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    UNION BENEFITS
    The following is a summary of the benefits attached to membership of Solidarity. These are subject to the constitution and policy of the union as well as the rules contained in the Rule Book and may be amended by the Executive Council of Solidarity without prior notice.
    Support Centre
    for Schools (SCS)
    Study benefits
    Career
    Labour-related services
    Occupational health and safety
    Financial services
    Wellbeing-related benefits
    Death benefit
    Recreation
    Maternity benefit
  • Support Centre for Schools (SCS)
    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    MS Office training
    The SOS offers free, first-rate training in MS Office to all teachers in Afrikaans. The training takes about three hours and is presented on a weekday afternoon. The aim of the course is to make teachers skilful in the use of the MS Office package, thereby improving the quality of their work and saving them time.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Subject choice tests for Gr. 9 pupils
    An affordable and first-rate subject choice package is available for Gr. 9 pupils. The assessment focuses on pupils' aptitude, interests and personality. The package will help parents and pupils make informed decisions about careers and what subjects should be taken at school. Tertiary training is very expensive – it therefore makes sense to invest in professional career guidance.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Empower a Child
    Solidarity Helping Hand finances underprivileged children's academic progress through the JD Kestell Bursary Fund and funds of the various Helping Hand branches. The financing takes on different forms and is channelled by the national branches. The branches are familiar with the need in communities and apply for financing from Helping Hand Head Office on behalf of underprivileged young people.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Schoolbag Project
    Solidarity Helping Hand's Schoolbag Project ensures that underprivileged Gr. 1 pupils have the same stationery as their classmates. The schoolbags also have educational content to ensure underprivileged children are able to make academic progress. More than 5 000 schoolbags are distributed to Gr. 1 pupils every year – to date, more than 25 000 schoolbags have been distributed in total.

    Visit www.tassie.co.za.
    Lunchbox Project
    Helping Hand's Lunchbox Project feeds thousands of needy toddlers across the country every year. Apart from the feeding component, the project has a training component. The training component is in line with Helping Hand's efforts to prevent poverty among the youth by ensuring that children receive a good school education.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Mathematics courses
    The Society of Afrikaans Mathematics Teachers (VAW) is the only Afrikaans professional organisation for mathematics teachers. Short courses, one-day courses and two three-day conferences form part of the services that the VAW offers. Other products on offer include a smartphone app with Afrikaans videos on mathematics, free work sheets and exam papers for members, an online marketplace where exam papers can be bought and sold, and much more.

    Visit www.skoolwiskunde.co.za.
    School-parent communication
    A 90-minute lecture on positive communication with parents is held with a view to helping schools' staff, management and governing bodies improve communication with parents and reduce conflict. The focus is shifted from negative communication towards positive, proactive communication.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Reading app
    Three Afrikaans reading apps and an alphabet book were released in 2015. These apps were developed for Gr. 1 pupils who are learning to read and are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. Helping Hand believes that no child should be excluded from teaching aids because of financial constraints. The alphabet book, 'n Dag by die Dieretuin, focuses on the learning of the alphabet, letters and sounds, and costs R40 (excluding postage). The app, Alfabetpret, is used in conjunction with the book to bring the characters to life through augmented reality technology. The two other apps, Dieretuinpret and Skryfpret, make use of animation and sound to turn the learning experience into a fun experience for youngsters.

    Visit www.leesapp.co.za.
    Mathematics app
    The first Afrikaans mathematics app, Wiskunde-hupstoot, is available at the App Store. Gr. 11 and 12 pupils receive free Afrikaans videos explaining mathematics with the app. Pupils can, at a fraction of the cost of extra lessons, buy videos on the sections that they grapple with.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Mathematics clubs
    The VAW's extramural mathematics clubs are aimed at pupils who are interested in mathematics, have a talent for mathematics and are curious about interesting mathematics outside the school curriculum. The mathematics clubs meet at schools.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Career app
    This app, which will be released early in 2016, will provide information about careers. Furthermore, information about universities, subject choices and admission point scores (APS) as well as information relating to career planning will be available on the app.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Newsletter for schools
    The SOS's newsletter for schools contains useful and interesting news for teachers, other educationists and parents.

