25 October 2016

South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Employment Conditions in SA Wine Industry

press release

Statement by Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, regarding documentary on employment conditions in South African wine industry

MEC Alan Winde has taken note of a documentary produced by a Danish filmmaker regarding employment conditions in the South African wine industry.

"I view these allegations in a very serious light. I have directed my department to investigate the matter further and submit an interim report to my office within the next two weeks. The Western Cape Government stands firmly behind the rule of law in all cases.

"The wine industry provides 289 000 jobs in the country and is an important employer, especially in rural areas. To offer assistance to workers in the agriculture sector, the Western Cape Government has put in place a dedicated support unit which immediately investigates any instances of employee-employer grievances brought to its attention.

"We have world-class wine farms and programs that ensure ethical and globally recognised best practice. Issues in this industry are not the norm, and we therefore take very seriously any matters raised with us."

VinPro, in collaboration with industry bodies, labour and the Western Cape government, remains committed to sustainable development and will continue to engage with involved stakeholders, including Danish retail and the Swedish liquor authority, Systembolaget.

Issued by: Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism

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