*South African Democratic Teachers' Union, KwaZulu Natal Province *
* *_Date_:* 3 November 2012 (Saturday)
* *_Time_:* 09h00
* *_Assemble_:* Pietermaritzburg
* *_March to_:* KZN Provincial Legislature
* *_Theme_:* Deepening Dialogue and Action for:
o Quality Public Education
o Living Wage
o Job Creation
o Defence of our Government and
* *_Speaker_:* Cde Nkosana Dolopi, SADTU Deputy General Secretary
/_Comrade Dolly Caluza writes_:/
As SADTU in KZN and as a responsible trade union with its adopted
*Vision 2030* we have to carry out the mandate of delivering on the
5 pillars of the Union's Vision 2030.
In February as KZN we visited most of poor performing schools to see
how can we intervene - the most schools we visited were in rural
areas especially Obonjeni.
In the same month we met with SMT members in almost all our Regions
trying to assist them on management issues including curriculum
In May we launched Subject Societies through our Curtis Kondo
Teacher Development Institute, and all the stakeholders were part of
that. Societies assist on teacher development issues. These
societies also exist in regions.
SADTU KZN has successfully conducted CAPS workshop since last year.
Our structures are moving with our QLTP. Three weeks back we have
conducted a workshop on Assessment. Our members have been working on
weekends and offered extra classes especially for Matric.
In 2011 we started producing Matric preparatory material, which was
adopted by the department and was circulated to almost all schools
with Grade 12. The same has been done this year. We are using union
resources to produce these booklets for maths, physics, maths lit,
life sciences, and other subjects including accounting, history and
All this is done because as a revolutionary trade union we
understand our revolutionary task in the society. Our Vision talks
of *SADTU CREATING A LEARNING NATION*. It also says a lot about
Teacher Development, as well as other pillars. All the programmes
above were in implementation of the Vision.
*_Still a trade union_*
But as we do this, we don't have to forget the role of a trade union
- that of ensuring better working conditions for members, we have to
continue negotiating and demanding the best for the membership.
We are not going on strike, and that is not even on our agenda these
days but there is a litany of issues that we must be able to deal
with. Like the issue of GARNISHEEs, THANDILE (incapacity leave
applications and medical boarding application which are always
turned down) as our members are paying thousands of rands as a
result of Leave Without Pay,ECD salaries,AET salaries and these
workers are still paid on wrong tariffs, Payment of 37 % in lieu of
benefits by FETC councils, recognition of qualifications for clerks,
that clerks be moved to notch 6, rural allowance and that those who
will not make it in Matric this year be allowed to repeat next year.
But as a responsible SADTU we said we don't want to disrupt exams
and classes. That is why we decided to march on a Saturday which is
something that has never happened in time immemorial.
All this is in line with SADTU's Pillar 1: SERVICING UNION MEMBERS.
*_Appreciating our government_*
All in all the march will be in appreciation of the progress made by
the government, and then raise what we feel needs to be done moving
forward, which will also assist in realising Schooling 2025 and its
Action Plan - unlike the counter-revolutionary unions and political
parties which want to rubbish every good deliverables done by our
*SADTU KZN Provincial Secretary*
*Cell: 082 611 7027*
*E-mail: mmatho...@sadtu.org.za <mailto:mmatho...@sadtu.org.za>*
*Deputy Provincial Secretary*
*Nomarashiya Dolly Caluza*
*Cell: 082 611 7028*
*E-mail: dcal...@sadtu.org.za <mailto:dcal...@sadtu.org.za>*