Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has signed the Protocol to the 2007 World Wine Trade Group Agreement on Wine Labelling in Washington, USA.
In a statement, the department confirmed that the Agreement focuses on the Requirements for Wine Labelling concerning Alcohol Tolerance, Vintage, Variety and Wine Regions.
The Protocol on Labelling was signed on 18 October 2018 and will be submitted through parliament for ratification and subsequent implementation.
Two previous World Wine Trade Group Agreements are currently in place, namely, the Mutual Acceptance Agreement of Oenological Practices and the Agreement for Requirements on Wine Labelling.
“The Protocol on Labelling strengthens the mentioned agreements, improves regulatory certainty and further eases the trade of wine between signatories.”
The department holds the view that the Protocol on Labelling, together with the two existing agreements, will facilitate increased global trade in wine.
Meanwhile, the department has issued a statement announcing that the minister has made his decisions on the appeals filed by applicants for West Coast Rock Lobster Nearshore Fishing Rights in Fishing Zone F which includes Kleinmond, Hawston, Hermanus and Gansbaai.
739 appeals were received and each right holder in Zone F will be entitled to a maximum of 0.23% of the WCRL Nearshore TAC determined in any one season for Zone F.