Mandela Day was born after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”It was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate his birthday with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organizations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever. The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.

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What is Mandela Day?

Mandela Day was born after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 where he said “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

It was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate his birthday with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organizations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever. The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.

 

It’s a simple message: Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July and everyday thereafter to give back. This can be by supporting a charity or serving the community – no matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mandela has. Even as South Africans, and people around the world, pray for Madiba to overcome his battle in hospital let each one of us embrace his legacy.

As Mandela said “Where there is poverty and sickness, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is for freedom for all. After 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”.

What can you do for Mandela Day?

The theme for this year is “Take Action, Inspire Change, Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.

The power of the individual is huge and by donating a small amount of your time you can have a huge effect on the world. Whether it is volunteering with a charity, or helping in your local community, Mandela Day is about getting out there and taking the steps to have a positive impact in the world we live in.  NAPTOSA urges members to mark Mandela Day with their learners in their classrooms and schools.

Even if you can’t get involved in anything on the day itself, you can pledge your time for a later date or an ongoing activity.  We encourage members to write to NAPTOSA with stories of how their learners and schools participated in Mandela Day.  Send photographs and we will submit these to the Head Office for possible publication on our website.

 

 

Is this Severance Package for Real?

Over the last couple of weeks the media has reported extensively on remarks made by the Director General of the Department of Basic Education concerning a proposed severance package for “older” teachers.  The reports imply that the packages would result in posts being available for new teachers.  Members are warned that these reports appear to be thoughts that the DG is putting into the public arena before any discussions with Unions and other stakeholders.  At this stage there is no severance package on the table.  There is no discussion, of any sort, concerning a package in the ELRC.  Members will be informed if any change occurs, which we believe to be unlikely.  NAPTOSA would never agree to any severance package which would result in experienced teachers leaving public education.

 

What news of Pension Redress

Some months ago we informed members that women, who believed that they had been disadvantaged in the past as far as pension membership is concerned, could apply for Pension Redress.  An update on where we are is that: (i) More than 130,000 applications were received by the PSCBC.  (ii) These have been captured onto a database; (iii) the GEPF is verifying the data (we believe over 40,000 have been checked for accuracy.  (iv) The next steps involve calculating the payouts for women who qualify.  We will keep members informed.

 

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