‘A growing frustration by business was clear when Shoprite CEO Pieter Engelbrecht recently said SA’s private sector should be allowed to secure vaccines in a bid to speed up the rollout, reported Times Live (23 March 2023). Engelbrecht said it is critical that staff should be vaccinated as there are 25-m customers through Shoprite stores every month.

According to Charmane Russell, spokesperson for the Minerals Council of SA the mining industry could vaccinate between 60 000 and 80 000 people a day and could vaccinate at least 2.5-m to 3-m people – employees. The mining industry has previously volunteered to contribute funding to vaccine procurement and make available its healthcare resources and infrastructure to the vaccination programme if needed.

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