We, as South Africans, commemorate one of our most significant public holidays on Thursday. The date 27 April is historic, and the essence of our country’s democracy. It was on this day in 1994 that South Africa’s first democratic post-apartheid elections were held – an immense milestone for our beautiful land.
The literal definitions of the word “freedom” means – “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants”; and “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”. We are living in a country where we are granted our freedom in so many ways, and our Constitution is a document to behold, which grants us this privilege.
The Constitution of South Africa, amongst defining our flag, national anthem and official languages, also defines South Africa as “one sovereign, democratic state” based on the principles of human rights.
Chapter two of the Constitution speaks of the Bill of Rights. It itemises the civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights of ALL the people of South Africa. This highlights that everyone is equal before the law, everyone has the right to human dignity, the right to life, freedom of speech and expression, the right to privacy, the right to choose a trade, occupation or profession, right to food, healthcare, water and social assistance, and many more. (View the Constitution Bill of Rights here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_South_Africa ).
At Astrapak, we value human rights and encourage freedom of speech. Our core values, which have been chosen and decided upon by our employees, are aligned with many of the key fundamentals of our country’s Bill of Rights. It is for this reason that each and every day we encourage the core values to be incorporated in the way we live and go about our daily business.
Respect, integrity and teamwork are three of our five core values that help us to embrace our various points of views and to realise that we are all different yet working towards a common goal in the business. Our way of getting there may be slightly different to others’ but we all have the same objectives in the workplace to meet success.
Respecting one another is something we should be carrying out daily, regardless of the people we meet. It is up to each and every one of us to make a difference and contribute to positive change in our workplace and country.
We experience such diversity on a daily basis whether it is cultural, ethnic or national background. Let’s work together for the betterment of our company and our country not just on Thursday, but each and every day. Our freedom is priceless.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela