29 July 2021

Shoprite Jabulani in Soweto today re-opened its doors after it closed temporarily following the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. 

Two Usave eKasi trucks were deployed to Jabulani to enable community members to purchase basic food items and other necessities while the Shoprite Group worked around the clock to restock and rebuild affected stores, including Shoprite Jabulani. In direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and true to the Shoprite Group’s innovative spirit, Usave pioneered the mobile truck shops early in 2020, during the first hard lockdown, to reach underserved communities with essential groceries and ensure food security.

 It is thanks to the Group’s employees who went the extra mile and helped with clean-up operations, despite trying conditions, that its Jabulani supermarket could re-open in record time. 

Shoprite re-opens Jabulani store in record time
On the left, Shoprite Jabulani following the recent looting and unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and when the store re-opened for trade again earlier today (right).

In celebration of the store’s re-opening, Shoprite made a donation to community organisation Shout SA, who assisted with cleaning up around the Jabulani Mall. 

The Shoprite Group has distributed thousands of food hampers following the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which has left many people destitute. It has also made an initial R1-million donation to its Act For Change Fund, for use by vetted organisations involved in relief efforts to help communities rebuild. 

People wishing to help affected communities can donate to the Act For Change Fund at the till point in any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave nationally, or online via the Computicket website.  

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