Remaining at the margins : case study of farm workers in the North West Province, South Africa

Show simple item record Lemke, Stefanie Jansen van Rensburg, N.S. (Fanie) 2015-07-13T07:11:44Z 2015-07-13T07:11:44Z 2014-09
dc.description.abstract This article explores living conditions, livelihoods and prospects of farmworkers with regard to land reform legislation. Research was conducted from 2004 to 2010 on four farms in the North West Province, interviewing farmworkers and farm owners. Representatives of the agricultural union Agri North West and land analysts were interviewed to obtain their perspective on farm labour. Despite protective legislation, farmworkers’ living and working conditions have deteriorated. Farmworkers further lack alternative livelihood options, perpetuating their dependency on farm owners, who are the only ones providing services and some social security. Among the main barriers in the empowerment of farmworkers are limited insights regarding complex social relationships on farms, the challenge to address the specificity of power relations, and the marginalised position of farmworkers and their lack of agency in the broader political system. Both farmworkers and farm owners need support structures and strengthened institutional capacity to gradually change power dynamics. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-03-05 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship German Research Foundation (DFG), the National Research Foundation, South Africa and the Belgian non-governmental organisation Nutrition Third World. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Stefanie Lemke & Fanie Jansen van Rensburg (2014) Remaining at the margins: Case study of farmworkers in the North West Province, South Africa, Development Southern Africa,31:6, 843-858, DOI:10.1080/0376835X.2014.951990. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0376-835X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1470-3637 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/0376835X.2014.951990
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © Development Bank of Southern Africa, 2014. This is an electronic version of an article published in Development Southern Africa, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 843-858, 2014. doi : 10.1080/0376835X.2014.951990. Development Southern Africa is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/cdsa20 en_ZA
dc.subject Farm tenure reform en_ZA
dc.subject Livelihoods en_ZA
dc.subject Marginalisation en_ZA
dc.subject Rights en_ZA
dc.title Remaining at the margins : case study of farm workers in the North West Province, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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