Bata scales down operations

Zimbabwe’s sole shoe manufacturing company, Bata, has scaled down operations at its local branch in fear of an economic meltdown in the wake of elections.

Workers on the firm’s production line were put on forced leave until September 2.

“The economic environment in Zimbabwe continues to pose challenges to our industry. The company is operating amid very difficult conditions and in an attempt to mitigate the challenges and continue to remain operational, the company has introduced some adjustments to the current working calendar,” reads a memorandum circulated to all affected workers by the company’s Managing Director, Louis Pinto. “The factory will reopen on September 2. Phase two of the annual shutdown will commence on December 20 and we will re-open on January 6, 2014.” In the 80s and 90s, Bata was the biggest employer in the province with a regular workforce of about 5, 000. However, it was hard-hit by the economic challenges that affected the country prior to formation of the inclusive government.

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