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Archive for April, 2004

Manning levels lead to strike

On Wednesday 21 April 2004 , 15 workers downed tools in support of two fellow workers in the Compact Cooker Line at Defy in Jacobs. Management wanted to discipline Jeza and Njilo because they could not produce at the same speed as the team leaders had demonstrated. The next day, 450 workers joined the strike. […]

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Rural Peddie gives ANC 95%

The small Eastern Cape town of Peddie is no different from the village in Telkom’s Molo mhlobo wam advert. Its high hills allowed the ANC message to echo across the town’s 112 villages. The movement received 94,56% of votes cast in an area that does not have a single factory. Peddie is one of the […]

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How the last outpost was won! – Voters in KZN are not stupid!

Gone are the days when voters voted for a party because it was led by a Zulu with royal blood. South Africa and specifically KwaZulu Natal has passed puberty stage. You can ask the UDM, the distribution of t-shirts in rallies does not guarantee your party the vote. Voters vote for the party that promises […]

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How the last outpost was won! – The Ulundi invasion

In 1994, two Numsa members from Bayside Aluminium in Richards Bay , Mthethwa and Buthelezi, were amongst a number of ANC members who died trying to put up ANC posters in Ulundi. Fellow Numsa member, Bheki Mzimela escaped death by running 72kms to Melmoth, the nearest town. Ten years later, high ranking ANC KZN leaders, […]

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HIV/AIDS

“I am Connie, I’m 27, the only child in the Setjeo family staying in Meyerton and HIV positive which I contracted seven years ago when I was 21,” she says with a grin on her face. I have never seen such a face; so bright and eager to hear what our visit was all about […]

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Briefs

Bayside potroom asthma case settled! Six Numsa members from Bayside Aluminium who were diagnosed with potroom asthma* have settled their matter. In terms of the offer, the company will pay each worker R40 000. According to Numsa’s health and safety co-ordinator, Selinah Tyikwe, “the union faced a tricky situation because the workers had stayed on […]

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Editorial: Letters

Dear Numsa News Baphathi be ntlangano Numsa is the only mbutho wabasebenzi in this country who can root out strata forces "capitalism" and the pillar to the federation, Cosatu. What comrade Vavi used to say in the meetings, "No Numsa, no meetings", I was the lucky comrade to work in the metal industry and belong […]

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Secretariat Report – a basis for discussion

Secretariat Report – a basis for discussion While delegates noted that there were some gaps that needed to be filled, it was agreed that additions would be made and that this document would serve as the basis for discussion in regions. The report is divided into four sections: Political and international Socio-economic Organisational and Collective […]

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Let the people speak! – The congress process has begun

On April 23-24, representatives from all Numsa’s regions, the national office bearers, elected secretaries and head office sector co-ordinators, met to discuss the first draft of the secretariat report to Numsa’s 7 th National Congress in September 2004. General secretary, Silumko Nondwangu, reminded representatives that they should use the document to “kickstart discussions in their […]

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Attire at voting stations

One comrade was turned away by a queue walker when he went to vote at NU5 Mdantsane. “You are not supposed to queue with other voters if you are wearing a t-shirt with ANC emblem. Go and change and you may come back,” said the queue walker. Confused, the voter walked away without a word. […]

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