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ANC calls for boycott of SA wines

2012-11-14 07:48

Johannesburg - The ANC in the Eastern Cape called for the boycott of South African wines on Tuesday as farmworkers demanded higher wages and better working conditions.

Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said people would be supporting workers' exploitation if they continued buying South African-produced wine.

"Next time people binge on wines from the Western Cape, they must know that they support exploitation of black workers," he said.

Farmworkers in the De Doorns area went on strike a week ago in demand of a R150 daily wage and better working conditions.

Qoboshiyane said farmers could afford to pay the workers what they wanted.

"The South African wine industry is making a lot of money locally and internationally; therefore, the wage demands of the workers are realistic and can be met by the employers."

He said Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was failing to back the workers because farm owners were financing the Democratic Alliance - the party she leads.

"The people of the Western Cape deserve a better leader than Zille," he said.

Earlier, Zille wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma, asking him to intervene in the crisis.

De Doorns municipal officials said on Tuesday that violent strike action had resulted in damage estimated at R500 000.

"Property damage has been sustained including the destruction of a packing shed, veld fires, damage to farming crops, burning of tyres in streets and throwing of stones," said municipal spokesperson Anette Radjoo.

On Tuesday, a policeman had to be hospitalised after being hit on the head by a stone thrown by protesters. On Monday, 10 people were arrested for public violence and intimidation.

Comments
  • michael.hein.7374 - 2012-11-14 07:55

    Well in that case, lets boycott taxes, cause in paying them we are supporting all the criminals and curruption in government!!!

      lila.hearst - 2012-11-14 08:09

      Well, I'll be sure to go out this weekend and buy a case of wine. And since it's that time of year again, the season of giving - what the hell, each of my customers deserve one too!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-14 08:09

      I was about to say the same thing!! So brain dead!!

      makenawn - 2012-11-14 08:15

      Ruling party behave like disgruntled Republicans. Any one who talks sense is labeled as "UNPATRIOTIC"

      rontheogre - 2012-11-14 08:15

      Does this moron Mlibo Qoboshiyane realise that the salaries paid to the farmworkers was set the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson? That is the reason why she is not busy DA-bashing like the other ANC sheep. I sincerely wish these people sprouting this crap would first educate themselves about what they are saying instead of proving to the world what uneducated fools they are.

      tannie.marie - 2012-11-14 08:16

      Who cares where the wine comes from, solank hy werk - seriously, do they take into consideration that those "abused and underpaid" workers also get free accommodation, schooling, clinics, meals etc? Add it up and it becomes a much more acceptable remuneration. Heck, my poor white husband can't find a job and will work for R150 a day, but his skin colour is even too wrong for that.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-14 08:17

      The anc are real IDIOTS, Calling for a boycott of there own country Realy F@#ked up

      art5SA - 2012-11-14 08:20

      Seems like the EASTERN CAPE.... is running the country! Were they not the ones that chirped about Mrs Zille's visit to the Zuma KAYA too? Now they calling for the boycotting of the Wines....? If they were as PRODUCTIVE as the W/Cape, I would sit up and take notice... ... but alas.... THEY ARE BANKRUPT.... from the CORRUPTION... E/Cape is run like a "SELF HELP" scheme! Serious bunch of FOOLS!

      tannie.marie - 2012-11-14 08:26

      I forgot to mention - I have to pay for my own "papsak" - it's not part of my perks ;)

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-11-14 08:29

      This shows how serious the anc is about creating jobs for the poor. All a boycott will do is put more poor people out of work, but the sheeple will still vote for these morons, even as they sit jobless.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-14 08:33

      @ Smonareng: When Ms Zille did try to visit she was stoned by the animals and told not to politicise this. But with you lot one can never do the right thing.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-14 08:35

      I must have some sympathy on this one, as I do feel the farmers are getting away with too low wages for their workers.This issue certainly needs to be looked into.

      croix.mactee - 2012-11-14 08:36

      Well then, how about a full-scale, total boycott of South Africa, just in case we miss some wrongdoing somewhere else? The FARCICAL ANC is still merely a liberation movement - they will NEVER grow into a responsible government. In fact, you cannot find a bigger bunch of complete IDIOTS together in one country.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-14 08:36

      Truly, stupidity knows no bounds...

