What should be done to address farm worker housing needs? HAVE YOUR SAY!

Invitation to write an opinion piece Background Phuhlisani has partnered with the Cape Winelands District Municipality to manage a research-led process of social dialogue and strategy development with the aim of finding practical solutions to enable farm workers on and off farm to access housing and services with secure tenure. As part of this process … More What should be done to address farm worker housing needs? HAVE YOUR SAY!

What state subsidy support is available for households earning above R3500/month?

In an earlier posting we drew attention to how the minimum wage increase may have pushed the income of many farm worker households over the qualifying threshold for an RDP house and into the so-called ‘gap market’. The Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP)  was developed by the Department of Human Settlements to try and address the needs of … More What state subsidy support is available for households earning above R3500/month?

How to contribute to finding practical solutions

Phuhlisani has partnered with the Cape Winelands District Municipality to manage a research-led process of social dialogue and strategy development with the aim of finding practical solutions to enable farm workers on and off farm to access housing and services with secure tenure. The process is supported by the Tirelo Bosha Public Service Improvement Facility … More How to contribute to finding practical solutions

Wages and housing access: the farm workers’ dilemma

Isaacs (2015) reviews a recent study of the South African labour market, which she argues “raises questions over the nature of work in South Africa…in which 41% of workers, working at least 35 hours a week, cannot lift themselves and their dependents out of poverty.” The study (Finn, 2015) finds that the agricultural and domestic work sectors have, … More Wages and housing access: the farm workers’ dilemma

The link between agricultural trade liberalisation and the fall in farming employment

Writing in the Sunday Times (2 August, 2015) financial journalist Ann Crotty draws on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) report to demonstrate how “government’s unnecessarily enthusiastic adoption of trade liberalisation policies after 1994… generated little benefit for labour or capital”. She examines the assertion in the ILO report that  government’s liberal trade policy played a central role in … More The link between agricultural trade liberalisation and the fall in farming employment

Contestation over evictions from state farms in Stellenbosch

Ground Up reports on a current case in Stellenbosch where the Department of Public Works  seeks to evict about 50 families on Vaaldraai, Elsenburg, Muldersvlei, Kromme Rhee and Helderfontein  farms. The Department reportedly seeks to evict the occupiers because the houses are needed “for work facility housing”. The Ground Up report  states that most of the families … More Contestation over evictions from state farms in Stellenbosch

SAHRC releases report on safety and security challenges on farms

The SAHRC has just released its report on safety and security challenges on farms. In its recommendations the SAHRC identifies the need to address stereotypes which often frame the conversation about farming in South Africa. It calls for increasing recognition of the roles of black farmers and for the recognition of good relationships on farms where these exist. … More SAHRC releases report on safety and security challenges on farms