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NGOs want more research on child labour

Results of a 2010 survey indicate that more than 200,000 children in SA work on farms.

Results of a 2010 survey indicate that more than 200,000 children in SA work on farms.

CAPE TOWN - Insufficient research exists on the extent of child labour on Western Cape farms, non-governmental organisations (NGO) said on Monday.

According to 2010 statistics released by the Labour Department, more than 200,000 children were working in the agriculture sector around South Africa.

But the provincial MEC said he was not aware of a single instance of child labour on Western Cape farms.

NGO Anex's Doreen Gaura said the last study on the issue was conducted in 2006.

"They established that the Western Cape actually has the lowest incidences of children working on farms. This is because most of the children in South Africa are working in non-commercial farms and not necessarily the commercial farming sector."

Molo-Songololo's Patrick Solomons said more research is needed.

"I feel that we have not examined exactly what is happening on our farms. We do continuously get reports coming through from communities, where children are working on the farms."

Labour Minister Mildred OIiphant blamed poverty, saying it remained one of the main causes of child labour.