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protestGroundUp reports that about 200 farmworkers supported by the Women on Farms Project marched to the offices of Agri-Western Cape in Paarl on Tuesday.  

The workers, from Simondium near Stellenbosch and surrounding areas, were calling for better wages, an end to forced evictions and harsh punishment for farmers who did not adhere to health and safety regulations.  The group of mostly women marchers were dressed in red T-shirts and held up colourful posters reading “No toilets equals crap wine” and “Stop farm evictions”.  Earlier on Tuesday, the group met with representatives from the CCMA, the provincial minister of Economic Opportunities and a representative from the labour department’s inspectors.  Outside the offices of Agri-Western Cape, several farm workers were given an opportunity to voice their grievances directly to the organisation’s CEO Carl Opperman.  One worker said women farmworkers were often forced to relieve themselves in the vineyards or nearby bushes because there are no toilets for workers.  “We are not animals.  We need to be treated with dignity and humanity by the farmers,” she stated.  Opperman invited representatives from Women on Farms to meet to discuss specific complaints.

  • Read this report by Barbara Maregele in full at GroundUp

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