Our industry has suffered enormous damage and hundreds of thousands of workers are staying at home and are not allowed to return to their work.
The wine industry has been completely closed down, as the sale and transport of alcohol within South Africa is prohibited. In stage 5, even the export of wine was banned. However, as we will be entering Stage 4 on 1 May, workers in the wine industry can go back to work and wine exports can resume.
The sale of alcohol within the country will still be banned, and therefore the industry will have to rely on its exports to survive in the coming months.
We on Lammershoek have decided to continue to pay full wages to all farm workers during the lockdown and we have agreed with the management team to make moderate wage cuts.
The Abold family has been at Lammershoek for almost five weeks and we are taking the opportunity to work on some things we have always wanted to do.