    Subscribe to the newsletter at www.loopbaan.co.za.
    App writing competition
    The Afrikaans app writing competition focuses on enabling people to make their own money through entrepreneurial and technological skills. Young and old can enter the competition. Helping Hand will teach the participants how to write an app that they can sell to family members and the broader community. Big prizes and further app development opportunities are at stake.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Mathematics winter school
    The first mathematics winter school will be held at Akademia's eight national centres in 2015. Mathematics teachers will teach mathematics to up to 300 pupils across the country at the same time from the transmission centre in Centurion.

    Visit www.helpendehand.ac.za.
    Extra mathematics lessons
    The VAW plans to hold the biggest maths lesson in 2015 by presenting an extra maths lesson to more than 300 Gr. 8 pupils simultaneously. This lesson will be the first of regular extra lessons that will be presented by some of the country's foremost mathematics teachers.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Maths e-book
    The VAW plans to release a unique maths e-book that, apart from first-rate mathematics content, will contain videos and sketches that can be manipulated. This product will optimise the learning experience for every user.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Course on study methods
    A course on study methods will be presented at Afrikaans schools. The course will be turned into an app in 2015.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Die Markplein (the marketplace)
    Die Markplein is an Afrikaans webpage where teachers can buy and sell products such as exam papers and work sheets. Although the first products are mathematical in nature, there are plans to start offering products for all school subjects soon.

    Visit www.diemarkplein.co.za.
    Project Teaching Assistant
    The SOS has already helped schools with the salaries of more than 80 teaching assistants. Through this project the SOS contributes towards young teachers' entry into the profession.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Technology in schools
    Implementing technology in a school often coincides with lack of knowledge about what is needed, how much must be budgeted, and so on. The SOS provides schools with guidelines on how to implement technology.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Study benefits
    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Akademia
    Study part time in Afrikaans at Akademia. Akademia, an initiative of the Solidarity Movement, is a private higher education institution that offers qualifications aimed at preparing people for entry into the job market in an expanding economy. In so doing, Akademia makes a significant contribution to the progress of South Africa as a whole.

    Akademia is accredited with the Higher Education Quality Committee of the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The CHE is the statutory body that awards accreditation to higher education programmes and institutions in South Africa.

    Visit www.akademia.ac.za.
    20% discount at Akademia
    Solidarity members and their dependent children qualify for a 20% discount on courses offered by Akademia. The amount is equivalent to about 12 years of Solidarity membership fees.
    20% discount Terms and Conditions

    Visit www.akademia.ac.za.
    Interest-free study loans
    Solidarity members and their dependent children get access to interest-free study loans to study at Akademia. Moreover, students who receive a study loan only have to start repaying it on completion of their studies.

    This membership benefit once again proves that Solidarity is more than just an ordinary trade union. Solidarity protects its members' jobs through training!

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Sol-Tech
    Sol-Tech offers training in scarce skills. Sol-Tech, a private technical college, was founded on Christian values and uses Afrikaans as medium of education. Sol-Tech offers the following formal courses: Electrician, Millwright, Diesel Mechanic, Fitter and Turner, Welder, Fitter, and Tool and Jig Maker.

    Visit www.sol-tech.co.za.
    Solidarity members get preference during intakes
    Solidarity members and their dependent children up to the age of 21 get preference during intakes at Sol-Tech.

    Visit www.sol-tech.co.za.
    Interest-free study loans
    Solidarity members and their dependent children get access to interest-free study loans to study at Sol-Tech. Moreover, students who receive a study loan only have to start repaying it on completion of their studies.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Financial assistance for tertiary training
    Every year Solidarity Helping Hand provides financial assistance worth millions of rand to deserving students who would not be able to study without such assistance.

