Tuesday, December 8, 2009

South Coast Sugar

A worker climbs between two sugar cane haulers.

This week I had the pleasure of touring the Rhodes sugar cane farm on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast. The owner, Craig Rhodes, and his father Chris were kind enough to let me have the run of the place for two days. It's a large operation, with over 300 workers, mostly Xhosa speaking Pondo's from the Eastern Cape, and stretches for more than 25 km's across the rolling hills.

Loading cane onto trucks for the trip to the nearby Sezela Mill

A tractor is pulled out of a flooded access road

Craig Rhodes checks the oil on an ailing tractor.

Sugar cane cutters at work. Cane is burned, and then harvested by hand.

Craig Rhodes confers with his foreman.

A cane cutter at the end of the day.

1 comment:

  1. Great to see my uncle + cousin's farm through your eyes - beautiful photographs. Louise Rhodes, Sydney, Australia