Rural housing

Farm workers uniformed

Many farm workers do not know that they're eligible for state housing
farm worker

On a visit to the farming community at a housing dialogue outside Stellenbosch recently, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela told farm workers it is the duty of municipalities and farmers to make employees aware of their rights to apply for a house.

His talk to the farming community is part of the Western Cape Human Settlements Department’s plan to encourage farm workers not to let the housing backlog deter them from placing themselves on the waiting list.

“So many farm workers do not know that they are eligible to be placed on state housing waiting lists. I can not understand why they don’t know this.”

Madikizela said farm workers have always just accepted living under poor conditions, but by right, any farm worker who earns less that R3 500 per month can approach their local municipality and demand to be placed on the housing waiting list.

The human settlement and agriculture MECs are discussing the existing policy and are aiming to meet up in the next few months to ensure working and living conditions improve.

According to the latest latest figures, there are currently approximately 2.1 million applicants on the waiting lists for housing in South Africa. 

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