Ina Opperman
Business Journalist
4 minute read
21 Oct 2021
5:29 pm

Global supply chain issues to dull SA’s Christmas and continue through 2022

Ina Opperman

Panic buying after the lockdown supply shock caused bottlenecks in the global supply chain, leading to the world's current problems.

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Global supply chain issues will start affecting South Africa by this Christmas and continue until the end of 2022, with shortages mainly associated with products made in the East. Black Friday shoppers will still find full shelves, but goods from the factory of the world, China, will likely not be delivered in time for the festive season. According to Jacob van Rensburg, business analyst at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF), there has not yet been any shortages so far due to the global supply chain issues, but a certain degree of "supply chain narrowing" has already taken...