Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has urged consumers to stop panic buying.
He says the newly implemented port closures are only meant to limit the movement of individuals and won't have a negative impact on the import of goods into the country.
Yesterday thousands of shoppers descended on shops, clearing the shelves of food, multi-vitamin supplements as well as cleaning products such as hand sanitisers.
To discuss this further we are joined on the line by Matlou Setati the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa's Executive Food Safety Initiative.
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