SATURDAY PROFILE | Massmart CEO Mitchell Slape: 'Don't judge SA on one week of unrest'

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Mitch Slape (supplied, Massmart)
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Massmart CEO Mitchell Slape, who promised that the company would rebuild its stores after looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, said investors shouldn't judge South Africa on one week of unrest because all democracies go through 'turbulence'. He speaks to James de Villiers about how the true spirit of the country came through after the unrest, why the country should embrace its diversity, and the one value that carried him over the past few weeks. 

A week after Massmart saw 41 of its Game, Makro and Builders stores looted, and two distribution centres destroyed during the recent unrest in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, CEO Mitchell Slape, 53, says it's not the disruption that matters, but how the South African government responds. 

Massmart, majority-owned by United States-based retail chain, Walmart, and the employer of more than 40 000 people - which it calls "associates" - in South Africa, has been a source of hope to many as the country battled what President Cyril Ramaphosa described an "attempted insurrection". 

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