Child labour - inspectors target farms

2011-03-25 22:16

Johannesburg - Labour inspectors in the Free State will inspect farms for under-aged children who are employed during the school holidays, the provincial labour department said on Friday.

"Teams... will also visit farms in the Petrusburg district to do follow ups on some farms against whom the department had opened cases of child labour after having been found to have employed children last year to harvest potatoes and herd cattle," spokesperson Wisane Mavasa said in a statement.

"The children were subsequently removed and placed in the care of their parents whilst the law takes its course."

The department had identified a list of farms which labour inspectors would target, he said.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act prohibits employers from employing children under the age of 15 years.

Children above 15-years-old may also not be employed to do work that was inappropriate for their age or that put them at risk, Mavasa said.

  • Chris - 2011-03-26 00:26

    "Employed during the school holidays" = sounds good to me. "Harvest potatoes and herd cattle" = so did we. If there is something strange going on that they don't mention here, then yes, else, are they doing the children a favour not letting them earn money during the holidays ...

      cerveza - 2011-03-26 06:40

      @Chris - I agree, I worked most of my school holidays, and as a little kid I helped the herders for free as it was fun and not work for me. I do agree with the 15 year law though in regards to physical labour, but I counted stock since I was 10 and it would have been a punished me for me to tell me I am to young If the child is physacally able to the job and gets paid according to labour laws, let them work, if they are taken advantage of (R10 a day) let the employer pay them arears fees for the whole year.

  • jouplesier - 2011-03-26 00:55

    forced laber is wrong yes, but whats wrong with child labour?? a child that WANTS to work should have the choice to do so; if the work is too tough for the child then the kid always has the option to not apply for the job...i agree with you chris, its doing the child a favour and takes a burden off the parents ...and besides that it is a good way to prepare for when they are grown up

  • Peter - 2011-03-26 07:23

    If the children of the farm are doing the work, they are adding to their family income. If outsiders are employed then the money does not benefit the locals.

  • Stef_van NAM - 2011-03-26 07:42

    No, they don't need to earn money in school holidays to afford them to go to school! They need to stay uneducated and stupid, so that certain political parties can dupe them en masse to vote for them!

      semaj - 2011-03-26 08:42

      Indeed, kids have since time immemorial worked during school holidays for pocket money, and now, these days, probably to help pay school fees. This nanny state is driving us to distraction. Part of life's learning was to "earn" somthing for honest effort, and even that is now being taken away from the kids. The work ethic will, and in fact has suffered permanent harm by these actions.

  • dvdb27 - 2011-03-26 08:37

    Ons moet soek hom daai reasons om die boere te lyk sy is guilty en te gee reason vir daai farm murderp. Ons kan nie prevent nie, ons kan hom net shift daai goal posts sodat ons kan lyk goed. Hey hey hey, is too mutch..

  • Maiden - 2011-03-26 09:05

    Utter stupidity - forced labour is a no-no, voluntary work for some extra money, why the hell not? I did it when I was a boy, hell in those days if you didn't want to do odd jobs during holidays you were a slacker. The money goes in your pocket - wtf? Almost as logical as disarming law abiding citizens to decrease violent crime.

  • Ross - 2011-03-26 09:18

    As Boy Scouts we did "A Bob (10c) a Job" to earn money for the movement. Under present legislation the Scout Masters would have to be imprisoned. Where are youngsters going to learn about work ethics as all they are doing at present is laying about the pavements. I suspect that most of our parlementarians were herders at some stage.

  • exocist - 2011-03-26 09:23

    No don,t let them work let them lay around at home and form gangs and take drugs, BUNCH OF ANC DUMBARSES, like that BRILLIANT no smoking law indoors,go outside and breath in the tons of carbon monoxide spewed out from industry and cars

  • VuyosWors - 2011-03-26 09:23

    As a kid I did all sorts of jobs during school holidays. But then I am white so am not enslaved by a victim or entitlement mentality.

  • Juggernaut - 2011-03-26 09:37

    Ever heard of pocket money for school kids? My folks should have been locked for paying us to do hard manual labor such as working with a spade, pitchfork and a hand powered/pushed lawn mower in our suburban home. I still hate them to this day. This article simply beggars belief. Apart from some welcome cash, work gives them a sense of responsibility and achievement

      Grant - 2011-03-26 10:31

      Confused post - in para 2 your folks should have been 'locked up' and you 'still hate them to this day'. In para 3 you are supportive of the concept of children working!

      Maiden - 2011-03-26 11:41

      Grant - ever heard about sarcasm?

  • - 2011-03-26 10:52

    Eish!! No more pocket money to buy lekkergoed only my grant money to buy food. Not fair.

  • moiraine - 2011-03-26 14:32

    OH gosh, my daughter has to wash the dishes, hang the washing up, make her bed, tidy her room, walk/feed the dogs otherwise she does not get pocket money. Perhaps I must watch out isnt that child labour?

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