Sadtu says teaching in mother tongue will boost education

Timeslive reports that the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) wants better funding and development of teaching in mother tongue languages at schools to improve education in the country.  “We have not debated this enough. Countries like Cambodia and Singapore are doing well because they prioritise teaching learners in their mother tongue‚” said Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke‚ addressing the 2018 Education Indaba in Pretoria on Tuesday.  The indaba‚ a national gathering of education stakeholders‚ was scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The gathering was expected to take a close look at early childhood development.  Maluleke said teachers needed to be trained to instruct pupils in their own language.  “If we allow teachers to teach in mother tongue‚ we will get good results and good teachers.”  The process of hiring permanent teachers also had to be accelerated‚ along with having adequate support staff‚ Maluleke added.  “Schools that are doing well academically‚ prioritise support staff,” he opined.  Basic Education director-general Mathanzima Mweli said challenges faced by the education department were‚ mostly‚ due to budget cuts.

by Nomahlubi Jordaan

COSATU LIMPOPO TO EMBARK ON PICKET AGAINST RETRENCHMENTS AND JOB LOSSES

The Special Central Executive Committee meeting of COSATU held on the 13th August 2018 has resolved that the federation should embark on National Action to demand a moratorium on retrenchments. This is the start of the fight against job losses as a build up towards a National Strike before the Job Summit planned for October 2018.

It is therefore on those basis that the Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo will embark on a Picketing Action as follows:
Dates  : 29 August 2018
Venue : Office of the Premier – Mowaneng Building, 40 Hans van Rensburg Street
Time: 09h00 – 13h00

For more information – Gerald Mkhomazi Twala (Provincial Secretary) – 071 587 2872/076 522 8864

COSATU to present its proposals on Domestic Violence to Parliament

COSATU will present its proposals on domestic violence to the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committees on Police and Women, between 9am and 1pm, Tuesday 28 August 2018 at V474, Parliament.

Key challenges relating to domestic violence include:
– Overhauling SAPS management and deployment,
– Properly training SAPS personnel to deal with domestic violence,
– Appropriate support for domestic violence survivors in police stations and courts,
– Restraining orders and places of safety for complainants;
– Economic dependence of complainants upon domestic violence perpetrators;
– Need for cultural and generational transformation;
– Role of families, educational and religious institutions, work places, media etc.
– Need to tighten up existing laws to reduce excessive consumption of alcohol, reduce availability of fire arms.
– Reduce bail opportunities for domestic violence perpetrators and impose mandatory minimum sentences for convicted perpetrators.

For more information contact Cde Matthew Parks, COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator
Cell: 082 785 0687
Email: matthew@cosatu.org.za

COSATU Western Cape to hold picket at Parliament against job losses

COSATU Western Cape is shocked by the recent trend of retrenchments in the mining sector, and the call of Government to lay off in access on 30 000 Government employees. To voice our concern, COSATU will be having a “Save our Jobs” protest at Parliament on Wednesday 29 August 2018 from 06H30.

The protest is to demand that Government to put a moratorium on job losses and also to put in place urgent steps to stop the job losses and to create more jobs. COSATU is also calling on Government to urgently convene the long awaited Jobs Summit.  A memorandum will be handed over to Government on the Job losses at Parliament at 07:00.

Gold wage negotiations to resume next week

Mining Weekly reports that old wage negotiations continued on Wednesday between gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Sibanye-Stillwater and Village Main Reef and the Association of Mineworkers and ConstructionUnion, Solidarity and Uasa. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not attend, as it declared a dispute with the gold producers on Tuesday.

The NUM’s dispute will be referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for facilitation and is one step away from a legal, protected strike action, the union stated. Wage negotiations will continue on August 29.

by Marleny Arnoldi

National minimum wage bill clears parliamentary passage

IOL News reports that the National Minimum Wage Bill was approved by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday and will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa to be signed into law. The adoption of the bill, along with enabling the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, was welcomed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) as a step that would see the income of 6.4 million South Africans increase.

“This will be a major cash injection into workers’ pockets,” Cosatu said. It also provides for the establishment of a National Minimum Wage Commission which will review the minimum wage level within a year and a half of it taking effect. Employers who fail to comply with the wage will be fined unless they applied for and qualified for exemptions.

by ANA Reporter

Cosatu pushes for parliament to process and adopt PIC amendment law

Moneyweb writes that labour federation Cosatu is pushing Parliament to adopt proposed changes to laws regulating the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which oversees state workers’ pension investments, to make it more accountable and give unions representation on its board. Parliament’s finance committee is processing the PIC Amendment Bill, but Cosatu fears that the state’s decision to appoint a commission to investigate the fund manager’s governance and operating model could derail its adoption.

The commission will also consider possible changes to the PIC’s founding legislation, memorandum of incorporation and investment decision-making framework.  According to Matthew Parks, Cosatu’s parliamentary liaison officer, if the new law is not passed by the time the current parliament adjourns before the 2019 elections, it could take several more years for the new legislature to process it.  Cosatu wants unions to be able to select their own representatives onto the PIC board and for the fund manager to be given a “developmental investment mandate”.  The PIC oversees about R1.93 trillion in assets.

by Mike Cohen (Bloomberg)
Ref: SAlabournews

North West NUM miners threaten shutdown

SABC News reports members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Moab Khotsong operations of Harmony Gold in Orkney, near Klerksdorp, North West, are threatening to down tools, if mine management does not heed to workers’ demands for better wages and better working conditions. During their march to mine premises, workers accused management of failing to prioritise their interests at the current wage negotiations. Mineworkers are calling for transformation in their interest, saying that the time has come for the mine to put profits aside and invest in safety and security of workers.

“We want a better life. We have no hospital here. Our wages are also never regular,” says one miner. Another miner says: “Since Harmony took over, zama zamas came along and we get raped. A lady was raped by 15 men. We don’t even have transport to come to work because of harmony.” Workers have threatened to down tools if the mine’s response is not favourable to them.  Harmony has been given seven working days to respond to the demands of the workers.

by Itumeleng Kgajane

Bara workers want CEO to step down

SABC News reports that employees at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto have embarked on early morning and lunch hour protests since Monday. They’re calling on the hospital CEO to step down over allegations of corruption, maladministration and nepotism. Those involved include members affiliated to National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), Health & Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) and the Public Servants Association (PSA).

“We want to send a message to the department and say, you cannot investigate a person who is within the institution. The last time we engaged the department they said to us they cannot deal with the CEO anyhow. There’s a senior management handbook and they have to observe those processes. We agree but he cannot report on duty while you are conducting the investigation,” says spokesperson, Yandiswa Zongula.

Union slams management for stabbing of prison warder

SABC News writes that Police and prisons civil rights union Popcru blames management of correctional centres for the stabbing of an official by a maximum security inmate in Johannesburg on Monday. The incident allegedly took place while the warder was single-handedly transporting the inmate from the correctional centre to court.

While the department of correctional services says it has launched an internal investigation into the matter, Popcru says officials should refuse to escort inmates to the courts or hospitals if the ratio is not two to one excluding the driver. Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo says the situation was predictable. However, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Correctional Services Singabakho Khumalo says investigations are under way.