Pick n Pay invests in social enterprise project to divert waste from landfill to the Waste to Food project

Pick n Pay commits funding and provides food waste for project

Cape Town, South Africa, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food waste – food that is not suitable for human consumption – costs the South African economy more than R61 billion annually according to the CSIR, accounting for an astounding 2.1% of the country’s GDP. A large portion of this cost is the disposal of this waste, most of which ends up in landfills across South Africa.

However, one sustainable solution has been developed in the form of Waste to Food, an innovative business process that converts excess organic waste into very high-grade compost, through the naturally occurring digestive process in earthworms.

Pick n Pay, with assistance from the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, has invested R2-million in the social enterprise project, which diverts waste from landfill to the Waste to Food project.

The Philippi-based project was founded in 2012 and aims to reduce the food waste foot print, while creating jobs and empowering the local community. Partners in the project include Pick n Pay, the City of Cape Town, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the Philippi Economic Development Initiative (PEDI), waste management company Don’t Waste, and the operating company Waste to Food.

Organic waste from 15 Pick n Pay stores initially, is being diverted to the Waste to Food operation, where it is converted into standard grade compost through a HotRot in-vessel composter. The addition of the HotRot unit allows the project to convert up to 28 tonnes of waste to compost every week.

The addition of the HotRot allows the project to convert any organic waste material such as meat, cooked food, pastry, and dairy products into rich compost. Previously, these kinds of waste food categories could not be converted to compost because of potential pathogens. The high temperature, at which compost is formed within the in-vessel composter, neutralises pathogens and vegetable seeds. The composter cuts composting time down dramatically from two to three months to two weeks.

This compost is then converted to high grade vermi-compost through the use of large scale ‘worm hammocks’. The project started with 10 ‘worm hammocks’ and now boasts 25.

The compost is then fed into the Worm Hammocks, where worms eat the compost creating vermi-compost and ‘worm tea’ – a nutrient-rich liquid formed as a by-product of the worm composting process, and which enriches plant growth.

“We are pleased that as the project grows, it will provide micro-franchising opportunities to members of the local community to learn the required skills to manage their own worm hammocks and sell the resulting compost,” said Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay Suzanne Ackerman-Berman.

“Waste to Food is perfectly aligned to Pick n Pay’s commitment to cutting food waste sent to landfill by 20% by 2020.”

Source: Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Power of Pink campaign to support Reach for Recovery Ditto project

New Jersey, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Because the scary thing is that it’s not over, even when it’s over.

What do you do when you’ve survived a life-or-death situation, have ended up minus one or even two breasts and have no financial means to afford breast prosthesis let alone breast reconstruction? Plus you’re experiencing an intense lack of self-esteem, depression and fear of the future?

It would have been hopeless were it not for Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project, supported annually by the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), Pick n Pay and Thermopac, through their Power of Pink campaign.

Explains SAMFA’s chairperson, Ross Richardson, “Most people don’t realize how many women are living without breasts after a mastectomy; what’s even worse is that they don’t even know it’s an issue. That’s why we are proud to announce that we are running the Power of Pink campaign again in October with the sole purpose of raising funds for the Reach for Recovery Ditto project to purchase silicone prostheses for breast cancer survivors without financial means. So look out for our trademark (and very pretty!) pink mushroom punnets on shelf in Pick n Pay for the entire month of October. R1 from each punnet of whole and sliced white button mushrooms purchased, goes to Reach for Recovery.”

Increasingly research around the cancer fighting potential of mushrooms is indicating that mushrooms could be one of our most powerful allies in the fight against breast cancer.

One of the key findings of studies conducted at the Beckman Institute at the City of Hope Cancer Centre in California and at the University of Australia in Sydney in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China, is that women who eat an average of 10gm of mushrooms a day, seem to halve their risk of breast cancer – a brilliant reason for women to make sure that fresh mushrooms take centre stage on their plates every day of the year.

“Thousands of rands are dedicated annually to breast cancer research,” says Ross, “and we applaud that; but that money does not assist survivors in the way this campaign does. The Power of Pink in conjunction with Reach for Recovery’s Ditto project offers the final empowering step in cancer treatment for thousands of South African women!”

