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SOUTH AFRICAN PROTEST NEWS 13 -21 SEPTEMBER 2010

Workers protest in cash-crisis flare-up
Gareth Wilson 23 September 2010

ABOUT 300 construction workers blocked roads in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, yesterday in the first protest linked to what officials have described as the worst cash crisis to hit Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the past 10 years.

Protesters, who said they were subcontracted to WK Construction, claimed that the municipality owed the company about R50-million for 2000 RDP homes it had contracted them to build. This forms part of the R200-million RDP housing initiative that was launched by the municipality.

Police were called in to monitor the situation as angry protesters burnt bags of rubbish outside the site on Bantom Road, KwaNobuhle, before moving to the nearby community hall where they sang and toyi-toyied alongside the road.

Protesters also blocked the busy Rocklands Road with heaps of rubble, demanding answers from the municipality. Police officers armed with shotguns lined the road.

Community leader Wela Nkohlui, who headed the protest, said it was being held because the municipality had failed to pay the construction company and workers “have not had any money”, some for up to two months.

Nkohlui said he had spoken to WK Construction managers who had confirmed that about R50-million was owed to the company.

“They want to pay us, but they cannot until the municipality pays them.”

Nkohlui said workers had been waiting for answers from the municipality, but “no one has told us what is happening”.

Nkohlui added: “If they do not come to us, the next step is that we will have to go to them.”

Before the cash crisis hit, it was forecast that the company would have completed 1900 RDP homes ready for residents to move into.

Payments from the municipality began to hit a snag in July when about R20-million was delayed, but was paid following negotiations.

According to a municipal official familiar with the project, the city owes WK Construction R25-million outstanding from August.

It “will very likely” owe the company a further R25-million come the end of September.

The company had been promised a small payment of R4-million, to be paid by Friday last week, to cover “immediate, urgent costs”.

But this was not paid, according to the official. A payment schedule promised to the company for Monday had also not been provided.

Municipal spokesman Roland Williams said the municipality was merely a go-between for this “particular housing project” and it was still waiting funds from provincial government.

“I want to stress that the municipality is definitely not withholding payment.”

Williams added: “As soon as we receive the money from provincial government we will pay them.”
www.weekendpost.co.za


Violence erupts in Hangberg again, arrested protesters to appear in court
Rafiq Wagiet & Regan Thaw 23 September 2010

Hout Bay police said several people were injured during renewed violence in Hangberg on Wednesday morning.

Two police officers were wounded as locals fired flares and threw stones.

Three of the residents have been arrested but two of them were seriously hurt and have been taken to hospital.

Hout Bay police spokesperson Tanya Lesch said they were doing their best to calm the situation.

“Police and law enforcement agencies are going to withdraw from the scene for a little bit to see if that would diffuse the situation and that it is not so tense anymore,” she added.

Meanwhile, more than 50 Hangberg residents arrested on Tuesday are set to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Relatives and friends have gathered outside the courthouse to voice their support.

After being told they did not have permission to protest outside the court, Hangberg residents moved away but came back after school learners arrived to protest over community issues.

Police struggled to disperse the protesters and blocked off the road in front of the court while trying to reason with the students.

Hangberg residents accused police involved in Tuesday’s violence of brutality.

They demanded that Mayor Dan Plato and Western Cape premier Helen Zille step down.
(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)
www.eyewitnessnews.co.za


Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010
writingrights.org 23 September 2010

Khayelitsha Organisations to Stage Picket for Improved Access to Justice and Safety – 10h45, 23 September 2010

1. The Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Equal Education (EE), Free Gender, AIDS Legal Network, Luleka Lisizwe and Triangle Project are community-based organisations located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Our organisations seek to address wide-ranging problems faced by our members – from inadequate sanitation and education, to HIV/TB and homophobia.

2. Though our organisations remain focused on different campaigns, we are compelled by circumstance to express the common conviction that many victims of crime (both violent and property related) in Khayelitsha do not have adequate access to justice. Access to justice is a right guaranteed by our constitution.

3. This conclusion has been reached after years of frustrating and disheartening experiences attempting to secure justice through the courts and protection from the police for members of our organizations who have been victims of crime.

4. The continued delays and failures in the bringing to justice of the accused murderers of Zoliswa Nkonyana have highlighted the urgent problems in the criminal justice system. It has brought our organisations together to protest.

5. The case of Zoliswa Nkonyana is not an isolated incident. Throughout Khayelitsha there are countless cases of failures in the criminal justice system. Our organisations have collectively encountered:

- cases where bail has been awarded to persons accused of schedule 6 offences such as child rape, and other serious crimes, without paying due diligence to bail procedures described in the Criminal Procedures Act;
- cases in which crucial details were not relayed to victims and their families;
- the loss of dockets, and;
- various cases delayed and dismissed due to poor policing and administration of justice.

6. To protest these failings we will be handing over a memorandum to the MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz and the National Department of Justice to highlight our concerns and to call for an investigation into discrepancies in the cases our organisations have been following. We will focus specifically on the case of Zoliswa Nkonyana and call for a judicial investigation into the failures in the administration of justice in Khayelitsha.

7. The protest will take place at 10h45 Thursday the 23rd of September at the Provincial Legislature in Wale Street, Cape Town.

For more information contact:

Gavin Silber (SJC) on 0837779981
Mary-Jane Matsolo (TAC) on 0829732221
Funeka Soldaat (Free Gender) on 0820680440


Pick 'n Pay workers set to strike from 24 September 2010
URGENT SACCAWU Press release: 23 September 2010

More than twenty-seven thousand (27 000) SACCAWU members at Pick 'n Pay will go on strike action from 24 September 2010.

How workers came to the decision to engage in strike action:

• SACCAWU submitted proposals, as mandated by its members, to Pick 'n Pay in December 2009.
• Negotiations were to be concluded within three months with the implementation date being the beginning of March 2010.

• The Company did not respond to SACCAWU proposals for four months, but instead decided to advise the the Union of threats to job security using Clause 8 of the Flexibility and Mobility Agreement which has since been unilaterally terminated by the Company.

• Only after SACCAWU declared a dispute in April did the company respond to the Union.

