Farm Workers’ Living and Working Conditions in South Africa

24 Jul 2015 - 10:30

The report "Farm Workers’ Living and Working Conditions in South Africa: key trends, emergent issues, and underlying and structural problems", commissioned by the International Labour Organisation, was officially released on 21 July. 
The research for the report was conducted by four South African Universities under the guidance of Margareet Visser of the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP), Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town, and Dr Stuart Ferrer, Director of the Agricultural Policy Research Unit, School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The research was initiated by the then Chairman of the Portfolio Committee of Rural Development and Land Affairs, Mr Stone Sizane.  The uniqueness of this research is that the work was coordinated and funded by the International Labour Organisation, but overseen and monitored by an oversight committee consisting of government oficials together with community, worker and employer organisations. 
The purpose of this research is to make available an up to date status of the working and living conditions of farm workers and to suggest areas and ways and means of managing the future landscape of agriculture in South Africa. The research has been undertaken over the past two years and started with a desk review of existing laws and literature and then culminated with field research in eight provinces.