NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for March, 2008

BHP Billiton’s worst still to come for Bayside smelters

BHP Billiton’s Bayside aluminium smelter has put metalworkers through rough time of uncertainty for the past two months as 800 workers faced retrenchment. The management confirmed that it would be issuing final notices to the affected workers at the weekend and the retrenchments would be effected on April 1st, 2008 in Richards Bay smelters. And […]

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Assmang remove hurdles to probe blast three weeks late

Metalworkers’ giant union should be firing on all cylinders – but it is not since ferromanganese Assmang frustrated efforts by union- appointed independent industrial expert to resume investigations.  The ferrometal smelter in Cato Ridge, outside Pietermaritzburg is being re-evaluated after a fatal blast on the furnace six, three weeks ago, which left six metalworkers burnt […]

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Overspending arms dealer to possibly retrench 1 000 workers

State arms manufacturer Denel got off to a bad start this year after it emerged that it will possibly lay-off more than a thousand workers. This comes after government injected R4, 1billion of taxpayers’ money to Denel’s grand restructuring and export programmes which were exposed to be not up to snuff. At least 125 workers […]

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Embattled manganese chief play swanky games as two more allegedly died of manganism

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is profoundly humbled by the principled and selfless commitment of the panel presiding over the public enquiry probing into the cause of debilitating disease at Ferrometal company Assmang in Cato Ridge, near Durban. Labour Department presiding officer Vusi Sibisi and his panel exhibited fortitude and overwhelming affection […]

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Numsa News Editorial: We live in interesting times!

Numsa News Editorial We live in interesting times! In a lecture I presented at the Ikwezi Institute for Research and Development towards the end of last year, I quoted a 2002 SACP Document titled: ‘The Strategy and Tactics of the SACP in the National Democratic Revolution.’ I cited this paragraph: “The ANC (like the SACP) […]

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NUMSA Lite

 Before Mandela was Mandela AUTHOR: ERIC MIYENIPUBLISHER: JACANA MEDIAREVIEWER: AYANDA BILLIE After “O’Mandingo! The Only Black At The Dinner Table”, comes “Before Mandela was Mandela”, a book of short stories that arouses a sense of humour and our humanity. This simple-read book has no deep and bombastic English words to crack your skull. Miyeni directs […]

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Poetry

POETRY Esona sixhobo esinamandla Phakathi kwemiyevezelo, kwimibhiyozo, kwimivuyo.Umthandazo sisixhobo esodlula zonke izixhoboNax' uvelis' owon' okugqibel' umhlath' uhleka, kulindel'Ukub' usenakh' ukugqibelisa ngeliso elizaliswe zinyembeziOkany' esikrakrayo son' isikhalo sembandezelo. Bakho ke phofu esinokubekisa kubo, thina sizwe sika ntu.Thina bantwana bamanzi, bantwana begazi.Abo balithemba mhla ngentlungu ngentlupheko ngempath' ombiNembandezelo ukanti nasekonwabeni. Ndithetha mn' abo basele beye kukhothama,Imilondekhaya, izinyanya, […]

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Katorus Stories

Deadly apartheid violenceThe news of ethnic violence and killings in Kenya has reminded us of our own experiences in the 1980s and 1990s both on the East Rand and in Natal as it was known then. Official records say over 3000 people were killed on the East Rand between 1990 and 1994. The apartheid government […]

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Budget

Budget 'as usual'There were hopes that the events of Polokwane would have affected the way that government plans to spend its income for the next year. There was a belief that the crises of unemployment, inequality and poverty would finally be reflected in government's spending plans. And when president Thabo Mbeki introduced the year as […]

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Opinion

Did freedom mean the same to all of us?Xolisile CopisoOur communities continue to be dissatisfied. They argue that the current dispensation has not provided what they desired. What did black people and Africans in particular expect from liberation? they thought by now each child in the family would have their own room their education would […]

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