• The Company only tabled its offer during a dispute resolution meeting in May 2010.

• In July the conciliation session under the auspices of the CCMA failed and the Union obtained a certificate to embark on a protected industrial action.

• On 21 – 22 September mediation under the auspices of the CCMA failed to break the deadlock

Workers had enough of this deliberate delaying tactics and the disdain shown by the company in this round of negotiations. And after two days of failed mediation under the auspices of the CCMA in an attempt to break the deadlock between SACCAWU and Pick 'n Pay, members have decided to go on a strike from 24 September. At stake are wage increases, increased hours of work for Variable Time Employees - VTEs (part-time/casual) and other issues. SACCWU also demand the end of the use of labour brokers and the establishment of a Centralised Bargaining Forum for the Retail and Wholesale sector.

This strike come as a result of and in the context of the Company's delaying tactics and their absurd counter-proposals which amongst other things arrogantly expect from workers to accept no increases in 2011 and 2012, but merely an adjustment in their wages equal to the inflation rate. More seriously, this are likely to lead to a cut in real wages for workers and further impoverish already poor working class families.

This intransigence by the Company, coupled with unilateral restructuring in the Company, unilateral termination of the agreement on Flexibility and Mobility, the failure to resolve the problems of racism in the workplace, a hostile witch-hunting of shop-floor leaders, the refusal by the Company to send representative to meeting with the Union with powers to negotiate and take decisions and the stubborn refusal of the Company CEO to meet with SACCAWU national leaders seem to suggest a much more sinister trend than the normal hitches in the course of industrial relationships – all point to one thing, concerted efforts by Pick 'n Pay, to weaken SACCAWU on the shop-floor, and appear consistent with a general trend observed in the retail sector as a whole - to break the union in the workplace while paying lip-service to workers, rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

It is in this context that we have to state that the Company does not give us a choice but to embark on this strike. We are aware that the company as is becoming synonymous with industrial action in the sector, and that the Company intends employing scab labour sourced through labour brokers in order to weaken the strike and break the morale of workers. However, we want to alert customers that normal excellent service offered by regular staff will be compromised and appeal to loyal Pick 'n Pay customers to demonstrate their loyalty to workplace justice and social consciousness as well as their appreciation of the excellent service provided by us and not to patronise Pick 'n Pay for the period 24 – 27 September 2010.

Workers demand:
• R550 per month increase or 12% whichever is greater
• A 10% Staff discount on basic food stuff.
• 120 hours per month guaranteed for Variable Time Employees
• A one year agreement wage agreement

SACCAWU further demand:
• end the use of labour brokers
• the establishment of a Centralised Bargaining Forum

Union members have vowed to ensure the operations of various operating units/stores are severely hit for the duration of the strike. The Union has also noted that the Company has planned to open two new stores during the month of October 2010. Members have further vowed to intensify their strike action beyond the initial four days should the dispute remain unresolved and this will include ensuring that the Company will not be able to open its new stores, including the Harlingham and Vosloorus stores scheduled to open on the 24th and 28th of October respectively.

While the Union remain open to genuine dialogue aimed at breaking the current impasse, it is unfortunate that the CEO's response to the impending strike is to look forward to receiving the notice to strike. This attitude and response is exactly what healthy industrial relations do no need, and is a clear indication of the type of leadership at the helm of the Company and the reasons why strikes that could be avoided happen in the Company. We would've expected that the CEO of any company to look forward to resolve the dispute instead of looking forward to accept the notice of strike. It is for this reason that the Union reiterate its call for the company to engage in meaningful negotiations with SACCAWU.

Mike Abrahams
media@saccawu.org.za

contact

mike abrahams 0823365363 (media officer)

Mduduzi Mbongwe 0823365146 (Deputy General-Secretary)


Pick 'n Pay national strike from 24 September 2010 URGENT PRESS CONFERENCE
SACCAWU 22 September 2010

You invited to an urgent Press Conference scheduled for TODAY 23 September on the pending national strike by more than 27 000 SACCAWU members scheduled for 15h00 at the SACAWU Head Office, 11 Leyds Street Braamfontein

kindest regards
Mike Abrahams
media@saccawu.org.za


Transnet is railroading the development agenda
Satawu press release on Transnet privatization plans. 22 September 2010

Satawu is ready to take to the streets against Transnet for the second time this year. At a time when our ANC is seriously debating expanding national ownership, Transnet is running amok with privatization plans. The Group is also dragging its feet on two critical issues – addressing issues of racism raised by Satawu, and negotiating a new grading structure. As a result of these combined issues, workers are again fuming and ready for action.

On the privatization front Transnet wants to :-

· get rid of 4,500 kms of non profitable branch railway lines by concessioning them to private operators, contrary to the historic agreement reached in 2001 that these lines would be retained under state ownership

· sell off its ship repair facilities

· outsource the servicing of properties inclusive of the historic Esselenpark

· sell houses currently occupied by Transnet employees to a developer,

And in the biggest travesty of all, it has come to the attention of Satawu that the company is now cooking up plans to privatise South Africa’s ports. None of these plans have come to the table for consultation and yet we have learned that they are at an advanced stage.

Transnet is steaming ahead with these plans despite consistent opposition from organized labour in the Group. They also consistently hide behind what they claim to be national transport policy, but which the National Department of Transport appears to deny.

Transnet argues that the branch lines are not profitable and are not central to the “core network”. The implication is that the state should only be interested in the profitable high volume elements of our 21,000 km network. The low volume, multi-movement branch lines are not profitable by their very nature, but they feed the rest of the network, and play an important developmental role in their own right. But instead of putting up an argument for the subsidization of the operation of the branch lines under the auspices of the parastatal, where they could play an enhanced developmental role, Transnet intends giving the operations away to the private sector on the expectation that the private sector will be subsidized. Satawu knows that the interest of the private sector is to gain access to the more profitable core network. This they will push for on the back of a subsidy which has never been afforded to the parastatal!

Regarding Transnet’s ship repair facilities, Satawu is appalled at the absence of any integrated maritime strategy which supports the growth and development of a shipping sector. The facilities should remain in Transnet’s hands and be part of a strategy to grow and develop this sector.

