The history of farm labor in
the Republic of South Africa
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- Farm workers to begin to build union,
- By Vana Knap and Gred McCartan, in the Militant, 14
January 1995. Until the ANC won a majority in the
April 1994 elections, farm workers remained largely
unorganized. The ANC's victory, along with recent
changes in labor legislation, have given farm workers
an opportunity to reverse this situation.
- Forced Evictions of Farmworkers Underway
- By Danielle Owen, IPS, 14 December 1999. Forced
farm evictions began this week on a South African farm near
the Zimbabwe border. More than 700 people will be forced to
leave the white-owned citrus farm they have worked on for
decades. Sacked after joining a labor union in a bid to
improve their working conditions, the workers were betrayed
by the union, says the Nkuzi Development Association, a local
land rights NGO.
- Farm evictions rock E Cape
- City Press 14 May 2000. Evicted farmworkers in the
Albany district of the Eastern Cape have claimed farmers are
using brute force to force them off farms and out of jobs.
Harrassment and eviction of farm workers is on the increase
in the Eastern Cape because of changing farming patterns,
particularly the move towards game farming.
- Cape farm workers a 'vulnerable' group
- By Judith Soal, in Cape Times, 28 May 2000.
Farm workers are among the most vulnerable groups because they are
completely dependent on the farmer for their homes and their jobs.
It is very hard for them to assert their rights. Research shows the
living conditions in the area are among the worst in the country,
and children are more likely to be malnourished.
Alcohol abuse is rife, and workers become indebted to the
farmers because they are given alcohol and food from the farm store
on credit and then the bill is deducted from their wages. Policies
to protect children and workers have made very little difference