The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (Sadtu) has always taken a keen interest in broader societal issues beyond the classroom – and unapologetically so.
Our core function has always been to advance and protect the rights of teachers and this includes ensuring that their work conditions are favourable
On 7 April 2011, the Department of Basic Education and teacher unions signed collective agreement no 1 of 2011. In terms of the collective agreement the parties agreed to increase the remuneration of markers by 100%.
Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s derogatory and ill informed remarks cannot go unchallenged. To be labeled drunkards, hooked on drugs, we can’t take care of ourselves and are deep in debt, is beyond insult. It is blatant defamatory.
SADTU is not yet convinced about the department capacity to deliver learner teacher support material (stationery & textbooks) for 2013. The announcement of plans and actions by Minister on this matter is seen as a Public relations exercise. All what she said, was also said in 2012 and books were still not delivered.
SADTU in Mpumalanga wishes to condemn, in the strongest terms, the leaking of Grade 10 and 11 question papers.
We call upon the Department and law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate this and those implicated be made to face the full might of the law.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union having held its ordinary monthly meeting on the 9th October 2012 to deliberate on a number of issues ranging from political developments in the country, education issues which included the release of the Presidential Task team report on the Limpopo workbooks’ saga and the killings of the NUM members in the mines amongst others.
It is with great sorrow to be informed that one learner (Kutama Andani) from Benny’s Care in Vhembe District passed away after collapsing during boys under sixteen football matches in Bloemfontein in the Metropolitan SASFA games. The Union would like to pass the message of condolences to the family; Benny’Care; SASFA; and the entire Vhembe district as well as people of Limpopo. May his soul rest in peace.
World Teachers’ Day was initiated by UNESCO to commend teachers for the contribution they make to education and development. SADTU would like to call on government, communities, business and civic bodies in South Africa to provide support to education, the teaching profession and organizations that represent teachers and educational staff.
The PSCBC acknowledges the pivotal role played by teachers towards the developmentof our progressive South African nation.Teachers remain the pillars of our communities and work tirelessly, give unselfishly with
humility and dedication to transfer knowledge and values from generation to generation.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has added its voice in the call for expelled ANCYL Leader Julius Malema to stop his inflammatory statements against the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its leadership. Malema has called on miners to boycott the leadership of NUM.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) would like to echo Denosa’s dismay and contempt at the attack of COSATU president Sdumo Dlamini by the so-called “Friends of the Youth League.”
In a response to Cde Dlamini’s speech delivered at the Young Communist’s League public lecture in Katlehong where he sounded a warning that the Federation was under attack from Malema and others and warned him not to exploit the Marikana tragedy for his narrow political gains, the “Friends of the Youth League” have resorted to sexism and gender stereotyping to chide Cde Sdumo.
In the article that appeared in Isolezwe of the 23rd August 2012, on page 11, the statement made by NUMSA KwaZulu Natal claims that SADTU is on a campaign to stop Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi from being re-elected as the General Secretary of COSATU. According to NUMSA Zwelinzima Vavi may falter plans for the re-election of Zuma in Mangaung.
SADTU in Mpumalanga is shocked and dismayed by the assault of a female learner by a teacher in eMalahleni as seen on national television news.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has joined millions of South Africans in expressing condolences to the families of the miners killed at the Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana.
At a two-day meeting of SADTU’s National Executive Committee (NEC) held in Johannesburg from 24 – 25 August, also welcomed the announcement by President Jacob Zuma outlining the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy. We welcome the constitution of the commission and the strict deadline set to conclude its task.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union was not aware of plans by members in Ekurhuleni to hold a march today to mobilise support for the East Rand Regional Secretary who was dismissed after being found guilty by a departmental disciplinary committee.
The Provincial Government is not making any effort to reduce the inequalities in the Western Cape and SADTU cannot be silent on this matter. At the pre MTEF consultations SADTU tabled a proposal in line with its resolution of an ideal school, that each institution should have at least a school librarian, learning support officer, a sports educator, and a guidance counsellor/teacher. This should be in conjunction with the required infrastructure.
It has been three weeks since the second semester of schooling and the third quarter of the academic year but the spirit and recharged energies with which we started the 2012 academic year have been dampened by the negativity, disrespect, non-cooperation and arrogant attitude displayed towards the SADTU leadership and membership by the North West Department of Education and Training through its ineptitude and non-committed officials.
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) strongly condemns the dismissal of Swaziland teachers for embarking on a legal strike over salary increases.
Hundred and ten teachers were dismissed last week bringing the number of fired teachers to 250 since the beginning of the five-week long strike. Members of the executive of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) are among the fired teachers.
After a series of engagements, and after considering all the arguments and counter-arguments from all the parties the conciliator presented to parties the following as a settlement proposal for consideration by parties for consultation purposes:
The Free State South African Democratic Teachers’ Union congratulates the successfully holding of 13th South Africa Communist Party National Congress during the past week. We are further optimistic that resolutions taken in this congress will advance and consolidate the agenda of National Democratic Revolution in moving forward to a socialist South Africa.