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Monday, 01 November 2010 16:19

John Zikhali Scholarship

The SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) invites applications for the John Zikhali Scholarship, in honour of our union’s late President.

  • The scholarship will be for studies that contribute directly to the advancement of trade unionism, decent work or the clothing, textile and leather industry
  • The scholarship will be granted for studies at post-graduate level
  • The successful applicant will be a South African citizen
  • The scholarship will be for an amount of R30,000

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 the following:

  • Copy of CV
  • Copy of academic record

A single scholarship will be paid out in 2011. The successful applicant will receive the scholarship for a one-year period, subject to the right to apply in a future year.
Applications should be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed to PO Box 1175, Woodstock, 7925 or faxed to 021 447 2194.
Closing date: 30 November 2010
If you do not hear from SACTWU within two months after the closing date, please accept that your application has not been successful.

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Monday, 27 September 2010 00:00


The 11th National Congress of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union(SACTWU) has elected the union’s new national leadership. They will hold office for the next three years, until the next National Congress.

Voting was completed on Friday evening, and the results were announced on Saturday afternoon, 25 September 2010. The positions of President, 1st Deputy President, 2nd Deputy President, National Treasurer, General Secretary and 1st National Organising Secretary were uncontested. The positions of Deputy General Secretary and 2nd National Organising Secretary were contested. The newly elected and re-elected National Office Bearers and National Secretariat members are as follows:


2010 Elected National Office Bearers

President:  Themba Khumalo                          1st Deputy President: Vacant                                      2nd Deputy President: Beauty Zibula




                                                                                National Treasurer: Freda Oosthuysen



2010 Elected Sactwu Secretariat

General Secretary: Andre Kriel                                                           Deputy General Secretary: Vacant









1st National Organising Secretary: Chris Gina                                2nd National Organising Secretary: Bonita Loubser      




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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 00:00

Violet Seboni will be honoured at SACTWU’s 11th National Congress to be held on 23rd-25th September 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

Violet Seboni passed away on Friday 3 April 2009, in a car accident on her way to Mafikeng, where she was to participate in ANC election campaigning.

Her death was met with shock and sadness, for this Deputy President of SACTWU had so much promise left in her and was destined to play a bigger role in the affairs of the nation.

This Congress pays tribute to her life and work.

Her funeral was held on Easter Monday 13 April 2009.

The leadership of Cosatu, the ANC, SACP, Women’s League and Sactwu as well as the Mayor of Johannesburg and the Premier of Gauteng, paid tribute to her. Her family received messages of condolence from the ANC President as well as from union leaders across the world.  

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Thursday, 02 September 2010 00:30

Zwelinzima Vavi, COSATU General Secretary, will address the SACTWU National Congress at 10h00 on 23rd September 2010, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre



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 2007, at the Durban International Convention Centre. This year’s Congress will be the union’s  11th since its founding in 1989. The 11th Congress will be held under the theme “A New Growth Path for the Clothing, Textile, Footwear & Leather Industry”. Approximately 700 delegates, guests and staff members are expected to attend.  Mr Vavi is expected to deliver a speech which will cover COSATU positions on current socio-economic and political challenges facing the labour movement in South Africa.



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