Massmart ‘applying best efforts’ to protect jobs

By Gcinokuhle Malinga for East Coast Radio

Massmart says it’s doing everything in its power to save jobs following the looting and destruction of some of its stores in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The group says 41 of its stores were affected, including its major retailers and warehouses of Makro and Game.

The group’s Brian Leroni says over 8 000 of their staff in KZN have been provided with food parcels while the company puts together a business recovery plan.

“Stores and facilities that were severely damaged and this could include for example Makro Springfield and Makro Pietermaritzburg, where those stores need to be rebuilt, replenished and reopened.

“Generally, we are happy with the progress that we are making. Our intention is to apply our very best efforts to protect jobs like for example, second employees to undamaged stores. So our commitment is that we will be applying our best efforts to project jobs.”

Pick n Pay stores were also targeted.

CEO Pieter Boone says he’s satisfied with the progress the company’s made to recover its losses.

“The number of stores that we will be able to reopen by the end of this week – increase from 36 to at least close to 60 stores at the end of this week.”

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