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Friday, 14 May 2010 11:59

SACTWU Press Release :


COSATU and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) has been in discussion for a while now in relation to the procurement of local products that will create more local job opportunities for South Africans. The sentiments and commitments from both COSATU and the FIFA office in Zurich are on record, and the parties today take the opportunity to call on all South Africans to get behind the World Cup and promote local procurement.


The following facts do paint a worrying picture and it is these circumstances that inform this call on South Africans to get behind local jobs as the key legacy of the World Cup: a large number of illegally imported World Cup goods are flowing into South Africa in the run up to the World Cup.


Authorities are seizing millions of Rands of goods every week at harbours and airports across South Africa. Since November 2009 alone, the SA Revenue Service has seized more than R88 million worth of fake goods at airports and harbours, with weekly reports of more seizures. These fake imports threaten the jobs of people in factories in Durban, Cape Town and many other cities and towns. Already 14 400 clothing and textile jobs have been lost in the past year, as well as many opportunities lost from the World Cup products that could have been manufactured in South Africa.


As per the national consensus, the parties very clearly support the promotion of decent work. FIFA is very conscious of the need for ethical business practices and takes the conditions of employment and work very seriously. Global Brands Group (GBG), as FIFA’s Master Licensee, and all Sub-Licensees appointed by GBG, have signed the Code of Conduct of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry as well as the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Soccer supporters and South African citizens can save these jobs and grow the South African manufacturing capacity by ensuring that they buy locally made products. So check for the ‘Made in SA’ label inside all World Cup clothing and other goods and support Proudly SA. Make sure that there is a 'Made in SA label' inside the clothes on sale for the World Cup and in support of Bafana Bafana. This includes caps, bags, toys, flags and other memorabilia. If we don’t do this, then the success of the World Cup would have not been felt by South African workers.

COSATU and the OC call on South Africans to say no to fake goods and not to buy products that are illegally imported and that do not have the proper labelling.


Report illegally imported or fake goods to the following number so that arrests can be made: 078 9236776.


COSATU has also raised the issue of over-pricing by retailers of World Cup and Bafana Bafana goods. The profit margins added to these goods are often very excessive, not at all commensurate with the manufacturing price and ensure that many South Africans are unable to purchase such goods. The union federation urges consumers to report such over-pricing as well.

To illustrate the OC’s commitment to the use of local manufacturers wherever possible, COSATU and the OC will work together on a post-World Cup commemorative t-shirt and other goods entirely made in South Africa, to celebrate a successful World Cup. The priority now must be to ensure that all of the World Cup activities and products leave a legacy that benefits South Africans. The World Cup must contribute to creating jobs that will reduce the unemployment levels of the country, which is amongst the highest in the world.

This statement is endorsed by the OC CEO, Dr Danny Jordaan, Andre Kriel, the General Secretary of SACTWU, the clothing workers union, and on behalf of COSATU. For more information contact the OC’s Rich Mkhondo on 083 2010254 or COSATU’s Tony Ehrenreich on 082 7733194