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South African wine industry says it still can export during lockdown

Vinpro represents around 2,500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders and has been at the forefront of talks with government since a lockdown was imposed from 27 March.

Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s wine industry will be allowed to export its products after heavy lobbying to government saw a relaxation of coronavirus-linked lockdown rules on Tuesday, industry body Vinpro said in a statement.

“On Tuesday afternoon, 7 April 2020, the Minister of Transport gazetted new directions under the lockdown regulations to expressly permit the export of wines and other fresh produce products,” Vinpro in a statement.

Vinpro represents around 2,500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders and has been at the forefront of talks with government since a lockdown was imposed from 27 March to control the spread of the new coronavirus.