SADTU wishes it`s sister affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) well for its all important National Congress from the 22nd to the 25th of August. It is our hope that the Congress will result into a stronger and united organisation which will continue to be the voice of the voiceless.
It is with greatest disappointment and concern to realise that teachers and schools still experience the worst treatment by the Limpopo Department of Education to an extent that more than 205 temporary teachers have not been paid since April 2016. It is unthinkable, at this time of democracy in South Africa that teachers are subjected to this bad and unfair labour practice and are still expected to deliver quality public education whilst the department treats them as not worthy of human beings.
SADTU has, like everyone in the country, learned about the disgusting video making rounds showing a teacher having a sexual intercourse with a learner. As a Union of disciplined professionals and committed in ensuring that we are real agents of change and champions of People`s Education for People`s Power, we do not believe that a situation like the one portrayed in the video can be acceptable and tolerated. SADTU in her Code of Conduct puts it clear how each educator and SADTU member are expected to behave and conduct themselves
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union (SADTU) in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the appointment of the new MECs in KZN and in particular welcomes the MEC for education, Mr. Mthandeni Dlungwane. He is inheriting an entity with no Head in place after the expiry of the contract of Dr Nkosinathi Sishi and this should give him an opportunity to apply his mind intelligently when planning for the future of the department.
EI has written to inform us of a serious matter requiring our immediate attention and solidarity action. Mr. Curtis Riep is a PhD student at the University of Alberta, Canada. Last week, while in Uganda conducting research commissioned by EI on the impact of Bridge International Academies, Mr. Riep was arrested by police.
Our campaign against the current Post-provisioning model started far back as 2006, a year preceding the 2007 watershed ANC National Conference. We are deliberately mentioning this conference because the very same model we are fighting against was discussed and resolved that it needed to be improved.
SADTU Gauteng welcomes the Constitutional Court ruling in the case of learner admission regulations pronounced by the retiring Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke today. The appeal against the Supreme Court of Appeal by FEDSAS was dismissed.
The SADTU North West Provincial Working Committee in its meeting, held on the 16 May 2016 noted with a debilitating discontent, the conduct by the Ministerial Task Team in collaboration with media on the alleged Cash- For - Post myth.
SADTU has noted that once again the Minesterial Task Team on the "cash for jobs scandal" has been leaked to the media even before the process has been completed. This is despite the fact that the Unions and other stakeholders were given a coded report for tracking purposes and it was made clear that it was not meant for public consumption until all the procedural steps had been undertaken.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union has always avoided engaging in sparring matches with political parties and has therefore always shunned from responding to comments made by political parties against SADTU. However it appears that SADTU`s decision to give respect to all political parties including those it fundamentally disagrees with, is interpreted as a license by the Democratic Alliance to take out its political frustrations on SADTU and its members.
Louis Trichardt 8th May 2016 - The Vhembe Pastors Forum took a decision to preach a common sermon this Sunday, denouncing the destruction and looting of school property and the disruption of schooling in Vuwani.
SADTU Limpopo hereby expresses frustrations and confusion of its members and learners in Vuwani areas due to the burning of their schools.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union notes with grave concern the further postponement of the release of the Ministerial Task Team report into allegations of selling of educator posts.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in Free State has noted with concern the arrogance of the Ministerial Task Team led by Prof Volmink not to respond nor consider amending the draft leaked report on selling of posts after SADTU had made its submission.
The media are invited to attend and report on the first of SADTU`s countrywide pickets around the unfair treatment of the child of the poor and working class who are subjected to deplorable conditions of overcrowded classrooms due to the current Post Provisioning Norms (PPN).
It is disappointing to learn that the Ministerial Task Team through the Minister of Basic Education is intending to release the MTT Report n the selling of posts, without responding to the concern raised by the South African Democratic Teachers Union(SADTU).
Centurion, Pretoria 5th May 2016-In response to the wanton burning and destruction of schools in the Vuwani area, Vhembe districts in Limpopo, the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), SADTU, Combined Teacher Unions, National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) and COSAS have taken a joint decision to convene an urgent meeting of all stakeholders in the education sector in Limpopo province.
SADTU KwaZulu Natal notes with disappointment the nearing of the date by which the Minister intends to issue the MTT report. Our disappointment is informed by the realisation that this is due to happen without considering the representations by SADTU. SADTU KZN reiterates its position that the MTT has failed to follow the directive of the minister to hear and consider SADTU`s submissions.