South Africa’s rooibos industry has just paid out as much as R12.2 million to the Khoi and San communities as part of an agreement signed almost three years ago which sees the communities share in the profits of the rooibos industry, who benefit from their traditional knowledge of the tea and the commercial use of the plant. Business Insider quotes the South African Rooibos Council as saying the money will be paid into a trust annually, to be used primarily for uplifting the Khoi and San communities. They insisted though that how the money is spent will be independently decided by the National Khoi and San and South African San councils. Other benefits accruing from the agreement include job creation and support to about 160 small-scale farmers.