Minister seeks farm labour help

The government had done its best to promote the rights of farmworkers but monitoring labour conditions remained a challenge, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said yesterday.

“We are not powerless. The law is there but the implementation and monitoring of the law is our challenge,” she said.

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Photo: Candice Mostert. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“[The] government monitors. [The] government isn't there every day to ensure implementation.”

She said civil society organisations, NGOs and unions had a role to play in making sure workers' rights were upheld. - Sapa