19 June 2018
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wishes its sister union and an affiliate of COSATU, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) a successful 16th National Congress. The Congress will take place from 20 to 22 June 2018 at Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng.
To be held under the theme "Re-build and re-engineer NUM towards reclaiming its historical posture", SADTU hopes the Congress will be focused, free of tensions with high levels of respect and discipline. The debates should be frank, robust guided by discipline and persuasive attitudes among the delegates.
We believe that this 36 years old union will emerge from the Congress stronger and more united. We have no doubt that the depth of resolutions adopted, will clearly demonstrate the maturity of both membership and leadership.
The Congress is regrettably taking place in a year that has seen many casualties in the mining sector mainly due to the negligence from the employers who sacrifice the safety of workers over profits. As if this is not bad enough, we have seen an onslaught on workers at Eskom, especially with the recent 0% wage increase. This is an onslaught on workers who are made sacrificial lambs for the sins of employers.
We wish to reiterate and affirm our support of the struggles waged by NUM members who are working under difficult conditions. We strongly believe they will emerge out of the Congress with more vigour and strength.
The NUM has an important role to play in COSATU as one of the founding Unions of this giant federation. We believe that a stronger and united NUM will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the federation more especially as we fight against the twin evils of decreasing union density and increasing union fragmentation across all sectors. We hope that through its resolutions, the NUM will provide us with firm guidance on how we can move rapidly towards the realization of one of our founding principles of "one country, one federation and one sector, one union"
Long live NUM, Long Live!
ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi; 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi: 082 719 5157