You probably haven’t seen much Clover milk on the shelves lately. 🥛That’s because workers have been on strike for the past nine weeks. The dairy company was taken over by an Israeli company, Central Bottling Company, in 2019 and is planning to retrench staff and close factories. GroundUp is reporting that nearly 2000 workers would be affected. Workers picketed outside the department of trade, industry and competition in Pretoria a week ago, and intensified action this week when they stormed stores in the Joburg CBD, removing Clover products from the shelves and leaving them in trolleys. They left behind pamphlets reading “Boycott Clover Products”. Clover says it is forced to make the cuts because of a difficult trading cycle and poor economic growth.
Speaking of fighting back, remember the group of Khoi and San people fighting against Amazon which wants to construct its 70 000 sqm headquarters on their sacred land in Cape Town? Well those guys, plus some activists, took the US retail giant to the South African High Court on Wednesday to interdict the project. The hearing started yesterday and is set down until tomorrow. But it’s split the community: some feel the project will create more employment opportunities, while others want to protect the land they deem part of their history and home. 🌄
This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 20 January 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.