21 June 2017
Following the Marikana Massacre of 16 August 2012, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) established a Trust Fund in 2015, initially, to build houses for the widows and families of the 37 slain mine workers in Marikana.
The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust Fund has since evolved to address three key pillars: Housing, Education and Skills development. These pillars are geared to serve as a catalyst for the transformation of the lives of its beneficiaries to break intergenerational poverty and afford them an opportunity at a better future.
The Trust Fund’s housing pillar aims to build homes to provide dignity, social security and stability for the families of the victims massacred at Marikana, especially their children who are the future generation.
The family of Mr Mgcineni Noki are the first of 44 families who will benefit from the housing of the Trust Fund. They will receive a beautiful house built in their very village, in honour of their son, husband, father, brother and uncle – as a beacon of hope for the rest of the other victims’ families who will benefit alike.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Noki homestead, in the Eastern Cape is not only a life-changing occasion for the family; it is as a moment to observe the manifestation of contributions from civil society and the union itself to work together and protect the future leaders of South Africa and comfort the families left behind.
The 37 people who were killed in Marikana are people before the associations or jobs they belonged to. This makes the Marikana Massacre an inhumane protection of capital and gross violation of human right to the nation.
There are sundry socio-economic and political issues that South Africa still suffers from. As a nation we need to jointly fight to reform the existing socially constructed paradigm that after 23 years of our Democratic dispensations the life of a Black man means nothing in comparison to white wealth.
We can’t accept that lives being taken is a trend and accountability is a process. It’s been five years since the Massacre and justice has not been served hitherto. The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust Fund is the embodiment of this plight; the plight to protect people from a vicious and unforgiving capitalist system that has attributed the significance of people to their remuneration and contribution to the economy.
About the Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust Fund
The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust Fund is aimed at providing infrastructural support to the legacies left behind by the 44 breadwinners in the province through:
Building homes aimed at providing dignity, social security and stability to the families of the massacred victims, especially their children who are the future generation.
About the ribbon-cutting ceremony:
Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Venue: Twalikulu Junior Secondary School, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape
Keynote Address: AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa
For further information, please contact:
011 057 6161
074 287 4711