NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Archive for December, 2009

Letter from the President

South Africa at the crossroads again! South Africa is at the crossroads once again. In 1990, our icon Dr Nelson Mandela stood in front of thousands of ecstatic crowds in Cape Town and bravely saluted the contributions of many organizations, prominent amongst them was the SACP and Cosatu. He went on to indicate the importance […]

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Poetry

POETRY The rise and shine of Duma Nxarane (1969-2006) Faded a floral flower That has grown and blossom’dDecades of a bitter struggle,Yet him found his mark,Liberation of a beloved countryAnd freedom of needy people. A star that bright as much, of Glorified dignity, dignified glory.Stern, scrutinizing and cautioningTo stand against the utmost worst,‘cos the best […]

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Yakhal’ Inkomo…the sax wailed

Yakhal’ Inkomo…the sax wailed(To Winston Mankunku) Winston Monwabisi “Mankunku” Ngoziwasematshaweni; Born June 21 1943, Died October 13 2009 The silence of jazz is becoming too loud for its lovers. The few remaining jazz artists are swamped by the two-minute computerized house beats. Jazz gigs are trampled down by mismatched festivals in the name of arts. […]

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Dear Judy

Dear Judy We are workers in John du Toit Motors in Lichtenburg (North West). Numsa we are in trouble. We don’t know if we still have a union because the whites they do what they can do with us.Three comrades were expelled without their benefits. Management says there is no union, “Numsa is dead!”They said […]

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Thembisa Local recruits young workers

RECRUITMENT Thembisa Local recruits young workers The economic meltdown is still squeezing us, but Thembisa local has managed to recruit 350 new members, including young workers who often don’t see trade unions as important to their job. Joey Mogapi spoke to some of them to find out why they joined. A group of young and […]

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Let the people speak

Let the people speak:Workers and shop stewards have their say on the 1995 constitution, the national democratic revolution (NDR), leaders, the pain of transformation and circumcision. African crusadersWe accept the fact that the ANC is the country’s ruling party. But we are astonished that the same ANC is still not sure it is leading the […]

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Mdladlana states it clearly

Mdladlana states it clearly It was interesting and encouraging to have the Minister of Labour, Membathisi Mdladlana, talk at our Mibco Annual General Meeting held on November 5 2009. As a guest speaker he strongly criticized the media. His concern was that often the media don’t check with him when they (media) want to write […]

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Education – Main Agreement training

Education – Main Agreement training Shahida MeniersThe redesign of the Motor and Engineering Main Agreements took place in March this year with the vision to pilot shortly after the National Elections day on 22 April 2009.With all the activities within Numsa, the pilot could not take place in April and only happened in June 2009. […]

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Out with old AMIC, in with new AMIC!

Out with old AMIC, in with new AMIC!For many years, workers in the auto sector have been trained on the Amic certificate. However, Numsa’s demand has always been that training must be portable and must be aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Numsa training representative, Xolani Tshayana spoke to Ansa Liebenberg and Hosea Morapedi […]

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Training the youth in technical and business skills

Training the youth in technical and business skills More than 40 young people are doing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and New Venture Creations (NVC) learnerships as a way of accelerating skills development amongst South African youth at Ukuda Training Centre in Ekurhuleni. Mmusi Serobatse of Numsa¡¦s youth desk, spoke to them. ¡§Many young people are […]

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