South Africa has been told that wine exports can now continue.

A statement from the industry said: “We are elated and truly grateful to the South African Government for its decision to lift transport restrictions and allow for manufacturing and related services, which will enable the industry to fulfil its obligations with regard to wine exports.”

The National Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Dr Nkosazana Diamini Zuma, announced the news during a media briefing yesterday, where the level 4 regulations were released.

These regulations now permit the wine industry to do essential procurement and manufacturing (bottling, labelling and packaging) of wine. It also permits the transport of wine to port and airport for export and via road for export. And it permits essential support services, such as inspection and certification.

The sale of alcohol in the local market remains prohibited.