Grapes

South Africa

Most of the supermarket wine in the EU comes from South Africa. The cultivation of the plants is complicated and lengthy and involves a lot of manual labor which is mainly carried out by women.

The deregulation of the market in South Africa has been an unprecedented continuation of colonial history, and so German supermarkets are currently benefiting from the heritage of the apartheid regime, whose structures continue to discriminate against and exploit the workers of colour.

Especially with bottled wine the labor-intensive processes, the cultivation and harvesting of the grapes, remain with the producers in the South. The lion's share of value added, which is produced through bottling and eventually retail sales, is collected in the global North.

The average consumer price for grapes has doubled since 2000 - which, however, does not reach the workers. Harassment, lack of sanitation on the plantations, illness, wages below subsistence level and opaque working conditions are commonplace.

Who receives the money?

The receiver of your donation is a registered NGO from South Africa who is fighting for better working conditions in agriculture, especially in winegrowing. The NGO advocates for workers' working and living conditions, including rights to a living wage, to safe, healthy and humane conditions such as water, sanitation, decent housing, protection from discrimination and harassment, as well as protection from pesticide exposure. It plays an important role in empowering labourers to organize themselves, so that they are put in a position to claim their rights and put pressure on their employers and the government to realise their rights.

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