On the proposed outsourcing of the maintenance of Transnet properties, including Esselenpark, Satawu wishes to remind our ANC that the workers at this facility have provided the party’s leadership structures with a safe and well serviced facility to meet for the past fifteen years. Satawu sniffs the possibility of the existence of a tenderpreneur waiting in the wings to take over this service.

On the privatization of our ports, Satawu has it on good authority that Transnet is secretly working on proposals that are totally contrary to their developmental mandate.

Satawu calls urgently on Cosatu and the ANC to support it in its opposition to these privatization moves of the parastatal.

Satawu further calls on the Minister of Public Enterprises to put a halt to the maverick actions of Transnet management who are taking advantage of the leadership vacuum in the Group. She should urgently appoint a progressive CEO and Chairperson, and clean out the current puppy dog Board which slavishly follows management. And the Minister of Transport should call his officials to order for peddling policies which have not been consulted through proper processes and which run counter to the mandate of the people.

Satawu is also shocked at the apparent indifference of both Transnet and government over the suspension of long distance passenger rail services (Shosholoza Meyl) by PRASA as a result of an unresolved dispute between the passenger agency and Transnet. Satawu can just imagine how all parties would jump if Gautrain operations were suspended, but it seems that because the passengers are poor working class travelers, nobody cares. Meanwhile our members who operate the service face an uncertain future.

Satawu has begun mobilizing its membership on the issues, and formal disputes are in the pipeline.

For further information contact Zenzo Mahlangu, general secretary on 011 3336127 or 072 6131332.


Massive strike action looms at Kumba Iron Ore
NUM 22 September 2010

Wage talks between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Kumba Iron Ore finally collapsed this afternoon, paving a way for a historic massive strike action. The NUM puts a 10% wage demand for category 7-8; 9% for category 5-6 and 7,5% for category 3-4. The employer on the other hand offers 9,5%; 8;5% and 7% respectively. The NUM insists on a one year wage deal whilst the company wants to enter into a two year deal. The other difference is on the retention bonus on which the union demands that a once-off retention bonus of R3000 be paid to workers over a two months period and the company wants nothing of it. The National Union of Mineworkers has this afternoon been awarded a certificate of non-resolution to the dispute by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), allowing the union to embark on a legally-protected strike action. The NUM will as from tomorrow brief its members in preparation for the massive strike action that will shut down Kumba Iron Ore‘s three operations of Sishen, Kolomela and Thabazimbi. “We are very tired of all these tricks. The time for action has now arrived. The time to strike is now!” says Eddie Majadibodu, the NUM‘s Chief Negotiator at Kumba. “The company must come forward NOW or face the ire of workers” says Majadibodu.

Eddie Majadibodu- 082 809 3227

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


COSATU North West marches to OMV Crushers
Cosatu 22 September 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliate, the NUM, will be leading a protest march to OMV Crushers in Stilfontein.

The purpose of the march is to demand that the Department of Labour and the sheriff implement the writ of executive order which was ordered by labour court against OMV Crushers which owes 68 workers an amount of over R3 000.000 including interest from 2003. The order was issued on 8th April 2008.

The march will start from the main entrance of Stilfontein (Matlosana) at the N12 highway to OMV Crushers on 22 September 2010 from 10H00 – 13H30.

The Department of Labour and OMV Crushers will be receiving instruction letters from COSATU members.

All members of COSATU and members of the communities around Matlosane are requested to be part of the action.

This is part of COSATU’s campaign to fight against super-exploitation in all sectors of the economy. COSATU will also demand the Department of Labour to conduct inspections on conditions of service including OHS.

The media is invited to attend.

For more information call COSATU North West provincial secretary, comrade Solly Phetoe, on 082 304 4055.


18 pupils arrested after protest
Jan Hennop on 21 September 2010

Qumbu, school, studentsEighteen high school pupils were arrested in Qumbu during protests against writing preliminary exams, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.

They were causing chaos and disrupting examinations in various schools on Monday, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said.

“The students first gathered at Little Flower High School in Qumbu, but police managed to disperse them without incidents.

“They later moved to St Barts Senior Secondary School were they started disrupting classes and destroying examination papers.”

The pupils became violent after police were called in. As police were trying to disperse them, they started throwing stones.

“There were only six police officers. They were left with no choice but to use rubber bullets to disperse the pupils,” Fatyela said.

A police vehicle was damaged in the violence.

Eighteen of the students were arrested. Of those, 17 were from St Barts and one was from Majeke Senior Secondary School.

They were expected to appear in the Qumbu Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for public violence and intimidation.

Students belonging to the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) went on strike last week demanding free marks worth 25 percent of their final marks if the department failed to meet their demands.

Their initial demands included a week’s postponement of both the preliminary and final exam dates.

“Saturday classes and two hours of schoolwork should be added to every school day to recover time lost during the prolonged June holidays and the teachers’ strike thereafter,” Cosas deputy secretary general Sbonelo Shezi said.
blogs.dispatch.co.za


Students vow to continue with protests
Libususeng Nyaka 21 September 2010

BLOEMFONTEIN – A 17-year-old student, Anna Nokila Nokhele, left her home for school like other students, not knowing she would never return home again.

She was shot dead during a protest at school on September Monday, 13, allegedly by a member of the South African Police Service.

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) has confirmed that they are investigating a case of murder involving a member of the police service following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Nokhele at school on Monday.

According to the Department of Education, Nokhele, a Grade 10 learner at Wessile High School, was shot dead by police during an alleged disruption of preliminary examinations. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later confirmed dead.

The spokesperson for the ICD, Moses Dlamini, said: “It is true that the ICD is investigating a murder case where members of SAPS are alleged to have committed the crime, but I cannot divulge further information until the investigation is finalised.”

He confirmed to Public Eye on Wednesday the ICD had arrested a 44-year-old SAPS warrant officer based at Allanridge Crime Prevention for allegedly shooting the schoolgirl.

According to Dlamini, the police had earlier threatened to harm the learners, if they embarked on a protest. “What is disturbing is that the shooting was pre-meditated, and the police was issued with another firearm after ICD’s investigator had confiscated the firearm used in the shooting of the now-deceased,” he said.

