Taking COSATU Today Forward, 12 November 2021

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Friday, 12 November 2021


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Contents                      

  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • NEHAWU North West Special PEC Statement
  • NEHAWU Mpumalanga Province statement on the conferring of the Yure Mdyogolo Service and Excellence Award
  • South Africa
  • NEHAWU Response to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2021/22
  • Umsobomvu continues to attack whistleblowers for exposing corruption in the municipality
  • ANC Caucus welcomes the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)
    International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Ø  SACP urges Miss SA organisation and Miss SA to withdraw from the Miss Universe pageant in solidarity with the expropriated and oppressed people of Palestine

  • NEHAWU KZN statement on the bilateral with the Communist Party of Swaziland

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

NEHAWU North West Special PEC Statement

Ignatius Msoki, NEHAWU North West Provincial Deputy Secretary, November 12, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] in the North West Province convened its Special Provincial Executive Committee [SPEC] meeting on the 10th November 2021 in Rustenburg.

The SPEC considered reports on the state of the organisation and matters affecting members and the working class in general. The SPEC also received a keynote address from President Mike Shingange.

The SPEC took note that it was convening a week after a very resounding, successful and united 12th National Congress convened under the theme “Strengthen workplace organization to defend collective bargaining, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism”.

The meeting applauded delegates for their discipline and robust engagements at the 12th National Congress. The SPEC, in assessing the state of the organization and developments within in the province took note of the vacant position of the Provincial Secretary as a result of the election of Cde Patrick Makhafane as a National Office Bearer at the 12th National Congress.

The meeting considered the reports and developments and thereafter resolved to appoint Comrade Ntombizodwa Moepeng as the acting Provincial Secretary. The appointment of Comrade Moepeng as the acting Provincial Secretary marks a historic moment for the union in the province, as she’s the first female to be tasked to lead the province in this position of responsibility.

NEHAWU in the province congratulates Comrade Ntombizodwa Moepeng.

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Issued by NEHAWU North West Secretariat Office:

For more information contact: Ignatius Msoki (NEHAWU North West Provincial Deputy Secretary) at 018 381 4585 or 063 685 1880 or email to Igna...@nehawu.org.za

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NEHAWU Mpumalanga Province statement on the conferring of the Yure Mdyogolo Service and Excellence Award

Welcome Mnisi, NEHAWU Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary, November 10, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] in Mpumalanga Province takes this opportunity to appreciate and acknowledge the national union for conferring the province with the Yure Mdyogolo Service and Excellence award at the 12th National Congress.

The Province is reenergised and motivated by the award conferred. This award is a symbol of the gallant and meritorious work in advancing the struggle of workers and the working class in general. The award conferred to Ehlanzeni Region is dedicated to all members, shopstewards, branch executive committees, regional staff, regional executive committee and regional office bearers for their outstanding work.

The union in the province appreciates all the structures for their continued support, dedication and hard-work in order for the region of Ehlanzeni to receive this award. A special acknowledgement the Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Committee, National Executive Committee, Central Executive Committee and the National Congress for recognising the work that has been done by the region.

Lastly, as NEHAWU in the province, we want to congratulate the newly elected National Office Bearers [NOBs] and reaffirm our undivided support to the NOBs collective.

Our task is to “strengthen workplace organisation to defend collective bargaining, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism”, as guided by the theme of the 12th National Congress.

Issued by NEHAWU Mpumalanga Secretariat.

For more information please contact Welcome Mnisi (Provincial Secretary) at 082 455 2897 or email wel...@nehawu.org.za or Gift Maseko (Provincial Deputy Secretary) at 063 685 3461 or email gi...@nehawu.org.za

South Africa 

NEHAWU Response to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2021/22

Zola Saphetha, NEHAWU General Secretary, November 11, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] notes the tabling of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) before Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, today the 11th November 2021.

NEHAWU is deeply disappointed and dismayed by MTBPS that was tabled today by Minister Godongwana. As NEHAWU, we view this MTBPS as a continuation of successive vicious attacks directed to workers and the poor by Treasury and its surrogates, which have been overwhelmingly rejected in the recent local government elections, in particular by the working class and the rural poor, who are the core electoral base of the African National Congress.

This year’s MTBPS is underwhelming and devoid of progressive macroeconomic policy response to the unfolding socioeconomic crises precipitated by the pandemic and sustained by persistence with austerity. It lacks a proper debt management and restructuring strategy, it is still centred on Neoliberal macroeconomic policy framework that has been rejected by many South Africans as it has plunged the masses of our people to unemployment and poverty.

