Stories from the Field

Sash contributes to report on abuse in SA's fruit and wine industries

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The Black Sash has contributed towards a Human Rights Watch report that documents human rights conditions in our fruit and wine industries. The report, entitled "Ripe with Abuse" exposes on-site housing that is unfit for living, exposure to pesticides without proper safety equipment, lack of access to toilets or drinking water while working, and efforts to block workers from forming unions.
While the Western Cape’s fruit and wine industries contribute billions of rand to the country’s economy, support tourism, and are enjoyed by consumers around the world, their farmworkers earn among the lowest wages in South Africa. The report also describes insecure tenure rights and threats of eviction for longtime residents on farms.

Sash monitors the Refugee Reception Centre in Cape Town

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The Black Sash Cape Town Regional Office (CTRO), along with partner organisations, has made seven visits to the Department of Home Affairs Refugee Reception Centre in Maitland over the past four months. We wanted to assess the implementation of government policies affecting asylum seekers and refugees as part of our efforts to ensure that their rights are respected. 


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Sash contributes to CEDAW reports

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The Black Sash has contributed to a report put together by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. It considered the extent to which Israel, South Africa, and other countries have successfully implemented the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at the national level. We helped with the chapters on labour, poverty, vulnerable groups, refugees, access to justice and access to credit. Read the full report

Read more of the information provided to the CEDAW Committee as well as the Shadow Reports by the Women's Legal Centre, POWA and others, Masimanyane and other Civil Society Organisations. 

Sash wins court victory to clear social grant appeals backlog

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The Black Sash has accepted a settlement offer after taking the government to court on behalf of tens of thousands of people waiting to have their social grant appeals heard. The human rights organisation and 24 disabled people from the Eastern Cape launched a legal application in March last year following persistent attempts to persuade the Department of Social Development to clear the huge appeals backlog and deal with excessive delays.

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