Sage’s Jordaan Burger: Businesses to play a critical role in rebuilding South Africa

The Sage EMEA VP says South Africans can deal with adversity and will bounce back.

The civil unrest in South Africa has somewhat ceased and businesses that have been affected are looking to reopen and rebuild.

Sage AMEA VP of finance Jordaan Burger says that it's very important for South Africans during times like this to think about what the right thing to do is. “Businesses are going to play a critical role in helping to rebuild South Africa’s economy after this civil unrest.”

TFG has announced that it will start the process of rebuilding and restocking its stores that were affected by looting and rioting during the recent civil unrest in South Africa.

Read more: TFG on the road to recovery after civil unrest says CFO Bongi Ntuli

Mr Price has resumed operations at most of its stores, with only 20 remaining temporary store closures.

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Woolworths has also resumed its operations and has prioritised the provision of food into KwaZulu-Natal.

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“Our EVP for Sage AMEA Pieter Bensch addressed all of the Sage colleagues on Tuesday, and his closing remark was ‘at least we know that we are resilient’,” Jordaan says. “So as South Africans, we know that we can deal with adversity and we will definitely bounce back.”

He adds that Sage continues to support its customers through these times, recognising that the pandemic has already battered many of them. “Since the events in mid-July, we have been assisting customers who reached out to us in various ways. I want to encourage customers to reach out to us to discuss how we can assist them further.”

Through the group’s Sage Foundation, it will also make a donation to FoodForwardSA to help people in need.