Over the past 27 years, these reactionary macroeconomic policies have also deepened social inequalities and deindustrialisation, and thus reproduced the semi-colonial structure of the economy. NEHAWU reiterates its rejection of Treasury’s blunt instrument of cutting the public service wage bill as a debt management strategy. We are disappointed that the Minister of Finance has not changed track on this, given its damage on the economy, electoral performance of the ANC. We therefore call on government to reconsider its decision to dishonour the PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018.

The austerity measures that have been implemented by Treasury have led to deep social schism in our society, as demonstrated by the July lootings in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as well as other ongoing social unrest in our communities and workplaces. This MTBPS has dismally failed to present a national budget to encourage social cohesion, nation building, and an equitable distribution of the national wealth across and in-between social groups in order to heal our societies of deep social divisions. As a public sector union that organises frontline workers who were the backbone of COVID-19 war, we are deeply concerned by the impact of cuts to key public service delivery functions, in particular the cuts over the next 3 years in the allocations to healthcare by 0.6%, social security by 16.9% and policing by 0.5%. These massive cuts are unacceptable in the middle of a pandemic imposed social and economic crisis.

This budget destroys the quest to build a democratic capable developmental state, with its proposals of structural reforms which is nothing else but the radical privatisation of SOE’s, and the entire network industries which is in state hands. It also undermines the local government ANC election manifesto with regard to the insourcing of all social provisioning within the state.

As NEHAWU, we are deeply annoyed and disappointed by the fact that other monetary policy instruments such as monetary financing and monetizing of the South African debt are still not considered given the severity of the crisis that our economy faces. We had hoped that the South African Reserve Bank would have made everything possible to finance development institutions to support economic recovery through a stimulus package to finance social infrastructure such as affordable quality housing, water, health and public transport for workers and the poor.

NEHAWU is also deeply disappointed, by the failure of government to announce a Basic Income Grant to ameliorate the ever deteriorating social conditions of the poor and working class mostly unemployed female headed households. With the massive illicit capital and portfolio out-flows out of our economy it is disturbing that no attempt has been made to impose transactional taxes and other capital out-flows management techniques. On the redistributive side, we are deeply alarmed by the failure to impose wealth taxes to the rich at the time wherein there exist deep social inequalities in our society between the rich and the poor.

As NEHAWU, we are ready to work with all progressive social forces in the trade union movement, civic and social movements to build the Left Popular Front against austerity, privatisation, and attacks on the working class and the poor, by a neoliberal administration that is hell bent and prepared to use the pandemic and the state of emergency situation we are in to sell the nations assets to the highest bidder.

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Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

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Umsobomvu continues to attack whistleblowers for exposing corruption in the municipality

Lawrence Fennie, Provincial Secretary, 12 November 2021

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with disgust that its members have been targeted by the management of Umsobomvu Local Municipality in the Northern Cape Province for waging war against corruption in the municipality, essentially silencing whistleblowers. 

The latest attack on whistleblowers comes after an investigation on allegations of fraud and maladministration was conducted in the municipality in January this year by the Office of the Northern Cape Premier. The report vindicated the union on the calls made that action should be taken against individuals who have used municipal resources for the benefit of themselves, their cronies, and their family members. 

The investigation uncovered serious acts of maladministration, maleficent, fraud, and total disregard for the institution’s policies. Among others, the report found that; 

1. Nepotism was rampant in the municipality. 

2. The wife of the Mayor being employed without following proper channels.

3. Mismanagement of municipal funds through buying of old trucks without following supply chain management processes. 

Following the release of the report, the municipal management embarked on a witch hunt, targeting employees who were instrumental in blowing the lid on the rampant corruption, fraud and maladministration in the municipality. The municipal management went as far as bogusly charging workers for participating in the formation of the Umsobomvu Residents Associations which contested the recent Local Government Elections, a clear violation of workers’ constitutional rights and the Labour Relations Act.  

We will as SAMWU not sit back and be spectators when workers in the municipality are persecuted for exposing the shenanigans of the municipal management. As SAMWU we are interested in seeing municipalities that are free from corruption, nepotism and maladministration. It is for this reason that we encourage our members to continue exposing corruption when they see it in municipalities. 

