Africa

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South Africa: Minister Welcomes Coca-Cola Merger Deal

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed commitments between the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) merger parties - SABMiller Plc, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments, as well as the South African government.

The commitments will be recommended to the Competition Tribunal in connection with the proposed creation of Africa's largest soft drink beverage bottling operation.

SABMiller, Coke Agree with South Africa Over Bottling Merger

SABMiller and Coca-Cola have agreed with the South African government to win approval for a deal to combine their soft-drink operations.

The agreement with the South African Ministry of Economic Development includes a three-year freeze on layoffs and the companies investing 800 million rand ($54 million) to support small South African businesses.

Coca-Cola moves for Nigeria's leading dairy and juice company, Chi

A majority shareholder in Nigeria’s largest juice and dairy company, Chi Limited, Tropical General Investment (TGI) Group, on January 30, 2016 sold 40 percent of its stake to the Coca-Cola company. This deal signals Coca Cola’s plan to expand across Africa by 2020 and redouble its effort to expand beyond soda as its soda sales is low.

Swaziland: Coca-Cola Abandons Swazi Farmers

Coca-Cola has denied that it intends to take any lead in protecting the rights of farmers and workers in Swaziland from land-grabbing.

This follows global reports that the international drinks company had promised to stop all business dealings with subsidiaries that were involved in land grabs, where land is taken from poor people in developing countries without their consent.

Coca-Cola, under its Swazi subsidiary Conco, produces drinks concentrate using sugar. It makes up as much as 40 percent of the Swaziland's gross domestic product (GDP), but it is said to be exempt from paying full taxes.

Solidarity for the sacked Coca-Cola Morocco workers

Ben Malouk Hassan, a technician who had worked for 17 years in the Coca-Cola Marrakesh bottling plant is unfairly dismissed on 2 August 2012 because of his union activities. Another worker Jalouli Mohamed, a fork-lift truck driver with 17 years of good service at Coca-Cola Casablanca bottling plant was involved in an unintentional accident when he was following the instructions of his supervisors. The local management claimed that communicating the facts of the accident to international organizations was grounds for dismissal.

Three Coca-Cola plants set to merge in Kenya

TCCC revealed that three of Coca Cola's bottling franchises in Kenya plan to merge in a bid to improve on their production capacity and enable them launch new packages convenient for market. Under the proposed plan which shareholders of the three firms are said to have approved; Kisii, Mount Kenya and Rift Valley Bottlers are set to merge to form a new company that will be called Almasi Beverages Limited.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Unions in Africa to enhance collaboration against precarious work

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo union representatives from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Zambia, Togo, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Morocco met December 8-9 in Accra, Ghana after the Regional Conference to discuss their present situation of organising in both TNCs and exchange experiences, successes and future plans of trade union work in these giant beverage companies operating in Africa.

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