Mdantsane construction workers strike

Mdantsane residents protested earlier this month about the quality, speed and management of an RDP housing protest. Photo by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.

The workers say they are paid R2,800 per house, which they then have to divide among themselves. Bricklayers are making R1,000 a month and assistants R800, they say. The workers are demanding at least R100 a day. There is no minimum wage in the building industry in East London.