We are ready as a union to defend the rights of our members which the Umsobomvu Local Municipality seeks to nullify and erode by victimising whistleblowers. The corruption that has been happening with impunity at the institution has had devastating consequences on service delivery. Before we are municipal workers, we are community members and as such we too want to see the continued and improved delivery of services in our communities. 

As SAMWU in the Northern Cape, we have declared corruption, fraud, and maladministration as the number one enemy of municipal economic development and service delivery. We, therefore, are not going to turn a blind eye and look away when the institution that is needed by communities is under attack from municipal management. 

By seeking to silence whistleblowers and protecting perpetrators of fraud and corruption in the municipality, the Umsobomvu Local Municipality has declared war against SAMWU, a war that we will ensure that we fight to the bitter end. As SAMWU we want to see municipalities that are responsive to the needs of residents and more importantly, municipalities that are accountable and transparent, something that cannot be said about the Umsobomvu Local Municipality. 

Issued by SAMWU Northern Cape 

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ANC Caucus welcomes the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)
12 November 2021
The African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Caucus welcomes the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) delivered by the Minister of Finance, Comrade Enoch Godongwana, in the National Assembly yesterday, 11 November 2021.

The Minister and the National Treasury team were faced with a task of allocating funds to achieve government’s strategic objectives while facing enormous economic headwinds.

The unemployment rate rose to an unprecedented 34.4 percent in the second quarter from 32.6 percent in the first quarter of 2021.The inability of millions of South Africans to find work adds to the social instability that has been experienced in many communities.

The projected economic recovery by 5.1 percent supported by global demand, following the record slump of 6.4 in 2020 induced by the Covid-19 pandemic, gives hope that the economy is being restored to better health. However, the ANC Caucus is concerned about the projected average growth of 1.7 percent over the next three years. Given the enormous challenges our country faces, this level of economic growth falls far short of what is needed.


The favourable tax revenues owing to the performance of the commodities sector, and the rebasing of the South African economy, have provided government with improved fiscal space to extend social spending while maintaining the budget deficit at sustainable levels.

The ANC shares the concern of the Minister regarding the high debt-servicing costs and the deterioration of revenues compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. We support the focus on reducing government debt servicing costs, which are likely to outpace spending on health, social development and peace and stability in the medium term. We therefore call on all the three spheres of government and State-owned Enterprises to wage a relentless campaign against the mismanagement of public funds and corruption.

This year’s MTBPS was delivered amidst the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and other parts of the world. This resurgence will disrupt global supply chains and restrict international travel; thus placing severe constraints on the recovery of key job-creating sectors such as trade and tourism.

The ANC Caucus salutes the efforts led by the President to provide means to fight the pandemic such as mass vaccination in order to reach population immunity. We call on South Africans who are not yet vaccinated to take advantage of the widespread availability of vaccines, while still observing the Covid-19 control measures recommended by scientists.

The ANC Caucus welcomes the focus in the statement on the reconstruction and recovery plan and government’s unwavering commitment to drive structural reforms in the economy to accelerate and sustain growth in the long term.

The progress that has been made to increase the generation of electricity by various players including the private power generators is commendable. We are also pleased that the inefficiencies in our ports and logistics sectors are being addressed. All these, together with the delayed release of spectrum, have made South Africa a high cost economy and limited our economic growth and job-creation potential.

The ANC Caucus welcomes the announcement on the additional 55 new infrastructure projects valued at over R595 billion. These projects are critical for achieving the goal of reigniting growth and creating jobs.

The commitment to allocate R100 billion over ten years to the Infrastructure Fund must be translated into reality. The private sector, which stands to benefit from the efficiencies that will be brought about by investments in infrastructure, must also come to the party and close the funding gap in partnership with government, Development Finance Institutions and SOEs.

The ANC welcomes the continued increases in government spending from R2.1 trillion to R2.24 trillion over the next three years. We hope that this increased expenditure will lead to overall improved wellbeing of society and higher levels of growth of our economy.

The ANC Caucus notes government’s ongoing commitments to support fee-free higher education and training as well as the extension of the social distress relief grant up to March 2022. We call on government to move forward with the implementation of the comprehensive social security policy.

We concluded the local government elections a week ago. Our people have expressed their aspirations and their frustrations. The ANC has heard them. We are thus encouraged by the commitment in the MTBPS to strengthen the local sphere of government through the Division of Revenue.

The ANC Caucus agrees with the Minister of Finance that the majority of our people still trust the African National Congress to turn around the economy and to govern with integrity in line with the values of the Constitution.

