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RE: Good Hope Centre being turned into film studio PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:18


The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) expresses its deep disappointment with the City’s plans for the Good Hope Centre.

SACTWU has presented its Annual Spring Queen Pageant in the Good Hope Centre ever since the building’s inception. This year is the 40th Anniversary of our event and we discover that the venue which has become synonymous with the Spring Queen, will not be available for this popular event of clothing, textile and leather workers. SACTWU has since last November, as per our normal practice, made efforts to book the venue for this year’s event. We were brushed off by officials. When we enquired why we could no longer book the venue, they advised that they did not know, other than that they had received instructions not to book the venue for any further events.
Thousands of workers from our industry attend this event every year.

We are dismayed that the City has failed to take the views and needs of the people of the Cape Flats into consideration. As a long-standing user of the venue, we have not even had the courtesy of being consulted. It is a well-known fact that it is mostly organisations from disadvantaged areas, and those representing the disadvantaged communities of Cape Town that use the Good Hope Centre.
We know of no other suitable venues in Cape Town where SACTWU could host its Spring Queen event. We have been left destitute.

We note that the City has now belatedly announced that there will still be a public consultative process. We intend to actively participate therein.
Issued by
Andre Kriel, General Secretary
Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers Union (SACTWU)

If further comment of information is required, kindly contact:
Fachmy Abrahams Coordinator in the Office of the General Secretary on 0214474570 or 0825222386.