The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) – the highest decision making body between congresses, convened a two day ordinary virtual meeting from 29 to 30 March 2021. The meeting was the first since schools officially opened for the 2021 academic year. Some of the issues the NEC deliberated on included organisational, labour, political, educational as well as socio economic matters.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in Free State is enthusiastically awaiting the budget speech by MEC for Education, Dr Tate Makgoe on 25 March 2021. Unlike the State of Province of Address that did not speak to many issues affecting schools including the plight of ECD/Grade R practitioners, we expect the MEC to pronounce on the following:
The South African Democratic Teachers'Union (SADTU) joins the Zulu nation and millions of South Africans in mourning the death of the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. King Goodwill passed away in hospital early morning of Friday 12 March 2021.
SADTU in KZN has observed that other provinces are extending the contracts of teaching assistants and general assistants employed in schools under the Education Employment Initiative (EEI). The initial contract end date was the 31st March 2021. We have noted that some provinces are extending to March 2022, while others extend to December 2021.
The South African Teachers’ Union in North West (SADTU NW) welcomes the matric results of 2020 and congratulate both the learners and teachers for the good performance. The Province notes that whilst there is a significant drop of 10, 6% as compared to the 2019 results, the class of 2020 demonstrated resilience, determination and hard work as the circumstances were very difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in Free State congratulates the matric class of 2020 for their sterling performance in the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. The Free State province has once again demonstrated the commitment of learners, parents, departmental officials, support staff and most importantly, the teachers by achieving 85.1%.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) welcomes the 2020 National Senior Certificate (Matric) results. The decline in the pass rate, compared to the 2019’s 81,3%, does not come as a surprise following the disruptions experienced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Class deserves our outmost praise for enduring the most challenging year.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has learnt, with great shock and sadness, about the passing on of King Cetshwayo District Municipality Mayor and former SADTU Vice President for Gender, Nonhle Mkhulisi. Cde Mkhulisi died of COVID 19 related illness on Wednesday, 3 February.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in Mpumalanga is shocked to learn that Grade R practitioners were not paid their salaries this month.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) in KwaZulu-Natal has learned with shock and is greatly saddened by the news of the sudden death of KwaZulu Natal Education Labour Council (PELRC) Manager and former SADTU KZN Labour Officer, Comrade Dolin Singh.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) notes and welcomes the Department of Basic Education’s decision to delay the opening of schools from the 27th of January and allow the learners on the 15th of February depending on the virus’ behavior during the two-week delay. However, the SADTU does not agree with the call for educators and SMTs to report for duty from the 25th of January. The unions were not consulted.
SADTU in KZN is worried by the state of affairs in some marking centres. Since markers reported for duty there are cases where the Union has intervened on, which include a large number of teachers who did not have accommodation. SADTU urges teachers to take the call seriously for them to indicate if they need the Department to organize accommodation for them.
SADTU is saddened by the untimely passing of Superintendent General, Cde Temba Kojana. This is a devastating blow to our Union because as the province, we had had to work with acting HODs until his appointment. It is with immense sorrow that we mourn the untimely passing Cde Temba who was a founding member of SADTU.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) is saddened by the news of the passing on of the President of the National Teachers' Union (NATU), Allen Thompson. He was elected as the President of NATU in 2018 after having served as the Union's Deputy President in the previous term.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has received with great shock and sadness the reports about the passing on of the General Secretary of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), Cde Koena Wilson Ramotlou on the 2nd of January 2021. This happens just after he was elected as the General Secretary at SAMWU’s 12th National Congress last month and hardly a week after we lost the sitting General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has received, with great shock and sadness, the news about the passing on of the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Cde David Kolekile Sipunzi on the 25th of December 2020.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in the North West (SADTU NW) has learned with great shock, the horrific and fatal taxi accident on Friday 11 th December 2020 that took the lives of three Grade 12 learners from Rethusegile Secondary School in Lethabong Village near Rustenburg. The three met the accident on the way from attending attending an “After examination celebration”.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) welcomes the decision by the High Court, Pretoria Division to set aside the decision by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to have all learners who wrote the National Senior Certificate (Matric) mathematics and physical science PAPER 2 to be rewritten.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union(SADTU) is seeking legal action against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and examinations quality assurer Umalusi over the decision to have all learners who wrote the National Senior Certificate (Matric) mathematics and physical science rewrite because the examination papers were leaked.