an extended period of unrest would destroy South Africa’s food chain.
A whole host of supermarkets have run out of basic food items on Wednesday, as panic buying sets in at our major supermarkets
Basic provisions such as bread, milk, and meat were all missing from the shelves of South Africa’s biggest supermarkets on Wednesday. Albany, one of the biggest bread producers in the country, confirmed they are having ‘distribution issues’.
“Since Sunday afternoon, our KZN Bakeries have been temporarily closed due to the civil unrest in the province. In Gauteng, the delivery of bread is constrained due to challenges in accessing certain areas. We are continuing to distribute bread where it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm the exact locations at the moment.
Widespread looting across both KZN and Gauteng has sparked chaotic scenes in our grocery stores, as citizens respond to the past few days of looting by hoarding food items for themselves. It’s a vicious cycle and one that can only serve to exacerbate the crisis that has engulfed Mzansi. From Johannesburg to Durban, shelves are being emptied out. Food supplies diminish as riots continue in South Africa. Here