WORLD HABITAT DAY 4 OCT 2010
Member of the Landless Peoples' Movement in debate
Farm workers are in a particularly precarious position because their homes and jobs are linked - if they lose their jobs, they lose their homes. In 1997, the government introduced the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA), the purpose of which is to provide greater tenure security for farm workers and others living in rural areas through regulating evictions. However, regular evictions have continued, leaving farm workers homeless and vulnerable. The new Farm Resident Subsidy Programme aims to further address the plight of farm workers by providing decent housing along with clear agreements regarding ownership or tenancy.
Group debate on the Farm Resident Subsidy Programme