Media Statement: COVID-19 National Shutdown
23 March 2020
CONSUMER GOODS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA (CGCSA) WELCOMES GOVERNMENT DECISION TO ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED SUPPLY OF ESSENTIAL GOOD AND NON-FOOD PRODUCTS DURING SHUTDOWN
The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has welcomed the decision by the Government to ensure there will be uninterrupted supply by the food and beverages and non-foods products manufacturers, wholesalers/retailers, quick service restaurants as well as their suppliers during the 21-day national shutdown announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March 2020.
This follows the request by CGCSA, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to ensure that the food and beverages production, distribution and retail sectors are not affected by the shutdown. CGCSA said it is important that during the shutdown, consumers should still be assured of their ability to buy food, beverages and other non-food essentials they require during this period.
Importantly, CGCSA said the CEOs of the major retailers in South Africa on 19 March 2020 committed to the Government – and the nation – to ensure that there will be no disruption to supplies of particularly indemand food and beverages and non-food products during the turn
period of National State of National Disaster which has now been upgraded to national shutdown.
They also committed to continue to maintain fair and competitive pricing and reiterated that there was no need for panic buying as there are adequate measures which have been put in place to ensure constant supply and availability of products in supermarkets and food stores during the shutdown and beyond. Members of CGCSA have meanwhile as a collective committed to supporting the Government in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID19 by introducing unprecedented measures to achieve this, including ensuring that those who can work from home do so.
Finally, CGCSA will continue to work closely with relevant Government departments to further mitigate any risks related to COVID-19 and also share best practices amongst industries, as part of its contribution to saving lives which remains the key outcome and priority for all in South Africa.