The Department of Employment and Labour pays tribute to Dr. Dennis George, an influential leader in the labour movement, political activism, and business leadership, who has left a lasting impact on South African society. Despite his untimely passing, his legacy and numerous contributions to the labour market policies will be remembered and continue to influence the nation for years to come.
A Fervent Advocate for Workers’ Rights
Dr. George served as the General-Secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and was a strong advocate for workers’ rights. He fought for fair wages, improved working conditions, and equal opportunities for all. His tireless efforts extended to union registration and safeguarding the rights of workers, ensuring that marginalized and voiceless individuals found a platform to be heard. FEDUSA became a powerful force under his leadership, championing the causes of the working class and the vulnerable.
A Courageous Figure for Transformative Change
Minister Nxesi remembers Dr. George as a courageous figure who refused to remain silent in the face of oppression. His unwavering commitment to the betterment of society resulted in a more peaceful and stable labour market atmosphere. He played an instrumental role in negotiations and policy discussions, ensuring that the concerns of workers were always taken into account.
A Legacy That Will Shine Brightly
Dr. George’s star will continue to shine brightly as an inspiration for future generations. Throughout his career, he displayed empathy and understanding in his interactions with others, connecting with people from all walks of life. His ability to connect with others was a testament to his genuine concern for the welfare of all South Africans.
A Force Within Political and Business Landscape
In addition to his work with FEDUSA, Dr. George was an influential figure in the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP). He used his platform to promote the interests of workers and marginalized communities. As a business leader, he worked to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners, providing them with the necessary support and resources to thrive in a competitive market.
A Deeply Felt Loss
The Department of Employment and Labour and the entire nation extend their heartfelt condolences to Dr. George’s family, friends, and colleagues. His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew and respected him. As the country continues to reevaluate its labour market policies, Dr. George’s life and work serve as a reminder of the importance of upholding the rights of workers and striving for a more equitable society. May he rest in eternal peace.