TEACHER UNIONS UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU are joining millions of teachers, learners, education leaders and education employees around the globe to celebrate the culmination of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign which has run for a year.
Education International (EI) – a global teacher and education employees’ union federation, with a membership of 30 million teachers world-wide is spearheading the Campaign.
The Campaign was launched in New York and Paris in 2013.Six cities on six continents across the world have been chosen to host the culminating activities this year.
Pretoria in South Africa is one of the six cities chosen to host the event. Othercities include Sydney, Australia; New Delhi, India; Brussels, Belgium; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and New York, USA. Additional events are also being planned in other cities around the world.
GEPF pensioners or members will not loose lump sum in 2015
National Treasury, in a statement issued on 9 July 2014, dispelled the rumours that from 2015 public servants will no longer receive gratuities upon retirement from the public service.
According to the statement, certain pension reforms will be effected on 1 March 2015. These reforms, however, impact on retirement savings pertaining to provident funds. The GEPF is NOT a provident fund, but a pension fund. Members of the GEPF will therefore NOT be affected by these pension reforms. In other words nothing changes for educators as far as pensions are concerned. Gratuities will still be paid to those educators who retire and qualify for such gratuities in terms of the GEPF Rules.
National Treasury also announced that further pension reforms are envisaged, but not for at least another 2 years and only after consultation with, inter alia, trade unions. Whether such future reforms will impact on the pensions of public servants, only time will tell. NAPTOSA will monitor developments in this regard and keep members informed.
Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, with the Deputy Minister Mr Enver Surty held the first meeting of the Council of Education Ministers of the new administration after national general elections. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) presented the Basic Education Sector plan 2014 -2019, which aligned the updated sector plan to the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030, as well as the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and ministerial priorities.
The Council of Education Ministers have condemned the protest action in some communities that results in disruptions to schooling. The protests had a direct impact on schools even though the issues raised were not related to education.
The NAPTOSA Communicator is a desktop and mobile application designed to simplify communication.
The technology uses “push technology” and whenever content is added it pops up on the member’s desktop or mobile device.
The Communicator provides for a quick, personal and easy way to be “in the loop” with what is happening in your organisation.
The NAPTOSA Communicator enables the Union to communicate directly with every member.
The application can be installed on individual computers and mobile devices on IOS, Blackberry and Android platforms via website, sms or e-mail link.
I heard someone lament recently that we have become a people without a cause. Since the dismantling of Apartheid we are no longer galvanized by a common purpose, a common direction, a concerted effort.
The expectation was that post-Apartheid was simply going to deliver.
This rather bleak view set me thinking about the post-Apartheid vision. After twenty years of democracy, why should it be necessary for our State President to invoke the name of Mandela to get the citizenry to band together and clean our country?