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DistellBusinessLive reports that listed company Distell, producer and marketer of wines, spirits, ciders and other alcoholic beverages, could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network.  

The company has over 4,000 employees.  The changes, which will entail closure of some operations, as well as increased capacity at other sites, are meant to improve efficiency and unlock growth potential.  The move is part of the company’s strategy to move bottling activities closer to market.  Distell announced on Monday plans to scale down manufacturing activities at its Green Park operation in Cape Town, by relocating the bottling and processing activities at the plant to other existing operations such as Adam Tas in Stellenbosch and to operations in Gauteng.  The Green Park scaling down will affect about 800 employees.  The company has, however, created a total of 550 new positions at its facilities in the Western Cape and another 150 in Gauteng following changes to existing facilities in Wadeville and Springs.  The number of employees affected by forced retrenchments could be less than 100 if other employees within the group take up an offer to older staff of voluntary retrenchments.

  • Read Siseko Njobeni’s report on this matter in full at BusinessLive

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