Winners and losers

Farm worker access to housing, services and tenure security are closely interlinked elements within what Du Toit and Ally have described as “a complex and uneven scenario” (2003:46). A fine grained understanding of the changing ratio between permanent and temporary jobs on farms and the emergent patterns of displacement in space and place will need to … More Winners and losers

Impacts of deregulation on agricultural labour

Over the past 30 years the rural landscape of South Africa has been reshaped by the deregulation of agriculture which has set in motion wide-ranging and complex changes which impact significantly on the nature of employment in the agricultural sector and accelerate the stratification of farm labour. The agricultural sector has been shedding labour since … More Impacts of deregulation on agricultural labour

Process and objectives

The main objectives of this initiative are to ensure: Improved integration of farm worker housing, service and tenure security needs in municipal housing strategies. Development of a supportive policy environment; innovative partnerships and institutional arrangements to enable farm worker housing, service and tenure security needs to be progressively met in the Cape Winelands. Research and … More Process and objectives

Research led social dialogue, policy and strategy development for the long-term settlement of farm workers on and off farms

The Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) has been awarded a research, social dialogue and strategy development grant by the Tirelo Bosha Public Service Improvement Facility administered by the Department of Public Services and Administration (DPSA). These awards are made for proposals which aim to improve service delivery in the District. The process has been designed … More Research led social dialogue, policy and strategy development for the long-term settlement of farm workers on and off farms

Engaging with a ‘wicked problem’

The provision of adequate housing, access to services and improved tenure security on and off farms can be seen as a “wicked problem” (Rittel and Webber, 1973) They are composed of inter-related dilemmas, issues, and other problems at multiple levels of society, economy, and governance. These interconnections—systems of systems—make Wicked Problems so resilient to analysis … More Engaging with a ‘wicked problem’