The wine industry joins the agricultural sector and many other South Africans today in a stand against violence.
“VinPro is deeply saddened by the recent incidences of violence and loss of life in our wine industry community. Our producers and their employees are not only under pressure from drought, natural disasters and cost increases; their safety is also being threatened,” said Rico Basson, managing director of VinPro.
According to SAPS crime statistics, farm murders in South Africa increased by 27% and farm attacks by 23% in 2016/17.
The South African wine industry provides employment to 290 000 people and contributes R36 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The challenges facing the industry threatens the sustainability of wine-related businesses, which will have a serious ripple effect in especially rural communities.
“Now is the time to stand together as South Africans against violence of any kind,” says Basson. “We encourage producers to become involved in existing structures and will continue to direct our efforts towards finding solutions with all parties involved to effect positive change in our industry and country.”
ISSUED BY: Anton Smuts (VinPro chairman) & Rico Basson (VinPro MD)
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