PRESS RELEASE - IMMEDIATE
The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) welcomes the declaration of 18 July 2009 as Nelson Mandela Day. We are particularly pleased at the call for all citizens to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to voluntary community service. We call on all our members to do so. Inculcating a spirit of voluntary service in our citizens is close to our hearts and a fitting tribute to the legacy of an icon like Nelson Mandela.
Last year, SACTWU introduced a requirement that all its bursars must commit to 50 hours' community service for each year that they receive SACTWU bursary. In the end, 166 SACTWU bursars rendered a total of 6 857 hours of voluntary service. Of this, 2 230 hours was spent in direct voluntary work assisting the union. The balance of 4626 hours was spent assisting a wide range of community/public service organisations, ranging from voluntary assistance in state-run medical clinics, at police stations, at public schools, in support organisations dealing with HIV & Aids issues, with children in orphanages, in paces of safety, food support distribution services, in soup kitchens, at old age homes, in community youth organisations, extra tuition for learners in public schools, at magistrates courts and at vetinary services (SPCA,PDSA, State Vet). Some SACTWU bursars went the extra mile: for example, a 5th year medical student and SACTWU bursar from the University of Stellenbosch completed 260 hours of voluntary work at Manenburg Day Hospital and at the GF Jooste Hospital in Cape Town, much more that the 50 hours which was required from him.
As part of the build-up to Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July, we also wish to highlight his position on labour rights and in particular the fact that he was awarded the Decent Work Prize by the ILO last year. A copy of the nomination then submitted to the ILO is available on the SACTWU website HERE
Andre Kriel, SACTWU Deputy General Secretary
If further information is required about the SACTWU Voluntary Service program, kindly contact our National Project's Officer, Mr Fachmy Abrahams, on phone number (021) 4474570 or cell number 0733067605