The True Meaning of Worker’s Day in South Africa

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?