MERCEDES-BENZ LIMITED TAKES FURTHER MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
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MERCEDES-BENZ LIMITED TAKES FURTHER MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Date: 24 Mar 2020 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Source: Mercedes-Benz South Africa
  • Decision to begin gradually reducing manufacturing operations with a view to suspend production at its East London manufacturing plant, as well as work in selected administrative departments on 9 April 2020, for a period of five weeks.
  • Precautionary measures implemented to contain the pandemic in line with recommendations from the authorities and to protect its workforce.
  • Not all global supply chains can be maintained at present.
  • The decision will help the company to prepare for a period of temporary lower demand and to protect the company’s financial strength.
East London, South Africa –Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic Mercedes-Benz South Africa Limited (MBSA) has decided to begin gradually reducing manufacturing operations with a view to suspend production at its East London manufacturing plant, as well as work in selected administrative departments, on 9 April 2020 for a period of five weeks. Connected to this is an assessment of global supply chains, which currently cannot be maintained to their full extent.

An extension of this measure will depend on further developments.

Stakeholders can be assured that measures are in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of SARS-COV-2 related to our manufacturing operations. In the interim, wherever operations need to be continued, Mercedes-Benz will take appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of its employees and inhibit the contagion of SARS-COV-2, the diseases that causes COVID-19, amongst its employees. In order to do so, MBSA is adhering to the directives of the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Department of Health for recommendations and guidelines on how to combat COVID-19.

With this suspension, Mercedes-Benz is helping to protect its workforce, to interrupt chains of infection and to contain the spread of the pandemic. At the same time, this will help the company to prepare for a period of temporary lower demand and to protect its financial strength.

Management is constantly monitoring the situation and will take further measures as required. Full operations will be resumed when the situation improves and will be communicated accordingly.
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