The last few weeks a large part of the Western Cape in South Africa experienced disruptions caused by striking farmworkers. In fact the farmworkers themselves did not disrupt but the ‘hired’ professional strikers of the trade union according to (internal) police reports. But the general grievances of poor pay (10 US-Dollar per day) and poor housing conditions for many of the workers are real although there are also farmers who do better (pay better, proper sanitation etc.). It’s easy to solely blame farmers for the situation. It’s all far more complicated and dirty politics played by ruling party and opposition parties (The ruling party ANC is setting the rules and the minimum wages….., etc.).
Since 1994 South Africa has merely failed to put changes on the right track despite the enormous potential present (we still believe in it…). Empowering farmworkers in this province (Western Cape) does not really come from the ground and independent empowered black farmers in this province …… still have to find one ..
All this inspired me to compose these two pictures representing Black Economical Empowerment (BEE) farmers. Apologies for the fact I had to use an Alessi bottle-cap as stand-in.