Press release dated 27 April 2013.
Today, as we celebrate 19 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa, The Federation of Unions of South Africa, calls on each and every South African to commit themselves to the pursuit of social cohesion, active citizenry, and democratic freedom. As each voter undertook their democratic responsibility to elect their government on 27 April 1994, FEDUSA calls on South Africans to sign the Active Citizens Charter in response to the values enshrined in the South African Constitution.
FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George represents the Federation and its members at the Freedom Day celebrations taking place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today. He said, “The theme for this year’s celebration is mobilising society towards consolidating our democracy and freedom, and this reflects FEDUSA’s vision that each and every citizen has a role to play in leading our country to achieve these ideals”. He continued, “It is important to recognise that it is through people that development will take place in this country, not through markets. The eradication of poverty and inequality is dependent on how each person applies themselves to education, job creation and sustainable use of our environmental resources”.
Following the Presidential celebrations, George will join leaders from business, labour and government at the signing of the Citizens Charter of South Africa. “The Citizen’s Charter is a citizen’s response to the Constitution and identifies his or her role in shaping the South Africa that we all wish to live in. FEDUSA calls on each of its members to sign this Charter, and commit to individually contributing to developing the values of a free nation, including freedom, liberty and equality” said George.
George continued, “The South African Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world, and it enshrines our individual rights to freedom and a democratic state. We must remember that our democracy is only 19 years old, and our Constitution merely 17. Turning those rights into reality for the majority of our citizens is an arduous and lengthy task, but not one of the Government alone. It is critical that FEDUSA, as part of organised labour takes responsibility for ensuring that the rights of our members and their families are brought to fruition”.
FEDUSA works through social dialogue and workplace policies and interventions to assist Affiliate Unions to bring about such lasting change within the workplace, and worker’s communities.
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FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry. See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.
For more information:
Dennis George (General Secretary)
Lauren Uppink (Social Policy Officer)