Red meat supplier caught red handed

Red meat supplier caught red handed

MASERU- SKY Country, a controversial meat supplier, this week took its dubious reputation to new heights.
This time the meat outlet was caught red handed smuggling red meat into the country despite last November’s ban.
The Ministry of Small Businesses Development told a press conference yesterday that officials caught workers from Sky Country at the Maseru Border Gate smuggling red meat from South Africa.

In November, Small Business Minister Chalane Phori together with his colleague Trade Minister Tefo Mapesela banned red meat imports saying they wanted to protect local beef and mutton suppliers from competition.
The government has said the ban is only temporary.

The idea is that during the embargo local farmers will build their capacity in order to compete with big meat suppliers from South Africa.
But the deputy principal secretary of Small Businesses, ’Majoele Hlasoa, told a press conference this week that Sky Country was caught trying to smuggle some meat through the border.

“We would like to remind the Basotho businessmen especially butcheries, the (meat market), that red meat importation permits are still prohibited for now,” she said. “The ministry advises the butcheries to purchase red meat in the country.”
The Ministry has however not revealed the amount of meat Sky Country was trying to smuggle into Lesotho.
This is not the first time Sky Country has been found on the wrong side of the law.

In 2013 the then Trade Minister, Temeki Tšolo, caught the meat retailer selling rotten meat during his countrywide inspection of food businesses.
Tšolo took action after claims that Sky Country, which is operated by Basotho businessmen of Chinese origin, sold rotten meat packages.
Complaints were aired on several radio stations and the Lesotho Television that the company, which stocks meat in large quantities from South Africa, had kept rotten meat in its stores.

Majobere Selebalo

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