19 May 2014

South Africa: New Film Exposes Apartheid-Era Working Conditions On Farms That Produce South Africa's Table Grapes

The Western Cape produces more than 80 percent of South Africa's table grapes and the Berg and Hex River Valleys are the country's primary production areas.

Table grapes are among the world's most traded fruits and the prevailing climatic conditions in these valleys provide an unusually long eight-month window for production.

IRIN's latest film, Land of Dust, looks at the conditions of the workers in the Hex River Valley, where long hours, low wages, poor health and education opportunities, are the rewards of farm employment - conditions, which have changed little since the end of apartheid.

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