Labour federations say prioritising the poor and the working class will give more meaning to South Africa’s freedom, being celebrated.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is to address the main event in Bloemfontein at about 12 noon.

The president of labour federation Cosatu, Sdumo Dlamini says there are many things that undermine the gains made in last 24 years.

He cited an increase in the Value Added Tax, the use of labour brokers and retrenchments, among other issues

The general secretary of another labour organiasation, Fedusa, Dennis George says working together will help improve the living conditions of the poor.

This year’s Freedom Day celebrations take place under the theme: The year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – towards full realisation of our freedom through radical socio-economic transformation.

The celebrations will also focus on among others the understanding of where South Africa comes from and celebrating the legacy of struggle icons like Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu as well as identifying untold stories of unsung heroes and heroines.

For the latest on Fredom Day preparations watch below