In Brief Women make up half the sky
RCL FOODS has let it be known that due to inflation and rising input costs, higher chicken prices cannot be avoided. The South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) has called for government to remove VAT and other tariffs on chicken products. “This increase has made it impossible to bring the chicken products into the informal sector,” they say. “When this happens, families go hungry and people don’t eat nutritional food, they eat what they can find which usually comes with a health risk.” In other RCL FOODS news, nine people have been arrested in Mpumalanga for their role in defrauding the Akwandze Agricultural Finance, a JV between RCL FOODS and Liguguletfu Cooperative, which represents 1,200 small-scale sugar growers, to the tune of R28m. Moving on, Tiger Brands has appointed Ismail Nanabhay as Managing Director of the company’s beverages category, charging him with the responsibility of successfully bringing to market such thirst quenchers as the Oros and Roses ranges. Finally, speaking of leadership, Africa.com has announced the launch with The Coca-Cola Company of the Women Heads of State Initiative, which will deliver open-enrolment, virtual training for women who are early in their careers as government civil servants in any of Africa’s 54 countries.
Comment: Excellent work, that giant multinational beverage company. More women heads of state, and indeed of business, a healthier more peaceful planet. Fact.