I M P O R T A N T: "NUMSA is turning 30th this year, forward us any story, pictures or videos of your struggle from the shop floor"

NUMSA News

We want leaders of the calibre of Numsa’s General Secretary, Irvin Jim, who speaks bravely, said member

We must draw the line as to whom we want to represent us. I love Numsa and would like to see a better working class than the one that existed during my father’s time. I want to handover to my last born a better Numsa of Irvin Jim and Andrew Chirwa that shares the same […]

Read More

Is our President a “Tsunami”?

1994 was a historical year for South Africans as it was the first time a black person had the opportunity to vote for a leader of his/her own choice.  The ANC presented its manifesto which talked on fundamental issues and basic human needs. This we (black people) believed would advance our interest and our country, […]

Read More

Trade unionists and society at large have a challenge of not wanting to read or write yet they want to be leaders

In my opinion, a leader who is not prepared to read is not pre pared to lead.  My observation is confirmed by the way in which we find union publications lying around. Even when you take publications to the companies, the next day you find them still lying where you left them. Union publications contain […]

Read More

MPRDA Amendment Bill unlikely to fast track beneficiation

The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development (MPRDA) Amendment Bill has been approved by the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP). Several changes have been made to the Bill [B15-2013] since it appeared before the Portfolio Committee of Mineral Resources last September and although the Bill has yet to be signed by the […]

Read More

The Hani Memorandum

This is an extract from The Hani Memorandum for which he and six others were expelled by the ANC NEC in exile in 1969 (and almost executed) but later reinstated. The ANC in Exile is in a deep crisis as a result of which a rot has set in. From informal discussions with the revolutionary […]

Read More

“You got it all wrong Blade…”

During his presentation on the commemoration of Chris Hani, Blade Nzimande, South African Communist Party (SACP), General-Secretary implied that there are internal factional battles in Cosatu. He said: “We repeat our warning to organised workers to beware of the business unionism and the dangers it poses for trade union unity”. In which context was Nzimande […]

Read More

Women unite to inspire change

Since  1990  the  worsening  economic  conditions  in  Zimbabwe  has  found  many women  looking  to  the  informal  sector  to  ease  their plight  but  instead  cross  border traders found themselves being harassed  and facing police brutality. Zimbabwe  Congress  of  Trade  Unions  (ZCTU)  joined  the rest  of  the  world  in commemorating International Women’s Day, March 8. For  ZCTU  this  day  was  […]

Read More

Knowledge is Power

“It’s a great feeling. I never thought I could, but I have. I passed a hurdle and now I want to continue studying.” These are the words of shopsteward and recent graduate, Vusumzi Tyhalwa. Tyhalwa studied mechanical engineering, but dropped out. The piece-job wages could not cover his house-hold expenses. He could not earn enough […]

Read More

CSP-Coluntas a federation that affiliates social movements

A  trade  union  federation  has  ushered  a  new  model  of  mobilising  and advancing workers’ interests. Under the banner of CSP-Coluntas – a trade union pulled its affiliates (social movements) in its ranks to protect the working class a gainst the impact of neo- liberal economic policies. CSP – Coluntas means ‘Organisations that struggles’ has 2 million trade union […]

Read More

Surviving Rape

Bukelwa (not her real name) was raped in front of her to-year-old son and female friends. The perpetrator came to her house with her female friend carrying a beer; she says and claims a drug was placed in her beer glass. While asleep, Bukelwa says she was raped while her disable (Autistic) child and her […]

Read More