The True Meaning of Worker’s Day in South Africa
“We can change the world and make it better place. It is in your hands to make a difference” – Nelson Mandela
Today celebrates you, the worker. You, who moves South Africa forward. This public holiday is a testimony to the hard battles that workers in this country have fought for workers’ rights and social justice over many years.
While it is a day celebrated worldwide, it has a particularly important message here in South Africa. It is a reminder of the real power of the South African spirit, and what it can overcome. Recognised here after our first democratic election, it is a celebration of the working class. It is because of this incredible group of individuals, who fought for a democratic South Africa and sacrificed so much, that we can enjoy the freedom and rights of citizenship in a united nation.
So, while we celebrate this holiday, let us take a moment to truly appreciate what this day means: freedom. Freedom to work, to spend time with our families and to be a South African. Today, be proud of who you are and appreciate what you have around you. And, most importantly, remember what we can achieve when we come together as a community. Because, while today is a reminder of what we have achieved, it also a reminder of the many challenges that we as a nation have yet to overcome; that we as a nation will overcome.
So, let your South African spirit burn bright today, and show the world what it truly means to be a South African worker. It is time we start working together to create a brighter future for our nation and wage a war against poverty.
So, how will you be celebrating your Worker’s Day?