Jobs Summit to be held on 4 & 5 October

The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) announced on Friday that the Jobs Summit to be held on 4 and 5 October 2018 will focus on collaborative and high-impact interventions to drive job creation, job retention and economic growth. This was agreed upon at a meeting held on 29 August 2018 of the Presidential Committee on the Jobs Summit, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  The Committee is composed of the leadership of government, labour, business and community organisations and is tasked with guiding preparations towards the Jobs Summit first mooted by President Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.

The Committee has five working committees covering economic sector-specific interventions; small, medium and micro enterprises support; education and skills; inclusive growth, transformation and inequality; and public and social programmes, labour market and anti-corruption.  It is said to be resolute that this Jobs Summit must be a major step towards jointly addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality with its interventions directed primarily to assist youth, women and low-income families and communities.  The social partners welcomed an assurance from President Ramaphosa that there were no forced retrenchments planned in the public sector.

Ref: SA Govt News

SADTU Free State to hold Women Leadership Conference

SADTU in Free State will celebrate women’s month by organising Women in Leadership Conference. The conference will be attended by 200 participants drawn from Regional Office Bearers, Branch Executive Committee members, Young Women Brigades, Principals and officials in the department. The General Secretary of SADTU, Comrade Mugwena Maluleke will address the conference as he will be setting the tone for the dialogue.

Details of the conference:
Date : 30 – 31 August 2018
Venue : Parys, Patuma Hall

NUM signs three-year wage agreement with Eskom

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has signed a three-year wage agreement with Eskom in the early hours of this morning. The agreement shall apply from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021 to all permanent employees employed in the Bargaining Unit at Eskom. The provisions of the wage agreement also include, among others, the following adjustments:

1. Wage increase
– Year one  7,5%, Year two 7%  & Year three 7%
2. Housing Allowance
– Housing allowance will be increased by CPI for each year of the wage agreement.
– A once-off cash payment of R10 000 after tax for all employees in the Bargaining Forum at Eskom to be made within 48 hours of the signing.

The unions and Eskom agreed that the review of the current Short-Term Incentive Scheme will be referred for further engagement at the Central Consultative Forum (CCF).The conditions of service will remain unchanged for the period 1 July 2018  to 30 June 2021.

For more information, please contact:
Helen Diatile: NUM Eskom Chief Negotiator: 082 809 3270
Livhuwani Mammburu: 083 809 3257 : NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

Parliament withdraws Expropriation Bill

eNCA reports that the Portfolio Committee on Public Works  has withdrawn the Expropriation Bill so that it may be re-introduced at a later stage. Parliament said the committee also wants to give an opportunity to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee that is currently reviewing whether section 25 of the Constitution should be amended to allow expropriation of land without compensation. The committee has adopted a report that recommends to the National Assembly that the current Expropriation Bill be rejected.

Upington women march against the hospital failures

SABC News writes that hundreds of women have marched to Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington in the Northern Cape to hand-over a memorandum of grievances over their dissatisfaction with the hospital’s failure to give proper healthcare to residents. They say that the hospital operates on minimal staff, and the doctors are unable communicate with patients due to language barriers. The March organiser Eunice Pita says they have communication challenges between doctors and patients.

“We as community don’t understand what’s happening at the hospital. The doctors are too little, the doctors can’t communicate with the patients because of the language barriers. People can’t get their chronic medication from the clinics because there is no medication. They tell the people, ‘you must go and buy’… where must people get money buy medication from?”

by Nobelungu Nowapane

Stellenbosch guest lodge denies that eviction of farmworkers occurred

Cape Times reports that Simondium Guest Lodge has denied evictions took place at its premises, even though one of the farmworkers is now sleeping outside the structure he has been occupying for years. A man, who refused to identify himself and said he was responding on behalf of lodge owner Elsabe Rabe, vehemently denied any evictions, saying no notices were given to any farmworkers on Friday.

Women On Farms Project co-director Carmen Louw said Rabe’s denial that evictions took place “is a lie”.  “One of the men who were evicted, Shaba Johnson, lived in a one-room structure on a part of the land from which the guest lodge operates. “On Friday we were alerted to unlawful evictions, in which we assisted. The structure in which Johnson lived was closed up and all his belongings were thrown out. He currently sleeps outside,” Louw said. Another elderly couple who are long-term occupiers on the same land were told they had to be out at the end of the month. “There is a farm evictions crisis which the government is simply not taking seriously. Every day, across the country, farm dwellers are being evicted – sometimes legally, but often illegally.

by Chevon Booysen

High Court rules on the registration of children born in South Africa

GroundUp reports that the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown recently gave a decision in Naki v Director General Home Affairs that ensures the births of all children born in South Africa can be registered, regardless of the legal status of their parents. The main issues that the court had to deal with were whether or not the Births and Deaths Registration Act (BDRA) and its regulations allow the father of a child to register a child’s birth when the mother of the child is an immigrant whose presence in South Africa is not in accordance with law, or where the mother is absent.

The court made reference to the Constitutional Court’s direction that when dealing with matters of statutory interpretation, judicial officers should favour an interpretation that would render the provision constitutionally compliant. To this end, the High Court found that section 9 and 10 of the BDRA were constitutionally valid as they did not stipulate which parent had the duty to register the birth. The act did not prevent unmarried fathers from registering the births of their children. The Court also read in the words “or father”, enabling the birth of a child born out of wedlock to be registered by either the father or the mother. The decision in this case has made it easier to register the births of children born of a South African parent and an immigrant parent, and of children who have absent mothers.

by  Kathleen Mpofu

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

Joburg EMS and JMPD female staff march

EWN reports that women employed by Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) marched to the JMPD headquarters in Martindale on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum to management demanding equal rights in the workplace.

The women said they were being harassed and overlooked for top management positions because of their gender.  When the women gathered, they held up placards reading: ‘Real men are feminists’ and ‘Our bodies, our minds, our power’.  Dudu Tshabalala, a superintendent at the JMPD, said women should not be treated differently.  “We want to see our department with a [female] deputy director, chief of police, [we seek] equal job opportunities for women.”  Top management in the JMPD was expected to receive a list of grievances from the marchers and indicate when they could respond to the concerns.

by Mia Lindeque

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