He said the suspect would appear in Odendaalsrus magistrate court on September 16 charged with murder.

Police spokesperson, Stephen Thakeng, while confirming the shooting incident, also refrained from giving further details.

“Such an incident happened but since it is murder that involves our members and has already been reported to the ICD, I cannot comment on it. The right people are the ICD,” Thakeng told Public Eye on Tuesday, September 14.

Congress of South African Students (COSAS) secretary Nkosinathi Nges told Public Eye Nokhele was shot during the protest at Mosala High School in Allenridge on September 13, by a member of the police.

“It is unfortunate that the police did not use rubber bullets, but instead, shot her with live bullets and killed her. That was not an accident as they have warned us that they will kill us if we continue disrupting classes,” he said.

The protest was allegedly called by members of COSAS to disrupt classes and make it difficult for learners to write their September preliminary examinations.

Earlier this month, COSAS members had, on Wednesday, September 1, marched to the Department of Education where they handed in a memorandum saying they wanted the preliminary examination to be boycotted or postponed and that the pre-examination time be used as a recovery period for the lost time in the three-week public servants strike currently on suspension, as well as during the World Cup break.

The students’ body, among others, also demanded to be given 25 percent free marks during examination as compensation for the lost time during the strike.

They had given the Department seven days to respond to the memorandum.

The Head of Department for Education, Stanly Malupe, had promised that the Department would attend to some of the demands while passing others to the national office.

Seven days thereafter, COSAS started protesting, disrupting classes making sure that no learners wrote the preliminary examination in the Free State.

In an interview with Public Eye on September 14, COSAS secretary Nges declared:

“We have finished with Allenridge, the classes have stopped now; we are going to Kroonstad, we want to make sure that there is no examination taking place in the province,” Nges said.

On Tuesday this week, the MEC for Education Tate Makgoe visited the family of the late Nokhele to pass his condolences.
www.publiceyenews.com


Metro cops injured in Hout Bay violence
Mail & Guardian 21 September 2010

Fifteen metro police officers were injured when Hout Bay residents threw stones at them as the City of Cape Town dismantled illegal structures in the area on Tuesday morning, a municipal spokesperson said.

The city's land invasion unit was in Hangberg at 6.30am to remove structures built in the firebreak near Hangklip, which was a significant fire danger to local residents, Kylie Hatton said.

"Community members who were unhappy with the dismantling of the shacks, built between Hangberg and the Sentinel Mountain, started throwing stones at the city's officials and law enforcement officers. Fifteen metro police officers were injured."

Twenty-three unoccupied structures were demolished. The city would need a court interdict to remove occupied structures in the area. It planned to apply for the court order to remove all illegal structures in the area.

"The structures are built on the slopes of the Sentinel, a world heritage site. People just started building illegally here and the area is not safe for them as it is a firebreak."

All access roads to Hout Bay were closed in the morning following the unrest.

Police managed to calm the situation down. At noon, police were still in the area. -- Sapa
www.mg.co.za


Stakes are high as Northam strike enters third week
NUM 21 September 2010

The strike by over 8000 workers at Northam Platinum has yesterday entered its third week. The workers demand a wage increment of 15% as well as a living out allowance of R3500. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will today meet Northam Platinum at a meeting facilitated by a commissioner of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Polokwane. This comes after the majority of NUM members rejected Northam Platinum‘s meager revised offer of 8,5% from 8%. Meanwhile, NUM members have vowed to bring the company on its knees if it refuses to meets their legitimate demands. “The strike would be escalated, it will take forever and ever AMEN if the company does not deliver the 15%” says Zwelitsha Tantsi, the NUM‘s Chief Negotiator at Northam.

Zwelitsha Tantsi-0829414210

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


Dispute over wages at BHP-Billiton Coal
NUM 21 September 2010

Negotiations between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Bhp-Billiton Coal South Africa reached a stalemate with a dispute being declared yesterday. The NUM demands 10% while the company is offers a mere 8,5%.

“The company can afford a 10% and a R4000.00 housing allowance” says Paris Mashego, the NUM ‘s Regional Secretary in the Highveld region.

Bhp Billiton announced a 5% revenue increase from 50.2 billion dollars to 52.8 billion dollars, contributing 65% increase in operating profit from 12.2 billion dollars to 20 billion dollars. Operating profit is a direct contribution by the hardworking employees. Bhp billiton in South Africa remains a profitable business.

“It is quite shocking to learn that management will be receiving a salary increase of up to 9% based on their performance. This means that a highest paid Manager will receive an increase of R 144.000.00 per annum, whilst a lowly paid worker will receive a lousy R 5,712.00 per annum. This is greed at its best” says Mashego.

“It is unfortunate that the company has pushed the negotiations into a dispute. We are mobilizing members for a big fight against this company” he says.

The NUM referred the wage dispute to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and awaits the outcome of the process. BHP Billiton Coal employs over 6000 workers.

Paris Mashego- 0828092393

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


GDE interdict may further strain public sector post‑strike relations
SADTU Media Statement 20 September 2010

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union has raised concern at the
anti‑labour‑relations attitude of the Gauteng Department of Education
who has resorted to applying for a court interdict to prevent SADTU
members and the office bearers from holding meetings or marches.

As SADTU we don't think the issuing of court interdicts will resolve the
matter and improve the volatile post public sector strike situation.

We urge the Gauteng Education MEC and the Department to engage
stakeholders to resolve this matter in the interest of a harmonious
environment where learning and teaching can take place in preparation
for the examinations.

As SADTU we have committed ourselves to work one extra hour per day,
sacrifice our Saturdays and work over holidays to make up for the time
lost during the strike and be remunerated in terms of the Basic
Condition of Employment Act. We have made our intentions known to the
Gauteng Department of Education but they have turned down our proposals.

Gauteng is one of the few provinces with no agreement on the recovery
programme while most provinces are continuing with extra classes.

We shall consider our options after our legal team have considered the
interdict.

Issued by: SADTU Secretariat*

Contact:
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke, 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi, 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi, 082 719 5157


NUMSA MEMBERS TO MARCH IN PORT ELIZABETH FOR A LIVING WAGE & SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS!