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-11-14 08:37

      Boycott your own countries industry...yeah that makes a whole lot of sense. Fine boycott them, then the vineyards dont sell, no sale no profit. No profit, no "next harvest" no harvest, no jobs"....then they are labeled as racist! I simply cannot fathom how the "governing" party can get stupider!

      mart.botha - 2012-11-14 08:41

      Have to agree Michael......big business in South Africa must come to the aid of the wine industry and suspend all income tax and VAT payments to SARS. The wages and living conditions of the labour force in South Africa are not great perhaps, but the end result of this call to boycott, is loss of jobs which goes against Government's efforts to create employment. Again, I am willing to wager that as is the case with the miners, it is the unskilled workers at the bottom of the food chain that are now destroying opportunities for the skilled ones and there can only be losers all round. This is sufficient proof for me to call this incitement by the ANC whose agenda has nothing to do with the povo, but all to do with a retention of power by whatever means they deem necessary. The ANC is not divided, it is splintered, and this smacks and smells far too much of a certain firebrand revolutionary's repeated trips to his mentor north of the Limpopo.

      Barend.Jacobus.Engelbrecht - 2012-11-14 08:44

      Just ordered two cases of Beyerskloof Pinotage, a case of Alto Cabernet Sauvignon and a case of Knorhoek Chenin Blanc. Its quite easy too with internet... UP Yours ANC...

      nicholas.graan - 2012-11-14 08:45

      The war against farmers and capitalists continues. Envy and inferiority complex leads them to call for boycotts against their own economy. Billions of Rands are lost through theft and corruption yet there is silence on this! These are our leaders, Unbelievable.

      freddie.miff - 2012-11-14 08:48

      Can anyone recommend some good wines from the De Doorns area. I usually buy wines from Franschhoek but anyone who is disliked by the ANC deserves support.

      paulvernonza - 2012-11-14 08:50

      The ANC are the only group that can always successfully, create a system of retrograde. Don't buy the wine soon enough workers will be terminated as businesses would not be able to support their employees. Instead of doing what Germany ,Korea, Japan and the rest of intelligent societies have done when pressed in hard times, put in more effort to better the situation. Africa the breeding ground for MORONS. Laziness is always proportional to returns. Poverty is a guarantee with this kind of mentality. This is nothing new Africans are/were under achievers before the white invasion and will remain so for many more centuries to come. WHY? BECAUSE WHAT YOU PUT IN IS WHAT YOU GET OUT. The truth is that its far easier to blame than to take responsibility. The spoon fed culture that can only take and has not got a clue how to make. Whites did not steal intellect, imagination and ingenuity. Being able to read and write is only part of the equation. Reasoning, deduction and analysis is a skill that needs to be developed. How can this be possible when the majority expect a spoon fed education with the bare minimum required to pass. The would relate to the bare minimum wages and quality of life. AFRICA'S SOLUTION TO SIT DOWN AND DEMAND,HOLD OUT YOUR HANDS. IF THAT DOES NOT WORK DESTROY EVERYTHING AND BLAME EVERYONE ELSE. You are a product of you own lack of self respect.

      aspruyt - 2012-11-14 09:10

      Time to go buy a few boxes of wine and boycott taxes!

      dawood.timol - 2012-11-14 09:29

      typical of this industry..they have been exploiting the poor labourers for decades now.Leave loyalties and race out, this is the plain and simple fact.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-14 09:37

      LOL! I have to share this with all of you........ "Omnishambles" is the Word of the Year for 2012 Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word - defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations, How apt is this? lol

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 09:44

      Please understand this: the ANC could care less for the poor!! It is about Total Control of ZA!! They want to get rid of all opposition in order to effectively gut the country, then sell the remains to China! Wake up! The poor are mere pawns here!

      zambezi.river - 2012-11-14 09:53

      What happens when these strikes move to other agricultural sectors, are they going to boycott those sectors as well?

      chez.kri - 2012-11-14 10:09

      @tannie marie. Your name says it all. Have you seen their living conditions? What meals? A bag of mielie meal a month is NOT meals!! "Who care where it comes from"??? Really? Thats your attitude? No wonder this country is in a mess with minds like yours!

      tannie.marie - 2012-11-14 10:20

      chez.kri - I pay my own rent, I buy my own bag of mealie meal, I buy my own papsak, I pay for my children's school fees, I pay for medical aids and doctors. Calculate all of this and it's quite a sum my ignorant friend :)

      michangel.justice - 2012-11-14 10:25

      I started to boycott all lawyers, attorneys, advocates, judges, court officials because they all corrupt and some of these whites are the worse, stealing from the poor with unlawfully obtained garnishee orders. Lets start with the law makers of this world. I for one are using those rules( called a constitution ) against these black devils. My support go out to these workers. VIVA THE WORKING VIVA , POWER IS IN THE PEOPLES HANDS >>>>>>

