part of its ongoing land campaign during 2013, WFP marked the centenary of the 1913 Native Land Act when 100 women farm workers and dwellers from the Cape Winelands District Municipality, marched and picketed at the Worcester Municipality, the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform (DRDLR) and the Worcester Magistrate's Court.
These departments were specifically targeted because the Court has continued to grant eviction orders (in Rawsonville and other areas) although alternative housing is not provided by the Municipality, despite stipulations of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA). The DRDLR was picketed to raise awareness about the slow pace of land reform, especially for women in the Western Cape.
The women handed over a Memorandum to officials from all three departments. While the Memorandum requested meetings with officials within a two-week period, the Municipality and DRDLR immediately gave an undertaking to the women to visit Rawsonville's informal settlement of Spooky Town, as well as to address the eviction of Nancy, who was "legally" evicted from a farm in Rawsonville, but provided with no alternative housing by the Municipality.
WFP will follow up with all three departments.