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SACTWU Kicks off Matric Winter School Program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 July 2017 15:46

Winter School 2017

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has kicked off its Matric Winter Schools Program, at the start of July. These schools are part of the union’s social responsibility program, and aims to assist working class matriculant children with extra lessons in some of the more difficult subjects, to help them prepare for successful matric year-end exams.
This year, a total of 1095 eligible learners nationally have applied to participate in the program.  We will focus on Mathematics, Physics, Life Science, English Home Language, English 1st Additional Language and Accounting and Business Subjects. A session on career guidance and life skills training is also offered.

On 3rd July Nelspruit and Durban kicked off their five day program with 26 and 51 learners respectively.

On Friday 7th July Isithebe, Northern Natal, 149 learners will register and participate in a six day program. Also running a six day program is Loskop in Ladysmith with 250 learners participating.

On Saturday 8th July, Cape Town will start its nine program with 210 learners participating, in Athlone. Classes in Newcastle with 130 learners also starts on Saturday 8th July and runs for 6 days.

The balance of the programs start on the 10th July and will run for 5 days in the following areas:

Port Elizabeth with 50 matric learners
East London with 64 Matric Learners
Qwa Qwa with 10 matric learners
Ezakheni, Ladysmith with 155 matric learners



702 Radio: Trade union calls on Sars to clamp down on customs fraud, illegal imports PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 March 2017 10:59

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) marched to the Sars offices in Pretoria on Friday protesting illegal clothing, textile, leather and footwear imports in the country.

Sactwu says that the illegal import are having a negative impact on the local industry.

Sactwu researcher Simon Eppel explains that illegal imports are a long-standing problem in South Africa, but the revenue service has been able to regulate the issue in previous years.

    This is not a new story. Illegal clothing, textiles and footwear are coming into the country and damaging jobs.

    — Simon Eppel, researcher at South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

According to Eppel, Sars has lost its resolve to deal with the issue.

    From 2009 - 2014 we witnessed a Sars that was showing a great determination and capacity to deal with the problem.
    — Simon Eppel, researcher at South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union

    Sars is not doing anything..
    — Simon Allison, Daily Maverick's African Correspondent

Listen to the full 702 Talk Radio Podcast with Sactwu Researcher Simon Eppel below:


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Friday, 10 March 2017 07:40

Article in the Daily Maverick: 09/03/2017


On Friday the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) will march on SARS headquarters in Pretoria in an attempt at highlighting the negative impact of a lack of enforcement and inspection of imported goods at South Africa’s customs points. As the local sector bleeds jobs because of cheap and illegal imports, the apparent disarray at SARS also cost the fiscus at least R3-billion in unpaid import taxes on Chinese imports in 2014 alone. This, say union researchers, could have funded 9-million monthly child support and 2.1-million monthly old age grants in 2015 and could be regarded as a form of economic sabotage. By MARIANNE THAMM.


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Sunday Times Article - Made-in-China fashion becomes so last season for local retailers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2017 11:28

Sunday Times Article - Made-in-China fashion becomes so last season for local retailers

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Power 98.7 Radio interviews SALRI ( South African Labour Research Institute ) Executive Director Etienne Vlok






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