Taking COSATU Today Forward, 23 November 2021

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COSATU year-end CEC in session until on Wednesday




Taking COSATU Today Forward

‘Whoever sides with the revolutionary people in deed as well as in word is a revolutionary in the full sense’-Maoo


Our side of the story

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

‘Deepen the Back to Basics Campaign, Consolidate the Struggle for the NDR and Advance the Struggle for Socialism’

All workers urged to take Covid19 vaccine jabs!

Organize at every workplace and demand Personal Protective Equipment Now!

Defend Jobs Now!




  • Workers Parliament: Back to Basics!
  • Limpopo Public Employment Services reaches out to workseekers to register for potential opportunities
  • NUM Joint Mass Meeting with AMCU, Solidarity and UASA at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein Mine Today
  • South Africa
  • COSATU Post-CEC Media Briefing on Thursday at 11:00am
  • International-Workers’ Solidarity!

Ø  The world is failing millions of refugees. We must act now

Workers’ Parliament-Back2Basics 

Limpopo Public Employment Services reaches out to workseekers to register for potential opportunities

22 November 2021

The Limpopo Public Employment Service (PES) Directorate, in an effort to improve its services, has published emails of responsible people so that they are accessible to job seekers.

This Programme of the Department of Employment and Labour does this at the time when many people are unemployed or have lost their jobs as a result of retrenchment after companies have closed.

Ms. Sarah Lepogo, Director: PES said: "This is an ongoing process with no end date because we are constantly marketing our work seekers to potential employers. The majority of our clients come from rural areas and do not always have the means to travel to our Labour Centres to upload their documents online or in person. This feature will allow them to upload using their phones instead of having to figure out how to navigate the website".

According to Lepogo, the Department is not promising any job opportunities but is assisting work seekers in their job search. A dedicated team of officials have been deployed across the province to search for job opportunities on behalf of work seekers on a frequent and continuous basis.

"We appeal to our job seekers, regardless of their level of education, to upload their curriculum vitae (CVs) on the below shared email addresses so that the Department can try to assist them," she said.

Work seekers should be aware that the database is national; if they send their CV via email in Limpopo, it will be accessible in all provinces once it is captured on the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) database."

Work Seekers in Limpopo Province are encouraged to upload their CVs to the email addresses of all 13 Labour Centres. It is perfectly adequate to enter only one of the email addresses.      


Labour Centre Email

Names of officials to access work seeker CVs


Labour Centre


1.Mapula Mathebula



2.Fulufhelo Marubini



3.Catherine Chauke



4.Nyeleti Chauke



5.Matsena Mokobedi



6.Promise Mashigo



7.Sinah Mashilo



8.Mokgadi Nemaukhwe


5.Pes- Le...@labour.gov.za

9.Lesley Kgwete



10.Lesibana Kekana



11.Mashile Raphela



12.Dimakatso Mafona



13.Mpho Maringa



14.Zandile Netshitomboni



15.Nkateko Mugwena



16.Takalani Muvhango



17.Ntsieni Mukhunama



18.Angela Mojela



19.Tsakani Mashaba



20.Patricia Maake



21.Gija Machimana



22.Lesetja Maake



23.Michael Makhubele

Tzaneen Tzaneen


24.Prudence Malope



25.Peter Morifi



26.Dineo Matlala



27.William Mabudusha



28.Kabelo Motseo


13.Pes Ja...@labour.gov.za

29.Thabo Kgoale

Jane Furse


30.Charles Thobejane

Jane Furse


31.Kedibone Mathapo

Jane Furse


For enquires contact:      Mr Wasnaar Mokoena

o   Coordinator: Work Seeker Registration        

o   Contact:072 702 9853

o   Email:wasnaar...@labour.gov.za

For information contact:

Ms Lerato Mashamba

Provincial Communication Officer Limpopo

082 908 1833


Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour


NUM Joint Mass Meeting with AMCU, Solidarity and UASA at Sibanye-Stillwater's Driefontein Mine Today

 William Mabapa, NUM Acting General Secretary, 23 November 2021

The  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) together with other leaders from AMCU, SOLIDARITY and UASA are scheduled to address workers at a joint-mass meeting, reporting on developments regarding the conditional offer on wages and other conditions of employment tabled by Sibanye-Stillwater during the CCMA conciliation process last week.

The purpose of the joint-mass meeting is to get a new mandate from all members of the four trade unions.

The joint-mass meeting set to take place as followed:
Date : 23 November 2021
Time : 4pm
Venue : Masizakhele Stadium in Carletonville.

Speakers : National Office Bearers - NUM, AMCU, SOLIDARITY & UASA

All workers at Kloof, Cooks, Burnstone and Driefontein operations are invited to attend the mass meeting. Unity of workers is non-negotiable.

Members of the media are invited to attend and report.


NEHAWU Limpopo to march to the Office of the Premier and the Department of Health as part of its Provincial Day of Action

Moses Maubane, NEHAWU Limpopo Provincial Secretary, November 22, 2021

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] in Limpopo will on [Wednesday 24, 2021] as part of its Provincial Day of Action march to the Office of the Premier and the Department of Health to deliver memorandum of demands in relation to the crisis currently engulfing departments across the provincial government especially the Department of Health.

The Provincial Day of Action will be in a form of a march directed to the Premier of the Province and the Department of Health. The aim of the march is to sharply raise the following demands amongst others:

• Permanent Absorption of Community Healthcare Workers and all contract workers in the province.

• Removal of the Health HOD and the DDG for Healthcare Services for failure to manage the administration.

