Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries

‘Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries’ documents conditions that include on-site housing that is unfit for living, exposure to pesticides without proper safety equipment, lack of access to toilets or drinking water while working, and efforts to block workers from forming unions. While the Western Cape’s fruit and wine industries contribute billions of rand to the country’s economy, support tourism, and are enjoyed by consumers around the world, their farmworkers earn among the lowest wages in South Africa. Produced by the Human Rights Watch, the report also describes insecure tenure rights and threats of eviction for long-time residents on farms.

For more information, refer to www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/safarm0811webwcover.pdf.

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