Over the weekend there was a fascinating graph published by economist Johan Fourie on his blog.
He was discussing the “slow demise” of employment in the area where there is a lot of the unrest currently in the region.
While the argument from the workers is for an improved daily wage – the demands are to increase this from R70 per day to around R150 per day – the real issue is that the sector is not growing and increased mechanisation is eliminating a lot of manual jobs. While the focus is on the poor real wage, the solution lies in growing and supporting the sector.
For the government who are calling for a “boycott” of South African wines, this should give you a bit of a wake-up call.