• Re-instatement of all our shopstewards dismissed across the province.

• Decentralisation of all powers to health institution for effective service delivery.

• Opening of Nursing College in the province.

• NO to the Outsourcing of the Provincial Medical Depot

• Demand for safety & security of our members in all health facilities

• Forensic Investigation on cases of tender fraud and corruption.

• Fill all funded vacant posts immediately.

• Stop union bashing by government departments now.

• Pay PMDS to all deserving workers.

• Insource all outsourced services in the Provincial Administration

• Demand fully funded organisational structures.

• Withdrawal of all Treasury directives imposing austerity measures.

Details of the march

Date: Wednesday November 24, 2021

Assembly time: 9am

Assembly point: Polokwane Hospital Park, Polokwane

Members of the media are invited to attend and to cover the march.

Issued by NEHAWU Limpopo Secretariat Office

For more information, please contact: Moses Maubane [Provincial Secretary] 063 685 1884 or email: Mo...@nehawu.org.za or Jacob Adams [Provincial Deputy Secretary] at 082 558 5966 or email to Ja...@nehawu.org.za

South Africa

COSATU Post-CEC Media Briefing on Thursday at 11:00am

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson, 23 November 2021 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is having its three-day ordinary Central Executive Committee [CEC] meeting that started yesterday -Monday, 22 November 2021, to discuss organizational, political, international, and socioeconomic issues facing workers and the working class in general. 

This will be followed up by a media briefing to communicate the outcomes of the meeting. The details of the media briefing are as follows:
•    Date         :         25 November 2021-Thursday
•    Time          :         11:00 am
•    Venue        :         COSATU House, 110 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein.

All the members of the media are invited to the briefing
Issued by COSATU



The world is failing millions of refugees. We must act now.

22 November 2021

The recently published Global Compact on Refugees Indicator Report 2021 is a stark reminder of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable groups. Education International calls on the international community to ensure the fundamental right to education and the right to decent work for all refugees without delay.

Almost half of refugee children out of school, girls particularly excluded

While Education International welcomes progress in access to education in some countries since the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016 that paved the way for the adoption of the Global Compact, the fact that 1.8 million refugee children, almost half of school-age refugee children in reporting countries, remain out of school, is unacceptable.

The data covering more than 40 countries hosting refugees shows that the average gross enrolment rates for refugee children in 2019/2020 were 34% in pre-primary education, 68% in primary education, and 34% in secondary education. At the tertiary level, enrolment rates stand at an abysmal 5%. This is far below our collective commitment to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030.

We must step up our engagement with the most vulnerable that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Refugee girls are still less likely to have access to education than refugee boys and alarmingly, a recent analysis in 10 countries found that half of all refugee girls will not return to school when classrooms reopen. Worse still, in some countries, all girls are at risk of dropping out for good. As one in two refugees is a woman or a girl, gender-responsive policies and responses are indispensable: the report justly points out that mitigating the long-term socio-economic impacts of displacement on women and girls requires, inter alia, targeted educational services.

Urgent action is needed to address intersecting forms of discrimination in education that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis: Education International and affiliates around the world have been calling on governments to conduct equity audits whose results must inform recovery plans in education. Educational equity audits can also help address the lack of disaggregated data by age, gender, protection status and diversity desperately needed to further the inclusion of refugees in host communities.

Education must be at the heart of recovery

Education is the single most powerful tool to empower refugee children and youth to thrive and reach their full potential, yet the data shows that it is constantly marginalised and chronically underfunded.

Before the pandemic, in 2019, only 2.6% of humanitarian aid was spent on education - well below the global target of 4%.

The pandemic has also driven education budgets further down in many countries. An estimated 65% of governments in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and 35% of governments in upper-middle- and high-income countries have reduced funding for education since the beginning of the pandemic.

Education International cautions against an approach that focuses on the development of digital educational solutions for refugees in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. Research commissioned by Education International on the education of Syrian refugee children indicates that a disproportionate emphasis on technology may be pedagogically problematic and divert funding from more urgent needs, for the benefit of private actors.

If we are to build a more equitable and sustainable future for generations to come, investments to foster inclusive public education systems must be at the heart of humanitarian and development aid programmes, as well as national recovery efforts, so that all students, especially those most in need, have access to free quality education.

The report rightly stresses that filling the financing gap for inclusive refugee education, through both international and domestic funding, is urgently needed and feasible.

Decent work is a universal right

The report also highlights the fact that the pandemic is expected to increase global poverty for the first time in 20 years. Around 100 million people, including many refugees, will be pushed into extreme poverty as a consequence of the economic downturn.

Even before the health crisis, two thirds of refugees lived in poverty. Many face unsurmountable obstacles in accessing decent work. It is critical that countries include refugees in their plans for economic recovery in order to enable them to be self-reliant and contribute to their communities.

Quality education and decent work are not luxuries or privileges. They are universal human rights that must be respected. In the lead up to the High-level Official Meeting taking place in December to assess progress on the implementation of the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), Education International calls for a strong reaction from governments, international organisations, and all stakeholders to address the deterioration of refugees and host communities’ self-reliance and resilience in the context of the pandemic, a core objective of the GCR.

A lack of immediate action on refugee access to quality education and decent work condemns millions to a lifetime of hardship. National governments and the international community have a legal and moral obligation to all refugees and displaced people. Immediate action is imperative.


Norman Mampane (Shopsteward Editor)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Street, Braamfontein, 2017

P.O.Box 1019, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 Direct line: 010 219-1348

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