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Mon Nov 30 04:27:29 CAT 2015

Industry corked by greed: iLIVE

Burgie Ireland, Johannesburg | 12 November, 2012 00:48
Striking farm workers blocking the N1 highway in De Doorns, Western Cape. File photo.

Wealthy wine farmers in the Western Cape should hang their heads in shame for paying their labourers a mere R70 for an 11-hour working day (The Times, November 8).

I learned the workers have to pay for their electricity and accommodation - a provision (including farm schools and clinics) that used to be a perk for farm labourers. What happened to consideration and fairness? Has wealth and greed made farmers blind to the fact that labourers are human?

I have always been proud of our South African vineyards and the heritage that has been handed down from generation to generation of wine farmers.

South African wines are well-known all over the world - but at a price paid by the workers. It's a shame the wine industry has a past smudged with a history of paying labourers with alcohol. Today's wages are just as insulting and as bad as slavery.


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