“I am always humbled by the impact a silicone prosthesis has on its recipient,” concludes Reach for Recovery’s Management Board Chairperson, Stephné Jacobs. “The overall effect is a sense of recovery with self-esteem, dignity and confidence restored. It is a gift of hope that helps every survivor to move on from a negative experience and start enjoying life to the full again.”

Silicone breast prostheses from Reach for Recovery cost between R950 and R2000 and substantially more in the open market. However, those in need who are state hospital patients, have had a mastectomy and have a hospital registration card, qualify for a mere R80 donation to cover administrative costs. This having been said, Reach for Recovery does not turn away anyone due to lack of financial resources.

So, head to your nearest Pick n Pay today, go big on the pink punnets and spread the word knowing that you’ll not only be helping those affected by this devastating disease but you’ll also be protecting yourself by adding good for you mushrooms to your daily diet.

For more information visit: www.mushroominfo.co.za or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


  • A breast prosthesis (breast form) is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. They are available in different shapes and sizes, as well as different degrees of firmness and fit into the pocket of a specially designed mastectomy bra. Qualified fitters provide breast prostheses. Consult Reach for Recovery for contact details of providers of prostheses and post-mastectomy bras.

Source: Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

Rutgers University-Camden in the United States awards Honorary Doctorate to founder of Pick n Pay.

New Jersey, 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman has been hailed as a “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden which today conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate in Business. This is the entrepreneur and philanthropist’s seventh honorary degree and one of numerous international awards. Pick n Pay Transformation Director, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, was also present at the Rutgers School of Business to deliver the commencement address to an audience of more than 2 000 people, including 351 students receiving their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon recounted Ackerman’s distinguished career growing four small supermarkets into the highly respected retail giant, Pick n Pay, which now employees more than 80 000 people in more than 1 100 stores across eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The visionary businessman sought to not only grow his business; he empowered the communities where Pick n Pay operated. Mr Ackerman and his wife Wendy established the Ackerman Family Educational Trust in the 1970s, at the height of apartheid, by donating two percent of their personal shares to the foundation.

Ackerman became known and respected for his “four legs of the table” business vision, which articulates the core guiding principles of strong administrative operations, high-quality merchandise, commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, and the inherent value and dignity of all people. “The success of your corporate ventures is rooted in sound business practice and, perhaps more importantly, in your unyielding commitment to innovation, diversity, inclusion, and civic service – all values that we at Rutgers share and embrace,” said Haddon. “These are not simply words for inclusion in a corporate annual report,” said Haddon. “You have lived those values at risk to yourself.”

As a business leader during South Africa’s apartheid period, Ackerman defied the South African government to protect the most impoverished and vulnerable of his fellow citizens. Despite crippling government fines, he subsidised bread prices to make certain that basic food items would remain accessible to the majority of South Africans, said Haddon.

Ackerman’s commitment to mentoring and developing entrepreneurs in South Africa opened doors to employment and meaningful economic opportunity in the nation, and greatly heightened the dignity and respect for his fellow citizens. Education has always been close to this humanitarian’s heart and other initiatives include the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development at the University of Cape Town.

“Your life’s work has grown economic opportunity and also expanded opportunities for equality in your home nation of South Africa,” said Haddon. “Your business philosophy inspires entrepreneurs worldwide to strive toward a future where doing well and doing good are twin prerequisites for economic and social success.”

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman was hailed as a “passionate proponent for equality, job creation and skills development”. Ackerman-Berman founded the Pick n Pay Small Business Incubator in 2007 to create opportunities for entrepreneurs to access the formal market. Pick n Pay’s inaugural Boost your Biz competition will announce the top 25 small businesses that have won an opportunity to become part of the retailer’s national supply network in June.

