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Food Shortage Set to Grip South Africa After Rioters Rampage

  • Retailers have lost an estimated $340 million to store looters
  • Farmers struggling to harvest and transport fresh produce
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Deadly Riots Set Back South Africa's Economic Recovery
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South Africans are expected to face major food shortages in the wake of days of violent unrest across two key provinces, as rioters upend supply chains by looting supermarkets and torching goods trucks.

Footage of empty or sparse grocery-store shelves has been a staple of local news reports since the weekend, while chains such as Shoprite Holdings Ltd. and Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. closed many outlets altogether. In parts of Durban, the coastal KwaZulu-Natal city at the center of the upheaval, long queues formed outside the few open food shops and basics such as bread and milk were in short supply.