The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) is deeply concerned with the continued delays in concluding the agreement for social grant distribution by the Department of Social Development. A panel of experts chaired by the Auditor-General has already warned that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) would most likely miss its deadline to successfully transfer the payment of social grants by April 2018.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) wishes well all the 798 289 full and part time learners who will be writing their 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC)/Matric examinations.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted with utter disgust reports that a 57-year-old guard at a school in Soweto was arrested for allegedly sexually molesting 83 school girls. As a Union representing teachers and education worker, we find it unpalatable that those tasked with ensuring that the school environment is safe for teaching and learning can be the ones alleged to be doing the direct opposite.
SADTU in the Western Cape is deeply concerned that the MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer has decided to close Uitsig High School. For a number of years, the Western Cape DA government had systematically made a number of illegal attempts to close the school. These included encouraging learners to enroll at neighbouring schools and redeploying teachers to other schools. This led the workers and community taking the MEC to the High Court earlier this year to stop the premature closure.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union heeds the call by our Federation COSATU to embark on a national strike on job losses, State Capture and Corruption on 27 September, 2017. This protected strike was prompted by the revelations by the Public Protector that the country has been captured and there is a network of the predatory elite that is engaged in looting state resources and corrupt activities.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union has noted with grave concern newspaper reports that the Gupta apologist Brian Molefe is allegedly being positioned to take over from the current CEO of the PIC in the very near future. The PIC's main mandate is to invest our pension funds as public servants and currently has assets worth R1.9 trillion.
SADTU in the Northern Cape has learned with great shock, disappointment and disgust media reports of 30 August 2017 about the alleged serious and unbecoming conduct of teachers in Bothitong High School.
The High Court in Limpopo has today restored the rule of law, asserted its judicial authority and restored the right of members and other employees of the Education Department. This follows an urgent application by SADTU to the High Court to protect its members against unlawful deductions following a strike at the Head Office of the Department.
Thousands of SADTU members braved the heat on Saturday, 12 August, 2017 and marched from Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown to Moroka Police Station to hand over a memorandum against gender based violence as part of the Union's celebration of Women's Month.
The Union has noted with concern, that there has been an increase in violence at our schools, directed at Educators, Support staff and Learners. These acts of violence include shooting in and around education institutions, attacks on educator and support staff and violence directed at our learners at school, and when they travel to and from their respective institutions.
SADTU in KZN welcomes the decision of the Court to set aside the move towards preventing the provision of nutrition to deserving learners in the Province.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) would like to pay its sincerest condolences to the family of ANC Member of Parliament and Member of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee, Timothy Khoza who died in a car accident while on an oversight visit to schools in Paarl yesterday.
SADTU in Gauteng condemns the use of its name as a scapegoat to justify racist conduct by a grouping called Patriots for Equality through its spokesperson Charis Pretorius. This unfortunate baseless pronouncement was made during the ENCA evening news bulletin on 01 August 2017. SADTU and ATU participated in the recruitment process of Klipspruit West Secondary school as observers in terms of the applicable Education Labour Relations Council collective agreement.
On 28 until 30 July, 2017, SADTU KZN held a Political School for leaders of the Union. More than 700 leaders drawn from 80 branches and 7 regions in the province, attended. As part of the discussions, were the declining standards of living, the austerity measures which result in the growing unemployment and silent retrenchments.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) condemns in the strongest terms, the conduct of teachers who demand sex from learners in exchange for high marks and other favours as reported in a Sunday newspaper.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted with concern and dismay the allegations carried by a weekend publication that the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms Faith Muthambi flew and accommodated her close family and friends at tax payers' cost to attend the departmental budget vote in Cape Town.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union is extremely perturbed by the unnecessary delay in the filling of the principal post at Klipspruit West Secondary School.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the North West has welcomed the release of the Department Circular No 21 of 2017 by the Provincial Department of Education that will a see a once-off conversion of close to 5000 temporary teachers' contracts to permanent contracts.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape calls upon Education MEC Mandla Makupula to ensure that the educator post declaration for 2018 will be credible and avoid disputes experienced in respect of the 2017 post establishment. SADTU's call stems from what is clearly a not well considered proposal of the MEC to reduce the number of educator posts for 2018.
The ink has not even dried since SADTU penned her disgust and dismay on the uncovering of corrupt practices in Umzinyathi District of the Department of education in KwaZulu-Natal; we have further discovered other glaring dirty transactions at the Harry Gwala District situated in Kokstad. It appears that employees exiting the system are targeted by unscrupulous fellow colleagues tasked with assisting them to access their hard earned deposits.