NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for September, 2005

Sport: Bafana Bafana headache – what is the solution?

Have your soccer say!South African soccer fans are in mourning after Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. We know that almost every Numsa member is a soccer fan. Now is the time for you to have your say. In the next Numsa News, we will publish a full page […]

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Education: Education indaba – your chance to speak out

Case handling speeds onRegions are continuing to train shop stewards on case handling. Since the last Numsa News, workshops have taken place across most Numsa regions. If your shop steward has not attended, make sure s/he does. Expect better case monitoringLegal administrators came together for two days in September to standardise their internal business processes […]

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Community: Breaking the chains of poverty

The picture of poverty is a damning reality in our society. Therefore, scorns and mockery should be spat on the face of corporate industry and the bureaucracy. Comrades, poverty is truly demeaning, dehumanising and strips one of dignity leaving one without a sense of belonging. Pulling aside the social curtain, one is greeted by a […]

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On the Shopfloor: Very Brief

Denel workers at Denel Aviation, Vektor, Irenco finally received the R4m payout divided equally amongst them all. * If you are an engineering worker and your employer has not granted you the wage increase from July 1 2005, s/he has 16 weeks until January 10 2006 to pay this backpay. Remember that any overtime pay […]

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Editorial Comment

Joe Slovo in 1988 said: "A trade union is the prime mass organisation of the working class. To fulfill this purpose, it must be as broad as possible to maintain its legal status. It must attempt, … to unite, on an industrial basis, all workers at whatever level of political consciousness who understand the elementary […]

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Sport: How can we make Numsa more visible in sports functions?

In the last Numsa News we invited your comments on how we could make Numsa more visible on the sports field. Liesbet Mohutsiwa responded.ComradesNumsa has to elect/appoint someone who will deal with sport only. On athletics, Numsa has to register with the South African Amateur Athletics Board (SAAAB) so that every individual running with Numsa […]

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Sport: Stalwart honoured!

In the early 1980s, Mawu (one of the unions that merged to form Numsa) was just beginning to organise the big steel plants in Mpumalanga. One worker at Highveld Steel who stood out from the rest was Frank Boshielo.Residing in Highveld Steel’s hostel, he was instrumental in recruiting workers not just from his own workplace […]

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Advice: Dear Judy

Dear JudyOn August 1999, I won my arbitration against Nelspruit Brake ‘n Clutch. I was represented by Mavi Ncongwane, the organiser at that time. On going back to work, management turned me away saying that he was appealing. I told the organiser and he told me he was going to inform the head office and […]

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Poetry: Zim Ngqawana – Powerful tone of renaissance

“Artists are not only artisans, they are primarily creative thinkers. Emperors of old always had musicians in their courts not only for entertainment, for ours is not about entertainment, it’s about inner-attainment”, Zimology Institute I am musically lost, but along the way I found myself regaining consciousness in jazz especially the one with a beat […]

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Poetry

Kuzo ze kubenini? Jackie Williams How long still my brother, Are you to hide behind the struggle of your fellow comrades? For how long, Are you going to benefit from your comrades’ tears, Because you are too afraid to conquer your fears? For how long are you going to clock in, While others are fighting […]

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