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Food parcels for Aurora workers

11 December 2014

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has approached Gift of the Givers requesting food parcels for the workers who have been exploited by Aurora directors for years.
Workers have no food, no water, and no electricity and are staying in a dilapidating hostel. The worst is that sick workers with their families cannot consult any medical institution due to being in poverty for years.

Workers are dying due to poverty and not being able to eat anything for days. The only time they have something is when COSATU and NUM request donations or help from those who can, such as the Gift of the Givers which will be doing that for the fourth time.

Due to the black Christmas facing those poor workers after the capitalists refused to obey the court ruling and were in contempt of court by not paying the R35 million rand owed to all the creditors who include the poor workers, who will be having a fifth black Christmas.

Gift of the Givers, jointly with COSATU, will be delivering food parcels on 15th December 2014 from 10am at Shaft number 5 at Orkney. We call all those who will be able to donate something also to do so on the same day or after by consulting the NUM regional leadership.

The story of the Aurora workers is a very sad and very painful story, and we call for help and an urgent intervention by our national and provincial governments.
We call on the media to help us to popularise this activity as it will show how our workers are exploited by rich African Black and Indian capitalists who do not care about the lives of the poor workers in particular the African Black workers.
We request all media journalists to be with the poor exploited workers on 15th December 2014. We know that some do not think that the exploitation of workers is news-making, but we are requesting that for this one media must just spent a few hours with those workers on 15th December 2014.

For more information feel free call COSATU NW Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe on 0823044055