Farmers wage increases, the truth

Frik van der Merwe, an elderly Boer farmer, received a letter from the Labour Department stating that they suspected he was not paying his employees the statutory minimum wage and they would send an inspector to interview them.

A few days after the appointed day, the inspector turned up in a Black BMW X5.
“Tell me about your staff,” he asked Frik.
“Well,” said Frik, “there’s the farm hand, I pay him R345 a week, and he has a free cottage.
Then there’s the housekeeper. She gets R355 a week, along with free board and lodging.
There’s also the half-wit. He works a 16 hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about R100 a week along with a bottle of whisky and, as a special treat, occasionally gets to sleep with my wife.”

“That’s disgraceful” said the inspector, “I need to interview the half-wit.”

“That’ll be me then,” said Frik.


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