30 May 2020
SADTU Limpopo Province issued a media statement on the 23rd May 2020 wherein we expressed our misgivings about the intention of the Limpopo Department of Education to recall educators back to work in preparation for the schools re-opening on the 01st June 2020. The union then advised the educators not to return to work as the department had not yet put in place the health safety precautionary measures before workers could return to work. We also indicated that the union would take the week that began on Monday 25th May 2020 to Thursday 28th May 2020 to assess the situation on the ground and would then indicate our position on whether the department was ready to re-open schools or not.
Accordingly, the union tasked all of its structures to give daily reports on their observation about whether the department was complying with the delivery of all the required resources needed like PPE's as well as attending to other strategic risks identified to be addressed first before the schools can re-open. The reports submitted, viewed singularly and accumulatively, have painted a very bleak picture about the state of the Province's readiness to reo-open the schools on 01st June 2020. Amongst others, the reports indicated the following:
The union was further invited by the Office of the MEC Honourable Polly Boshielo on the 27th May 2020s for a briefing on the state of the readiness. While we noted some progress on certain areas, that meeting vindicated our long held view that the time given to provinces by the Minister of Basic Education Honourable Angie Motshekga to prepare themselves was way too little given the enormous challenges at hand. Good intentions alone, no matter how noble and plausible they may seem, do not equate to tangible and practical delivery on the ground.
Having considered all of the above the PEC of the union that met on the 29th May 2020 therefore resolved as follows:
Having said that, the union remains open for any engagements with the department in order to find amicable solutions that will enable us to move forward.
Be Safe! Stay at Home! Protect Yourselves!
Issued by the Secretariat
Tjebane Sowell: Provincial Secretary - 082 808 3161
Mulalo Nevari: Deputy Provincial Secretary - 082 804 0800