Tiger Brands WC plant closure looms

Tiger Brands says it may have to close its Langeberg and Ashton Foods plant in the Western Cape. AgriSA's executive director, Christo van der Rheede discussed this with eNCA's Dan Moyane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Agri SA says the closure of Tiger Brands’ Langeberg and Ashton Foods fruit canning factory in the Western Cape will have major implications for South Africans and also globally.

The industry body says thousands of people will lose their jobs.

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Tiger Brands says it may close the plant after its sale to a prospective buyer fell through, but Agri SA says the company's focus should be on finding new buyers.

"It's important to remember that this one of two factories that produce canning food on a very large scale, it doesn't only produce food for SA, but the rest of the world. A large part of the world depends on canned food due to the war in Ukraine whilst there's a demand for the product, we're arguing that there's no sense in closing down the factory, let us find buyers," Agri SA's executive director Christo van der Rheede said.

"I've been on a phone with potential buyers the whole day. AgriSA would like to see that that factory is taken over by new investors and keep jobs, and create more jobs opportunities for the locals."


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