Ackerman-Berman said during her address that it was incredible honour to be invited to speak at her own father’s graduation ceremony. “My father, who has been my greatest role model, is a builder of bridges. He is a leader who has strived to develop connections and links between people of different backgrounds; to create bonds that look past colour, language, ethnicity or religion. So my focus is on appealing to the graduates going out into the world to also be builders of bridges, rather than builders of walls; to reach out and help transform societies and communities where they come from by sharing their skills and expertise with others who haven’t had similar opportunities.”

Ackerman-Berman emphasised the importance of providing mentorship and support. “As a corporation we have always believed that we should never take out more than we put in. The model that my parents lived by – that doing good is good business – is now more relevant than ever before. Assisting those previously disadvantaged with access to the formal economy is the key to unlocking economic freedom, not only in SA but for many developing nations.”

Notes to editors:

Mr Ackerman has also received: an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Rhodes University, an Honorary Doctorate of Economic Sciences from UCT, an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from UPE (now Nelson Mandela University) and UKZN, an Honorary Doctorate of Education from UNISA and an Honorary Doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

For more information, contact Jennifer Crocker at Jennifer@corporateimage.co.za or Anél Lewis at anel@corporate.co.za


Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman hailed as “global leader” by Rutgers University-Camden

South Africa: Pick n Pay donates half a million rand to provide support for communities in drought-stricken areas

Pick n Pay steps in on drought relief: will partner with AgriSA relief; store network made available as drop off points

Cape Town, South Africa, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pick n Pay is donating half a million rand through different initiatives to provide respite for communities in drought-stricken areas. This is just one of the measures the company is putting in place to help those who are affected, and to assist the public wanting to make contributions.

“Pick n Pay has already been collecting donations of water at stores in affected areas. We will now partner with AgriSA and their drought relief fund via a corporate donation to the fund” said David North, head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs.

Smart Shopper members will also be able to donate Smart Shopper points to the drought relief fund, and Pick n Pay will match customer donations up to an amount of R100 000.

“As a sustainable solution to the problem of water scarcity, and the impact it has on food security, we have begun discussions with AgriSA on identifying the extent of the need for water tanks in drought-stricken areas. Pick n Pay will pay for a number of these tanks to be installed at a cost of R5 000 per tank. We have experience in the installation of water tanks through the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation Food Garden projects where we have installed boreholes and water tanks to help people to grow their own food, in many cases to the point where they can sell produce and take responsibility for their own food security. Through the Foundation, 243 community gardens of this kind have been set up to date,” said North.

There are a number of organisations which have been encouraging people to donate water at collection points for distribution. Pick n Pay will work with Water Shortage South Africa, who have representatives distributing water from collection points in all regions, and act as a drop-off point for bottled water. Where practical, Pick n Pay will assist with distribution.

“Part of Pick n Pay’s corporate culture is that our staff get involved in community work, and so we will also be challenging our staff across our five regional offices to collect 100 000 litres of bottled water that will be donated to areas in need,” said North.

Pick ‘n Pay: Mushrooms in pink punnets support the fight against breast cancer

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — All women are affected by breast cancer but with advances in science, women today have a better chance of surviving ‐ the key is finding the cancer early. Detection is aided by awareness, and we’re more aware when we know the facts.

  • In South Africa, breast cancer is most prevalent among white and Asian women, but it is also second most common among black and coloured women.
  • More than 85% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Pre-menopausal black women are twice as likely to get basal-like breast tumours.
  • Basel-like breast tumours are a particularly virulent form of breast cancer, which means it is more severe or harmful.
  • Key findings suggest that women who eat, on average, 1 mushroom (10gm) a day seem to halve their risk of breast cancer.
  • In October, Pick n Pay will again go pink with mushroom packaging for Breast Cancer Awareness month; R1 for each punnet (250g whole white button and sliced white button mushrooms) will be donated to the breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery.
  • Funds raised during 2013 have already supplied 572 disadvantaged women, affected by breast cancer, with silicon prosthesis.


Early detection saves lives – here is what you need to do to stay most aware of what matters:

  1. Examine your breasts – learn to do breast self-examinations every month a week after your period.
  2. 2. Regular medical check-ups. Go for annual medical check-ups with your doctor and ask for a breast examination.

