Shoprite – Low prices, huge profits and its workers

Workers On Wednesday 30 August 2017
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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For several years Shoprite has been hailed as a South African business success story. It is Africa’s largest retailer with 2,653 outlets with a diverse range of shops, including Medicare Pharmacies, Hungry Lion and OK Furnishers. It has been voted a few times as SA’s number one brand for excellence in business brand surveys. Shoprite employs approximately 138,000 employees across the continent. However, Shoprite’s success has an unsavoury side of exploitation of workers with most earning as low as R23 per hour or just over R4,000 per month. It is less in other African countries. Shoprite has also abused workers. Recently it was reported that a Shoprite manager in Cape Town had casual workers handcuffed and arrested for accepting tips from customers. In this show, we look at the conditions of employment of Shoprite workers and what is being done to address it.

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