Seasonal farm work listed as greatest challenge at labour workshop

About 150 people, most of them unemployed farm workers, attended a workshop on rights in the workplace.

A farmworker harvests rooibos. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - High unemployment brought on by seasonal farm work is one of the biggest challenges facing the Kylemore community.

This has been one of the issues raised during a labour department workshop in the community outside Stellenbosch today.

About 150 people, most of them unemployed farm workers, attended the workshop on rights in the workplace.

Lifelong resident and African National Congress district mayoral candidate, Ronalda Nalumango, says a lack of housing and unemployment plague the Kylemore community.

"Most of our workers are seasonal workers on the farms, so the challenges that they are facing is that at this time of the year they are without employment."

Labour Deputy Minister Patekile Holomisa says they are addressing the issues.

"It's extending the period which Unemployment Insurance Fund benefits can be claimed, which is a period of 12 months instead of eight months."

Holomisa adds the department also wants to establish a provident fund for farm workers.