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Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

John Zikhali Scholarship 2012


The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) invites applications for the John Zikhali Scholarship, in honour of our union’s late President.


  • The scholarship will be for studies that contribute directly to the advancement of trade unionism, decent work or the clothing, textile and leather industry
  • The scholarship will be granted for studies at post-graduate level
  • The successful applicant will be a South African citizen
  • The scholarship will be for an amount of R30,000

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 the following:

  • Copy of CV
  • Copy of academic record

A single scholarship will be paid out in 2012. The successful applicant will receive the scholarship for a one-year period, subject to the right to apply in
a future year. 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 1175, Woodstock, 7925 or faxed to 021 447 2194.

Closing date: 31 January 2012

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



SACTWU Roll-Out of Medical male Circumcision PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2011 00:00


In support of the National Department of Health’s (NDOH’s) comprehensive HIV prevention package and COSATU’s HIV/Aids prevention program, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) Worker Health Program (SWHP), funded by PEPFAR, has launched its own rolled out of surgical Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) services within Kwa Zulu Natal. Free MMC services are offered as part of a comprehensive prevention package offered by SACTWU, including HIV awareness and education, HIV counselling and testing, STI screening and testing and safe sex messaging.

Our MMC pilot project was initially rolled out in the Uthukela and Amajuba Districts of Kwa-Zulu Natal in June this year. With additional funding, SWHP has now extended  the program to the eThekwini district and have recently initiated MMC services at e newly built SACTWU Worker Health Program clinic situated in Durban. The first circumcision was conducted on 18 November 2011, with SWHP staff first in line to receive services.  This service is offered free to union members and their families.

To date (including for the Uthukela and Amajuba Districts), over 5 000 union members and their families have undergone the SACTWU MMC services. Our target is for 30 000 union members to undergo MMC, in KZN over the next 10 months.

SACTWU is the first trade union globally to offer MMC services as part of its health promotion benefit program offered to trade union members.

Issued by

Andre Kriel
General Secretary

For further information, please contact SWHP Executive Director, Nikki Soboil  on 021 448 5263


Spring Queen Parade 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2011 09:38

Media Alert: Spring Queen Parade

After an evening of glitz and glamour the winners of the SACTWU Spring Queen 2011 will now take to the streets in the Spring Queen Winners Parade. The parade starts at 12h00 from the SACTWU Spring Queen’s factory Sheraton. The parade will move to Epping at 13h00 and then from 14h30 onwards in Salt River.

The Spring Queen Winners are as follows:

Spring Queen 2011:
Jade Losper from Sheraton Textiles

1st Runner-Up:
Angelika Jacobs from Bonwit

2nd Runner-Up
Monique Dassie

Members of the press are welcome.

For comment contact Nazmia Leite on 0721986061.

Issued by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

SACTWU Spring Queen 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2011 17:40



The 35th Annual SACTWU Spring Queen will be taking place on Saturday 12 November 2011 at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. The event will see 47 women, all workers in the clothing, textile and leather sectors across the Western Cape, participating and hoping to be crowned the Sactwu Spring Queen for 2011.

The Spring Queen is one of Cape Town’s biggest events, with the Good Hope Centre filled to capacity with workers celebrating the evening with banners and T-shirts emblazoned with their factory names.

The annual event is the largest fashion show featuring workers as models. It is a fun and important occasion as the focus is on ordinary workers which provide a face to the garments, shoes and fabrics that are sold in retail stores and boutiques across South Africa.

Local Talent such as The Boys and Vibe will entertain the crowd with their performances. Also on the programme this year, SACTWU introduces the SACTWU Got Talent finalists. Four workers from factories will compete for the inaugural SACTWU’s Got Talent title.

The programme starts at 19:00 for 19:30.

Members of the press who would like to attend can contact Nazmia Leite on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 072 198 6061 for registration. Media Registration will take place on 11th November 2011 on the 3rd Floor, 350 Industria House Victoria Road.

For comment contact Fachmy Abrahams on 021 447 4570 or 082 5222 386


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