Rainbow Chicken to retrench 1 350 workers

Rainbow Chicken, renamed RCL Foods, is retrenching 1 350 workers from the end of this month.

Rainbow Chicken is one of South Africa’s biggest chicken producers. The company is selling 15 of its 25 farms in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu Natal to stay afloat after years of fighting overseas chicken imports.

This week, Scott Pitman, managing director of RCL Foods, said he no longer knew what to do to save jobs.

We just don't see light at the end of the tunnel. Its been five years that we've been in negotiations with government

Scott Pitman, managing director of RCL Foods

Pitman says most African countries have banned poultry imports from other countries, meaning they have nowhere to go.

Another problem is that South Africa has not protected its own industry and it's been targeted by other countries, and this has ruined local markets.

Until we protect our own industry, duties and tariffs wont help.

Scott Pitman, managing director of RCL Foods

Click below to listen to this conversation further:


Read More
Should Bitcoin be regulated?

Should Bitcoin be regulated?

CapeTalk's John Maytham speaks to Nicolene Schoeman-Louw about the Bitcoin currency which is currently uncontrolled.

Mahlobo's IRP 2017 seems to be deeply problematic - energy expert

Mahlobo's IRP 2017 seems to be deeply problematic - energy expert

Energy expert, Chris Yelland, says the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity is likely to be challenged in court.

Metrorail disruptions are taxing on business - Cape Chamber of Commerce

Metrorail disruptions are taxing on business - Cape Chamber of Commerce

President of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janine Myburgh says the loss equates to millions of Rands.

20 thousand job losses predicted for poultry industry

20 thousand job losses predicted for poultry industry

The poultry industry has been retrenching workers, citing unfair competition with the European Union, United States, and Brazil.

How to overcome the fear of failure (and other tips from a serial entrepreneur)

How to overcome the fear of failure (and other tips from a serial entrepreneur)

Nic Haralambous knows a thing or three about starting a small business with almost no money. He offers this advice…

Poultry Association slams DAFF's new brine limits for chicken

Poultry Association slams DAFF's new brine limits for chicken

Sapa CEO Kevin Lovell explains why they will be challenging the amendments to the brine ratios for chicken.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.