We also congratulate Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande for their appointment in the new Cabinet.

We hope that the minister of basic education will do everything in her power to ensure that labour peace is maintained. To this end we expect the Minister to promote consultations, collective bargaining in the education sector as prioritized by the ANC government. The people of our country have overwhelmingly voted for the ANC because they believe in the manifesto and the progress we have made in the twenty years of our freedom and democracy.

We wish to reaffirm our position that, collective bargaining is a strong pillar for labour peace and it guarantees stability and an enabling environment for learning and teaching. We will work hard to ensure that the manifesto is implemented in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our schools. We have to succeed because failure is not an option.

We congratulate all the ministers who have been deployed to fast track and deepen service delivery and in particular our former General Secretary CdeThulasNxesi in the portfolio of Public Works. We believe that all ministers in the cabinet will live up to the citizen’s expectation to deliver services to the people and ensure that this period is a radical phase of socio-economic transformation as the President promised.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat