Comrade Mugwena Maluleke was first elected as the General Secretary of SADTU during the 2009 National General Council. He was re-elected during the 7th and 8th National Congresses. Cde Maluleke has served the union for more than 20 years in various from branch to national levels. In July 2015, Cde Maluleke was unanimously elected as the Vice-President of Education International (EI) during its 8th World Congress held in Ottawa, Canada. EI is a global union federation of teachers and education employees representing more than 30million members. Cde Maluleke is a member of the Council of Vaal University of Technology and that of the Human Resources Development Council of SA. Cde Maluleke says he would like to see the Union grow both qualitatively and quantitatively. This growth could be achieved by implementing Congress Resolutions and focusing on the strategic thrusts as captured in the 2030 Vision. He insists that the challenges facing education in South Africa are systematic and the solution lies in the investment in Early Childhood Education. This is the priority for the next five years. The second area is the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector where the recruitment of lecturers must be accompanied by professional development to achieve quality outcomes. The third focus is the fight against union bashing and attacks on teachers. This should be done by investing time and effort in collective bargaining and improving teacher competencies by creating a balance between the pedagogy and subject knowledge. The improvement of working conditions remains core to the leadership collective.