Cape Agri Employers’ Organisation: Some thoughts on Farm Worker Housing, Tenure Security, and Evictions

In this opinion piece the Cape Agri Employers Association points to a deepening polarisation of views  and expresses concern about the continuing lack of a coherent government response to practically address the housing and tenure security needs of farm workers. This is a very emotive issue for both producers and workers and the two sides have very divergent and … More Cape Agri Employers’ Organisation: Some thoughts on Farm Worker Housing, Tenure Security, and Evictions

Research report backs, learning journey and social platform: Dates and venues

The agreed schedule for the farm worker housing, access to services and tenure security research, dialogue and strategy development process appears below: All interviews across the five local muncipalities will be completed by 30th September. A summary of interim research findings will be completed by 12th October. The interim research findings will be presented to 3 separate stakeholder clusters: … More Research report backs, learning journey and social platform: Dates and venues

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: The past persists in the present

Writing recently in the Conversation Prof Leslie London presents disturbing figures illustrating the prevalence and severity of this problem and its impact on children in the Western Cape. Research indicates that Local foetal alcohol syndrome figures are up to 100 times higher than other populations, such as indigenous nations of North America and Australasia, traditionally considered high … More Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: The past persists in the present

Addressing farm workers’ housing needs: Agri SA’s view

We have approached a number of different role players to contribute opinion pieces on how to practically address farmworker housing needs. Agri SA is the first organisation to submit a response which appears as received as below. “The debate on farmworker housing is a longstanding one. When ESTA was enacted in 1997, Agri SA argued that government … More Addressing farm workers’ housing needs: Agri SA’s view

Over 90 interviews completed

Our research team has now completed over 90 interviews. These include: 5 councillors and 11 officials from the Stellenbosch, Drakenstein and Breede Valley municipalities 11 representatives of NGOs and unions 24 farm workers living off farm 14 farm workers living on-farm 21 individual farmers who have completed our online questionnaire 4 representatives from organised agriculture. We still have quite a way to go to … More Over 90 interviews completed

ESTA Amendment Bill to be tabled in September?

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has recently stated that: “The ESTA Amendment Bill against farm evictions has been finalised and will be processed through parliament in the current financial year. It is anticipated that the Bill will be tabled in parliament by September 2015”. NGC Discussion documents: 2015: 217 Although the Department … More ESTA Amendment Bill to be tabled in September?