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Winston Churchill said the further you want to see into the future, the further you have to look back into the past. In fact, through a strong network of mutual aid and self-help organisations in cultural, economic, social and political spheres, our ancestors built a future for the next generations.

The most important lesson to be learnt from 200 years of history is that the future is never over. A new future always emerges again. The present is never permanent and the future is never set in stone. The present is merely the bridge between the past and the future. It would be futile to merely sit back and wait for the future because then you would get a future determined for you by other people.

Solidarity has been building a future since 1902 and it is also celebrating its 115th anniversary this year. Our biggest challenge is to look past Zuma and the current reality to see a new future. Determine the future that you would like to have. Help Solidarity to create strong organisations by participating actively in the shaping of a future in which you will also be able to live freely, safely and prosperously. The only future you can predict is one that you build yourself.

What Are We Building?


Review Successful cultural communities require healthy, stable and flourishing education and vocational training. As early as the middle 1800s, Afrikaners started establishing vocational colleges and universities at several places. Over time, however, these vocational colleges and universities lost their community character and increasingly developed a state character. At present, these  ... Read more

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Rule of law

Review Solidarity’s aim is to bring about a South Africa where all will be free and equal before the law and will be treated with dignity and fairness. Since 1902 Solidarity has been fighting actively in courts for its members so as to bring about justice in the workplace and  ... Read more

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Growing independence

Review We do not want to focus merely on offering our members economic solutions. We try to create democratic spaces for our members and their communities where they can live in a self-reliant way. The response to state decay is the politics of self. For this reason it is imperative  ... Read more

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Good job opportunities

Review According to the American opinion poll company Gallup, a good job is the most important need of people across the world. Apart from the economic stability resulting from a job, your job also to a large extent determines who you are and where you fit in. Here at Solidarity  ... Read more

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Study assistance

Review We view ourselves as builders who, together with enthusiastic members, have been building a future for the past 115 years. In spite of all the uncertainty in our country, we will never stop building training institutions. We will continue creating study opportunities for members of the community. We are  ... Read more

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Review At present very little if any space is being created for Afrikaans media. Even within the commercial Afrikaans media there are some media institutions who are unsympathetic towards the critical situation of Afrikaans, or who are not prepared to give up their monopoly on the Afrikaans media in order  ... Read more

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Free economic and political positioning

Review We advocate an economic dispensation of free competition. South African economic policy should be based on a free-market economy where there is a balance between the various role-players in the economy. We strive for a South Africa where the role of institutions is foremost and trust among people is  ... Read more

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Greater Solidarity Movement

Review The origins of the Solidarity Movement can be traced back to June 1902, when the Transvaal Miners’ Association was founded. The establishment of the Movement cannot be ascribed to individual actions alone, but also to the functioning of institutions. The Solidarity Movement comprises 18 institutions, including Solidarity, AfriForum and  ... Read more

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Review Historically, we have had a close relationship with the Afrikaner community and this is still the case. Afrikaans is one of South Africa’s important official languages – it is the language that is close to the heart of millions of South Africans. The reality is, however, that Afrikaans as  ... Read more

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