Farmworkers in South Africa – Have their 2012 strike demands been met?

Workers On Wednesday 23 August 2017
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
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During late 2012, not long after the end of the Lonmin Marikana strike, thousands of farmworkers in the Breede River Valley of the Western Cape rose up and took to the streets in a huge strike. Their demands were for decent wages and improvements in their conditions of employment. Many farmworkers, especially in the Western Cape, still experience slave-like working conditions. Over a million farm dwellers all over South Africa have also been evicted from their homes since 1994 despite laws to protect them. This edition of Workers on Wednesday looks back at the 2012 farm workers’ strike to assess whether after five years their 21 demands have been met.


  • Betty Fortuin (a farm worker and activist)
  • Ronald Wesso (an activist-researcher who worked extensively with farm workers during the strike 5 years ago)
  • Jackie Swarts (BAWUSA, a trade union for farmworkers) - could not be reached

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