NUMSA 20 September 2010

The NATIONAL UNION OF METALWORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (NUMSA) in the province of the Eastern Cape members working in trye manufacturing imperialist owned Firestone, Continental and Goodyear will be marching today Monday 20 September 2010, Korsten, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province. This march forms part of the strategy to exert pressure to the captains of the trye manufacturing industry to accede to workers demands for improved conditions of employment and decent wages.

A throng of 4,000 workers will converge at Jarhaman Hall, Korsten, this morning to march and hand-over a Memorandum of Demands to trye manufacturers ruling oligarchy.

The details of the march are as follows:

DATE: Monday 20 September 2010
TIME: 10H00am
VENUE: Korsten, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.

Issued by NUMSA

Enquiries:
Mphumzi Maqungo – 073 159 2108


Protest Leaves Rea Vaya Commuters Stranded
BuaNews (Tshwane) 20 September 2010

Pretoria — The City of Johannesburg has called on commuters to find alternative transport after staff at Rea Vaya stations embarked on an apparent illegal strike this morning.

The city's Executive Director of Transport, Lisa Seftel said Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system drivers were unable to access stations between Soweto and the Johannesburg city centre as scores of angry workers blocked the roads.

"We have now called in the Johannesburg Metro Police Department to assess the situation at the affected stations. As far as we are concerned, this is not a legal strike it's just a work stoppage by station workers," Seftel said.

It was not immediately clear what had led to the dispute - but officials said they were in the process of trying to re-establish the service.

The Rea Vaya system, implemented last year, is a network of bus routes aimed at reducing congestion on the city's roads.
allafrica.com


NO TO APARTHEID CENSORSHIP! YES TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH!
Kulone 17 September 2010

On Saturday, the 18th of September, HELEN ZILLE and PATRICIA DE LILLE will be leading a protest march against the ANC's introduction of the Protection of Information Bill and Media Tribunals policy document. These two documents belong in the Apartheid Museum and not in the New South Africa!

The basic tenets of a constitutional democracy is under threat from the ANC. Without freedom of speech and a free media, power abuse goes unexposed, unchecked and unpunished. The truth gets covered up. The result is that people cannot make informed decisions, and they cannot hold their leaders to account at the ballot box. This means that democracy withers and dies.
www.kulone.com


ACDP says it will protest until justice is served
Lelethu Mquqo (Bush radio) 17 September 2010

Members of the African Christian Democratic Party have protested outside the Benoni Magistrate’s Court against the granting bail to a man accused of murdering his wife.

Boy Hlatshwayo allegedly shot his wife four times in May this year and has been released on four-thousand-Rand bail.

The case has been postponed 14 October 2010, and might be moved to the South Gauteng High Court.

Meanwhile, the ACDP says former president Thabo Mbeki’s bodyguards and members of the police should be charged with negligence.

This follows an incident last night where a man ran on to the stage at the University of Pretoria while Mbeki was delivering a lecture.

The man is said to have entered the lecture theatre, calling for Mbeki to step down from the stage.

He then ran up and threw an object at Mbeki’s feet before being detained by security members.
bushradionews.blogspot.com


Union ends motor industry strike
Business Report 17 September 2010

A two-week nationwide motor industry strike that has halted production of car parts ended yesterday after workers accepted a revised wage offer.

The strike threatened SA’s exports and its international investment credibility. While the workers accepted the wage offer, some outstanding demands remained and will be negotiated with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), representing 70000 workers, had been demanding a 15 percent wage increase and a ban on labour brokers, among other demands.

Numsa spokesman Castro Ngobese said the majority of the unions’ nine provincial regions had accepted a final settlement. The Eastern Cape region had rejected it.

In terms of the settlement, wage increases would be factored in according to different sub-sectors and would be payable from September 1 this year.

Garage workers would receive an increase of 10% this year, 9 percent next year and 9 percent in 2012. Cashiers in garages would be upgraded from a R13,13 to R14,95 per hour wage.

Component makers would receive increase of 10% this year, 8 percent next year and 8 percent in 2012. The rest of the motor industry, including panel-beaters, would get 9 percent, 8 percent and 7 percent pay hikes in the three years respectively.

Car parts manufacturers have been unable to meet orders meant for export. While the cost has not yet been calculated accurately by economists, it is feared that it has hurt exports by billions of rand.

An earlier car industry strike cost SA about R7bn and analysts said the secondary strike could have had similar effects and could have detracted
investment away from SA.

Numsa and the employer bodies also agreed to phase the labour broking practice out of the motor industry.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said labour brokers would have to be registered with the state-owned enterprises, the Motor Industry Bargaining Council and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office.

All staff in the service of labour brokers would be guaranteed the minimum
wage and would enjoy the same conditions of employment and benefits as every other worker in the industry.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, of which Numsa is a major affiliate, with more than 200000 members, made the complete ban of labour broking in SA one of its main objectives for this year.

The unions would negotiate a wage model for the industry, reducing weekly working hours from 45 to 40, without any loss of income, and adjusting the
minimum wage to R20 an hour in the industry.

The minimum wage at the moment is R13,13 an hour, according to Mr Jim. He urged SA’s motor industry employers to undergo dialogue to reshape the
industry. Workers are expected to return to work by Monday. - I-Net Bridge.
www.busrep.co.za


Now Mthatha matric protest turns violent
Jan Hennop 16 September 2010

Mthatha, police, politics, protest, schoolsPolice have given high school pupils in Mthatha an ultimatum to disperse after a protest turned violent on Thursday morning when clashes broke out between matrics who wanted to write exams and those who did not, reports Sino Majangza.

The protest started at around 8am when pupils of the Ngangelizwe High School went to three other high schools in the area in an apparent bid to get pupils to join them in the protest.

Majangaza estimated that there were about 1,000 children in the group.

“At the third school, Zimele High, fights broke out between pupils who were writing exams and those who were protesting,” Majangaza said.

The protesting pupils said they were not ready to write trial exams following the crippling three-week public servants’ strike which included most teachers in the province.

Majangaza said he did not see any injuries being reported following the clash.

The situation remained tense in the area, he said.

In Mdantsane in East London, pupils were also going from school-to-school, many of which had been closed for the day, reported Kathryn Parkes.