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-14 10:26

      ssmonareng, Actually you just proved to all who read this how little you know! It is not Helen Zille that sets the wages for these people but the very same party that is calling for boycott's. Yes, it is national government, in other words the ANC, that sets salaries!! People like you are really clueless about what is going on!! And while I am here let me tell you that it is not the farmer that makes the most money from his produce, but the middle man and the retailer!!!!

      paulvernonza - 2012-11-14 11:05

      BTW the laziness and lack of imagination I refer to is specifically directed at this ANC government. It cannot be left to the most disadvantaged to build this country. Workers are paid poorly but that is in relation to economics of farming. The reality is farming is not where money is made it is a way of life. The real money is the fancy pre-packed store bought overpriced and over-handled food. The entire farming industry is burdened with massive input cost. Why does the GOV not industrialize the farming system in SA. 1. We have steel works and countless engineering firms. Why not create incentive these under utilized industries to manufacture local, tractors, combines boosting employment. 2. Small scale farming to generate seed stocks. 3. Development of solar industries with high speed wireless Internet and computers for rural areas will further create skills and make the availability of information. NO TEXT BOOKS TO PRINT , DUMP OR NEVER DELIVER. On-line Classes will always pitch up and won't rape students, strike and abuse their responsibility 4. MANDATORY GOV POLICY ALL MEETINGS CAN BE FACILITATED ON THE INTERNET cut all this travel and living it up at the tax payers expense 5. The standard GOV vehicle must use a traditional HIACE taxi. So they can understand the plight of the common man. 6. The census has been completed. Therefor average household standard should be applied to GOV Officials housing JUST FOR STARTERS

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-14 11:46

      F**king stupid ANC So because a few farm ALLEGEDLY don't pay well, every single wine farm does the same? Jissis, i really can't believe how stupid these people are. Boycott the industry, and cause more jobs to be lost. Yes, that is the solution.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-14 11:52

      These farmers are audited annually, to make sure they pay their workers a decent wage. If they were underpaying them, or paying below minimum wage, then government should have known. Good thing he (De Doorns) got a clean audit.

      chez.kri - 2012-11-14 12:24

      @Tanie. Aren't you lucky to be so priveledged. Just a pity your head is buried so far up your self-righteous butt that you have no ability to feel compassion for the poor. Race and politics should not be involved here. Imagine that the workers are white for a minute and the owners black. That may change your attitude a bit.

      piet.bliksem.5 - 2012-11-14 12:32

      Yeah right, this may be one side of the coin. What about Minister Lindiwe Sisulu spending R 4 000 000 rand on domestic flights in one year. Talking about exploiting hungry people

      tannie.marie - 2012-11-14 12:37

      chez.kri - at my age I'm happy to bend far enough to clip my toe nails... it will be a miracle if I can push my head up my own butt :D

      nasheenar - 2012-11-14 12:47

      Amen michael.hein.7374 couldnt have said it any better myself.

      clive.kihn - 2012-11-14 13:20

      ssm: farm wages are set by useless ANC cabinet ministers, not by Helen, so put the blame where it belongs.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 13:23

      Chez.kri. You remind me of the white liberals I use to meet overseas while in exile. They were the best of friends with their maids and garden'boys' and didn't have a clue about how these people lived. Go blame the ANC for setting the wages so low. We all agree that these people should earn more, but so do nurses and police too. Don't insult people by being naively insolent. It makes you look like an immature teenager and maybe you are just that.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-14 13:31

      This is the most stupid thing I have read. Let's boycott mining, manufacturing and wine so that the government gets literally zero tax and everyone loses their jobs!!! RETARDED ANC... It is government that sets the minimum wage also

      andre.brink.982 - 2012-11-14 13:48

      Does this moron realise that the grapes from the Hex River Valley are primarily for export and not to make wine with? I wonder . . .

      elgh.elgh - 2012-11-14 14:04

      I somewhat agree that R75/day is nothing, but what really ticks me off is the word "DEMAND" and the way they are expressing themself by burning and looting. I also agree lets boycott taxes because we are plain gatvol of this arrogant government of us stealing our tax money for their own benefit.

      frans.booysen.1 - 2012-11-14 23:07

      Yo dude, remind me the next time you see me to give you a nice bottle of SA wine

      keegan.adonis - 2012-11-15 05:00

      chez.kri whites are the worst??? what about your president spending 203mill rand on his house and you say the whites are the worst. talk about exploiting LOL

      KennySven - 2012-11-15 08:18

      NO PROBLEM,CONTINUE DRINKING BEER OUT OF A BUCKET.

      camp.j - 2012-11-15 10:11

      Typical government mentality, boycott, boycott, boycott! Do they realise that should South Africans dapt this approach then people will be retrenched. Economics 101 d'oh! I guess this is asking just a bit too much of government.

