The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is the largest trade union in the clothing, textile, leather and footwear industry in South Africa and globally, with just more than 99 000 members as at the end of August 2015. SACTWU and Edupeg have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership for 18 years. Hazel Jacobs is the Project officer at SACTWU and supports Edupeg as a board member.
SACTWU, hosted its 13th Annual congress at the CTICC on the 21 – 23 October 2016. The Edupeg Team was invited to be a part of this important event where we sponsored more than
800 delegates with sets of our Edupeg mathematical resources in English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Sesotho and Sepedi.
Our resources are suitable for learners from Grade R to Grade 4 and can be used up to Grade 6 for those learners struggling with Maths. The resources are ideal for parents to use with their children at home.
Over the three days at congress our team donated 2989 of these Edupeg books and explained to the delegates how they could be utilised to support their children. The delegates were over-whelmed with the great gesture from Edupeg and most of them could not wait to get home and share the resources with their children.
On the final day of Congress we ended with a competition for the delegates to thank them for their support and handed out some amazing stationary prizes kindly sponsored by our partner, Molin Stationers. Thank you Molin!
The evening ended off with a remarkable Gala Dinner, at the CTICC, to which many of the delegates came dressed in traditional gear. We were entertained with a runway show which show-cased the hard work and skills of many of the factory workers, after which we were treated to a live performance by the talented and famous MiCasa band.
This was my third experience at the SACTWU Congress. I had the opportunity to be part of an event consisting of an amazing group of people from different cultures, speaking various languages, with whom I was able to interact with, meeting new people and seeing some old, friendly faces again. It was a great experience to be surrounded by the delegates, marching and singing, and listening to the speeches by some of the guest speakers. This year it was a great privilege to be part of the SACTWU Congress because the delegates could take home a set of Edupeg materials with them to pass on to either their children, grandchildren, a family member or friend – this is the first congress where we have done this and the feedback and thanks we received was well worth it as we know these educational materials will be put to good use.