The Externalisation and Casualisation of Farm Labour in Western Cape Horticulture

"The purpose of this study is to explore in depth the extent and nature of the changes in the Western Cape. It provides a quantitative overview of farm employment in the most important labour-absorptive sectors of Western Cape horticulture (viticulture, deciduous fruit production and vegetable growing) in some key districts (Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Grabouw, Ceres, Worcester/Hex River and Robertson). It also explores the issues raised by the growth of labour contracting services in the farming sector. Finally, it discusses the implications of some of these changes, and highlights some important strategies and policy options needed to secure employment justice and sustainable livelihoods in the commercial farming sector."