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Farm Workers Equity Schemes: Farm workers recount their suffering

Farm Worker Equity Schemes were first introduced in the 1990s, and were established through to the 2000s as an alternative land reform. Typically, farm worker households signed up for land reform grants, and formed a Workers’ Trust, which would acquire about 5 percent of the business enterprise. In some cases, workers acquired shares in cellars specifically, rather than in the farm itself, or getting ownership of their houses. These schemes usually involved private sector co-funding, as state subsidies were too limited (see VinPro report 2004). Following exposés about equity schemes failing to deliver to farm workers, former Minister of DRDLR, Gugile Nkwinti, imposed a moratorium on new schemes in 2009, based on the report that found that of the 88 schemes nationally, only 9 declared dividends, which were meagre.

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