South Africa currently has 9 469 wool producers registered with Cape Wools.The highest number of commercial wool producers is in the Free State, followed by the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.  The Free State boasts 2 557 commercial producers and the highest wool-producing districts are Frankfort, Vrede, Smithfield and Harrismith.

There are 1 766 commercial producers in the Eastern Cape (excluding the former Transkei and Ciskei) and the largest wool producing districts are Barkly East, Cradock and McClear. The Transkei has 1 042 mostly small scale producers while there are only 124 in the Ciskei. The Western Cape has 1 461 commercial producers and the largest wool-producing districts are Bredasdorp, Caledon and Swellendam.

There are 856 commercial wool producers in the Northern Cape with Victoria-West, Calvinia and Richmond being the highest producing districts. Mpumalanga has 673 producers and the largest wool producing districts are Ermelo and Wakkerstroom. The North West has 338 producers while there are 256 in KwaZulu-Natal. Limpopo and Gauteng together have 105 producers. There are 290 producers in Lesotho, while there is only one producer left in Namibia. –Cape Wools SA

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