Life of a Swartland Farm Worker

Physical Work

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The work of a farm hand is often physical, requiring strength and fortitude working outside in the heat and dust. They pick as much produce as they can in a day, as they are paid for what they bring in.

Child Care

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Often there is no childcare available for seasonal workers, and children accompany their mothers until they are old enough to attend a farm crèche or nursery school.

Skilled Workers

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Sheep shearing is a highly skilled and difficult work.

Friendships

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Laughter, fun and building friendships helps with the hard work and long hours.

Celebrations

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Like all families, celebrating milestones is important, and the different generations of a family come together to have fun.

By Tracey Derrick