Look out for those punnets in their pretty pink packaging on Pick ‘n Pay’s shelves. You’ll not only be helping those affected by this devastating disease but you’ll also be protecting yourself by adding good for you mushrooms to your daily diet.

Pick n Pay supports positive change in fisheries and aquaculture operations

Our commitment to seafood sustainability

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As one of the largest retailers and a significant role player in the South African seafood industry, Pick n Pay supports positive change in fisheries and aquaculture operations.

We were the first retailer in African to commit to transforming our fresh, frozen and canned seafood operations to ensure that from 2016, we will only sell products which meet one of our seafood sustainability criteria (Figure 1):

  • Certified as being sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild-capture products or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC; or equivalent standards) for aquaculture products; or
  • Categorised as ‘Green’ by WWF-SA’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI); or
  • Engaged in a credible, time-bound Fisheries or Aquaculture Project, which are identified on a case-by-case basis and developed in partnership with WWF-SA in the context of their WWF-SASSI Retailer/Supplier Participation Scheme .

We recognise that a significant proportion of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture facilities do not currently meet internationally accepted standards of sustainability or certification. Therefore, in addition to aiming to increase the variety and availability of sustainable seafood for our customers, we seek to use our buying power as an incentive and a clear pathway for fisheries and aquaculture operations to become sustainable through our support of improvement projects.

For our stakeholders, suppliers and buyers, we have developed the following guidelines which clarify which projects qualify as Fisheries Projects (FPs) and Aquaculture Projects (APs) that we will support.

Pick n Pay defines Fishery Projects (FPs) as:

  1. Projects with the specific goal of enabling a fishery (local or international) to reach the necessary sustainability standards to enter full assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC); or
  2. Locally developed projects which focus primarily on the improvement in the environmental performance of a fishery using WWF-SASSI assessments of the relevant seafood species as the primary measure; or
  3. Procurement strategies , specifically developed to incentivise improvement in the source fisheries for groups of species that do not meet PnP’s sustainability criteria.

For further details on the Pick n Pay commitments to sustainable seafood and the implementation strategy that we have developed to ensure that we meet our goals, please see www.picknpay.co.za/distribution.

Pick n Pay defines Aquaculture Projects (APs) as:

  1. Projects with the specific goal of enabling an aquaculture operation (local or international) to reach the necessary sustainability standards to enter full assessment by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC; or equivalent standard), or
  2. Locally developed projects which focus primarily on the improvement in the environmental performance of the operations using WWF-SASSI assessments of the relevant seafood species as the primary measure; or
  3. Procurement strategies2, specifically developed to incentivise improvement in a range of source aquaculture operations for groups of species that do not meet PnP’s sustainability criteria.


  • A work plan with measureable indicators and milestones along a defined timeline;
  • A system for tracking and reporting progress against the indicators in the work plan;
  • Documented willingness from participants to make improvements (e.g. signed memorandum of understanding, correspondence/contract between parties stating a commitment, letter of support or intent, etc.);
  • Documented willingness from participants to make investments required to achieve improvements as outlined in the work plan, including clear roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders;
  • A pre-defined maximum timespan where relevant e.g. 5 years to start MSC/ASC full assessment;
  • Regular review of progress and transparency of the review-results, to be conducted at least annually; and
  • Agreed communication activities between the parties involved with the minimum requirement being that the scope of the project, workplan and annual progress reports are publically available.


  • Pick n Pay considers MSC certification as the ‘gold standard’ of wild-capture fisheries certification schemes as it is consistent with the United Nations best practice guidelines for ecolabelling and certification.
  • Pick n Pay recognises ASC certification as the ‘gold standard’ for responsible aquaculture as it is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and is in compliance with ISEAL’s Standard-Setting Code.
  • Pick n Pay will continue to support and communicate about progress in existing FPs and APs, conditional upon the source fishery and aquaculture operations reaching certain standards and milestones within agreed timelines, with the relevant parties involved.

Current procurement strategies for PnP include Linefish, Tuna and Slamon from wild-capture fisheries, and Prawns and Salmon from aquaculture operations.

