• Rinie Schenck Social Work, University of the Western Cape.
  • Lawrence Xipu Department of Social Work, Unisa.
  • Derick Blaauw Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.




Valenzuela (2002) calls people who congregate at informal pick-up points to seek for work for the day, by the hour or for a specific job, day labourers and the pick-up points hiring sites. These hiring sites are described as open-air geographical locations, such as street corners, pavements, car parking lots and factory gates (Blaauw, 2010), where day labourers seek employment (Valenzuela, 2003). Day labourers and the hiring sites appear to be a growing feature in South Africa and in many parts of the world. For example, in Japan in 1998 the number of day labourers who gathered at hiring sites was estimated to be as high as 1.26 million and in the USA the number of day labourers doubled from 1995, being estimated at 117 000 in 2004 (Gill, 2001:2; Grow, 2003:5; Louw, 2007:99).


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How to Cite

Schenck, R., Xipu, L., & Blaauw, D. (2014). WHAT HAPPENS DURING THOSE LONG HOURS NEXT TO THE ROAD? AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THREE INFORMAL DAY LABOUR HIRING SITES IN TSHWANE. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 48(1). https://doi.org/10.15270/48-1-103




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