    The Solidarity Helping Hand Study Fund Centre was founded in response to the demand for financial assistance for tertiary training.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Solidarity members get easier access to financial assistance for tertiary training
    Solidarity membership will give you a better chance of receiving financial assistance for tertiary training. Members and their dependent children get additional points and therefore qualify easier for financial assistance.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Career
    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Affordable career guidance
    The aim of the career guidance programme is to provide an affordable career guidance service with respect to subject and career choices to Afrikaans youths across the country.

    Professional guidance is given to young people to ensure they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills and make informed decisions about their future. Various packages are available and the cost of the psychometric tests can be claimed from medical aids.

    Contact details: 0861 25 24 23 or diens@helpendehand.co.za

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Discount for members
    To thank members for their loyal support Solidarity has negotiated a special discount on the available packages for them. Remember to mention that you are a Solidarity member!
    Career guide
    Choosing a career is probably one of the biggest choices of a young person's life. It is therefore very important to choose right.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za to read Helping Hand's online career guide.
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    Information on various careers.

    Read more about different careers.

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Drawing up a CV
    Solidarity not only helps members to keep their jobs, but also wants to help improve their working conditions and career prospects. Having a professional CV is a crucial part of looking for a job.

    Click here if you need help in drawing up your CV.
    WerkNet
    WerkNet is a free Afrikaans jobs portal. It is an interactive electronic platform where jobseekers can post their CVs and look for jobs and employers can advertise available jobs and look for suitable candidates. Solidarity Helping Hand is not a personnel placement and recruitment agency and does not accept responsibility for the selection and placement process.

    Visit www.werknet.co.za.
    Enquiries regarding employment contracts
    Signing your first employment contract can be quite daunting, especially if you are not up to date with the basic conditions of employment. If you are unsure about anything in your contract, contact Solidarity at 0861 25 24 23 or diens@solidariteit.co.za.
    Labour-related services

    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Job-related legal aid
    Solidarity's General Litigation Department provides assistance to members who experience legal problems in the workplace. The department provides assistance in respect of legal queries, consultations, grievance procedures, disciplinary inquiries, conciliations and arbitrations. The department focuses on referring cases to institutions such as the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the bargaining councils of the various industries.

    Contact Solidarity Legal Services' General Litigation Department at 012 644 4300 or lodge your claim with regsdienste@solidariteit.co.za.
    Labour Court Department
    Solidarity's Labour Court Department provides a wide range of labour-related services to members. The department handles labour disputes of Solidarity members that have to be settled in the Labour Court. It also handles cases of discrimination and unfair dismissal as well as contractual claims.

    Contact the Labour Court Department on 012 644 4300 or lodge your claim with regsdienste@solidariteit.co.za .
    Telephonic civil law advice
    Solidarity offers telephonic civil law advice to its members.
    Contact details: 0861 25 24 23 or diens@solidariteit.co.za.
    Advice regarding affirmative action
    Advice regarding affirmative action Solidarity has done extensive research on the implementation of affirmative action in South Africa. If you are affected negatively by the incorrect implementation of affirmative action, contact us at 0861 25 24 23 or diens@solidariteit.co.za.
    Occupational psychologist
    Contact Bertus Swanepoel at 076 010 4952 or bertus.swanepoel@gmail.com to make an appointment.
    Discount on consultations with occupational psychologist
    To thank members for their loyal support Solidarity has negotiated a special discount on consultations with occupational psychologist Bertus Swanepoel. Remember to mention that you are a member of Solidarity!
    Social worker
    Members of Solidarity and supporters of Helping Hand can contact the social worker regarding social welfare matters.

    Social welfare matters can be reported by e-mail, telephonically or in person. The most effective way to report a matter is by e-mail. Members are also welcome to contact the social worker to make an appointment. The social worker acts in an advisory capacity and will not necessarily be able to attend to a case herself. In order to ensure that an effective service is provided, there is regular contact between the social worker and other welfare organisations and interested parties in the community.

    The social worker cannot provide assistance with regard to financial aid, material support, housing, statutory services or confirmation of identity of pensioners who receive a pension from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

    Contact details: 0861 25 24 23 or diens@helpendehand.co.za

    Visit www.helpendehand.co.za.
    Occupational health and safety

    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Claims process and forms
    Read more about the claims process or click here for all referral forms and complaints forms relating to occupational injuries and diseases.
    Assistance with claims relating to occupational injuries and diseases
    We put a high premium on protecting our members in the workplace before and after occupational injuries.

