SOUTH AFRICA: The labour department today said struggling farmers were not applying for a reprieve as offered by the department with regard to minimum wages.
[Labour] Minister Mildred Oliphant said farmers crippled by the new minimum wage had an option of being given a reprieve, but so far no-one has taken up the offer, said spokesman Musa Zondi.
It was reported today that hundreds of farmworkers were losing their jobs in Limpopo.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced a new minimum wage of R105 a day for farmworkers on Monday — up from the current R69 a day, which would take effect on March 1.
Farmers who wanted a reprieve had to submit their books to the department to prove their financial distress.
Agricultural trade organisation Agri SA said the retrenchments were happening even before the new minimum wage for farmworkers was announced.