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-11-14 07:55

    Does the ANC realise they run the country now and it is not 1986 anymore!?

      andres.dewet - 2012-11-14 08:11

      I think they should just say what they really want to say: "Boycott ANYTHING from the Western Cape, punish her people for being counter-revolutionary voters."

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-14 08:18

      The only thing that the ANC can run is to run SA into the ground....so quickly now that it is getting scary!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-11-14 08:25

      The ANC in the Eastern Cape must be the most unproductive, useless, corrupt, stupid, incompetent bunch of low life, scum eating, money wasting, crime ridden bastards in the country , the day I take advise from them will be the day I put a gun in my mouth and send myself to hell.

      jacques.dt.79 - 2012-11-14 08:33

      Aren't minimum wages determined by government? https://www.labour.gov.za/downloads/legislation/sectoral-determinations/basic-conditions-of-employment/farmworkercorrection2012.pdf

      ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-11-14 08:34

      The anc has no clue, couldn't even run their own tea club without plundering it dry!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-11-14 08:38

      2012....thats a whole lot of fingers that is needed to count!

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 09:54

      No, Verwoerd still runs the country. Zuma is his garden boy. Explains the state of affairs.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-14 09:57

      Explain rather how an eastern cape refugee from sanity can actually make a "knee jerk reaction" with their entire leg stuck up zuma's b'hind?

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-11-14 10:06

      There are high taxes on alcohol so I wonder what Pravin has to say about a boycott? Their action will just end up with more job losses as farms scale back or go out of business.

  • andres.dewet - 2012-11-14 08:01

    Political opportunism of the highest level! We're the largest FairTrade project of its kind in the world, an international empowerment and "fair practice" organisation. We have early-childhood development programs, scholarship programs, farm creche's and schools (school has better facilities than most private schools), community library, community computer centre, skills-development programs for adults, the staff own part of the brand and export wine, staff housing has stringent regulations on quality, labour practices are much stricter than national legislation. You want to boycott our people ANC? I guess we'll have to tell them you want people overseas to not buy their brand!

      colin.dovey - 2012-11-14 08:20

      Tony Erenreich and Cosatu have been at 'work" - poison personified!

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 09:56

      Call a d##s by another name.

      klasie.kitshoff - 2012-11-14 10:24

      Kenny; I heard him on RSG this morning. How pathetic! He alleges that the " dop stelsel" was still in place and babies are still born with fetal alcohol syndrome because thereof and..and....and. Its only boere, boere boere, but he cannot spesify one single farm where this takes place.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-14 11:57

      They should be held accountable for things they say, which cannot be backed up with evidence. Especially if it can damage a persons name or brand

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 13:28

      Kennny.williams. 395. Yes and in the meantime Tony earns two salaries a month. Just another brainless communist. We seem to have more of those than Russia ever did.

  • markus.ippy - 2012-11-14 08:01

    Yes let's boycott our own economy ??? This is a real circus . I know that they do not earn a lot , but do they not get housing and other benefits from the farmers ? Why did the ANC and Ehrenreich not stand up and try to fix it before they started striking ? It is cheap politicking and fueling a fire to be seen as champions for the poor. Maybe the ANC should sort out all their overnight millionairs that got rich over night like ramaphosa and friends

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 09:59

      Do these missing links have any sense of international exposure? Have they noticed the volume of capital flight from ZA? Not - they have been to busy getting their fat faces plastered on notes, before plundering the fiscus.

      nompilo.mthembu.5 - 2012-11-14 15:22

      overnite millionairs thats rich comming from the one who inherited riches from other humans sweat and tears even blood.

      keegan.adonis - 2012-11-15 05:04

      nompilo.mthembu.5 - just like your presedent spending 203million on is house? just like most sectors didnt even spend 3/4 of their budget? where did all the money go? and you talk about taking money from other humans sweat and tears haha?? LOL nice try

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-14 08:02

    Is there no end to the idiocy of the ANCorruption. Blame someone else for their own inadequacies. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:00

      Chaos, the opposite of Order. We could only wish for Anarchism as moral self-government.

