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Farmworkers will be heard

Workers in 16 towns downed tools demanding R150 pay for a day's work.

Protesting farmworkers march through the De Doorns town centre on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Labour Department said on Sunday that Minister Mildred Oliphant will be briefed on the outcomes of the public hearings held to discuss farmworkers' pay.

Officials held nationwide hearings on the farm-workers pay following violent protests in the Western Cape which left two workers dead.

Workers in 16 towns downed tools demanding R150 pay for a day's work.

They complained that the R70 some are receiving for a day's work is not enough and that the workers were battling to support their families.

On Saturday, officials were in KwaZulu-Natal, while last Thursday the hearings were held in Worcester.

"After we've completed all the public hearings, we are going to write a report which will go to the commission," said the Labour Department's Titus Mtsweni.

"That commission will then advise about the minimum wage."