South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union

The South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) is a trade union in South Africa. It is an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

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Full nameSouth African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union
Key peopleLouise Thipe, president
Bones Skulu, general secretary
Office locationJohannesburg, South Africa
CountrySouth Africa


SACCAWU was founded in 1975 as the Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (CCAWUSA). In 1990, in response to the call by COSATU for One Industry One Union it absorbed the Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union, and renamed itself as SACCAWU. The first General Secretary was the Union stalwart, Emma Mahinini and Makhulu Ledwaba was elected as the first President of CCAWUSA. Both played an instrumental role in the establishment of COSATU with Ledwaba elected as 2nd Vice-President of COSATU.

SACCAWU is an affiliate of COSATU as well as an affiliate of two International Unions, UNI-Global Unions where the General Secretary Bones Skulu serve on the executive as well as serving as President of UN- Africa, and Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco International Network (UIF).

SACCAWU has eight regions; Eastern Cape, Free State/Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Northern, North West-Vaal, Western Cape, and Witwatersrand regions.

General SecretariesEdit

1975: Emma Mashinini
1986: Vivian Mtwa
1991: Papi Kganare
1995: Bones Skulu


1975: Makhulu Ledwaba
1988: Duma Nkosi
1990s: Amos Mothapo
2013: Louise Thipe