  • customdesign - 2012-11-14 08:05

    Sure, let the wine farms collapse and rob the people who work there from the little income they do get in. I guarantee the owners will fall on their feet again. It will be the workers who suffer in the long run. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-11-14 09:12

      Have you seen how long the nose is.????? Now that is short sighted

      gavin.hillyard - 2012-11-14 16:43

      You mean cutting off someone else's nose - in this case the poor voting fodder

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-14 08:05

    Yes, let's boycott South African products so that all these workers lose their jobs.

  • djim.bie - 2012-11-14 08:07

    I don't see the value of the Rand reacting on any of this type of jibber jabber, do this show economics are not the determining factor?

  • gail.mcquillan.7 - 2012-11-14 08:07

    That's a great idea...then instead of getting their measly wage they will be out of jobs...such a good idea...

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-14 08:34

      but they will be getting grants

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-14 08:08

    "Eh...we demand, or we destroy, in which case we get nothing anyway...." Eh...we clever...

      tasneem.sattar.5 - 2012-11-14 19:22

      if they're so unhappy with the wage, then wtf not get another job? nobody is forcing these peeps to work on the farm

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-11-14 08:08

    I see a whole lot of mechanization coming to the winelands of the Western Cape. Machines do not strike or go on the rampage. Farmers there were discouraged from going high tec to provide jobs. Now let's see what happens.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-14 12:00

      Which is what happens in Australia. That is why they are more efficient and sustainable, and therefore their workers can get paid more. More workers... less money per worker...

  • JamesMWood - 2012-11-14 08:09

    A better leade than Zille, only Lindiwe is next but this guy is high on pot. Boycott wine, ha, etolly first!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-14 08:10

    They have done it again! I often wonder if the mouse on the wheel that runs some of the ANC members brains had a heart attack or something. "The South African wine industry is making a lot of money locally and internationally; therefore, the wage demands of the workers are realistic and can be met by the employers." This really goes to show how uneducated and stupid the ANC members are. If they just took some time to look into things before opening their mouths they would realise that roughly 80% of wine farms never make a profit and they run at a loss mose times!! The wine farms do however generate larde sums of money for the ANC because they are one of the largest tourist attractions in South Africa, they also contirbute to TAX so again the ANC can fill their pockets with this money.

  • harald.voney - 2012-11-14 08:11

    the logic, or lack there off astounds me.... Min wages set my Government!!

      harald.voney - 2012-11-14 08:13

      Oh, I have a plan... Lets bring in some cheap chinesse labourers!! It works all over Africa!! it'll work here!!

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-14 08:28

      Funny thing, according to some only whites can be colonialists....in the mean time, without noticing, the Chinese wriggled themselves in all over Africa.

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:02

      Yes, and now even Chinese are Black and disadvantaged! F#$k me, but I need laser surgery on my eyes!

      quinton.tam.5 - 2012-11-14 15:14

      @ vanzyld. well excuse me but the chinese in SA were disadvantaged!!! my family has been here in SA for 4 generations and we were classed as coloured by the aparheid government. while i do not agree with the fact that we have been made black, it never ceases to amaze me how stupid and ignorant whites and blacks are to the fact that other people besides the blacks in this country were discriminated against. my mother was even almost killed by an afrikaner during the 70s when she was thrown off the bus because she was not allowed on it!!!

      quinton.tam.5 - 2012-11-14 15:35

      @tommy jones: the chinese have done far more for africa than europeans have ever done! go and read the newly published book by deborah bautigam entitled "the gift of the dragon", a detailed analysis of how china has actually uplifted certain parts of africa. no nation on the world is perfect there are certainly things that china is doing in africa that may not be perfect, but european colonialism was even less perfect. before judging others it is always a good suggestion that people look at what they have done first. i find it arrogant that most whites and blacks dont take effort to understand other cultures and people and analyse others through their own sense of "eurocentric or afrocentric" perceptions. so while somebody like me has been forced to learn about how whites and blacks think in this country, the same courtesy has not been extended to someone like me. but i am still grateful because it means that i have the ability to be more objective than blacks and whites when it comes to what is going on in africa because i have an understanding of african, asian, and european perceptions.

  • neil.lovegrove - 2012-11-14 08:11

    another gem of sage advice

  • louwv - 2012-11-14 08:11

    How on earth can you boycott your own economy? What more can I say. South Africa under the ANC rule is going to the dogs!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 08:12

    Don't buy sa wine farmers are exploiting black farmers by paying minimun wage set by the anc says the anc... running the country in the ground... protect the boer shoot the farmwoker...