Parliament will process the MTBPS and the bills presented by the Minister today in an open and transparent manner in the relevant committees, and taking into consideration public submissions. We will also maintain oversight of the implementation of the commitments made by government.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, Comrade Pemmy Majodina

Enquiries:

Nomfanelo Kota
Acting Caucus Spokesperson
067 415 1089
nk...@parliament.gov.za
nomfan...@yahoo.com 

International-Solidarity 

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SACP urges Miss SA organisation and Miss SA to withdraw from the Miss Universe pageant in solidarity with the expropriated and oppressed people of Palestine

12 November 2021

The South African Communist Party (SACP) urges Miss South Africa organisation and Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane to withdraw from the Miss Universe pageant in solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are subjugated under the apartheid regime of Israel. The venue for the 70th edition of the Miss Universe pageant, which is scheduled to take place next month, is in a Palestinian territory occupied by the apartheid Israeli regime, Eilat. This contradicts the claim by Miss Universe that one purpose of the pageant is to “empower” women. Palestinian women, and children, are the worst affected by the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel, and by the atrocities and the human rights violations with which the apartheid Israeli regime carried out and enforces the occupation.

Miss South Africa organisation and Miss South Africa need to think about the situation of the oppressed majority under the successive colonial and apartheid regimes that prevailed in South Africa. The Palestinian people, with women and children the worst affected, are in a similar, if perhaps not a worse, situation today. Miss South Africa organisation and Miss South Africa need to sympathise with the Palestinian people.

As the oppressed people of South Africa under apartheid, we overcame the oppressive regime with the support of international solidarity. The expropriated and oppressed people of Palestine need the same international solidarity support today, if not more of it.

Like South Africans, the Palestinian people have the right to democratic national sovereignty and self-determination, not least in their occupied territories, which the apartheid Israeli regime must evacuate and return to them. There can be no normal Miss Universe in an abnormal situation, in an occupied Palestinian territory. 

The SACP reiterates its solidarity with the people of Palestine against occupation of Palestinian territories and apartheid oppression by Israel. The working-class, democratic formations and individuals need to unite on a global basis in support of the liberation of the Palestinian people.

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EST. 1921 AS THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA | CPSA
 
1921–2021: 100 YEARS OF UNBROKEN STRUGGLE
PUT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
SOCIALISM IS THE FUTURE—BUILD IT NOW!

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NEHAWU KZN statement on the bilateral with the Communist Party of Swaziland

Ayanda Zulu, NEHAWU KZN Provincial Secretary, November 12, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union [NEHAWU] in KwaZulu-Natal convened a bilateral meeting with the Communist Party of Swaziland [CPS] on the 11th November 2021.

The bilateral was convened with an aim of strengthening relations with the CPS, and further intensify solidarity work against the despotic regime of Mswati and his brutal grip on political power, through repression, state violence and anti-democracy.

The meeting received a presentation from the CPS on the current balance of class forces, concrete political situation and the plight faced by the people in Swaziland. The inhumane conditions of abject poverty, inequality, unemployment and structural collapse of all social sectors, as a result of endemic corruption and opulence of the Monarch is indeed evident. The killing of innocent civilians, the arrest and torturing of activists that are calling for a democratic order in the country is now a norm.

The bilateral meeting resolved on the following immediate tasks;

· The province will conduct a picket outside Golela Border Gate, working with other progressive organisations, to mobilise support for the boycott of all Mswati aligned products and raise awareness on the plight of the people of Swaziland.

· The Province will continue participate in all the programmes and campaigns of the CPS, aimed at dismantling King Mswati dictatorship.

· We will also participate in exchange of educational, political and ideological training programmes, including the upcoming Summer School.

· NEHAWU in the province will convene an Extended International Relations Committee, focusing on Swaziland, and invite the Communist Party of Swaziland. The Extended International Relations Committee will be convened in February 2022.

Lastly, we call upon the South African government to side with the people and take drastic steps against the Tinkhundla Regime by amongst others recalling the South African Ambassador from Swaziland and closing the Swaziland Embassy Office in South Africa as a way of delegitimizing the murderous regime of Mswati.

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Issued by NEHAWU KwaZulu-Natal Secretariat Office

For more information, please contact: Ayanda Zulu (Provincial Secretary) at 081 758 5199 or email: Aya...@nehawu.org.za or Ntokozo Nxumalo (Provincial Deputy Secretary) at 0815255983 or email: Nto...@Nehawu.org.za

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Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

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