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COVID-19 AWARENESS: A MESSAGE FROM LACTALIS SOUTH AFRICA

19 March 2020

Lactalis South Africa (LSA), one of the main players in the South African dairy industry, is engaged in various activities to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to its various stakeholders. LSA is known for its commitment to quality and given the fact that the COVID-19 in South Africa status constantly changes, the company daily re-evaluates all the processes it has in place to combat this outbreak.

The efforts to minimise the various possible effects of this pandemic is through LSA’s crisis management procedures and managed by the company’s Crisis Committee which meets daily, seven days a week.

LSA immediately engaged its crisis management processes as soon as the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the COVID-19 viral outbreak as a pandemic. Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a national disaster on Sunday, LSA stepped up and increased its internal efforts to curb the potential spread of the virus. LSA  recognises that people are the company’s greatest strength and to this end it has put various precautionary measures in place, including: 

  • Regular communication, extensive additional hygiene practices, screening of employees at all sites, including drivers before entering and exiting all factories and distribution centres;
  • Restrictions on external visitors to sites and a clear preference for meetings to be held via technological platforms, and
  • Focused education of LSA’s merchandisers on health and sanitation measures upon entering stores.

To ensure that the company acts in the best interests of its employees, business partners and other stakeholders, LSA is working closely with its relevant partners to make sure that they follow stringent hygienic and other safety measures. As a responsible corporate citizen, LSA is also engaging and partnering with local authorities and various communities in the fight against this pandemic.

At this stage the company’s measures are precautionary to ensure the safety of its employees, visitors, and business partners. Lactalis South Africa currently does not currently foresee any significant changes to its operations and supply chain.

Should the situation change, LSA will issue an update.