Rooibos provides income and employment to more than 5000 people in the Cederberg region. The annual crop earns an estimated R500 million per year. Most Rooibos farms provide housing and schooling for the local people who work on the Rooibos farms.
What’s more, the industry as a whole pays 1.5% of the value of each year’s crop to the indigenous Khoi San people who used the plant for hundreds of years before it began to be cultivated on a large scale. This payment usually amounts to roughly $650,000 a year.