South African Film and Theatre Union
In 1969 the name was changed to the South African Theatre Union (SATU - Afrikaans: Suid-Afrikaanse Teaterunie) and in 1982 it became the South African Film and Theatre Union (SAFTU - Afrikaans: Suid-Afrikaanse Film-en Teaterunie) to include film activities.
In 1985 SAFTU was the only trade union for performing artists and supported artists by protecting their position and status in their profession, solving work related problems and supplying performing artists with lawyers when necessary. Among the long time chairpersons were actor Carel Trichardt and *** . In the annual meeting, communal matters are discussed and the council elects eleven members for the upcoming years council. Representative committees are also elected for each province to handle local matters. This council communicates to its members through newsletters. SAFTU creates a standard agreement with South African Association of Theatre Managements (SAATM) and because of the industry’s constantly changing nature it is revised when necessary. The radio, television and advertising industry also complies with standards SAFTU creates in agreements with them. By the mid 1980s the perceived largely white orientation and membership of the union was becoming problematic and an alternative union (**?) was founded.
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