28 January 2021
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.
At the time of his death on the 27th of January 2021, Comrade Dolin served in his position as the Manager of the KZN Education Labour Relations Council with humility; a position he held since 2009. He was resourceful to both parties in the PELRC. The many successes scored by the PELRC were as a result of his guidance and his ability to follow up on the implementation of decisions the PELRC took. He was indeed the pillar of the PELRC and an advocate for labour peace. His death is a devastating blow to all teachers and the education sector in the Kwazulu Natal.
In Comrade Dolin, SADTU members have lost a dear Comrade, friendly and always laughing fellow ready to assist at all times. We are shattered by the news of his death. The history of SADTU is incomplete without mentioning the name of Comrade Dolin. When SADTU was established, TASA decided to close down and give resources, including human resources for SADTU to be birthed and grow. TASA employees were given a choice to decide to be handed over to the new union (SADTU) or to take pension. Comrade Dolin as an employee of TASA, decided to be handed over to SADTU and witness the dream of a non-racial, non-sexist Union growing from nothing to be the biggest Union in the public sector. He was immediately placed in the Midlands working as the Regional Administrator. Around 1994, he was moved to the provincial office.
Comrade Dolin became the labour officer of SADTU. Part of his responsibilities was to train members and leaders on labour law, grievance and dispute handling. He represented members in welfare cases. He had an incredible passion for his work. He understood workers' vulnerability in employers' hands, hence his over preparation when attending to members' cases. He crisscrossed the Province capacitating regional and branch leaders as well as site stewards. Because of his success in membership representation, he became known as the 'SADTU Bush Lawyer'. He got this name because of the knowledge and skills he had of the education employment law even though he had never trained in that aspect. We believe it is because of this rich history and experience he had in the law that encouraged him to further his studies in the field. A few years ago, he graduated as an Advocate.
SADTU is devastated because there were no signs, as usual, that Comrade Dolin was about to leave this world. Just on Monday the 25th of January he convened a very successful STANCO meeting where the committee prioritised programmes and adopted the Annual Performance Plan for 2021/2022 year. On the evening of the 26th of January 2021, Comrade Dolin was telephonically talking to party leaders. Then on the 27th, we got to know that he was no more. SADTU therefore sends condolences to his wife, kids, entire family and relatives. May they all find courage and strength to withstand this sad moment.
Go well our Bush Lawyer, Go well Advocate Singh, Go well Comrade Dolin
The struggle continues!