Monthly Archives: August 2011


Visiting the new South Africa

(CNN) — I love helping others plan a trip to South Africa. Not only does it give me a sense of home-turf pride, it’s a beautiful country to visit that’s great at looking after tourists. First, let’s get a common misconception out of the way: Yes, there is a significant […]


HRW report a vindication – FAWU/COSATU

Federation/Union says WCape farmworkers are not getting the protection they are entitled to Exploitation of wine and fruit workers exposed The false argument that South African workers are “over-protected by inflexible labour laws”, which is constantly being repeated by business leaders and commentators, without a shred of evidence to back […]


Stenden South Africa

Wine education in Port Alfred

I spent the past three days in the sleepy town of Port Alfred, located an hour and a half from Port Elizabeth.  Before last week, I had no idea that an educational institution existed in the town.  Stenden South Africa is a satellite campus of Stenden in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and is the only tertiary institution […]


NZ news: Changes possible for winery wastewater

Wine companies in Marlborough could be asked to change the way they manage wastewater, to avoid damaging soils. Sampling by the Marlborough District Council has discovered high concentrations of potassium and sodium at disposal sites. Council soil scientist Colin Gray told the environment committee these salts were found in winery […]