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By Michael Aliber, Cobus de Swardt, Andries du Toit, Themba Mthethwa

Interpreting the industrial survival recommendations of rural South Africans, this research sheds mild on their reports in recognize to 4 parts of task: employment in advertisement agriculture, small-scale agriculture, non-farm micro-enterprise, and participation in executive tasks. 4 provincial case studies—Limpopo, Western Cape, japanese Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal—form the root of the record, which appears to be like on the demanding situations dealing with public guidelines that handle poverty.

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It should also be pointed out that supply chain consolidation and retail concentration penalise producers who are not able to produce on scale. Successful land reform projects do exist in the Western Cape – in Ceres, an example is provided by Northridge Investments, a now wholly worker-owned and managed fruit export business – but these usually benefit only core and permanent workers and make little impact on the rump of rural poverty. 6 initiatives has significantly under-exploited the potential of household subsistence agriculture as a supplementary activity.

33) on these farms was even smaller than that on the permanent labourreducing and labour-retaining farms, suggesting that these increases had happened from a very low base. /Hex. 3 * N/A indicates intention to sell farm Similar trends were evident in respondents’ statements about future employment plans. Almost 48 per cent of respondents indicated an intention to reduce or further reduce their permanent labour complement in the future. A consistent 10 per cent of respondents on wine farms in each district indicated an intention to replace workers with harvesting machines.

A particularly important issue here is the highly gendered and racialised nature of livelihood dynamics, household survival and community networks. za In the first place, households’ livelihood prospects are powerfully shaped by race. These patterns reflect historically racialised employment patterns and racialised differences in the ways in which households are inserted in the local economy. While coloured farm workers have traditionally been institutionally and ideologically constructed as servants – the essentially passive recipients of paternalist noblesse oblige – African workers are constructed essentially as outsiders, temporary residents in the Western Cape, with no real right to belong.

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