The Congress of South African Trade Unions has congratulated Shopstewards and Officials, who graduated today from DITSELA in partnership with the University of Western Cape and University of Cape Town on various programmes such as Labour Law, Political Economy, Organizer Skills, Leading and Managing Trade Unions, Women Leadership and Educator Development at St Georges Conference Centre, at Irene.
The Graduations were held under the Theme lsquoBuilding International Solidarity for Working Class Emancipation’ and attended by four Federations in South Africa.
A standing ovation was extended to all learners, who achieved on Cum Laude in all courses and also an acknowledgement of top Achievers.
A total of 176 Shopstewards and Officials graduated which included COSATU Officials from Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West
The Top Achievers were Modisane Kelebogile on Organizers Development Lilly, Mnisi Thinabuyo Surprise on Political Economy and Mahlake Boetietjie Rifos on Leading Managing Trade Unions from the University of Western Cape Program.
And Cde Ramoolla Phuti , Cde Mahlatsi Monyatso and Cde Manana Thozama became Top achievers on the Educator Development Program from the University of Cape Town.
The Graduations were facilitated by Prof Judith Cornelissen, a Deputy Registrar from the University of Western Cape and Mr Anthony Sardien from the School of Education at the University of Cape Town.
COSATU National Educator, Comrade Alfred Mafuleka congratulated all the Shopstewards and Officials for completing the courses in Cum Laude.
lsquoComrades, the Federations need Shopstewards and members alike, who are combat ready to defend the class. Workers’ needs astute Aocates at all workplaces to protect jobs and courses such as Labour Law must empower all workers representatives to defend the labour standards we fought for many years. We must reverse situations at the CCMA where workers lose cases against employers’, elaborated Cde Mafuleka
lsquoWorkers education provided must strengthen class consciousness and enhance making skills development a bread and butter issue. We must also tackle challenges such as xenophobia, under employment of migrant workers, labour brokers, casualization, precarious working and living conditions, and formalization of informal economy’, argued Cde Mafuleka.
The Graduation was addressed by Mr Mashabane from the National Skills Fund, Prof Eddie Webster from the University of Witwatersrand, Ms. Hilma Mote from African Labour and Research Institute in Togo, Dr. Michael Akunya from Labour Research and Resource Institute in Namibia and DITSELA Executive Director, Ms. Fundisile Nzimande
The DITSELA graduation was attended by COSATU Leaders, Affiliates National Office Bearers, DITSELA Board Members, Skills Development Facilitators and other Labour Service Organizations in South Africa.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions