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Is the World Cup Good or Bad for South African Artisans?

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views on 23rd June, 2010 | 3 Comments

During my 2008 buying trip in Kwa Zulu NatalThe World Cup in South Africa is a month-long series of soccer matches that is captivating audiences worldwide. For Fair Trade artisans in South Africa, they have been preparing for this event for years now. Global Exchange’s Tex Dworkin reflects on an interesting question: How is the event impacting Fair Trade artisans? Are they benefiting from the influx of tourism dollars, are artisans in surrounding countries being affected, and has the increased demand for local crafts impacted the Fair Trade model in South Africa?