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S.A Wine Production May Decline| News by Staff Reporter
Damages to farms reach R120 million
The recent unrest in the farming areas of the Western Cape has caused around R120 million rand worth of damage with grape growers receiving the worst of it. The farm protests follow on from a series of strikes at South African mines with workers alleging that farmers are paying wages below the legal limit.
According to one farmer 9 hectares (22 acres) of his grape vines were burned by a group of protestors. The value of the vines destroyed is estimated at about R9 million rand.
Farmers have denied that they are paying low wages and are pointing to political motivations for the violence.
South Africa is the ninth largest producer of the world's total wine production and Africa's largest maker of table wines.
A bottle of medium quality table wine currently sells for around R35-R45 per 750ml in South Africa. Expect prices to rise in 2013.