NUMSA commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution

30 May 2012, Posted in Events

Numsa invites you to the opening of an exhibition celebrating 25 years of Numsa – Red, Red Numsa – as well as the launch of Metal that will not bend a book written by Kally Forrest that tells the history of Numsa.

The opening and book launch will take place at Kwa Muhle Museum, 130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban from 13h00 on 2 June.


The programme is as folllows:

Arrival of speakers and guests

13h00 – 13h30
Speakers and guests help themselves to snacks and drinks and look at the exhibition on 25 years of Numsa

13h30 – 13h35
Chair to welcome everyone, introduce the speakers, explain the exhibition of Numsa and 25 years

13h35 – 13h50
Input by Kally Forrest, the author of the book

13h50 – 14h00 – Magrapes Hlatshwayo (ex-Mawu/Numsa shop steward, organiser, regional secretary)
Numsa pre and post apartheid – how did things change for the union

14h00 – 14h10 – June-Rose Nala (shop- floor leader and an organiser for NUTW from 1972 till 1976. From 1977 till 1983, General Secretary for MAWU and early 80's moved up to Richardsbay to start organising working as both the GS and the Regional Secretary)
The early days – getting the union started – obstacles and successes; what did building worker control mean in practice

14h10 – 14h20 – Mike Mabuyakhulu (ex-Mawu/Numsa shop steward, regional secretary)
The union's politics and how these were debated and changed; what was Numsa's most important contribution

14h20 – 14h30 – Willies Mchunu (ex-Mawu/Numsa shop steward, regional educator)
Dark days – Natal civil war and how Numsa fought this;

14h30 – 15h00 Questions and comments from the floor

15h00 – 15h05
Closing remarks from the publisher, Wits Press.

Book-signing, looking at the exhibition, food and drinks etc

Download a flyer for this exhibition here