The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) joins millions of workers in South Africa and across the globe to celebrate Workers' Day, May 1 in 2017. In South Africa, May 1 conjures many memories of the workers' struggles waged by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for this day to be given official Workers' Day status by the Nationalist Party Apartheid regime.
SADTU Gauteng is deeply saddened by the unfortunate death of 18 learners from Refano Primary and Mahlenga Secondary school, a General Assistant who was employed at Refano Primary school, and a minibus driver, due to a fatal collision between the minibus and a truck on 21 April 2017. The minibus was ferrying them to their homes after school. Other learners were rescued and taken to KwaMhlanga hospital.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State has noted with appreciation the budget speech presented by the honourable MEC for Education Tate Makgooe on the 27th March 2017. The budget presented is for the financial year 2017/18.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape held its 9th provincial conference, from 23 to 25 March 2017 at Regent Hotel in East London.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape is holding its 9th provincial conference at the Regent Hotel in East London. This conference will, among others, elect the province's new leadership.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) would like to express its deepest shock and dismay at the brutal killing of the Deputy Principal of Laduma High School who was also a member of SADTU. Comrade Priscila Mchunu was gunned down on Saturday the 18th of March 2017 in front of her learners as she was engaged in Saturday classes. She was also the acting Principal in the school.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in Free State held its first PEC meeting of the year on the 17th - 18th March 2017. The PEC meeting is attended by the Provincial Working Committee, Regional Chairpersons and Secretaries; all the six regions were represented. The meeting got the secretariat report and discussed organisational, political and labour issues.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) supports the march by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union's (SACTWU) to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) offices in Pretoria on Friday, March 10, 2017
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), as an affiliate of global teacher union Federation Education International (EI), is celebrating International Women's Day under both the EI theme: "A woman's place is in her Union for economic justice and empowerment." And United Nation's theme, "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) endorses the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) which takes place from the 6th until 12th March, 2017 focusing on Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, particularly women and children political prisoners, who are incarcerated under extremely appalling conditions with; beatings, insults, threats, sexually explicit harassment and sexual violence, and humiliation at the hands of Israeli security system.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union is observing an annoying pattern that is developing amongst Eastern Cape Members of the Executive Council who seem to be taking turns to mount unprovoked and unwarranted attacks on educators in the province.
SADTU has received numerous calls from members who are teachers at UMkhanyakude and King Cetshwayo districts that have not been paid. It must be remembered that SADTU has been calling for the movement of all functions especially finance and human resource to the two districts to allow easy and quick processing of appointments and payments. It has come to the point where the Union cannot fold arms and do nothing when it has reached a situation where schools are without teachers, teachers are not paid and many other challenges.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) met for the first time in 2017 at its National Office - Matthew Goniwe House in Kempton Park on February 24, 2017. The meeting took place after the delivery of the State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma, the National Budget by Minister Pravin Gordhan and the swearing in of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe as Member of Parliament for the ANC.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted the 2017 Budget delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The Budget lacks the radical economic transformation as announced by the President Zuma in his State of the Nation Address (SONA). Does this mean the Treasury is again the spokesperson of the white monopoly capital? The economy is not growing and the financial sector continues to allow the banks to manipulate the currency to enrich them but the Treasury is lukewarm on the matter. The Treasury is loudly silent on the Government bank as part of progress to change the apartheid superstructure.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) fully supports the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) and the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) marches that are due to take place on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) joins the world in celebrating February 21, International Mother Language Day.
SADTU has noted, with concern, the remarks by DA leader, Mmusi Maimane in his response to the State of the Nation Address on the 14th of February 2017. The DA leader in his speech made reference to SADTU and suggested that as a union, we were "destructive" in the sector. This rented DA leader went further to comment on education policy and suggested that under his party's leadership, he would introduce a "National Education Inspectorate" whose main task would be to "police" teachers in an effort to curtail SADTU's influence.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) fully supports the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (NEHAWU's) National march on Friday, 10 February, 2017 to highlight the plight of workers in the Social Development Sector.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union condemns in the strongest terms possible the ongoing failure of the Limpopo Department of Education to comply with the laws regarding the payment of the salaries of educators. More than 100 educators nearly spent their Christmas and New Year without having received their salaries were SADTU not to launch an urgent application in the Labour Court on the 2nd December 2016 to force the Department to pay their salaries. As a result of this application, 70 educators received their salaries by December 31 2016.