South Africans called to observe Freedom Day

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pretoria - Cabinet has called on South Africans and citizens abroad to observe Freedom Day on 27 April, by sparing a thought for past struggle heroes and heroines.

"This is an occasion to remember and celebrate struggle icons and honour those who continue to be committed to transformation and to building a better life for all of us," said Cabinet spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

This year's Freedom Day will be observed under the theme 'Working Together to Build Unity and Prosperity for All'.

The national celebration will be held at the Union Buildings followed the 16th National Orders Ceremony, which will take place at the Presidential Guest House.

The national orders are awarded to South Africans as well as friends and associates of South Africa, both locally and internationally, for extra ordinary contributions to our society.

Cabinet, in noting upcoming Workers Day to be celebrated on 1 May, reiterated the message that it remains committed to ensuring the welfare and conditions of services for workers.

"Since the democratisation of South Africa after April 1994, the country's labour laws were among the first areas of law to be amended," said Manyi.

Cabinet called on all South Africans in all sectors to participate in the amendment of labour legislation through NEDLAC and parliamentary processes.

"Government remains committed to an outcome that will advance our economy and the dignity and security of our nation."