Some quarters want the deal to be blocked because the consortium is led by Israel’s Central Bottling Company. Those opposed to it don’t want an Israeli beverage firm to be involved because of the alleged injustices Israelis mete out to Palestinians.
However, department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said: “If it’s approved by the necessary competition and regulatory bodies, we see nothing wrong with the deal.”
“South Africa is open for business. Other direct benefits will be that Clover products will be exported.”
However, he stressed that South Africa would continue to work with international partners on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.