The payment of just over R12 million to the San and Khoi communities shows the government’s commitment to having indigenous communities benefit from the country’s rich, natural resources.

Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, says the millions of Rand were generated through the Access and Benefit-sharing agreement, spearheaded by the SA Rooibos Council.

The agreement was signed into effect in November 2019.

Creecy says the deal will see 1.5% of the farm-gate price of Rooibos sales paid to these communities on a yearly basis.

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The SA Rooibos Council says it has disbursed more than R12 million to local Khoi and San communities, as part of a benefit-sharing agreement, signed in 2019.

The agreement, between the SARC and the National Khoi and San Council, and the South African San Council, was brought to life to ensure that all parties, who trade in indigenous biological resources share financial benefits with traditional knowledge holders.

Legal Director of the SA Rooibos Council, Dawie de Villiers, says negotiations between the parties, for the Access and Benefit-sharing agreement, began as far back as 2014.

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