Coca-Cola has decided to halt the production of all canned drinks in Namibia because of a severe water shortage, AFP news agency reports.
“We will cease the manufacturing of all canned products locally, substituting them with imported canned beverages from South Africa,” Frik Oosthuizen, head of Coca-Cola in Namibia, said in a statement to AFP.
“This decision has been taken as a direct result of the water crisis that is facing the Central region of Namibia and we are making every effort to continue to supply our customers.”
Businesses in the capital, Windhoek, have been ordered by city officials to reduce water usage by 30% as Namibia battles to cope with one of the worst drought in decades to hit southern Africa.
Coca-Cola has also decided to stop the production of drinks in glass bottles at its factory in Windhoek, but this will continue at another plant it has in the north of the country.
Plastic bottled drinks will still be produced in Windhoek, AFP reports.
Last week, Coca-Cola put a notice in Namibian newspapers, warning customers of possible “sporadic shortages countrywide”.