    Contact Solidarity Legal Services' Occupational Health and Safety Department at 012 644 4300 or lodge your claim with regsdienste@solidariteit.co.za.
    Assistance and advice regarding occupational health
    The aim of the Occupational Health and Safety Department is to protect the rights and the interests of Solidarity members in pursuit of a safe workplace. This goal is one of the most important links in Solidarity's value chain that is aimed at providing all-inclusive protection to members.

    Contact Solidarity Legal Services' Occupational Health and Safety Department on 012 644 4300 or get advice from regsdienste@solidariteit.co.za.
    Assistance and advice regarding occupational health investigations
    Solidarity offers assistance and advice regarding investigations resulting from occupational injuries and diseases.

    The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (No. 130 of 1993) provides for the allocation of compensation in respect of work disability caused by occupational injuries and diseases, or deaths resulting from such injuries or diseases. The Act moreover provides for matters that are related to occupational injuries, diseases and deaths.

    Contact Solidarity Legal Services' Occupational Health and Safety Department at 012 644 4300 or lodge your claim with regsdienste@solidariteit.co.za.
    Financial services

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    Free financial advice
    Solidarity Financial Services provides financial solutions through value-driven advice and excellent service.

    Contact Solidarity Financial Services on 0861 10 10 05.
    Affordable car and household insurance
    Help the trade union grow by taking out car and household insurance with Solidarity. Phone us on 0861 10 10 05 for a free quote
    Affordable life and disability cover and income protection
    What would happen if you were unable to earn an income tomorrow? Solidarity Financial Services can give you free answers to this question. Phone us at 0861 10 10 05.
    Affordable additional legal aid cover
    Get the power of the law on your side. Solidarity Financial Services, in cooperation with Legal X, offers additional legal aid cover for Solidarity members. This service includes the following:
    • Telephonic legal assistance – 24 hours a day
    • Legal representation to the value of R45 000 per year
    • Unlimited access to legal documentation
    • Discounted tariffs on property transfers
    Call 0861 765 734 or visit www.legalex.co.za
    Free assistance regarding investments
    Are you making adequate provision for your family for the day when you will no longer be there to provide for them?

    Solidarity Financial Services can give you free answers to this question.

    Phone Solidarity Financial Services on 0861 10 10 05.
    Free retirement planning
    Have you made adequate provision for your retirement?

    Solidarity Financial Services can give you free answers to this question.

    Phone Solidarity Financial Services on 0861 10 10 05.
    Tax advice
    Are you paying too much tax? What can you claim back from Sars?

    Solidarity Financial Services can give you free answers to these questions.

    Contact Solidarity Financial Services on 0861 10 10 05.

    Wellbeing-related benefits

    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Advice on medical aids
    Solidarity offers professional advice on medical aids.

    Solidarity has a contract with a service provider who can carry out a needs assessment to help you choose a medical aid that will fit your personal circumstances.

    Send an e-mail to solidariteit@health2wellness.co.za
    Lifestyle coach and relationship expert
    Contact Paul Smit at:

    082 721 4000
    paul@paul-smit.co.za
    www.paul-smit.co.za
    Discounted tariffs
    To thank members for their loyal support we have negotiated a special discount on consultations with lifestyle coach and relationship expert Paul Smit. Remember to mention that you are a Solidarity member!
    Wellbeing webpage
    Solidarity offers free advice aimed at promoting your wellbeing. Visit our wellbeing webpage for advice and tips on how to find balance in your life.
    Athletics Club
    Are you looking for a hobby? Do you want to be more active and enjoy the outdoors? Then the Solidarity Running Club is perfect for you! The club consists of a close-knit group of 220 enthusiastic runners who practise together and take part in races. The club is rated under the top 15 in North Gauteng and kicks dust in other clubs' eyes with respect to membership numbers. At a once-off joining fee of just R150, it is definitely worth your while to enjoy the support of the club and its members. So don't let the grass grow under your feet – join today!

