Home News
SACTWU Winter School 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:16

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) will commence a series of Matric Winter Schools in July 2015. 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 2015 schedule is as follows:

Durban                      13th - 17th July
Isithebe                      11th - 17th July
Newcastle                  11th - 17th July
Ladysmith: Loskop     13th - 17th July
Ladysmith: Ezakheni  13th - 17th July

Contact : Siphiwe Ngidi (031) 3011 351
Port Elizabeth             4th to 10th July
East London               6th to 10th July

Contact Querida Bruiners (041) 487 2832
Soweto                       6th to 17th July

Contact Lesego   (011) 339 1343

Cape Town                 6th to 16th July

Contact Louise Solomons   (021) 447 4570
NEFS                          6th to 17th July
John Zikhali Branch    6th to 17th July

Contact Lerato Raisa   (058) 713 4935

Fashion Imbizo 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2015 13:44



RSVP For Fashion Imbizo 2015 via email by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Fashion Imbizo is taking place on the sidelines of Source Africa. Should you require more information, click on the graphic below :




Memorandum of Protest: Good Hope Centre Saga Protest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:58









Centralised State Procurement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 13:53


The SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) congratulates National Treasury on the new centralised tender portal, etenders.gov.za, which is supposed to 'go live' today. It is a major step forward towards a more effective and more transparent tender system. For SACTWU, the etender portal is a significant first step. However we believe that even greater benefits can be attained if procurement itself - particularly of clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) products – are centralised. We urge National Treasury to adopt this practice for CTFL products without delay.

At present, State procurement is an extremely decentralised activity in which many hundreds of different public institutions are enabled to procure goods and services. Up until now these institutions have advertised their tenders in a chaotic array of media - on websites, newspapers, provincial bulletins, and the government tender bulletin. It has been an extremely challenging task for any interested party (whether a business wishing to supply government or a trade union wishing to monitor government spending) to simply determine at any moment in time exactly what kinds of goods and services the State requires. It has also not been possible to track how and to whom tenders are awarded, since this information is very poorly published.

The opacity of the system has allowed irregularities to flourish. Apart from wasting public resources, job creation has been stifled. For instance, while particular products such as CTFL products have been designated for mandatory local procurement by the State, the lack of transparency of tender information has created many gaps which are exploited either by public institutions or by suppliers. As a result, the State continues to buy many imported CTFL products, and the policy directive for the State to buy local is not creating as many local jobs as it could.

By bringing tender information together in one space, the etender portal is likely to bring efficiency and integrity to the tender market. Both are positive outcomes. From SACTWU's side, we will be monitoring whether tenders from all public institutions are indeed being published on the etender platform, and will be alerting National Treasury to instances where this does not happen.

However more needs to be done.
Government needs to ensure that State procurement conforms to local procurement requirements, where applicable. It also needs to ensure that when it buys goods which are locally made, the products are made in factories which comply with the regulated minimum wages and conditions of work. If not, public money will be channelled to companies which practice illegality, and government will be failing in its duty to support the Rule of Law. Such outcomes can best be achieved through having much greater control of public procurement, and this in turn requires greater centralisation of procurement.

In addition:
The ANC’s 2014 election manifesto also states as follows: Working together with all partners, we will run public campaigns to promote local procurement. This needs to be implemented.
The manifesto also states as follows: A centralised process, with stakeholder representation, will be established to adjudicate on major tenders in all spheres of government. This also still needs to be implemented, and is now urgent.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Mr Simon Eppel, on office number 021 4474570 or cell number 083 652 3559


Page 7 of 16