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COSATU N Cape Mandela Day message

17 July 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape takes this opportunity to wish the icon of our liberation struggle, Tata Nelson Mandela a happy 94th birthday on 18 July 2012. We are joining the multitudes of people in the whole world in celebrating his birthday by spending 67 minutes of the day doing the voluntary work of goodwill.

As the federation of the workers we will do our voluntary work on Sunday, 22 July 2012 instead of Wednesday, 18 July 2012. We want to exploit the opportunity of the 250 COSATU delegates who will descend in Kimberley on Friday, 20 July 2012 for the 2nd Provincial Congress which will be addressed by the President of COSATU, Comrade Sidumo Dlamini.

We will use our Provincial Congress to reflect on the role of Madiba in the struggle for our own liberation as the workers and the working class as a whole. This will be an opportunity to ensure that as the workers we emulate the example of Tata both in thoughts and in deeds. Madiba is a selfless revolutionary who declared 30% of his presidential salary to the formation of the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund.

His passion for children as a future of our country is unquestionable, that is why we have identified an orphanage in Galeshewe to do our voluntary work on Sunday. Workers are called upon to make donations towards this good cause so as to do this work on their own.

On Sunday, 22 July 2012 when we adjourn the 2nd Provincial Congress we will proceed to Sinothando Home in Galeshewe where we will make our donations and spend 67 minutes doing voluntary work in honour of Madiba.

For more information please contact the COSATU Northern Cape Provincial Secretary, Cde Anele Gxoyiya @ 082 829 1961

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