“Pupils were dancing and toyi-toying under the eye of a heavy police presence and the situation is calm,” Parkes reported.

Meanwhile students of Walter Sisulu University’s Nelson Mandela Campus in Mthatha have marched to the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to protest the arrest of the two hundred and forty-one students, who were due to appear on public violence charges on Thursday.

This comes after a protests on the campus turned violent on Wednesday with two buses as well as part of the university’s executive dining hall being set alight.
Students are protesting admission regulations and are demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor.
blogs.dispatch.co.za

Limkokwing protest
Kabelo Masoabi 18 September 2010

DEMANDING JUSTICE: Limkokwing University of Creative Technology students boycotted classes on Wednesday morning, September 15 to protest delays in the disbursement of bursary funds, unavailability of internet services and congested classrooms, among a host of grievances.

College management was said to be locked in a meeting with student leaders when Public Eye sought comment from both parties during the mayhem on the varsity campus .

The angry students would not speak to Public Eye either, demanding the journalist deletes all the photos he had taken of the protest.
www.publiceyenews.com



Shack dwellers threaten to go on strike for a week
Intern Africa 16 September 2010

SHACK dwellers are planning a week-long national strike to highlight their "appalling living conditions".

The strike will begin in two weeks' time if Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale and Western Cape housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela do not respond to a list of grievances by housing lobby group Abahlali BaseMjondolo (ABM).

The shack dwellers told Sowetan they would hand the memorandum to Sexwale and Madikizela today.

"If they fail to respond, people will take to the streets nationwide and create chaos to expose the failures of the Ministry of Human Settlements to provide decent housing," ABM Western Cape chairperson Mzonke Poni said.

Poni said all informal settlements across the country would take part in the protest action, which would also involve the Landless People's Movement, Eastern Cape-based Unemployed People's Movement and students from various universities.

Part of the week-long strike will culminate in a march on Parliament.

"In our view there is no other way to expose the failures of the government except by taking to the streets," Poni said.

"They really need to be pushed. If public workers have done it because they are underpaid, surely we also can do it.

"We want to create chaos.

"Our living conditions are appalling. We are affected by floods in winter and fires in summers.

"I thought after the 1994 elections things would change but nothing has changed," he said.

The housing backlog in the Western Cape is about 500,000 yet the government only builds about 18,000 houses a year, Poni said.

Madikizela's spokesperson, Zalisile Mbali, warned that the protest must not turn violent.

He denied that the Western Cape government would never manage to build houses for everyone.

"We can only assist about 16,000 households a year with a house on a serviced site," Mbali said.

"We must increase the families we assist to enhance their living conditions every year by increasing the provision of serviced sites.

"This we can do by upgrading informal settlements and developing serviced sites on green fields projects."
www.internafrica.org


Windmeul Eggs On Strike
FAWU 15 September 2010

A group of about sixty workers, employed by Windmeul Eggs in Paarl, Cape Town are on a legal strike since yesterday, 14 September 2010. Workers are picketing in front of the premises.

Management is offering eight, nine and twelve percent respectively, but workers are adamant about a twelve percent wage increase for everyone.

Please call the W.Cape Provincial Secretary, Lookington Ndongeni on 082 493 2019 for more details.

Released by:
FAWU media office
Dominique Swartz
082 498 5631


DENOSA on brutality against nurses
DENOSA 15 September 2010

DENOSA is angered and appalled by the persisting violent onslaughts on nurses who render healthcare to our people under difficult circumstances.

We have learnt with shock about two men who attacked a nurse and her mother in their home in Mashishing (Lydenberg) near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. The nurse and her mother were shot by the men in the early hours of the morning on Monday, September 13, 2010.

The nurse passed away this morning and her mother is now recuperating at home.

It has come to our attention that the men had earlier threatened to kill the nurse if their sick mother whom they brought in to Lydenberg hospital for treatment does not survive.

Such brutality is not acceptable and undermines the work done by nurses who save millions of our people.

We call on law enforcement agencies to ensure that culprits are brought to book and receive the maximum possible sentence as such inhumane acts cannot be tolerated.

The leadership, management and staff of DENOSA send their sincere condolences to the family and wish the mother a speedy recovery.

Issued by
Asanda Fongqo

DENOSA Communications Manager
012 343 2315
079 875 2663

For more information contact Mpumalanga DENOSA Provincial Secretary Silence Matsane on 082 776 0979


Commuters left stranded
The Mercury 15 September 2010

Pretoria commuters will be without transport on Wednesday as various taxi associations march in the city against the implementation of the traffic demerit system, the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Wednesday.

"About 40 taxi associations in Pretoria will march in protest [against] the administrative adjudication of road traffic offences (AARTO) system," Santaco spokesman Thabisho Molelekwa said.

The AARTO system is a point demerit system in which motorists will be penalised or lose their driver's licences when they commit traffic offences.

All drivers will start on 12 points and will lose theirlicences once the points are exhausted.

The associations will march from Marabastad to the national department of transport and the department of justice offices in the Pretoria CBD where they will hand over a memorandum.

Although it understood the transport department's intentions of using the new system to reduce road deaths, Santaco said the system would have a negative impact on the taxi industry.

"The industry has raised concern over AARTO that in its current form it will not work.

"We are saying there are probably other means to deal with the carnage on our road," said Molelekwa.

The association said that it was not consulted about the new system.

He said commuters were given notice to make their own transport arrangements during the one-day strike. - Sapa
www.themercury.co.za


Sun City bus shooting
Cosatu 15 September 2010

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West is highly disappointed in the manner that Sun City is continuing to treat workers.

It is reported that on 11 September at 14h00 the staff bus collecting workers from Sun City to take them home was shot by an unknown person right in the premises

The shooting left two workers hospitalised. It is alleged that the target was to shoot the driver so that all workers are involved in that accident.

COSATU is calling for Sun International to remove all the racist security companies that are busy in a programme to destroy all workers at Sun City

The Falcon Security Company and 24/7 security are still continuing with their racist campaigns. COSATU is still awaiting a final decision from Sun International to terminate the contract as per our last agreement with them.