  • dewalds3 - 2012-11-14 08:13

    This is so incredibly funny! The white people voted YES and gave power to there tsotsi's because of boycotts and sanctions and the threats of it. Who is the dumbest - the whites or the tsotsi's? Or maybe even the outside world who supported the sanctions and boycotts? Eish, living on psycho planet is not easy..

      leila.loupez - 2012-11-14 18:35

      Stop the word, I wanna get off....

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-14 08:13

    Mlobo qhobo

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:04

      An apology for the racism of BEE.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-11-14 08:14

    This madcap might give us a report of the working conditions in his area: seasonal work, benefits in kind, the numbers per farm employed .. Is that too much?

  • Matewis69 - 2012-11-14 08:14

    Mastermind I tell you! So you boycot the wine so no production that means no export so the ANC run government can't get money out of the taxes. So futher the farms will close due to no income and all workers retrenched so more job losses! The rand will weaken and the ANC rocket scientists will have less to spend on their lavish lifestyles!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-14 08:15

    we all tired at this time of year... lets all boycott everything in RSA, boycott paying taxes etc... then we all can have time off, ANC has no funding to waste, or have their cake parties with & we can all loose our jobs and starve this festive season ---- wake up ANC, your "polices" are detrimental to us all irrespective of walk of life! Just a gentle reminder --- your party did NOT get the 2/3rds majority in last election needed to make decisions on your own.... so what makes u think u have the right now????

  • piet.cronje.923 - 2012-11-14 08:15

    This is typical of the kind of so-called leadership we have in this country, who cannot think further than their noses and who's grey matter is rotten. Let us start boycotting rates and taxes as the corrupt governing bodies are not delivering in aspects such as roads, water, electricity, health care, etc. We are now reaping what was sown by the Zuma corrupt administrations since Polokwane.

      braamc - 2012-11-14 08:30

      All these fat, uitgevreet, corrupt thieves with flat noses

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-14 08:15

    cANCer, please DIE!!!!!!!! You are a effing joke! Where on GOD"S EARTH does a government call on boycotts of THEIR county's products??? How brainless can you be??? If you lot did your effing jobs and set a minimum wage, which should have been done years ago, there would be no problems like this. Instead your too effing busy throwing gigantic parties, thieving from your people, raping and taking showers etc etc. You are a disgrace to the human race! Mind you, you're actually not there yet! You effin bafoons!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-14 08:15

    Breathless in its stupidity remarks like that from that well run area called the eastern cape. One can only assume that somewhere sits a few anc people with maxist books cutting and pasting these comments for the vast number of anc members to sprout forth.

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-11-14 08:16

    In that case I better dash out and stock up before the strike affects the supplies :)

  • Matewis69 - 2012-11-14 08:18

    They complain of the \minimum wage priciple\......let's think about that for a moment.....it was implemented by the ANC government you voted for so stop moaning about it!

  • Hugh Lawrence - 2012-11-14 08:18

    It so bloody sad that workers are still not being paid a LIVING wage...!while the fat cats ENJOY their profits..!

      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-11-14 08:36

      @Hugh ... Would you open a business in any country if you didn't want to make a profit from it ????? If you would, you would be pretty stupid. Sad to say, the wine farmers are not making the mega-buck that they are purported to, and in fact many farms are already up for sale because they are unprofitable. Maybe do a bit of research before you spout forth.

      chez.kri - 2012-11-14 10:14

      @Hugh. Agreed. Like the one comment said, take race and politics out of it and you are still looking at super rich wine farmers and super poor staff. That is wrong. how would these white racists on this forum feel if the farmers were black and their precious white faces were being taken advantge of?

      chez.kri - 2012-11-14 12:28

      @Hugh. I guess all the thumb downs we got are an indication that we may just ahve touched a nerve? Sadly, there is no compassion left in this country. White people (yes i am white) see a struggling black person and decide they deserve it coz they must be ANC and therefore evil. just so sad.

      alonso.opinion - 2012-11-14 13:35

      @Hugh & @chez: I also have compassion - workers should be paid a decent wage. I pay my cleaner & her gardener son R150 per day but I don't provide accommodation, plus they get pap in the morning (that is what I eat too)and lunch. But you mis the point of the article and the strikes; 1) The wages were set by the Government 2) there is a political agende behind all the strikes (you remember one bafoon stating he will make the country ungovernable?) 3) the strikes are orchastrated by the ANC 4) the ANC has an attitude of f%^& you SA, madam take your flee invested body away.....

