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Farmworkers battle widespread evictions

Despite having been evicted off a Rawsonville Farm where they lived and worked for around 20 years, John and Ella Gcanga, now staying in Geelkamp informal settlement, are on a government housing waiting list and cling to the hope that one day they can move into a new home. Pictures: Leon Lestrade

05 April 2015


Despite having been evicted off a Rawsonville Farm where they lived and worked for around 20 years, John and Ella Gcanga, now staying in Geelkamp informal settlement, are on a government housing waiting list and cling to the hope that one day they can move into a new home. Pictures: Leon Lestrade

Despite having been evicted off a Rawsonville Farm where they lived and worked for around 20 years, John and Ella Gcanga, now staying in Geelkamp informal settlement, are on a government housing waiting list and cling to the hope that one day they can move into a new home. Pictures: Leon Lestrade

By Janis Kinnear

Cape Town – Amid thousands of hectares of lush vineyards surrounded by the scenic mountains of the Boland region, a battle is brewing.

There is tension over a new land-reform proposal involving giving 50 percent of land to farmworkers, which has generated fear, anger and discontent – and seen farmworkers across the province fall victim to escalating evictions.

As a result, this is threatening to spoil the harvests, as farmworkers fight to hang onto their homes.

Read the full article from iolNews.

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