COSATU is also calling the police to do a full investigation on the matter, as Sun City cannot investigate their mess.

COSATU wish all workers who are hospitalised including those who are traumatised by the racist attack a speedy recovery.

COSATU is busy unfolding a campaign against racism and super-exploitation against Sun City and other companies.

COSATU’s Provincial Shop Stewards council will be held on 18 September 2010 at Ben Marias hall in Rustenburg to be addressed by COSATU general secretary

Part of the objective of the council will be to deal with the political situation in the province and economic challenges facing the workers.

COSATU North West will also outline its programme towards the 2011 local government election campaign, banning labour brokers campaign and the 25th anniversary rally.

COSATU will intensify its campaign against corruption and outline its campaign to recall the premier of North West.

COSATU played a very important role for the ANC to deploy MPL including the appointment of the premier

Those who are in the legislature are there not because of their friendship with some ANC leaders, but because of the masses of the people on the ground who waited for over six to eight hours to cast their votes for the ANC.

COSATU will not be threatened, intimidated or victimised by anybody, or by the statement that premiers are appointed by the president not COSATU.

N. B. COSATU North West Provincial Secretary will be on SA fm on racism at the workplace on the 15 September 2010 from 10H00 to 11H00

For more information contact Solly Phetoe COSATU Provincial Secretary of North West at 082 304 4055



Taxi operators protest in Dunkeld
The New Age 15 September 2010

Taxi operators march through Dunkeld West in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 to protest against the SA Taxi Finance Institution

TAXI operators marched to the SA Taxi Finance (SATF) offices on Wednesday, temporarily closing busy Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg.

National Taxi Alliance chairman Francis Masitsa claimed the institution randomly repossessed tens of thousands of taxis “after big deposits are paid to them. The taxi operators get nothing back,” he said.

“This is reckless lending.”

About 200 taxi operators met at Wyndham Park in Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, and marched along Jan Smuts Avenue carrying knobkerries, sticks and whips, and shouting and chanting.

Police diverted traffic and escorted the protesters to the SATF offices, where they handed over a memorandum of grievances.

According to the document, high interest rates on vehicles purchased by SA Taxi Finance for taxi operators were not affordable. It slated the institution for requiring taxi operators to take out insurance policies with companies chosen by the institution.

Operators further demanded they be consulted over annual insurance premiums demanded by the institution. They lambasted the institution for “arbitrary re-possession of vehicles... which are sold in a very short time without [going through] a proper debt review process”.

Masitsa said the protest aimed to “highlight the plight of taxi operators and show that SATF is taking [them] for a ride”.

“We have sat down twice with the institution, but have been disappointed.”

He said the NTA would embark on a “multifaceted approach” to the problem.

SATF spokesman Pete Simms said they would hold discussions with the NTA “in the near future”.

He would not respond to the NTA's allegations, saying only “these are serious allegations and we need to investigate them further. We're not going to just comment off the bat.”

“SA Taxi is fully aware of the financial, structural, legislative and political hurdles facing the taxi industry.”



YCLSA condemns killing of student in COSAS protest
YCLSA 15 September 2010

The Young Communist league of South Africa (uFasimba) condemns the
killing of 17 year old, *Nontsikelelo Nokela* by Police officers. The
student was part of hundreds of protesting students led by COSAS in the
Free State marching against the sitting of trial exams. It comes as a
shock that police officers would use such brutal force to disperse
unarmed students.

We send our heart‑felt condolences to the family and call upon the SAPS
to investigate as to why police officers would not use measures such as
water cannons to control the crowd if that was deemed necessary in the
first instance. This is tantamount to murder and the responsible officer
should be held accountable and charged accordingly. No amount of stones
thrown by students at police officers can warrant such irresponsible
behaviour.

The YCLSA has extended an invitation to all stakeholders to meet
tomorrow in order to assist in the current crisis we are seeing,
pertaining to matriculants in order to find an amicable solution.

This is also in support of the proposed Matric intervention programme
proposed by COSAS in order to assist matriculants in preparation for the
finals. The invitation has been extended to all PYA structures, as well
as Minister of Higher and Basic education. We hope that all stakeholders
involved (particularly the Department of Basic Education and students)
can work hand in hand in finding a solution which will deter the current
issues from affecting final examinations.

Issued by the YCLSA Head Office*

Contact:
Gugu Ndima
National Spokesperson
076 783 1516



NUMSA TO PRESENT A REVISED WAGE OFFER TO ITS MEMBERS
Numsa 14 September 2010

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has been engaged in prolonged wage negotiations with the motor industry ruling oligarchy – Retailers Motor Industry (RMI) and Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) over the past three (3) days to find a lasting settlement on the current wage industrial dispute. Early this afternoon, 14 September 2010, after serious and high level of soberness by the motor ruling oligarchy, a revised wage settlement offer worth to be considered by our members was tabled.

The National Offices Bearers (NOB’s) of NUMSA then saw its fit to exercise leadership by instructing our regions or provinces to convene General Meetings across the country as from tomorrow 15 September 2010. The mandate of these General Meetings will be to present the revised offer from the employers for our members’ consideration. These General Meetings will allow our members through a democratic and transparent process to engage the offer with an intention of either accepting or rejecting it. This exercise is a true expression of worker control and people’s power in action.

The Regional leadership of the union together with bargaining teams will present this revised offer to our members through structured and proper platforms of the union. The revised offer will only be communicated publicly once our members are privy and informed about it in detail.

We call on our members across the country to attend the General Meetings that are going to be convened across the country in order to engage with the revised offer.

PLANNED MOTOR WORKERS MARCH IN BOKSBURG!

A march is planned for tomorrow Wednesday 15 September 2010, Boksburg North. A throng of 7000 workers will converge at 9h00am, Isabel Park, Corner Trichardt and Willow Streets, Boksburg North. The President of NUMSA Cde CEDRIC GINA will lead this march. A Memorandum of Demands will be delivered to the employers at Mercedes-Benz, East Rand Mall, Northern Road, Boksburg North. The members of the press are hereby invited to attend and report.

