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'I don’t want to go back to the farm' : a case study of Working for Water beneficiaries

dc.contributor.authorHough, Jan A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorProzesky, Heidi E.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-18T09:43:11Z
dc.date.available2017-10-18T09:43:11Z
dc.date.issued2013-09-20
dc.identifier.citationHough, J. A. & Prozesky, H. E. 2013. 'I don’t want to go back to the farm' : a case study of Working for Water beneficiaries. South African Journal of Science, 109(9/10), Art. #1119, doi:10.1590/sajs.2013/1119.
dc.identifier.issn1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1590/sajs.2013/1119
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102350
dc.descriptionCITATION: Hough, J. A. & Prozesky, H. E. 2013. 'I don’t want to go back to the farm' : a case study of Working for Water beneficiaries. South African Journal of Science, 109(9/10), Art. #1119, doi:10.1590/sajs.2013/1119.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sajs.co.za
dc.description.abstractIn addition to clearing invasive alien plants, the Working for Water (WfW) Programme, as a South African government public works programme, provides short-term employment and training to empower the poor in finding alternative employment within the labour market. Several studies indicate that its beneficiaries become financially dependent on WfW projects and tend to be reluctant to leave the programme. The sociological reasons for this reluctance, however, remain largely unstudied. We therefore address this gap by reporting on a case study of four WfW projects in the Western Cape Province. Face-to-face interviews with beneficiaries suggest that a number of push and pull factors contribute to their dependency on WfW. Chief among these factors is a fear among previous farmworkers of returning to farm work. It was found that the latter can be linked to a historical power-relations legacy between landowners and farmworkers, mainly created by institutional racism still prevailing on many Western Cape farms. These findings bear important implications for the implementation of a new draft WfW policy aimed at encouraging private landowners to employ WfW beneficiaries on their land as clearers of invasive alien plants.en_ZA
dc.format.extent8 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africa
dc.subjectIntroduced organismsen_ZA
dc.subjectWorking for Water Programmeen_ZA
dc.subjectBeneficiary dependence -- South Africa -- Western Capeen_ZA
dc.subjectAgricultural laborers -- South Africa -- Western Capeen_ZA
dc.title'I don’t want to go back to the farm' : a case study of Working for Water beneficiariesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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