The South African Breweries (SAB) said that beyond the dust and destruction, economic recovery remains the focus at the end of a tricky storm.
The company made an appeal to government and all social partners to step up.
In a statement, SAB said that it is saddened by the violent looting and protests that have spread through parts of the country. The violence and destruction of businesses, homes and the loss of lives has created a dark chapter in the nation’s history that will never be forgotten.
“We are strongly appealing to government and all social partners to step up, lead us and help us during these turbulent times. The response to date has been inadequate and as citizens, we deserve better,” said SAB.
The looting spread through SAB’s Pietermaritzburg depot, its countless distributors and retailers across the country were left bare in the rampage.
“The cumulative impact of destruction filters into thousands of township businesses ranging from liquor stores, taverns, distributors, restaurants, security services, cleaners and logistics companies who have been left utterly devastated by last week’s unrest. These are the people who we are lending our voices to at this time.
“We cannot continue to ignore the fact that South Africa was well on its way to economic recovery. Even though we were struggling with high unemployment – this violence is a further setback to progress.