Ministry’s engagement with farmworkers in areas around Kimberley and Douglas, Northern Cape
As part of the ANC January 8th activities, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi and Deputy Minister, Boitumelo Moloi, together with representatives of the departments of Justice and Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform will be visiting farming areas around Kimberley (Riverton) and Douglas in the Northern Cape on Friday, 10 January 2020.
The purpose of the visits is to engage with farmworkers, farmers and labour tenants to assess the working conditions and level of compliance with various pieces of labour legislations accompanied by labour inspectors.
This is a continuation of the programme begun in July last year of farm inspections which have so far taken place in North West and the Western Cape, and will be followed by inspections around the Kimberley and Douglas areas on 10 January 2020. These inspections typically assess the levels of compliance with labour and occupational health and safety legislations.
Whilst there are many model compliant employers in the Agricultural sector, unfortunately there are still too many cases of non-compliance and near slave-labour conditions, ill-treatment, unfair dismissals and many other challenges. The Department of Employment and Labour through its Inspection and Enforcement Services is determined to tackle these challenges head-on.
The Department of Justice is participating because of the possibility of further legal proceedings. The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform also has an interest, particularly in relation to safeguarding the rights of labour tenants, and workers living on commercial farms.
Source: Government of South Africa