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SACTWU 13th National Congress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 September 2016 00:00

The 13th Congress of SACTWU took place from the 21-24th September 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme Defend the democracy, protect workers, build unity, fight corruption, grow jobs and strengthen service to members'

The National Congress is the highest policy- and decision making structure of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU).  The union's constitution requires it to be held once every three years. Congress is an opportunity to review the work of the organisation, specifically progress with the implementation of its Programme of Action decisions adopted at the previous Congress held 3 years ago. It is also an opportunity renew the mandates on policy and leadership, for the period ahead. 

The last Congress was held in August 2013, at the Durban International Convention Centre. This year's Congress was the union's 13th since its founding in 1989 and over 900 delegates, guests and staff members attended.

More information on the event can be found in the dedicated NATIONAL CONGRESS 2016 section.

John Zikhali Scholarship 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2016 00:00

John Zikhali Scholarship 2017 Applications

John Mtoleni Zikhali 1960-2006

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) invites applications for the John Zikhali Scholarship for 2017.

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 2017 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 for the attention of the General Secretary Andre Kriel

Closing date: 30 October 2016

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


SACTWU Winter School 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2016 16:16

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will commence a series of Matric Winter Schools in July 2016. These schools are part of the union’s social responsibility programme, 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.

Our Winter Schools have been run nationally every year since its launch in the year 2000, except in 2007 when a national wage strike took place by educators in our country. It typically lasts between 5 and 9 days.

The 2016 schedule is as follows:

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