Clover’s processing facility in Parow, Cape Town, is set to be auctioned at the end of June as part of the move to “simplify the business and optimise operations through rationalisation,” News24 says.
According to Broll Auctions and Sales, and as reported by a news publication, the 9 000m² premises comes with fully international food manufacturing and grading regulations-compliant yard space, a large warehouse, offices, ablution facilities and cold storage.
The company’s decision has sparked concerns from both the government and the community about job losses, Netwerk24 adds.
The decision to auction the Parow factory comes after Clover decided to close South Africa’s biggest cheese factory that was located in the North West due to a lack of service delivery.
The Lichtenburg cheese factory is now being relocated from the North West to Durban, IOL reports.
Clover addressed the move by saying that it had no choice but to relocate on account of service delivery issues as well as years of unsuccessful engagements with Lichtenburg’s Ditsobotla Local Municipality on the condition of its roads, water and electricity disruptions.