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Card image 23 February 2021 GroundUp

Judgment reserved in Drakenstein emergency housing case

Court was “left to speculate” about the municipality’s emergency housing plan, argues advocate

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Card image 19 February 2021 Engineering news

Agri SA warns 4 000 jobs are at stake this year as a result of minimum wage increase

After surveying 577 participants among member companies, industry association Agri SA has found that a potential 4 384 jobs could potentially be lost in 2021/22 as a result of the increase in the national minimum wage for farmworkers. Agri SA reports that 549 of the 577 participants will exceed their budgeted wage expenses in the 2021 financial year, owing to the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), while 456 of the participants foresee retrenchments of some of their farmworkers as a direct result thereof.

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Card image 07 February 2021 IOL

Community ’angry and confused’ after farmer bulldozes family’s unfinished house

Some allege that the farmer had given the Nguni family permission to build, however he has denied the claim.

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Card image 13 January 2021 Farmer’s Weekly

‘Farmers cannot afford to pay higher wages’ – agri role players

Farmworker wages could increase as much as 16,1% in 2021. This followed the National Minimum Wage Commission recommending in November 2020 that the minimum wage for farmworkers be aligned with the national minimum wage (NMW) in 2021, based on the argument that the agriculture sector was not as severely affected as other sectors by the COVID-19-related lockdown.

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Card image 12 January 2021 New Frame

Injured farm workers need justice and compensation

Many labourers in the Sundays River Valley have never seen a cent after suffering debilitating pain and even disability from accidents while at work. A non-profit trust wants to change this.

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Card image 08 January 2020 EWN

Transporting farmworkers on trucks must be banned – COSATU

This is after three farm workers died, and more than 20 people were injured in an accident near Worcester on Monday.

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Card image 03 December 2020 IOL

SANDF and Agri SA join forces to curb farm murders, improve rural safety

SANDF and Agri SA have signed an agreement to deploy rural security (home guards) to help curb farm murders and improve rural safety.

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Card image 29 November 2020 Mail & Guardian

Shadow of eviction looms over farm dwellers

In part two of a series on the lives of farm dwellers, Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni finds a community haunted by the scourge of eviction

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Card image 16 November 2020 IOL

Cape agriculture department launches R12m support fund for wine workers

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture will provide crucial relief to employees in the local wine tourism sector.

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Card image 06 November 2020 GroundUp

Tensions reach breaking point in Franschhoek valley

There is a a decades-long battle over Boschendal housing

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