CHINHOYI– Leading breadmaker Lobels has streamlined its operations in Mashonaland West province and sent the majority of its workers on forced leave, Zim Morning Post has established.
According to some sources, Lobels bakery that operates from here in the provincial capital has since suspended its operations due to economic challenges.
One of our sources who is a salesman confirmed that there were 17 officials.
“There were 17 drivers covering 13 routes within the province currently only five are now working after majority of us have been forced out until further notice,”said our source.
Another source added that a skeleton staff was currently manning the province.
‘We don’t know what is in store for us due to the economic environment that is not conducive for operations,’ added our sources.
A senior manager who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that the bakery has not been spared by current economic challenges over forex affecting production in different sectors.
“It is a challenge as the bakery is operating under the belt where it has been forced to sell bread for $1.70 although the production cost is pegged at $1.70,” he said .
“As it stands, we are being forced to go on forced leave. We do not know when operations will resume. The magnitude of loss is uncalled for but Government has made a ceiling on prices. We are in a fix nationally,’’ he added.
There was no immediate confirmation from Lobels officials on the matter as their phones were not reachable.