Zwelinzima Vavi: veteran trade unionist

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dc.description.abstract Zwelinzima Joseph Vavi is a defiant trade union veteran, former secretary general of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and vice-chair of the Millennium Labour Council. Vavi was born on a farm in Hanover in the Northern Cape in 1962. He is the son of a mineworker, and was his parents' tenth child. He was married to Nikiwe, with whom he has a son. They divorced after 17 years of marriage. He is now married to Noluthando Mathebe, and they have two children (twins). Vavi's passion for fighting against economic and social injustices stem from his experiences of growing up in a working class family. In an address given in 2010 to the Congress of the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers' Union as secretary general of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), Vavi stated: At a personal level I feel completely at home amongst you. I too was born in the farms of the Northern Cape in a little town called Hanover. I too do not know the date and the year I was born. Just like you, I was born at home and never saw the door to the hospital, clinic or school until much later in my life. I too became the victim of the child labour system. I too know the meaning of being paid in kind. I too witnessed the abuse of farm workers including my own parents and other family members. My family too was the victim of evictions and I know what it means to sleep on the roadside under the donkey cart in the coldest of the Northern Cape winters. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher BestRed en
dc.subject POLITICS en
dc.subject COSATU en
dc.subject VAVI en
dc.subject ZWELI NZIMA en
dc.subject INTELLIGENTSIA en
dc.subject TRADE UNIONS en
dc.title Zwelinzima Vavi: veteran trade unionist en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TBBBBB en
dc.BudgetYear 2022/23 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.SourceTitle The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Reddy, V. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Houston, G. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Schoeman, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Thuynsma, H. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812617 en
dc.PageNumber 120-123 en
dc.outputnumber 14121 en
dc.bibliographictitle Ngqwala, N. (2022) Zwelinzima Vavi: veteran trade unionist . In: Bohler-Muller, N., Reddy, V., Houston, G., Schoeman, M. & Thuynsma, H. (eds).The texture of dissent: defiant public intellectuals in South Africa. Cape Town: BestRed. 120-123. en
dc.publicationyear 2022 en
dc.contributor.author1 Ngqwala, N. en

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