Khoi and San to benefit from rooibos sales

Khoi and San to benefit from rooibos sales

The government has entered into a benefit sharing scheme which will see the Khoi and San communities sharing in the profits from the sales of rooibos tea.

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The SA Rooibos Council and two indigenous communities, represented by the National Khoi-San Council and the South African San Council, met at Yzerfontein in the Western Cape on Friday.

Environmental Affairs Minister Babara Creecy described the agreement as a significant milestone.

“The agreement today gives the Khoi and the San communities 1.5% of the value of every kilo of rooibos tea that is sold by farmers and this amounts to a considerable sum of money. Our estimation is somewhere in the region of R12 million per year.

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“It's an agreement that comes in the sense of something known as the Nagoya Protocol which is an international agreement of which South Africa is a signatory to.”

The Nagoya Protocol, adopted in 2010, is a legislative framework which provisions fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of genetic resources. 

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