Pick n Pay warns of low stock

2012-10-04 14:01

Johannesburg - Retailer Pick n Pay Stores [JSE:PIK] warned on Thursday that it was running low on some goods at its stores due to the truck drivers' strike.

"The effect is most noticeable in fresh produce and poultry," operations director Neal Quirk said.

Despite contingency plans being in place, shelves at some of its outlets in the Johannesburg CBD had no stock. One store in Braamfontein had signs up warning customers that stock was low due to non-delivery of goods.

"Our suppliers are in a similar position and the situation could become worse should the strike continue."

A Shoprite Holdings [JSE:SHP] store a few blocks away had had no problems with deliveries.

As far as filling stations in the CBD were concerned, only one or two pumps were still supplying fuel at a Caltex garage.

A Total garage in Newtown was forced to shut after fuel ran out on Wednesday night.

"The last time we had a delivery was over the weekend. The fuel is finished now and no tanker has been coming in," said a petrol attendant.

Another Total garage in Braamfontein was still operating. Fuel had arrived with a police escort on Tuesday, said a petrol attendant who identified himself as Aubrey.

The strike by thousands of truck drivers was in its second week. In parts of the country trucks had been pelted with stones and set alight. Pranksters sparked panic by sending out messages claiming additional attacks and marches.

Drivers wanted a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.

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  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-04 14:05

    Pick n Pray

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-04 15:08

      Guess I'll go to Checkers then

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-04 15:44

      JuditVictor - Good question you asked.Just a day ago ,i saw one of the female strikers claiming she can not afford to feed her seven children with R4000. I was like WTF? I make over R40,000 a month and i am "Struggling" to feed my two kids.These people are just idiots.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-04 19:11

      Welcome to the new dump South-Africa.

  • marc.rule - 2012-10-04 14:05

    OK...... Here we go. Thanks to the strikers that just want and want and want and want

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-04 14:43

      It's OK if they want 12%, as long as they increase their production with 12% as well to actually earn the increase.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 14:49

      nah - the increase should be exactly what the inflation rate is - that is fair, unless the workers produce more. However we all know that the Govt "Official Inflation Rate" is absolutely nowhere near reality - it's just a political tool that the Govt uses to try to improve their image. Whaahaaa - that image is however tarnished beyond repair. Tata Ma Prsident...

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 16:02

      What PnP burned down? The one in ASHley Gardens?

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-04 17:06

      @alicia you must live in Gordon's Bay. Heard that that P'nP had gone up in flames but no other shop around it. Very strange i.m.h.o.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-04 14:07

    Is it just me or does South Africa feel very Banana Republic right now?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-04 14:10

      Yup Charles, there's a whole bunch of us.

      marc.rule - 2012-10-04 14:13

      TOO LATE! It's been a Banana Republic for some good time now.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-04 14:34

      The struggle was called off in 1994, some missed the anouncement.

      juannepierre - 2012-10-04 14:50

      @deon.louw hahahha hahahaha... Maybe the minutes will make it's rounds.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-04 14:52

      Eish, that veggie garden in my yard seems like a good idea again. But I'll do it myself. Why give the job to someone who doesn't want to work?

      Eterni80 - 2012-10-04 14:56

      more like a circus, where the clowns have taken over..

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-04 14:13

    Just in time - my bully beef was nearing it's expiry date. Us 'verkramptes' - we think bully-beef at candle light is quite romantic. Rather safe than sorry, we said..

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-04 17:11

      Hmmm, my bully-beef is mostly chicken these days. All tastes the same though. A good dollop of baked beans makes the bully-beef go down, in the most delightful way. (Apologies to the songwriter of "A spoonful of sugar").

  • ndumiso.ndlovu.752 - 2012-10-04 14:13

    the struggle continues... no money no food in shops.. no comrades

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-04 14:19

      But wait, the comrades are not working, they are not driving the trucks, so no one has food and petrol as a result of these illegal strikes by lazy people. Seems like a self-inflicted struggle, comrade!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-04 14:38

      You will struggle to survive if you are on strike the whole time.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 14:38

      and soon - only banana left, and one lone mansion @ Nkandla

      davidj878 - 2012-10-04 15:03

      Yes Ndumiso... I say keep the strike going for about 6weeks or even more, then we will see who has the last laugh. Because your comrades are striking without any fixed income at the moment. Stupidity!!!! - What can I say, there's no medical treatment for this kind of disease. People shouldn't give into this violent behaviour currently going on... Give them 8%, nothing more and it's better than nothing. If they don't like it, fire their asses!!!!

      renata.stoop - 2012-10-04 15:08

      That just shows your logic Ndumiso. Keep on shouting "viva comrades" and "the struggle continues" because very soon (if this transport strike continues) you will have nothing to feed your family because there will be buggerall in the shops

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-04 17:15

      I honestly don't think 99.9% of those who comment on News24 understand sarcasm. Not even if it got up and slapped 'em in the face. Keep it up "comrade" ndumiso, I enjoy your comments...