      clive.kihn - 2012-11-14 15:52

      Very few people will dispute that the current wage levels being metioned are pathetic, but the reality is that the alternative for those who have jobs is unemployment and a govt grant of less than half what they are getting now. And with tax recoveries being lower due to never-ending strikes, resultant closures and unemployment, where does govt get the money for these grants? We will end up in a worse situation than Greece. Geddit? Fred is right: starting a business is not a charitable move; without profits the business will soon fail and jobs will be lost.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-14 08:19

    Is the ANC trying to divert attention from the Marikanna Massacre by having people focused on the Cape farming industry. Well guess what, it is not working. Those eastern cape people must ask themselves why their ANC/Casatu slave labour brokers keep sending the under-educated youth off to work on the mines/cities and 'white commercial farms' while tribal lands in which they have no say are kept solely for the chieftains use.

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:07

      Oh please - you mean they have the ability to reflect?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-14 08:20

    Do these people not get it??!!! Wages are set by the Dept of Labour and if farmers are not compliant then discuss this with the Union who in turn must discuss this with the Minister of Labour who will then have to fine the farmer...just like the Limpopo farmer fined R28mil!!! This is all political and a move to bring farmers to their knees and the WC!! How can the ANC ask for a boycott when clearly wages are set by their own!!!!

  • GavinPen - 2012-11-14 08:21

    Mlibo Qwhatever, who are you and which country do you live in??? Your distorted sense of reality is just amazing, while you are at it, why don't you call for the population to stop buying gold, and platinum and coal and government services, policing and schooling and everything else involved in wage negotiations around the country? It is irresponsible government like this that is going to get us nowhere. When is the ANC and people like Mr Qwhatever going to realise that money makes our economy tick, money in the financial system and not in the AMC's pockets mind you!!

  • ashley.bruigom - 2012-11-14 08:21

    VOTE Helen Zille. South Africa needs a reality thinking leader.

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2012-11-14 09:07

      How can you vote for someone who fail to solve a strike?? she always write to the President for help. mxm f*ck Devolved Apartheid party, tell Madam to resolve this issue and the only solution is to make this farmers pay their workers R150/day

      Erna - 2012-11-14 09:22

      Well Junior, I can't see the anc doing any better with strikes, and yet they purport to run the country.

      chez.kri - 2012-11-14 10:18

      @Junior. And how well is zuma doing with the strike issue? hmm? hmm? Who set the minimum wage and who checks to make sure it is obeyed? hmm? hmm? Not the ANC? So you blame the party NOT in power? Well thats bright!

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:18

      No, South Africa needs a fighting leader! Not some $%se kisser with politically correct intent! Placate these ANC #$%5ards all you like! In the final instance it will come down to this: Them or us!

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:19

      No, South Africa needs a fighting leader! Not some $%se kisser with politically correct intent! Placate these ANC #$%5%rds all you like! In the final instance it will come down to this: Them or us!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 13:37

      Junior.mahlo.9. When she writes to the president he doesn't answer because he can't write. If your ANC will stop stirring the fires, the problem wouldn't have been a problem because your own ANC government set the wages. Don't think for a moment that the local ANC is concerned about the plight of farm workers. All they are interested in is creating havoc where the DA rules.

      clive.kihn - 2012-11-14 15:57

      Junior, sorry to say but your mental age matches your photo. As many contributors to this forum have pointed out, even Chez, Zille does not set farm wages. The (useless) likes of Oliphant (Labour) and Tiny Tina (Farming) do so, and they are ANC - repeat ANC - ministers.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-14 16:24

      The DA and ANC both are socialist parties, thus will cause exactly the same problems. Wake up and see the truth. What we need is people to work, not to demand all sorts of money that they actually do not add in value.

  • Lunga Sir-Dayi - 2012-11-14 08:22

    Boycott SA wines for what? Cmrde Mlibo u must be out of ur mind to issue that statement. Suka asizomamela lombudede uyithethayo thina uba unengxaki noZielle and his DA deal with him on ur own and don't u use us. U should focus on builiding the ailing EC and WC alone instead nilibele kukugqusha ndawoninye while abantu base Mpuma koloni be besokola. Ngoba leKapa uyigxekayo simka kule EC siyofuna umsebenzi khona so just shut ur mouth bcs wena uchebeleza ebhotolweni while abantu belala ngamanzi.