    Contact us at atletiek@solidariteit.co.za.
    Death benefit

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    Drafting of last will and testament and administration of estate
    Solidarity members can have their wills drawn up and stored for free.

    Contact details: 012 362 1552 or fineks@wvs.co.za.
    Funeral benefit
    Solidarity members who qualify receive a comprehensive funeral benefit. This benefit includes a member's marriage partner/nominated spouse/life partner and dependent children younger than 21. All claims must be submitted within six months after the death of a member, a member's spouse or a dependent child. Phone 0861 25 24 23 or your nearest Solidarity branch.

    Click here to read more about the funarel benefit.
    10% Discount on gravestones
    When Solidarity members make use of the undertaking services of AVBOB or Martin's, they get a 10% discount on gravestones. This benefit applies to a member's marriage partner/nominated spouse/life partner and dependent children younger than 21.

    Phone 0861 25 24 23 or your nearest Solidarity branch.

    AVBOB:
    The following numbers can be phoned:
    - 0861-3863725 (0861Funeral)
    - 08611-28262 (08611AVBOB)

    Martin's
    0860 911 777
    Recreation

    Click on the headings to see more information about the benefits:

    Solidarity Magazine and electronic newsletter
    The Solidarity Magazine communicates important labour issues and developments in the labour market to members. Six issues of the magazine appear annually. Phone 0861 25 24 23 or visit www.solidariteittydskrif.co.za for further details.

    Solder is Solidarity's weekly newsletter that is e-mailed to members. It contains news on the latest developments at Solidarity and in the South African labour market. Click here to subscribe to the free newsletter.
    Kraal-klub
    Solidarity members can join the Kraal Club for free. Kraal Club members get a 10% discount on Kraal Uitgewers' publications. SMS "KRAAL" to 32347 to join, or visit www.kraaluitgewers.co.za.
    Holiday benefit: 20% discount on accommodation:
    Kokoriba
    Come and relax in the Bushveld at a 20% discount. All paid-up members of the Solidarity Movement qualify for a 20% discount at Kokoriba. Membership will be verified before the discount is awarded. Members themselves must stay at Kokoriba during the period for which a booking was made. Members must show their membership card or identity document to the resort's reception staff on arrival. The discount applies to one unit per family only. At least one member of the family must be a member of the Solidarity Movement. The 20% discount does not apply in respect of Easter Weekend and the December school holidays. Visit www.kokoriba.co.za for further details.

    Click here for more information about the holiday benefit
    Aan de Vliet
    The resort is situated in the heart of the picturesque Panorama route in Mpumalanga. Numerous famous tourist attractions lie within 60 km from Aan de Vliet, offering visitors the opportunity to visit these sights and still reach "home" in time to relax and end the day with a traditional braai at their accommodation unit. The 20% discount does not apply in respect of Easter Weekend and the December school holidays. Visit www.aandevliet.co.za for further details.

    Click here for more information about the holiday benefit
    Sanatana Beach Resort
    Come and relax on the beach at 20% discount! All fully paid-up Solidarity members qualify for a 20% discount at Santana Holiday Resort. Membership will be verified before the discount is granted. Members must be present at Santana during the period for which the booking was made. Members must present their membership card or identity document to the resort’s reception staff. The discount is valid for only one unit per family. At least one family member must be a Solidarity member. This offer is not available during the Easter weekend and during 1 December-10 January. Visit www.santana.co.za for more information.

    Tel: 039 312 2443
    E-mail: jannie@santana.co.za

    Click here for more information about the holiday benefit
    Discount on selected shows
    Solidarity members get discounts on selected shows. Members are notified of these offers through social media and in Solder. Click here to subscribe to Solder.
    Maternity benefit

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    Maternity benefit
    A maternity benefit of R1 350 is paid to female members with 12 months' uninterrupted Solidarity membership for each child. The benefit must be claimed within six months after the birth of a child.
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