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newsNetwerk24 reports that the Riverside citrus warehouse near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape has been burnt to the ground.  

Lona, the holding company of the Riverside farm located in the Katrivier valley, confirmed in a short statement that on Monday morning the warehouse was completely destroyed.  No injuries were reported.  There are rumours that the warehouse was set alight by disgruntled workers.  Capt. Khaya Tonjeni, provincial police spokesman, said on Monday that although no one had been taken into custody, a case of arson had been opened.  Warehouse director Errol Hewson declined to comment on the cause of the fire, which broke out in the midst of a wage dispute.  Negotiations apparently resumed on Monday morning.  A reliable source reckoned that if the warehouse was indeed completely destroyed, between 300 and 400 workers would be without work.  It is reckoned that it will take at least a year to get the warehouse back into production if it has been completely destroyed in view of the specialised machinery that was in use. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

Read the original of this report by Carla-Lee Dorfling in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (limit on free access)


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