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-04 14:16

    Has anyone thought of the implications these strikes are having on the government purse - no taxes collected, so no money. Fresh produce running low - so when the strikes are over these retailers will double their price just to make up for the losses. Are these strikers that are destroying property (as in burning trucks) going to pay for new ones or do they actually think it's alright - insurance will pay - which sends premiums through the roof. This country is going backwards so fast its amazing. Time to get tough and tell these people "enough". This is also why they should use rail for transport, but the rail system has degenerated so badly that it will take billions to get it back on track, but they wanted these truckers to transport - it's job creation, but it sure has back fired. Same with the mines - mines not producing then no taxes being paid, so the government must be extremely short of money right about now.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-04 14:21

      A major problem is South Africa is the legacy of communist-styled unions. Yes, it is another hangover problem from apartheid, but now this ANC government has to deal with union demands and threats as well. How can the ANC appease the demands of the working class without blaming minority groups or the past? That is the question they need to ask themselves, because their old excuses are wearing thin.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 14:39

      eish VIVA - THE STRUGGLE (against stupidity) CONTINUES>...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 14:17

    Aai tog! The circus continues with the clowns running the show!

  • spookhuis - 2012-10-04 14:24

    Good at least you're honest, now stop out sourcing your drivers.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-04 14:25

    Wish we could prevent striking drivers from buying food there that would teach them!!!

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-04 14:41

    The philosophy of the ANC is if you hurt one , you hurt all.Don't the ANC fat cats relise they hurting their own kind

      renata.stoop - 2012-10-04 15:11

      The ANC doesn't care about their own kind. Sorry to say, but the past 18 years have been a testament to that.

  • makgabo.vanniekerk - 2012-10-04 14:42

    The drivers'wage increase demand is understandable, it is the violence that is uncalled for.Pity our leaders have no wisdom to deal with this. Really wish people would stop voting for the ANC.

      david.questioner - 2012-10-04 14:51

      If it was not for the violence 3/4 of the trucks would still be running.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-10-04 14:43

    for the Love of God!! this country is in serious trouble!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 14:50

      methinks the Love of God is all the hope we have left!

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-04 14:45

    Maybe Zooomers Army can start driving trucks now ---it will give them something to do ! Another National Catastrophe (ANC).

  • david.questioner - 2012-10-04 14:50

    There is a serious lack of planning by the striking thugs. When all the petrol stations run dry, how will they make their petrol bombs???

      makgabo.vanniekerk - 2012-10-04 15:01

      Lol, I simply love this comment, it is just so inappropriate (especially the last part).

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-10-04 14:50

    I will just do my shopping at WOOLWORTHS then.

      michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-04 14:54

      You must be mad. You will just be supporting the truck drivers

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-04 16:02

      White people don't shop at woolworths

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-10-05 17:41

      White people are not allowed to work at Woolworths!!!

  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-10-04 14:54

    Why not employ temp labour? Plenty of white guys out there looking for a job with a code 14. These guys will have to carry guns though. Perhaps two guys in the cockpit, one driving and one keeping it cocked and eyes peeled.

      david.questioner - 2012-10-04 15:01

      A lot of drivers are willing, and want to drive, but are too scared - white, black and coloured. Trucks are being targeted at random, so it's not a case of the drivers being able to avoid a particular spot and they'll be fine. Why is it that the media does not report fully on the level of intimidation taking place?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-04 14:54

    I'd love for my increases to be determined by the size of the union I belonged too, and not performance related.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 14:57

      that's why the Govt's Head ofice is at the "Union" Buildings!!!

  • alan.gernet - 2012-10-04 15:16

    (Spar) Good for you

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-04 15:43

    Why is it that these strikes can have such a massive effect. The illegal mining strikes will probably have a major effect on our economy. Now these strikes are having widespread negative effect too. Its a system which basically takes 10 steps backwards for EVERYONE, without securing anything. defines terrorism as "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes." I don't see how trade unions are different.

  • justin.feuilherade - 2012-10-04 15:44

    The irony is that none of the strikers in this country being from the mining to the transport sectors are in absolutely ZERO financial position to play the waiting game! But I'm sure sitting on a hill with a knobkierrie makes far more sense than reasonable compromise... Just saying

  • smalabela - 2012-10-04 16:20

    It's a shame because Pick n Pay is the only retailer we rely on in Braamfontein.They should just meet an agreement as soon as possible.You can't really expect a student to walk a distance of about a km to Jhb CBD to Shoprite during exams

      davidj878 - 2012-10-04 16:52

      Then the strikers should take the offer on hand "8%". It's better than nothing and they are currently struggling as well without an income. I wonder if they thought long term before going on strike, I guess not!!! Well then it's their own doing. Get rid of the Unions - Just a thought

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-04 16:22

    Me thinks its time for "Trojan Horse"

      christopher.livesey - 2012-10-06 14:57

      The \Trojan Horse\ method could be a great idea. Problem is 1 is insufficient, you would require a very large Herd of them. Problem with that method would ultimately lead to a Civil War. I've been there, done that, but didn't get the T Shirt. Everyone loses then. What this Country needs is Solidn Sound Leadership, and I personally can't think of anyone in our political arena that Fits that Scenario. It's stuck with this whole Catastrophe, until one is found. \r\nThe Nelson Mandela's of this Era will not be found Easily.\r\nBut Pipedreams, can sometimes become a Reality.\r\nPeace to All.

  • PeterJJhb - 2012-10-04 16:42

    I agree with u in a small way. Yes. They are struggling. But let's be honest, crippling the country and causing negative economic impact is going too far.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-10-04 21:05

    I say, let’s sit it out. They think that they can hold us for ransom. If the atm's dry up, then pay by card and so on. Sick and tired of the want attitude and not willing to work for it.

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