We’re drowning in unsold stock: wine farmers

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We’re drowning in unsold stock: wine farmers

The wine industry is imploring President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the alcohol ban as more people lose their jobs

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The wine industry may have devised ways to survive the alcohol ban in lockdown’s early stages, but many are unlikely to survive the latest ban, the South African Agri Initiative (Saai) said on Thursday.

The organisation’s CEO, Francois Rossouw, said when the ban was first introduced last year, wine farms made temporary plans to survive, including closing cellars and putting staff on reduced pay.

“Because this is the third ban, farmers are looking for final solutions. They do not have cash flow. They are letting workers go now instead of reducing their time.”..

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