It is 38 years since the scenes of the 16th of June 1976 became permanently engraved in our collective conscious as a nation and 20yrs since we ushered in a democratic dispensation. There is no doubt that what has come to be known as "June 16" marked a turning point for our struggle against an unjust and inhumane system. The blood of those that paid the highest price on that faithful day nurtured the fruits of freedom that we enjoy today.
As South Africa observes Child Protection Week which takes place annually from the 1st until the 7th of June, SADTU would like to urge teachers to make everyday a child protection day for their learners. Children are the future of our country. They rely on adults to keep them safe, healthy and happy. Yet all too often adults abuse the trust that children place in them and, in many cases
SADTU welcomes the announcement of the North West Provincial EXCO by Honourable Premier, Cde Supra Mahumapelo.
We wish to congratulate particularly MEC for Education and Sports, Honourable Wendy Matsemela for being retained in the Education portfolio, Honourable Desbo Mohono
We also congratulate Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande for their appointment in the new Cabinet.
We hope that the minister of basic education will do everything in her power to ensure that labour peace is maintained.
The Commonwealth Teachers Group (CTG) is gravely concerned for the safety of the 234 school girls abducted from the Government College in Chibok, on 14th April. The safety and security of pupils while at school is of paramount importance. The CTG harshly condemns the seizure of these female students while at school
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) met - for the first time after the May 7 General elections - at the Union’s headquarters Matthew Goniwe House from the 15th until 16th of May 2014. The NEC took several decisions on pertinent issues involving among others, the general elections, abducted school girls in Nigeria, posts-for-cash-scams reports, the tragic loss of five learners in an accident in the KwaZulu Natal midlands and many more
The union has learnt with dismay and outrage the locking of gates and burning of two classrooms and two offices at Phafogang Secondary school in Soweto. It has been brought to our attention that some teachers who are allegedly SADTU members refuse to accept the appointment of a new principal on the basis that they demand the appointment of their own preferred candidate.
Annual cost of living adjustment for Educators effective 1 April 2014
Improvement in conditions of Service: Annual Cost-Of-Living Adjustment for Educator Employed in terms of the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 with effect from 1 April 2014.
The State as Employer undertook at the PSCBC to pay the shortfall of 0.2% on 1 May 2014 and this did not happen. The Employer wishes to apologise for this. The PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 provides for a multi-term wage agreement between the State as Employer, and organised labour and covers the annual cost-ofliving adjustments in the Public Service for the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015.
The National Working Committee(NWC) held an urgent meeting to respond to the attack by the IFP. SADTU would like to record its disappointment in the IFP for its court application to have SADTU members removed as electoral officers. As SADTU we view this political grand standing as an irresponsible electioneering tactic
The Provincial Office has been inundated with requests to respond to allegations of posts-for-cash scam apparently operated by SADTU leaders and members after the City Press newspaper article broke the headlines on the matter this past Sunday. The worrisome factor is that whereas the SABC has recordings of SADTU’s statements, it continues to flight a clip from a non-SADTU leader and so-called former SADTU spokesperson they say is speaking and confirming these reports on behalf of SADTU. This we take a dim view at and characterize it as a deliberate attempt to mislead the public and a well co-ordinated agenda to besmirch the name of this gigantic union and its current leaders.
The National Working Committee of SADTU met on urgent basis this morning to reflect on the attack directed at the union by those serving the interest of the white monopoly capital. SADTU members are professionals and will not be blinded by the City Press headlines. The headlines are aimed at tarnishing the good name of our Union, SADTU.
Yesterday, as we officially marked 20 years since the 1994 breakthrough we noted the worst criminal behaviour from political opposition parties in the platinum belt when the National Union of Mineworkers` Youth Forum rally was disrupted.
The cheap propaganda being spread by some opposition parties in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of voting South Africans, that the country has not experienced any positive change in the 20 years of democracy is a lie and should be treated with contempt.
We are calling on all South Africans to use their hard - won Constitutional right to vote ANC on the 7th May 2014.
We are disturbed by the populist, irresponsible call by self - professed veterans of the liberation led by Ronnie Kasrils and others.
Suspended SADTU President Comrade Thobile Ntola`s lawyers wrote a letter to our lawyers in the morning of the hearing advising that they are unable to attend the hearing because of other commitments and that they have advised comrade Ntola to attend and apply for a postponement.
Five women leaders of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) - Vice President for Gender Dorcus Sekabate, Vice President for Sport, Arts and Culture Fezeka Loliwe, Vice President for Education Veronica Hofmeester, National Treasurer Lindiwe Motshwane and KwaZulu-Natal Gender Convener Khethiwe Binda - are among 400 women from around the world who are attending the Education International’s (EI) World Women Conference held in Dublin, Ireland from yesterday, 7 April until Wednesday, 9 April 2014.
SADTU flags fly at half mast in mourning the passing on of its stalwarts and founder member Cde Poobie Naicker. Cde Naicker died at the age of 87 on Tuesday in Johannesburg while attending to the Union’s business.
SADTU would like to announce that the disciplinary hearing of it`s suspended President Cde Thobile Ntola which was scheduled for 31 March - 2 April 2014, has been postponed at his request.
We welcome the decision to relieve the DG for education Bobby Soobrayan of his duty as the chief accounting officer for Basic Education in the country. We appreciate the leadership shown in defense of education and the future of our children. We believe that this will go a long way to stabilize education and create the needed labour peace in our sector.