South Africans do not have to worry about a food shortage in the country, even though Covid-19 would spread. That’s the assurance of Agbiz research chief Wandile Sihlobo, who said in a statement on Monday that there were ample food reserves available for the country to make panic purchases unnecessary.
The statement was not enough as panic buyers went shopping on Monday.
Massive panic buying in South Africa!— Kudzai Mutisi (@KMutisi) March 16, 2020
Why are people emptying the shelves just like that? pic.twitter.com/ZLoJipKHly
Pick n Pay and Woolworths were also flooded with shoppers. Hand sanitizers and toilet paper were some of the first items to sell out.
So, not that bad then. ? This is the Woolworths supermarket in my neighborhood – no TP, tissues, paper towels or serviettes in sight. pic.twitter.com/wxPrKnnLHs— faranaaz (@faranaaz) March 15, 2020