Browsing All posts tagged under »farm workers«

An ‘oasis of excellence’ in the Karoo

May 25, 2014

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In the midst of the poor and semi-arid Karoo region is an holistic developmental project that has been hailed as "an oasis of excellence"; an example that could be followed.

SA unrest: explosions waiting to happen…

November 16, 2012

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There should have been no surprise or outrage expressed by mining companies, agribusiness, and government officials about the recent explosion of strikes and protests on mines and farms. And trade unionists across the board should not have been caught flat-footed by the outbursts of anger that erupted in the North West, Limpopo and now in […]

International focus stirs media on farm workers’ plight

August 27, 2011

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It took a report from an international human rights body before the plight of a probable majority of farm workers in South Africa made front page news. But the abuse and mistreatment listed has been complained about for more than a decade by trade unions and welfare organisations working in the agricultural sector.

The most exploited — and largely ignored — workers

July 29, 2011

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Fancy being able to walk to work and to pay just 10% of your wages for accommodation? Sounds idyllic? Perhaps. Unless you are a farm worker in South Africa where the latest pay increase of 4.5% made the minimum wage just R1,375 a month and where between R400 and R700 could be charged for electricity alone.