The Plight of Farm Labourers

Martha Mamputa

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After a day of picking grapes in the heat, (40 degrees +). Farm workers are paid per crate picked.

A Shared Space

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Priscilla Matom, Ntombi Mthandeki, Linda Simpasa, they slept in the same barn as Martha for a period of six weeks during the grape picking season. They all became like a family and supported each other.

Albert Klaasen

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Bodies show the effects of hard work and alcohol abuse. “I live by the cycle of planting, growth, harvesting and then re-working the land.”

Nongakaninani Klaas

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“ Show me any kind of fruit tree and I can prune it for you and pick it and feed it.”

Mzwakhe Mngxuma

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This work, is all he, his father and his father’s father know. He has a matric from Riebeek Kasteel around the mountain, but how to move forward from here?

Oom Paul Heyns

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Died in 2003 of lung cancer, people think he was 52 years old. The workers graveyard of generations was dug up to build a dam, no-one could stop it.

Seasonal Workers

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Frans Pieterse, Daniel Wessels, Jan Engelbrecht, Cornelus Albertus and Jafta Nero are seasonal grape pickers, wheat planters, combine harvester drivers, sheep and cow nannies!

Tiger Martinus

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Known for driving any kind of vehicle under any conditions, always with his hat on.

By Tracey Derrick