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Sactwu mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:41

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) mourns the passing of His Excellency, Nelson Rolihlala Mandela.
We will remember and celebrate his life for many reasons, especially his iconic role in our struggle for freedom and liberation. For now, we wish to pause and briefly appreciate the following additional significant moments for our trade union:
Firstly, not many people know this: SACTWU was the first trade union visited by Madiba following his release from prison. We remain humbled by this honour.
Secondly, Madiba personally intervened in a very determined manner in the WTO trade agreement negotiations in the mid 1990’s, to undo a deal which would have completely decimated our domestic clothing, textile and leather industries. We will remain forever grateful for this intervention and his unwavering commitment to maintain our country’s industrial manufacturing capacity.
Thirdly, Nelson Mandela has elevated African fashion to global status, such as with his very famous and  elegant “Madiba shirt” and other clothing ranges. He is a fashion icon.
We salute the passing of our great leader and extend our deepest condolences to the Mandela family, to the South Africa nation as a whole and to the many compatriots around the world who share in his vision of a better life for all.
Hamble Kahle Madiba.
Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

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Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00


2013 Sactwu National Congress Link

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

SACTWU John Zikhali Scholarship 2014

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) invites applications for the John Zikhali Scholarship for 2014.

The Scholarship was established in honour of the late John Mtoleni Zikhali, who served as the union’s President until his untimely passing in 2006.

A single scholarship will be paid out in 2014 to the value of R30 000. The successful applicant will receive the scholarship for a one-year period, subject to the right to apply in a future year.


  • The scholarship will be for studies that contribute directly to the advancement of trade unionism, decent work or the clothing, textile, footwear and leather industry
  • The scholarship will be granted for studies at post-graduate level
  • The successful applicant will be a South African citizen


Applications should be in the form of a letter of motivation, setting out all relevant details (proposed course of study, proposed research/study topic). In addition, applicants must also provide copies of their CV and academic record. 

Applications should be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to PO Box 1194, Woodstock, 7925 or faxed to 021 447 2194.

Closing date: 30 September 2013

If you do not hear from SACTWU within two months after the closing date, please accept that your application has not been successful.



Day of Action 1st March 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 March 2013 00:00

On 1 March 2013 SACTWU had a day of action where 200 Bargaining Conference Delegates including shop stewards and staff marched to SARS (CBD, Capitec Bank and UCT)

1.    Delegates marched to SARS Customs Building in Cape Town CBD to raise our concerns about the influx of counterfeit and illegal imports into South Africa, which severely threatens the sustainability of  local clothing, textile and leather companies and significantly contributes to the devastating job losses our industry has suffered.  A memorandum was handed over to and signed by Regional Executive Customs Manager, Hilton Dyce.

Delegates marched to SARS

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2.    Delegates then marched from From Keizergracht street to Capitec Bank, on the corners of Darling and Parliament Streets, to express our disgust that the Chairman of Capitec Bank is linked to a campaign to reduce the legal minimum wages of clothing workers and which support sweatshop labour in the clothing sector. A memorandum was handed over to and signed by Charl Nel Head of Communications, Capitec

Delegates marched to Capitec Bank

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3.    Finally we then protested at the UCT Bremner Building to express our fury against the UCT-based Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) for supporting illegal clothing operators and promoting poverty wages for clothing workers in the domestic clothing industry.  The memorandum was handed over to and signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Thandabantu Nhlapo. SACTWU also challenged the professors responsible for the report to live off R278 for a week. This is a weekly wage of a Newcastle worker.

Delegates protest at  UCT
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Copies of the memorandum are below.

SARS Memorandum

Capitec Memorandum

UCT Memorandum


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