As you are aware, South Africa will be in a 21-day lockdown from Friday 27 March 2020. The lockdown has implications for all businesses, with certain “essential services” being granted an exemption to continue operating.
In our ongoing effort to keep everyone safe and ensure sufficient supply to our valued customers, we share this update.
Having reviewed available information pertaining to businesses exempt from the lockdown, we have reached the conclusion that Kaap Agri and its subsidiaries are classified as an essential service.
As a company that is critical in the food value chain, agricultural sector and provision of essential products, we as Kaap Agri are included as part of the exempted “essential services”, particularly because we are:
- suppliers of critical inputs in relation to food supply (e.g. fertilisers, chemicals, packaging material, pesticides, seed, animal feed, animal medicine, etc.);
- suppliers of fuel, used both in the production of food (e.g. on-farm), and logistics of essential services;
- suppliers of food; and suppliers of protective clothing, personal hygiene products, materials, chemicals and related equipment necessary for sanitisation.
As a result, the following Kaap Agri divisions will adapt and revise their operational requirements to essential services, but will continue to operate normally as far as possible under the circumstances, until further notice.
|Wesgraan Seed Processing Plants||Open|
|Kaap Agri Mechanisation||Open|
|The Fuel Company (including Expressmark)||Open|
|Kaap Agri Distribution Centre||Open|
|Shared services||Open and may be contacted via telephone and e-mail|
Although we are included as part of “essential services”, we need to make prudent choices to ensure that we protect the health of our employees, customers and stakeholders, all of whom are better off because we exist. Accordingly, our operating points will have minimal staff, and staff have been empowered with strict hygiene protocols. Similarly, we ask customers to abide by the hygiene and social distancing guidelines at our stores and operating units.
The health and wellbeing of our own community and customers remain our top priority while we keep the doors open to support ongoing agricultural production in the country. We are proud that given our capabilities, products and services used for essential food production we can contribute positively to this challenge.
Be prudent. Be well.
Chief Executive Officer
Kaap Agri Group