The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) joins the world in celebrating World Teachers' Day, 05 October under the 2020 theme: "Teachers leading in crisis; reimagining the future".This year's World Teachers' Day has an even greater significance in light of the challenges that teachers around the globe have faced during the COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic has shown in our country, the teachers make a crucial contribution to ensuring continuity of learning and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students.Now is the time to recognise the teachers as builders of the nations by supporting them. We have heard parents saying schools should reopen because they were realizing how complex the teaching process is when they had to help with online or distance learning. This recognition of the vital work of the teachers must be acknowledged and supported.Now is the time to provide quality education and training for student teachers in order to equip them with skills to respond to any crisis.Now is the time to recognise the great leadership and innovation, including improvisation by the teachers during this crisis.
SADTU Limpopo Province has noted with great concern the various media statements levelled against the Provincial Secretary of COSATU Cde Gerald Twala. The union takes strong exception and umbrage against attempts to characterise the COSATU Provincial Secretary as someone who is wielding inordinate power in COSATU and uses it to leverage supposed business deals in the Province for self-benefit.
The Government should not be permitted to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic in an opportunistic manner to avoid its legal obligations of honouring public-service wage increases it had freely and deliberately undertaken to respect.
SADTU Northern Cape welcomes and congratulates the newly appointed MEC for Education, Honourable Zolile Monakali.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) expresses its sincerest condolences to the family of Cde Nyameka Goniwe, the wife of late political activist and teacher Matthew Goniwe - one of the "Cradock Four" who were brutally murdered by apartheid security forces in 1985.
We are shocked and saddened by the untimely demise of our MEC for Education in the Northern Cape, Mac Collen Jack. MEC Mac Jack served as the MEC for Education since May 2019 until he met his death on the 13 August 2020. In the short space of time that he has served the Education Department in the Province, Mac Jack has shown qualitative leadership. He was very passionate and focussed in improving the education system.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union cautiously welcomes the announcement by the President of a four week non-physical contact break in order to save lives during this winter period. This announcement comes after the persistent call made by the recognised teacher unions, learner organisations and some school governing bodies and some sectors of society for schools to be closed immediately until we have gone past the COVID pandemic peak.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union, the biggest union in the education and public service sectors, today held a special meeting to come up with an urgent response to the spikes in COVID 19 cases in our schools.
As the largest union in the public service sector, we were expecting the Minister to announce the amount that has been budgeted to meet the salary increases for the sector which are long overdue as they were supposed to have been paid in April. Instead of announcing the figure, he referred to the negotiations with labour that are being led by the Minister of Public Services. These negotiations are long overdue because an agreement for salary increases was signed way back in 2018. Clearly, no money has been set aside for the 2020-21 salary increases. Instead, the budget will be cut by R160 billion. Moving forward, this budget has sent a clear message that there will be no wage negotiations in 2021-2022. Instead, public service will bear the brunt for the preceding R230 billion budget cut. The supplementary budget has sent a clear message that there is going to be salary cuts and thousands of job losses in the public service.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union in the Free State and the Congress of South African Students held a successful bilateral meeting on the 23rd June 2020 in Bloemfontein. The meeting took place during the increase of coronavirus that has recently engulfed our education sector resulting in many schools being forced to close on daily basis.
SADTU in the Western Cape is saddened by, and condemns the alleged rape and brutal killing of 17-year old Amahle Quko, a Grade 11 learner at Sinethemba High School in Phillipi. The Union further condemns the murder of the 7-year-old Raynecia Kotjie of Belhar. She was a Grade 1 learner at Belhar Primary School. The attacks on our female learners cannot be tolerated.
The union notes with disappointment the release of LTA 11 (NSNP) 2020 sent to schools on 19 June 2020 for implementation on Monday, 22 June 2020. We further note media announcement by Free State Provincial Education Department on provision of NSNP for all learners. Through this media announcement, community is informed that learners who are not yet at school and who normally receive NSNP meals may go to their respective schools to fetch their meals from Monday, 22 June 2020. This refers to learners in all Grades other than 12 & 7.
SADTU, together with COSATU public service unions POPCRU, DENOSA PAWUSA, SAEPU and SAMA are taking the fight for salary increases of public servants to the next level. The dispute on the non-implementation of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018 - Agreement on the Salary Adjustment and Improvements of Conditions of Service for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 is proceeding to arbitration. The arbitration is set down for 22 June 2020.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) joins the country in commemorating the youth of 1976 who, on this day, rose up against all odds to defy the apartheid education system and thus paved the way for the democracy and freedom we so enjoy today. As SADTU, we pay homage to the youth of 76 for understanding the power of education in liberating the people from mental slavery and ignorance and their understanding of the role of quality education as an enabler to the young and old.
The five Teacher Unions (SADTU, NAPTOSA, SAOU, NATU, PEU) together with the School Governing Body Associations (FEDSAS, NASGB, GBF, SANASE) met with Minister Motshekga, the Deputy Minister, MECs of Provinces, the Director General in the Department of Basic Education, the Provincial HODs and various other officials, to receive reports from the Ministry about the COVID-19 Compliance of schools and readiness to re-open schools. We wish to emphasize that the meeting was open, frank and in a positive collaborative spirit that sought to join forces in combating a threat that affects not only everyone involved in education but also the future development of our country as a whole.
SADTU in Free State held its Special Provincial Executive Committee meeting today, the 31st May 2020 to reflect on the state of readiness by the Provincial Department of Education thus far. The PEC reflected on the progress made since the Union first issued communiqué to members not to report for work on the 11th May 2020 (SMTs) and teachers on 18 May 2020 as per the directive of the department. Since then, a communication forum for engagement between department and unions was created and meets on weekly basis.
The Minister of Basic Education today, 31 May 2020, released a statement on resumption of duty in the Basic Education Sector. The statement was released a@er an outcry by the Teacher Unions and Governing Body Associations joined by the public for the Minister to provide leadership.