Scores of women have demanded an end to farm evictions during a protest in Klapmuts, Cape Town.
The Mays have been from pillar to post in the hope of being allocated a house and want their old house at the farm at Windmeul Cellars, Paarl back.
The new minimum wage for farm workers of R3 169.19 a month is a "slap in the face" to workers, says the Commercial, Stevedore, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union.
A little over 10 years ago, neuroscientist Mark Solms bought a fruit farm in picturesque Franschhoek with the idea of turning it back into a wine farm.
Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde says an investigation has revealed evidence of the poor working conditions of farm workers.
Changes in the Western Cape's farming sector are affecting farm workers the most, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Farm workers' salaries will increase by 75 cents to an hourly rate of R12.41 in March, according to the labour department.
The state will start provident funds for domestic and farm workers by next year and look into medical schemes for the security sector.
The national minimum wage, and the minimum payments for some special categories of jobs, are all increasing by just about 3.8%, roughly in line with inflation since it was activated – but not since the original numbers were agreed.
The SA Human Rights Commission is to ask President Cyril Ramaphosa to keep a promise made in 2014 to stop farm evictions until people can be given dignified housing.
ANC members picketed outside the Howick Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to support a family who had been interdicted from building a house on a farmer’s land.
Part of a 325-year-old Cape wine estate was given to farmworkers at the Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek in a ceremony attended by the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti.
A group of indebted farm workers are taking microlenders to court in a bid to stop them attaching their salaries.
Attempts to establish a farmworkers' union seem to be going nowhere, says Terry Bell.
A crowd of up to 800 protesting farm workers dispersed following a protest on the N1 highway at De Doorns, Western Cape police say.
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