For more information or to support our FPs and APs, please contact us on sustainableliving@pnp.co.za.

Pick n Pay’s chairman Gareth Ackerman speech at The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA)

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-9-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) is the representative body of the entire consumer goods industry in South Africa. Our chairman Gareth Ackerman recently presented at their Annual summit on Friday 18 September 2015. The summit brings together about 500 local and international speakers who are Sector CEOs, Supply Chain and Commercial executives, Marketing and Brand Management executives, and Heads of customer care and call centre managers amongst others.

Here is the full text of his speech:

A very warm welcome to our members, invited guests, our speakers from South Africa and those who have travelled from abroad, as well as members of the media present.

This is indeed the highlight of our calendar year as the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, when we hold our annual summit, an event that provides an opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to our industry and members in particular and also interact and share ideas for mutual benefit.

We meet against the background of growing concern about the health of the global and domestic economies, pressure on businesses to overcome considerable obstacles to trade, an increasingly discerning and demanding consumer and of course, intensified competition for market share.

In particular, consumers everywhere are under strain and are searching for new and better ways to achieve value. The success of discount retailers in Europe, and the growth in online channels are just two responses to this trend.

Consumers are also increasingly expecting businesses with whom they do business to demonstrate shared value. This can take various forms, including leadership on urban renewal, business mentorship, supply chain development, delivering products and services that align with their increasingly demanding sustainable development and ethical values, or supporting local community partnerships. Companies which fail to demonstrate shared value can rapidly lose the trust of their customers, with catastrophic results.

South Africa’s Food Security Challenges

The biggest threats to food security in South Africa can be summarised in five main areas:

  1. Climate change and water scarcity
  2. Food waste
  3. Global economic forces
  4. The rand/dollar exchange rate
  5. Land tenure and policy uncertainty

A particular challenge for us all is that of environmental sustainability, which has been rising up the global agenda for some years, but is now, taking full hold of the national discourse in many global economies. Tackling climate change is as pressing a challenge for Africa as it is for any other region of the world, perhaps even more so given that we are a water-stressed continent and many millions of our continent’s citizens are food insecure. The global Consumer Goods Forum, of which I am also the co-chair, has made some bold commitments in this area, including pledging to fight for an end to deforestation by 2020.

  • Yesterday US Government endorsed SA sustainability position
  • The purchase of sustainable palm oil
  • Fires in Malaysia last week

Climate change and water scarcity

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study found that water availability is the single most important factor that limits agricultural production in South Africa.
  • WWF estimates that 98% of SA’s water is already allocated, with 63% of available surface water being used for irrigation, 14% for urban domestic use and 18% for commercial, industrial and mining use.
  • These are major issues for a semi-arid country like SA.
  • Talk of “load shedding” – Johannesburg

Our CGF commitment is to show strong leadership on food security by specifically preventing and reducing food waste, and maximize its recovery as we move towards our goal of halving food waste within our own retail and manufacturing operations by 2025. These initiatives are particularly important when you consider that in a world of rising population, increasing cost of food, concerns about inequality and growing food insecurity, food waste is one of the greatest challenges of our time with 30% (1.3 billion tonnes) of food produced being wasted each year.

Food Waste

  • If food waste was a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally after the US and China and its water footprint is equivalent to 3 times the volume of Lake Geneva.
  • In Africa as much as 40% of all food produced is wasted before it reaches the consumer (enough to feed roughly 300 million people).
  • The CSIR estimates that in SA about 9 million tonnes, or 30%, of local agricultural production is wasted each year (R60bn a year or 2% of GDP).
  • Big problem in Africa is lack of adequate logistics and cold storage facilities; poor road infrastructure; congested borders; food traceability laws in major export markets like EU.
  • Food that doesn’t `look perfect’ according to EU guidelines typically never reaches the shelves of retailers.
  • Wastage also occurs in the form of retailers being forced to throw away food that is past its shelf life but is still perfectly fit for human consumption.
  • This is why Pick n Pay supports FoodBank SA, which collects edible surplus food from manufacturers and retailers and distributes it to non-profit organisations.
  • By giving FoodBank SA surplus food, which is still perfectly safe to eat, the company is already contributing 40,000 meals per week for people in dire need – and is saving almost 1000 tonnes of food waste per year.

