Clive Nolte

Age: 46, Clothing Worker, Cape Town

“The workers in our industry are not in a good position anymore. The clothing industry is sinking. The cheap foreign imports are really damaging us. They are causing us heartache.”

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Marie Oliphant

Age: 64, Clothing Worker, Cape Town

“When I was in Standard 4, my teacher said that it seemed like I was ‘always looking through a window,' as if I was an outsider looking in. But at Judron, I felt like I was on the inside. I felt like I was a part of the family.”

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Freda Oosthuysen

Age:47, Clothing Worker, Cape Town

“…being in the union was my way to continue the struggle that I have been fighting for my whole life. It is the struggle for equality and freedom.”

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Caroline Scheepers

Age: 57, Clothing Worker, Atlantis

‘If you want to be free, you must free yourself. The people who oppress you will not let you be free. They will not give you the chance. It is not in their interest. You have to be the one to make change happen. It can only happen if you do something.’’

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Christie Twigg

Age: 49, Textile Worker, Cape Town

“I believe it is important to assist in my community. I believe I should be involved in making life better. I have to have the support of my family to do that, and I am very grateful for their support”.

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Mymoena Williams

Age: 51, Clothing Worker, Cape Town

“SACTWU has taught me to be a woman in power. The union took me, even with my little bit of education, and they put in time and money and gave me lots of education.”

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Ntombinkhulu Yika

Age: 50, Textile Worker, Durban

“While I was in London, my mother lectured me. She said, ‘The struggle is your life. While you are on this earth, you will have to struggle because no one will struggle for you.”

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Beauty Ntombizodwa Zibula

Age: 48, Clothing Worker, Durban

“I could hear the door of the hall go ‘boom boom’ as the comrades danced from one leg to the other leg, and back again. It sounded like a drum beating. The comrades in the hall were wearing yellow union T-shirts with the words ‘We shall share in the fruits of our labour!’ and a picture of a woman, she had a raised fist!”

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