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ShopriteBusiness Report writes that Shoprite Holdings created 3,897 new jobs during the 53 weeks ended July 2021 and generated R133.9 billion in sales from its South African supermarkets, notwithstanding the alcohol ban imposed as part of the government’s Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

Shoprite operates Shoprite, Usave, Checkers and Checkers Hyper outlets. “Despite being South Africa’s largest private sector employer, we still aspire to create employment as it is critical to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. On that front, we added 3,897 new jobs this year,” said group chief executive Pieter Engelbrecht on Tuesday. As a result of changed behaviour during the pandemic lockdown, Engelbrecht advised that customer visits for the year declined by 3.8%. However, the average basket spend increased by 13.6%. Shoprite said 231 stores were looted, vandalised or damaged due to arson in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during the mayhem in July. Out of the 231 stores impacted by the civil unrest, 177 were classified as looted and 54 as burnt. Of the 177 looted stores, 141 have since reopened and of the 54 burnt stores seven have since reopened. “The decision was made that six loss-making stores will not be reopened. It is too early to estimate the full financial impact of the event as it is in the process of being assessed,” said Engelbrecht.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Dineo Faku at Business Report

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