Meet the fresh faces of Decision For Life (DFL) team in South Africa!

Meet the Fresh Faces of Decision for Life (DFL) Project team in South Africa. Get more information about Decisions for Life Project in South Africa at mywage.co.za.

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The Decisions for Life Trade Union Campaign in South African has elected a group of young women to be the “face” of Decisions for Life. They are drawn from a range of confederations and unions, and are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young working women.

The team :

1.  Name: Alinah Mbethe

Age: 28 years old

Live: Ironside in the Vaal Area


Place of work: I work for a union as a national women and education co-ordinator


Kind of work: My work is to co-ordinate the union women to educate and identify workplace related issues affecting women. I run workshops and recruit women workers within the affiliated industries nationally.


How do you feel about your work? I love my work, as it empowers women across the country


Why are you a part of the union and the DFL campaign? I am a part of the DFL campaign because young women are often not in charge of their lives, and decision-making is often left in the hands of men who are not aware of the issues affecting young women. We say stop the exploitation of young women at the work place!


What are your dreams for the future? My dream is to see a South Africa with labour that is in charge, and I envisage a country where everyone enjoys decent work.

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2.  Name: Sophia Mogakabe

Age: 24 years old

Live: Ga-Rankawa


Place of work: Confederation of South African Workers Union (CONSAWU).


Kind of work: I occupy two positions, as financial administrator and gender co-ordinator.


How do you feel about your work? I enjoy and love my work because I get to interact with different people every day.


Why are you a part of the union? I want to familiarise young women like myself with unions.


What are your dreams for the future? I want to see more women in the union movement.

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3.  Name: Lesego Sekano

Age: 26 years old


Place of work: COSATU.


Kind of work: Trade unionist.


How do you feel about your work? Generally, the work is good. However, it can be frustrating, especially working in a male-dominated industry.


Why are you a part of the union and the DFL campaign? I am passionate about the rights of workers and fair labour practices, especially for women. The DFL campaign deals with issues that are always overlooked and that I am passionate about pursuing.


What are your dreams for the future? Seeing fair labour practices utilised. Especially for women!

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4.  Name: Zoleka Finiza

Age: 29 years old

Live: Soweto


Place of work: Edgars at Mopanga Mall, Soweto.


Kind of work: Specialist retail associate.


How do you feel about your work? I love my job! It is good to have challenges that you can face, because that means personal growth.


Why are you a part of the union movement and the DFL campaign? The union is there as a support system for workers to obtain better working conditions, uniting workers in the process.


What are your dreams for the future? I would love to see South African workers carrying out their duties without the fear of being victimised or threatened.

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5.  Name: Adele van den Berg

Age: 26 years old


Place of work: Solidarity, an affiliate of CONSAWU.


Kind of work: I represent Solidarity at a number of sector education and training authorities.


How do you feel about your work? I am passionate about skills development!

 

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