In times of unrest, rural communities must be able to trust and access medical facilities.
A "cautious alliance" has been formed between the Democratic Alliance and the ANC to address the issues underlying agricultural unrest.
Agricultural unions are urging their members to apply to the labour department for exemptions.
Despite going from being a scab to striking worker and being recently unemployed, Jaurie Scheepers remains hopeful. "My God will make a plan for me".
A new minimum wage of R105 a day for farm workers may heighten concerns about rural poverty.
The government has an interest in ensuring the agricultural sector is profitable, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
The new minimum wage for farmworkers, announced by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, "will harm the country", says commercial farmers' union TAU SA.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced a new minimum wage for farmworkers of R105.
Farm communities suffer from poor health, alcohol abuse, shoddy service delivery and harsh living conditions.
Agri SA says it has not been contacted by Cosatu regarding a plan to extend a recent wage deal between farmers and their workers in Clanwilliam.
Farmworkers in Clanwilliam have reached an agreement that could signal the end of the farmworkers' strike in the Western Cape, says Cosatu.
All farmers must realise that they are only human beings and not superior to their farmworkers, Mbuyi Ralawe from Cape Town
Cosatu and Agri-SA have blamed one another for stalled talks aimed at ending the Western Cape farm workers' strike.
Far removed from the nearby strikes in the Western Cape, these wine-farm workers have a reason to pull together.
The strike by farm workers in the Western Cape has ended but negotiations will continue, says the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
Farmworkers have started gathering across the Boland in the Western Cape to resume their strike over labour issues.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula must send army troops to Western Cape rural areas to prevent farmworker violence, says Helen Zille.
Recent farmworker protests over poor labour conditions have changed South Africa's history, says Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.