Locally, rising non-communicable diseases have also become a challenge not only in South Africa, but globally, with obesity being the main focus at this stage. In response to this, we as the South African food and non-alcoholic beverage industry are looking into initiatives aimed at promoting healthy eating and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. This is in an effort to support the Department of Health in achieving its objective to prevent and control non-communicable diseases. This ties in with the National Development Plans and the Millennial Development Goals.

Turning to the health of the global economy, it is evident that we are heading for uncertain times. For the first time since the last credit crisis of 2008/09, we are facing the spectre of another downturn. The International Monetary Fund has already revised global growth to just 3.3% from a previous estimate of 3.5%. Upheavals in China are causing havoc in emerging markets, and currently there seems to be no let-up in the near-term.
Here in South Africa growth is expected to be as low as 1.7% from previous estimates of 2.2% made at the beginning of the year. The primary inhibitors are constrained electricity supply plus a tighter fiscal stance. Job cuts are worsening in South Africa, and this has a direct impact on consumer spending and affects our businesses and our ability to create, let alone sustain existing jobs.

The prospect of high interest rates will potentially worsen household indebtedness; while regulatory uncertainty related to a number of proposed laws that could potentially negatively affect our sector is a cause for concern, and is filtering into the low business confidence that has been revealed by several surveys released in the past few weeks.

Global Economic Forces

  • SA not isolated from the impact of what happens on international markets such as the US, which accounts for 40% of the global maize harvest.
  • A spike in US grain prices typically causes local prices to increase in tandem. This has follow through effect on poultry and beef as maize used as feed source.
  • Rising food prices and diminished food security can cause civil unrest e.g. food riots Egypt to Mozambique, Thailand and Mexico in 2007/08.
  • Increased demand from rising consumer wealth and growing populations in emerging markets such as China are adding to food security fears.
  • Africa also needs to boost its own food security. A recent UNICEF report forecast that 1.8 billion babies will be born in Africa over the next 35 years while the continent’s population could almost quadruple to 4.2 billion people by 2100.
  • This is why Pick n Pay’s policy in Africa is local sourcing, as much and as far as possible. In fact, 94% of our food products are procured from local suppliers – around R40-billion in the last financial year.
  • Governments also need to play their part by improving infrastructure and eliminating cross-border trade barriers.

Exchange Rate

  • The rand has weakened more than 40% against the dollar since the start of 2007
  • International prices of soft commodities such as maize and wheat are denominated in the U.S. dollar, which is still the currency of choice for global trade transactions. A weaker rand therefore results in higher maize price.
  • Food inflation prospects bad
  • Soft commodity prices increase

With this rather gloomy context in mind, you may well ask what the future is looking like for the consumer goods sector. Is there a light at end of the proverbial tunnel? Yes, there is. We have no choice but to adapt to the times, innovate and continue to provide value to our customers, while continuing to grow our business for the benefit of our shareholders, our staff, the economy and the communities in which we trade.
Land Tenure and Policy Uncertainty

  • Deloitte warned in March that SA faces looming food shortage in next 10 years due to average age of farmers.
  • Average age of SA farmer is 62, compared to EU median (55), US (58) and Australia (53).
  • Agriculture’s contribution to SA GDP has declined from more than 6% in 1980 to less than 3% in 2013
  • The declining profitability of farming has left SA with less than two thirds of the number of farms it had in the early 1990s.
  • South Africa had 120 000 farmers in 1994 compared to 37 000 at present.
  • This dwindling population of commercial farmers supports a population of over 50 million people.
  • Commercial farmers account for 95% of SA’s locally-produced food, planting their crops on only 5% of total agricultural land.
  • More needs to be done to enable small-scale food production to succeed (financial support, skills development, access to land etc.)
  • SA also needs to revisit land tenure regime in traditional rural areas, where communal tenure should be considered for conversion into to individual land ownership

Why we chose the theme “Consumer Goods in the Digital Age”? It is a relevant theme for the simple reason that the future of our businesses will to a large extent be determined by the speed at which we innovate, adopt and adapt to the digital and technological age. This has been far from being a simple evolution; it is proving to be a disruptive influence in the consumer goods sector, as it has been in most others.

