SAB keeps brewing in South Sudan despite conflict

Africa - News and Analysis

Mail and Guardian

24 Jan 2014Liesl Louw-Vaudran

Beering up: An employee at Southern Sudan Beverages does a quality check at its plant in Juba, which is 
operating at half its capacity following the evacuation of personnel last year.(Roberto Schmidt,AFP)                    
Beering up: An employee at Southern Sudan Beverages does a quality check at its plant in Juba, which is 
operating at half its capacity following the evacuation of personnel last year.(Roberto Schmidt,AFP)
                                   

When the brewery shuts down, that’s when you really need to start worrying. Any Africa hack will tell you that from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to Sierra Leone, even when war is at its worst, breweries continue to operate.

The crisis in South Sudan that started on December 15 has compelled embassies and nongovernmental organisations to evacuate staff and travel warnings have been issued for foreigners to leave the country immediately.  According to the United Nations, more than 500?000 people have been forced to flee their homes and thousands have been killed because of the fighting.

But the South African- and United Kingdom-based SABMiller seems…

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