Drinks company South African Breweries (SAB) has announced plans to create up to 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021 through its key entrepreneurship programmes.
The programmes will increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to become part of its supply chain, focusing on youth-owned businesses and agriculture initiatives.
The new jobs are part of commitments agreed with the South African government last year following the merger between AB InBev and SABMiller.
“We are committed to making a substantial contribution towards South Africa’s national agenda of growing the economy through creating jobs and reducing unemployment, particularly amongst our youth," said Ricardo Tadeu, zone president for SAB and AB InBev Africa.
"As a business that started out as an entrepreneur itself, we strongly believe that entrepreneurship is the most appropriate response to this issue and will help to galvanise the economy."
“We recognise that job creation is top of mind amongst South Africans," he added. "As one of the country’s leading corporates with a deep sense of pride, and a belief in the future of our country, we have not only a responsibility to help, but a duty to improve the lives of people in communities. We will do this through a range of initiatives, including providing real, authentic and sustainable jobs that we can measure going forward.”
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