  • Records and CD’s
  • Video
  • Appliances
  • Computers

I say ‘disruptive’ in a positive sense, in the same way that the tablet is replacing laptops which replaced typewriters. The truth is that the future isn’t what it used to be, and the potential presented by technological change is immense. Provided of course, that we embrace the digital age and disruption to grow our businesses, and most importantly provide both benefit and value to our customers.

  • SA has jumped technology to miss the computer and smart phones

I leave you with this important challenge that we should all consider: consumer-centricism is now key to success, more than ever before. And although consumers and their needs are changing in the most rapid sense, it means more than ever that championing the consumer’s cause should be front and centre of whatever we do. From my own experience at Pick n Pay, the values of staying true to consumer sovereignty, the belief that doing good is good business and being an efficient business has stood us in good stead. That’s because these are enduring principles that survive any evolution or disruptive technology. The ability to take a long-term view, and to act beyond narrow, commercial confines, is what unites many businesses globally, and especially so, family-controlled businesses. This is value creation at its most practical, if not ethical.
The onus is on us to demonstrate how we are vocal and honest champions for the consumer, to embrace important global imperatives such as food security, climate change, environmental protection and sustainable job creation. In that way we will help to build sustainable economies to both serve and absorb the many educated and talented young people searching for a better life.

But for that to happen, especially here in South Africa, we need to narrow what we see as a widening of antagonism and lack of trust (the so-called trust deficit) between the business, labour and government sectors. This is impacting on our ability to negotiate strategies to address unemployment and poverty.

  • CGCSA is working on this

We will continue to engage with the government to find a common ground on these and other challenges we face, not only as a business sector, but as a country as a whole.

  • CGF Summit 15-17 June 2016
  • Members pay for barcodes / cut off
  • Business ethics

What can we do?

  • Create jobs
  • Reduces energy and water consumption
  • Increase the use of renewables
  • Reduce waste
  • Support small and emergency market businesses
  • Build confidence – in the company – the country and the consumer.

I thank you

South Africa: funds from the sale of bandana at Pick n Pay, Round Table, Makro and Zando to benefit people with serious blood disorders

The slogan this year is “We heart Bandana Day!”

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Take a stand and show you care about people with serious blood disorders like leukaemia.  Buy and wear your bandana on 12thOctober and contribute towards saving a life.

The campaign is fun, hip and happening and involves Ambassadors of Hope for The Sunflower Fund:

  • Corne Krige with his family,
  • Benito Vergotine,
  • Nonala Tose and
  • Liezel van der Westhuizen.

Featuring in the TV advert together with South Africans of all ages, they pledge their support and ask that you do too.

The bandana design is fresh, distinctive and is a trendy fashion accessory.  Available in 8 different colours, it appeals to everyone from the young to the young at heart!  Buy your brightly coloured bandana from Pick n Pay, Round Table, selected Makro stores and the online shop, Zando from 15th August.  It’s all about saving lives.

Funds raised through National Bandana Day go towards paying for the expensive tissue typing (DNA) tests for new stem cell donors to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

Behind the campaign, stand the cancer patients who face a very daunting task of fighting for their lives.  This unfortunately is a reality for countless people and for many; their only hope is to receive a life-saving stem cell transplant.

“Please support this campaign and help make a difference as together, we can save more lives.  We cannot do this without you.  To the public of South Africa, I have one question for you…  We Heart Bandana Day, do you?” asks Tarryn Corlett, Chief Executive Officer of The Sunflower Fund.

Come on South Africa, “Share a Little, Save a Life”… buy your bandana to give hope to someone else and wear it to show support towards the brave fight that these patients face daily.

For more information on National Bandana Day or becoming a stem cell donor, call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za

SOURCE: Pick n Pay Holdings Limited