  • kevin.mcdonagh.315 - 2012-11-14 08:23

    If I was unhappy with my boss and working conditions I would leave and find better elsewhere. Simple

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-11-14 10:46

      Agreed..employers have to operate around a minimium wage sructure...and then its all about supply and demand. If there were few job seekers then the employer would offer a higher wage to attract more peaple seeking employment, but if the employer has no shortage of job seekers then there"s no need for him to raise his wage offer, hence he offers minium wage. Unskilled labour will allways work like this and at the end of the day it all comes down to "supply and demand"

  • haroldcecil - 2012-11-14 08:23

    The ANC is saying that the farm workers are being exploited by the farmers whereas they are the goverment and they are the 1's who determine labour laws.If they have put measures in place 4 these farm workers 2 get a decent wage with their alliance partner Cosatu then all this wont be happening.Talk abt a stupid goverment they make the rules then they turn around and wanna blame the farmers.I want the ANC to show me a drinker of alcahol thats gonna boycot drinking bc of their stupidity

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-14 08:25

    Oh the irony. ANC = majority in Government and Government determined the the minimum wage of R70.00/day. Therefore, the ANC indirectly determined the minimum wage. Now they want to boycott the wines because the people only get R70.00/day. F these people are stupid.

      vanzyld - 2012-11-14 10:12

      No, their followers are even more stupid! This is why this is happening!

      alonso.opinion - 2012-11-14 13:38

      really really really stupid I agree

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-11-14 08:25

    Maybe the ANC should also boycott the millions it received in excise duties from the selling of these wines........the millions that was wasted on expensive cars, compound upgrades, youth festivals instead of uplifting the lives of the 'exploited' workers. And these 'exploited' miscreants are burning down the very farms that are providing them with work....., No doubt influenced by the ANC. Typical ANC mentality......rather destroy, destroy, destroy if they cant control the Western Cape

  • althea.meintjies - 2012-11-14 08:25

    I get so frustrated each and every day living in SA.... I don't know anymore!!!

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-11-14 08:26

    And then more people will be without work how stupid can you get

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-11-14 08:43

      Correct, my parents are from Robertson, and last night when I spoke to them my mom told me how she witnessed Cosatu unloading buses of people (from wherever) to make up numbers. Most of the striking people aren't even farm workers from the Robertson area.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-14 13:42

      Tommy.jones754918. Apparently loads are from Zimbabwe and Lesotho too.

  • clare.leclezio - 2012-11-14 08:26

    my goodness is there absolutely no end to the moronic utterances and sheer stupidity? i despair!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-14 08:27

    I for one will make sure I buy South African wines and in hind sight will boycott paying my taxes so as to force the change I want in government!

  • Erna - 2012-11-14 08:28

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

  • braamc - 2012-11-14 08:28

    We call all South Africans not to pay taxes to line these f filthy ANC politicians pockets, further more international sactions. GFY ANC

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-14 08:29

    It this one's kids not enrolled in a private school here in Cape Town?

  • adri.westhuyzen - 2012-11-14 08:29

    FYI DeDoorns is a table grape industry. Eating grapes.. no wine. And they have a work force of 80% coloured people. Maybe we should start at Nkandla for "better living conditions".

  • teresa.strauss.39 - 2012-11-14 08:30

    Ok you ANC idiot Mlibo Qoboshiyane, we can all afford imported wine like you.The same as we can all afford imported German vehicles. Quite frankly if we don't buy SA wines then the farms will close down and then where will the workers get jobs. As it is we have so many unemployed people.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-14 08:30

    Hahaha! ANC's attempt to "make the western cape ungovernable"? Hahaha! Please. Down here we drink enough wine to support all farms. Your "rent a crowd" protesters and indoctrinated casual workers wont be enough.

  • Erna - 2012-11-14 08:30

    For a province that is so dysfunctional, the people responsible for this have rather a lot to say.

      niki.wessels - 2012-11-15 08:33

      Sadly, ignorance has never stood in the way of arrogance...

  • Wayne Montgomery - 2012-11-14 08:31

    Government instituted min wages, now they call for the boycott of SA wines to force farmers to pay better wages, this does not make any sense. What the ANC will do for votes to hide their incompetence.

  • gabriel.delport.35 - 2012-11-14 08:31

    Yes, lets boycott taxes. Helen got nothing to do with this. The wine farms in the cape is bringing in millions of overseas money, that get waisted in the Eastern Cape. Sometime I wonder!!