Despite the outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year, that has devastated most economies, crippled stock markets, and left thousands of people jobless, all is not lost.
Retailers have managed to cash in as people are preparing themselves for the unknown, buying in bulk. Of recent, people have been clearing shops, stockpiling groceries in case they get quarantined.
The coronavirus also caused hand sanitisers shortage, as people are encouraged to always use them to prevent the spread of the virus.
A local entrepreneur, Bonolo Molebatsi of Nolly Cleaning Services took advantage of the situation and started selling hand sanitisers to meet the demand caused by panic over the coronavirus outbreak.
Molebatsi said by introducing the 50ml, 250ml and 500ml hand sanitisers, she wanted to tackle a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral products.
“I usually provide hand sanitisers for offices and toilets, but never packaged in small quantities. Since the outbreak, I saw an opportunity and started packaged for individuals,” she said.
According to Molebatsi, she usually buys the hand sanitisers in bulk from another local company, White Fragrance which manufacture the product at their
“The demand is high and has been hectic, with us knocking off late sorting out orders. Right , our local supplier of bottles has run out of stock as well, but we have orders to deliver,” she said.
Nolly Cleaning Services usually offers cleaning services to offices across the country and also has housemaids who can be hired on contract or part time basis.
“Prices for empty bottles that we use for packaging have ridiculously gone up which force us to increase our prices,” she said.
Hand sanitisers’ prices have hiked as sellers are charging outrageously high prices simply because they can. On a normal day, a 250ml empty bottle would sell for P55 but the buying price is now P233.
Last week, the Minister of Investment Trade and Industry, Peggy Serame said they will continue to monitor prices and if they become unreasonable they would be forced to intervene.