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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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  • UCT deputy vice-chancellor signs memorandum_resize.JPG

Copies of the memorandum are below.

SARS Memorandum

Capitec Memorandum

UCT Memorandum

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