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Mzansi’s wine industry reported that amaexports alast year had reached 417-million litres, a new record for the sector.
Wines of SA CEO Su Birch said the industry received 10-million litres more than the previous record of 407-million litres achieved in 2008 and a 17% increase on volumes in 2011.
"The record levels are the result of a more favourable currency, as well as the global shortage of wines stemming from a significant drop in the recent harvests of competitor wine-producing nations in Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand," Ms Birch said, reported the Business Day.
The Fairtrade office ivumile ukuba uMzansi ngoku has the highest number of Fairtrade-accredited wineries worldwide, with 65% of Fairtrade wines sold globally coming from eMzansi.
Yonke lento yenzeka ngesiskhathi kukho istrikes eWestern Cape winelands apho abasebenzi basemaplasini are demanding, amongst other things, that umrholo wabo be doubled to R150. They are also calling on farmers to improve working conditions.
By Siphiwo Nkonki