Geoffrey Davis


Emma, let me begin by saying what a great privilege it is for me to meet you here in Geneva. Having read your book Strikes have followed me all my life1 one cannot but be excited at the opportunity to talk to someone who has experienced in her own life so much of what it has meant to be a South African during the 4tauies of apartheid and who has been so consistently involved in the struggle to bring about change. You lived in Sophiatown before it was demolished, you were Ill the Congress of the People where the Freedom Charter was passed, you have been associated with so many of those who carried forward the freedom struggle over the years, some of whom gave their lives for it, like David Webster and Neil Aggett. Above all, you have devoted much of your life to the Trade Union movement which pioneered fundamental change inside the country, and now- at last - you are experiencing the transition to a post-apartheid society. I should therefore like to talk to you about the whole course of your career, focusing specifically on women's issues and ending with some questions about where you see yourself and the country in these momentous times.



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