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grapesCape Town- The table grape industry provides over 29 000 direct jobs in the Western Cape each year.

About 65% of the total table grape production volumes in SA is generated in the Western Cape.

These figures were shared at the South Africa Table Grape Industry’s annual general meeting.

In 2014/2015, R183m in income was generated on farms with black ownership and 660 black beneficiaries are involved in 32 farming businesses countrywide. The industry provides 11 000 full-time and 42 000 seasonal jobs valued at R950m in wages per year nationally.

The industry makes a significant contribution to downstream production income – R3.2bn to other product input providers, R720m to packaging material suppliers and R250m to logistics suppliers. The industry’s contribution towards SA’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at over R3bn.

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