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KwaZulu-Natal’s largest mushroom farm, Denny Mushrooms, has retrenched all its staff, leaving hundreds of workers jobless after an alleged arson attack brought the operation to its knees last September.

A well-placed source within JSE-listed Libstar Holdings, which owns Denny Mushrooms, and a competitor told Business Day on Tuesday that 315 farm employees, including artisans, pickers, office workers and managers, had been retrenched after a decision was taken in December to shut the operation for good.

Jobs at Denny Mushrooms farm go up in smoke (