Toko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, says there are enough laws and legislation in South Africa to protect children’s rights.

Didiza participated in a panel discussion at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor, which is currently taking place in Durban. She says, however, that retention and lack of access to information remain a challenge.

Didiza says that supporting small farmers with funds and mechanization can reduce the need for child labor in the sector.

She says: “It is important not to consider child labor as a problem for small farmers, you will find it, for example, in commercial farms, and it will manifest itself during the harvest. Seasonal work, if you have to deal with a certain season in terms of goods.

“If I gave an example, if I used citrus, then only now citrus are in the harvest period, corn, so you work at a certain time when you get the thing from the farm to the market, and that’s where child labor is sometimes common.” , – adds Didiz.

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Addressing delegates at the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor in Durban on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the increase in the number of children forced into child labor is hampering their efforts to eliminate child labor by 2025.

Ramaphosa said: “Such exploitative work practices are also prohibited because they affect the spiritual, moral and social development of the child. Such work practices take away children’s childhood. “

“They deny them the opportunity to explore, learn, develop and realize their potential. Child labor perpetuates the cycle of poverty, ”he added.

According to the International Labor Organization, more than 160 million children worldwide are employed, while more than half of them are between the ages of 5 and 11.

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