ECONOMY

Farm strikes: Radical changes needed

Farm workers began the centennial year of the 1913 Land Act with a continuation of the most militant industrial action in the sector in decades. On January 9th, various Western Cape farming towns were turned into warzones as protestors demanding an increase to a minimum R150 per day for farm workers, blockaded highways and set vineyards alight with police using rubber bullets and tear gas.

Niall Reddy - 24 January 2013

Cash Paymaster Services go on strike - company accused of racism

GroundUp journalist Mihle Pike received a call this morning that employees at Cash Paymaster Services had gone on strike. She went to see what was going on. Here is her account.

Mihle Pike - 23 January 2013

The Boland upheaval and failing the children of the poor

South Africa has continued to fail the children of the poor and is once again reaping
the results of that failure. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recurrent violent
eruptions in the fruit and wine farm regions of the Western Cape.

Terry Bell - 16 January 2013

Disgruntled employees at social grant payments company

Employees of Cash Paymasters Services (CPS) are fed up with their working conditions. The company handles the reissuing of the new social grant cards for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Mihle Pike - 16 January 2013

Allegations and counter-allegations in farm strike

With one man confirmed dead in De Doorns as well as further allegations of police brutality and coercion on the one hand and striker intimidation on the other, the ongoing farm worker protests continue in the Western Cape wine and fruit-growing region.

Kate Stegeman - 16 January 2013

Allegations and counter-allegations in farm strike

With one man confirmed dead in De Doorns as well as further allegations of police brutality and coercion on the one hand and striker intimidation on the other, the ongoing farm worker protests continue in the Western Cape wine and fruit-growing region.

Kate Stegeman - 16 January 2013

The Battle of De Doorns Round Three

Tensions between the De Doorns community and the police flared into open confrontation, as day one of the now thrice resumed strike turned into a running battle between striking workers and the police.

Ben Fogel - 10 January 2013

Khayelitsha entrepeneur spots a gap in the market

GroundUp spoke to Sipho Mfengwana, owner of Faku Tasty Chicken in Khayelitsha.

Mihle Pike - 12 December 2012

Young Mowbray fashion designer sells clothes on Facebook

Kayla Kim Meiring is the founder of Fro, a company that started off selling vintage clothing but now sells Meiring's own homespun popular clothes.

Margo Fortune and Nokubonga Yawa - 5 December 2012

Farm workers prepare for general strike

The Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural & Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) is preparing for a general strike from 4 December.

Tessa Gooding - 28 November 2012

Young entrepeneur delivers medicines in Khayelitsha

Sizwe Nzima is just 21 years old but he has already co-founded a business called Iyeza Express that delivers chronic medicines by bike to patients who are unable to stand in long queues at clinic pharmacies.

Mihle Pike - 21 November 2012

Altercation highlights farm tensions

An argument between a farmer and two employees has spiralled out of control. The story shows the kinds of problems fuelling the current farm tensions in the Western Cape.

Tessa Gooding and Margo Fortune - 21 November 2012

Farmer accused of cutting electricity and food credit to break strike

Seventy employees at Leeuwenkuil Farm refused to work for five days until five of their colleagues were reinstated, according to the Commerical Stevedoring Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU).

Tessa Gooding - 21 November 2012

“This project has changed our lives in a big way. We now have the opportunity to work and run our own businesses.”

Township is a non-profit organisation that is creating jobs and providing opportunities for people living in Cape Town’s townships.

Janine Fortuin - 21 November 2012

Scuffles breaks out in Delft over SASSA meal vouchers

Hundreds of residents queued outside Delft library last week Wednesday in the hope of receiving one of 25 SASSA meal vouchers.

Mihle Pike - 14 November 2012

Groot Constantia workers complain of unfair treatment

Its fine wines are known around the world and the City Sightseeing bus takes regular journeys through its beautiful grounds beneath Table Mountain. But the community who live and work at Groot Constantia estate say that the charitable trust that owns the farm pays female vineyard workers less than their male counterparts. They also accuse management of reducing their benefits.

Tessa Gooding - 14 November 2012