The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) strongly condemns the unilateral decision of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), together with the Department of Health to allow learners who might have tested positive during the writing of examinations to write in isolation but in the same schools or examination centres where other learners are writing.
SADTU is shocked by what is said to be a centre or a camp for matric holiday classes near Umzinto, South Coast of KwaZulu Natal. It cannot happen that when all of us are frightened by the scourge of the Covid-19 and its effect, the department of education put our learners and teachers in a situation where there is total disregard of regulations that are meant to curb the spread of the virus. We find this strange and totally inhumane.
The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement delivered by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has left SADTU, the largest union in the education and public service sector with no joy. It is a slap in the face to hard working educators and public servants.
COSATU, SACP, ANC, SANCO, COSAS, SASCO AND SADTU notes with apprehension and concern the alleged irregular extension of the appointment contract of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Head of Department (HOD) Mr. Brian Schreuder as is per the report of the Public Service Commission (PSC). More alarming is the Premier's refusal to take corrective action and to actually undermine the findings of the report of this independent oversight body.
Recently, the public was embroiled in a matter of an educator being charged for taking a conscious decision to proclaim that he is an African. SADTU does not have a history on commenting on individual cases, like we have not gone public on the Neumann matter, notwithstanding the fact that it is well known that we represented Neumann at the schedule 8 consultation, prehearing and consultation with his legal team.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in the North West Province (SADTU NW) is deeply concerned about the burning and destruction of property in four schools around Moruleng in the Rustenburg area.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union, the country's biggest education union and one of the public-sector organisations involved in a legal battle with the government over its refusal to honour a three-year multi-tier wage deal it had agreed to in 2018, says it is confident that the Labour Appeal Court will rule in favour of the workers.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) has noted the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa that responds to the economic impact of COVID 19 by driving, among others, job creation.
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.