Contact: Castro Ngobese, National Spokesperson, 073 299 1595


Sympathy strikes planned
Sinegugu Ndlovu, Sapa and Mercury correspondents 27 August 2010


Miners, metalworkers and municipal workers could come out on strike in support of public servants next week, Cosatu said on Thursday.

The move to force the state's hand in the public service wage dispute could result in a countrywide shutdown and could damage the economy.

After its central executive committee met this week, Cosatu announced on Thursday that all its non-public-sector affiliates had begun to notify employers of their intention to embark on secondary strikes next week.

"Our affiliated unions are submitting notices for permission to take a secondary strike action, a process which takes seven days, and will be on strike a week today, unless a settlement has been reached by then," warned Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

The unions are demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1 000 housing allowance. The government is offering a seven-percent increase and R700 housing allowance.

In KwaZulu-Natal, matric pupils have been thrown a lifeline with the provincial Education Department's announcement on Thursday that it would postpone trial examinations.

The exams would have started on Thursday next week, but department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said they had been postponed to September 8.

"The decision is as a result of the strike. We need more time for matrics to prepare. Pupils can collect their exam timetables from tomorrow (today) at district offices or learning centres. We will also publish it on our website," she said.

The national Basic Education Department said while provinces had leeway to postpone their preliminary exams, postponing the final exams would not be entertained.

Meanwhile, the Health Professions Council of South Africa said it was "appalled" by how the strike had affected the lives of patients and the standard of quality health care.

"As a regulatory body with a mandate to guide health-care practitioners and protect the public, we condemn any action that would, through neglect, put the lives of patients at risk. We would like to thank the thousands of health-care practitioners who have remained unwavering in their dedication and have continued in their duties," she said.

Meanwhile, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union , which was on Thursday interdicted from going on strike, said it would study the court document and decide how to challenge it.

DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard welcomed the swift action taken by the police ministry, adding that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should make it clear that striking police would be dismissed immediately.

National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele ordered station commanders to keep daily attendance registers.
www.iol.co.za


NUMSA GENERAL SECRETARY TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ON THE MOTOR SECTOR STRIKE & LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ON THE NEGOTIATIONS
NUMSA 14 September 2010

NUMSA General Secretary Cde IRVIN JIM will be addressing members of the MEDIA BRIEFING on the motor sector strike and latest developments on the negotiations with the employers bodies, Retailers Motor Industry (RMI) and the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA). The General Secretary joined by the National Office Bearers will address members of the MEDIA in NUMSA Head Office, Corner Bree & Gerard Sekota Streets, Newtown, today Tuesday 14 September 2010.

The details are as follows:
DATE: Tuesday 14 September 2010
TIME: 16H00pm
VENUE: NUMSA Head Office, 153 Bree Street, Newtown

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.

Contact:
Castro Ngobese, National Spokesperson – 073 299 1595


Sshh, there's a protest going on
IOL News 14 September 2010

Noisy protesters may have to curb their enthusiasm by singing and chanting more softly in future after a High Court ruling setting a new standard of permissible picketing behaviour.

It seems that "chanting loudly, ululating, or using any kind of instrument to make a loud noise" might no longer be acceptable behaviour if it affects others, particularly those not involved in the industrial action.

This is the effect of the ruling handed down by Durban High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay in an interdict application brought by the owners of La Lucia Mall against the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu).

Growthpoint Properties went to court in May and secured an interim interdict claiming the union's members, employed by Dischem which has a shop at the mall, picketed loudly in the basement parking, disrupting normal business operations and intimidating members of the public.

Although the strike was over, the matter went back to court in August when the judge made the order final. This month she handed down reasons.

According to the judgment, Saccawu argued that its members were not being a nuisance and that Growthpoint had no right to attempt to limit the right of lawfully picketing employees of its tenants who had a constitutional right to freedom of expression.

Growthpoint employed a noise expert who said that at times the noise in the parking garage exceeded, by almost 30 decibels, the legal limit of 85 decibels set by regulations governing noise-induced hearing loss.

The judge said the dispute was in essence one of the exercise of constitutional rights and whether the Bill of Rights permitted union members to picket as loudly as they wished, even if they were a nuisance to others.

And, she questioned, did these rights trump and annihilate the rights to property, to trade and a healthy environment?

"Rights are balanced by other rights. The eternal challenge remains how to accomplish the balance for particular rights," Judge Pillay said.

She said the union disputed that its members had created a nuisance, and without conceding that the sound levels were unacceptable, it undertook to ensure that its members did not blow horns or whistles, bang plastic bottles or use any other instruments to make noise.

But it contended that the company had not made out a case for final interdict and its members had a right to picket.

Judge Pillay said no right was absolute.

"Although protests and demonstrations are part of the fabric of everyday life and non-parties to disputes develop some tolerance, such tolerance has its limits.

"Tolerance levels are exceeded when Growthpoint and its tenants cannot conduct business.
www.iol.co.za


4500 miners down tools
NUM 14 September 2010

Over 4500 mineworkers downed tools this morning at DRD Gold‘s Blyvoor mine outside Carletonville to mourn the death of a worker who died a week ago. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) adopted a resolution to observe a day of mourning each time a mineworker loses his life in the industry as a way of forcing the mining industry to prioritize safety. “There will be no work today. We ‘ll have a memorial service and then go home” says Deon Boqwana, the NUM ‘s Chairperson in Carletonville.

Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


Tools are still down at Northam Platinum
NUM 14 September 2010

A hard-hitting strike by over 8000 mineworkers at Northam Platinum has this week entered a second week with no talks. Whilst the company had claimed to be losing over a 1000 ounces per day equivalent to a million rand, they failed to show good cause by living up to workers demand. Workers demand a 15% wage increment and a R3500 living out allowance. The company offers 8% and a living out allowance of R1700, up from R1600. Meanwhile, the parties would meet tomorrow under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Polokwane. “This strike would continue to cause havoc on to Northam ‘s financial performance. It is up to them whether they want a resolution or not” says Zwelitsha Tantsi, the NUM ‘s Chief Negotiator at Northam.

Zwelitsha Tantsi- 082 941 4210
Lesiba Seshoka
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
7 Rissik Street ,JOHANNESBURG
Tel: (011) 377 2047
Mobile: 082 803 6719


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