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The Department Trade and Industry today said it has noted reports on a French firm’s attempt to trademark Rooibos in
The DTI said the registration of such a trademark in
could have a
significant negative impact on France ’s exports of
Rooibos products to South Africa . France
DTI’s Acting Chief Director Bongani Lukhele said the government is going to do everything in its power to make sure that Rooibos remains a South African intellectual property.
Lukhele adds that there are attempts that the department in connection with the department of agriculture and the French embassy are engaged on talks of the industry.
Lukhele adds that it is just to make sure that Rooibos remains registered in
and is not being
taken away by a foreign company, as is attempted now. South Africa