Unable to transport beer, Cape-based breweries wait it out with soup

A collective of breweries around the Mother City has fed thousands of people around the region.

Unable to transport beer, Cape-based breweries wait it out with soup

The lockdown has hit brewers around the country hard, but one Cape Town-based collective has channelled its energies towards another cause, reports .

Under the current regulations, alcohol sales are not allowed and, with beer not being deemed an “essential item”.

‘Soup-A-Heroes’ unite in aid of the needy

The unprecedented turn of events has already seen the country’s largest brewing company, South African Breweries (SAB) do away with a whopping 25 000 litres of beer, after reaching the legal storage capacity.

Smaller brewers such as the Woodstock Brewery, the Drifter Brewing Company and Stellenbosch Breweries face no such threat, but have turned their beer vats to pots in order to feed the needy.

The three brewers have formed a collective and call themselves the “Soup-A-Heroes”.

Woodstock Brewery owner Andre Viljoen told the publication that they are looking forward to catching up once lockdown regulations have been eased.

“We know a couple of people were smart enough to stock up for a long lockdown and there are some who have offered to buy vouchers to support us, but we would rather sell beer again in the normal way when we are allowed to. There is time for that. For now, we want to focus on more pressing needs. And that is to produce soup and porridge for the immediate needs of the less fortunate.”

Andre Viljoen

Thousands of hungry mouths fed by Cape-based brewers

This initiative has reached around 9 000 people around Cape Town.

“The fact that on-consumption of beer and alcohol will probably be delayed a bit gives us time to wait it out a little and continue producing soup,” Viljoen added.

Andre Viljoen

While waiting it out, they have put their powerful 1 000L brewing tanks to good use for an even better cause, as they have been of great assistance to smaller soup kitchens that have been unable to produce meals at a large scale.

According to the Drifter Brewing Company’s Facebook each tank can feed up to 2 000 people.

Last week, SAB flushed away 400 million bottles worth of beer before obtaining a special permit which allowed the company to transport the bulk of their supply to other facilities.

Source : The South African More   

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SA Rugby announce Industry Financial Impact Plan

Rugby industry stakeholders have confirmed pay cuts and other economies to slice up to R1.2bn from the sport’s budget by the end of the year.

SA Rugby announce Industry Financial Impact Plan

SA Rugby have outlined their Industry Financial Impact Plan to keep the sport on a solid footing with measures to include pay cuts for staff and players.

South Africa’s rugby bosses say the plan was the result of collective efforts by organisations representing SA Rugby, provincial unions, players and rugby industry employees.

Rugby Industry Financial Impact Plan announced

SA Rugby’s planned austerity will be achieved by reduced expenditure following the cancellation of competitions (49.7 per cent of savings), cuts in other operational budgets (37.3 per cent) and salary reductions (13 per cent).

The plan was formulated and agreed by bodies representing SA Rugby, MyPlayers (the players’ representative organisation), Sport Employees’ Unite (employees’ trade union) and the South African Rugby Employers’ Organisation (SAREO – representing the provincial unions).

The salary cuts amount to 25 per cent of total remuneration across the industry, including all employees, players and officials although persons earning below R20 000 per month have been exempted from any cuts. Higher earners have agreed to reductions on a sliding scale of up to 43 per cent.

“It was a complex process to find alignment with a number of entities representing 1 396 people in the South African rugby industry but throughout everyone collaborated fully,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.

“The group identified our collective areas of financial risk and what savings had to be made and then identified a plan to mitigate those risks.

“It has meant salary cuts for many, but we have put together a plan that will ensure the industry will be positioned and resourced to get straight back to action just as soon as we are permitted.”

Return-to-play plans currently the focus

Roux said that the focus of the sport had now shifted to those return-to-play plans.

“From the moment we went into lockdown we have been preparing and workshopping internal guidelines and protocols for return to play and return to work,” said Roux.

“Those are complete and are ready to be actioned as soon as we get Government’s go-ahead.

“We have presented our case to the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture and believe we have a strong case.

“We do not run hospitals or build ventilators and we are not an industry that is critical to the South African economy; but we do believe that we add huge value to national life in other ways.

“The sight of the Springboks running out for the first time since winning the Rugby World Cup would be a powerful milestone on the nation’s journey to the other side of this crisis as well as being a boost for national morale.

“While the return to play of our provincial teams – even if it is behind closed doors – would similarly be hugely beneficial to a nation in lockdown.

“We understand that there are bigger agendas at play but believe the risk of transmission could be well managed by our protocols. We trust the minister and Government will view our case seriously.”

The Industry Savings Plan came into effect on 1 May and is scheduled to run until the end of December in the first instance.

Source : The South African More   

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