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The National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM-YS) held its first National Committee Meeting for the year 2016 starting from 28th to the 29th of January 2016 at Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre in Midrand. We met as per our year plan that mandates us to meet quarterly to evaluate the progress in as far our program is concerned.
The national committee deliberated on a number of issues, we are fully aware that some of the issues that we are going to raise in our media statement might not sit well with other people particularly our detractors. It should be understood that our primary task is to service our members and safeguard their interests before anything or anyone else.
Our meeting takes place when our country is faced with a number of challenges that call for the unity of the working class in dealing with them, they need an undivided attention.We meeting when we are not certain of where is our country going.
The NUM-YS vehemently reject and oppose the newly promulgated tax laws. We find it very difficult to understand why a democratic government would take a drastic decision without engaging workers on issues affecting them. These unbecoming bad tendencies of undermining COSATU should come to an end if really we are in alliance with the ANC unless our alliance is of convenience. We are disappointed and perturbed by the manner in which the decision has been taken to sign the law.
Workers should not be treated like dogs. We should not be used like voting cows. The working class in this country need to have a say on how their funds are managed and where they are invested. We are aware that monopoly capital wants to exercise control over the worker's money.
The priorities of the workers are the following:• Education, Training and Development• National Health Insurance (NHI)• Transport • Minimum wage
The ANC-led government must scrap this law if indeed we are in a democratic country. We call upon all workers regardless of the union to join us on a march to the Treasury.
Ubank (CEO of Ubank Mr Luthando Vuthula must go).
Historically, finance capital has worked hand-in-glove with mining capital in South Africa. Since 1994 our own economy has not escaped the twin international trends of increasing financialization and globalization. The biggest beneficiary of neo-liberal economic policies is finance capital that continues to take the money out of the country without benefiting the people of this country.The financial sector has been dominated by four major banking oligopolies. (FNB, ABSA, STANDARD BANK and NEDBANK).First let’s remind the CEO of Ubank Mr Luthando Vuthula how this bank was established, Ubank was formerly known as TEBA Bank and it was established through the blood and sweats of hard working mineworkers’ savings.
This is the only true black-owned bank in our country that offered banking services to the mining sector when it was not fashionable to do so. The character and the form of Ubank must and should remain in the hands of the workers who are the funders and founders of it.The decision of selling the only asset belonging to workers is a betrayal of the struggle of the workers and as NUM-YS, we opposed and we reject with the contempt it deserves.
We further want to express our utter disappointment to the CEO of Ubank Mr Luthando Vuthula and the Board of Ubank who despite the views of the workers continue to want to sell the bank to the highest bidder.We call upon for an investigation around the selling of the bank, we are of the view that there are hidden motives in the selling of the bank.We are quite certain that the CEO and his Board has got no interest of the workers at heart, hence, we are passing a vote of no confidence in him. CEO of Ubank Mr Luthando Vuthula must go.
We call upon all our members across the country to submit memorandums to the offices of Ubank.
South Africa is the world’s biggest producer of platinum, and one of the leading producers of gold, diamonds, base metals and coal. We are the world leader in mining.Mining is the backbone of our economy, we are worried about the relationship of the Minister of Mineral Resources Honourable Mosebenzi Zwane with so-called Gupta's family. We reject to be colonised by those who have a monopoly of capital. the retrenchments and closure of mines in the Mpumalanga area are a cause of concern and we are quite certain that there is an influence from some from the ANC leaders.It is against this background that we are calling upon ANC to bring back the debate of Nationalisation to the fore.
Progressive Youth Alliance
Firstly, we would like to congratulate the leadership of SASCO that emerged in their congress that took place in December 2015 in North West, Mafikeng. We hope that this leadership will keep the momentum of #FeesMustFall campaigning without stopping or preventing students from attending their class. This is a genuine struggle that must be supported by everyone. The NUM-YS has been following the developments in as far the unity of PYA is a concern, we should indicate that we are very disturbed by the beauty contest between the YCLSA and ANCYL. The tension between the two are not serving the interests of young people but our detractors.
We should dismiss and reject a notion that says these battles are historical, young people are not interested in the squabbles but development. It is against this background that we call upon the PYA secretariat to call PYA summit to iron out these differences.
The ANC at its first founding conference in 1912 issued a clarion call for African Unity under the slogan, "We are one people". As NUM-YS, we dismiss and reject with the contempt it deserves the notion that suggests the ANC-led government has failed to unite the nation. The utterances by a rented clown, populist demagogue by the name Mmusi Maimane are baseless and have a potential to divide the South African people particularly the working class. This propagandist should be rejected by our people and the society at large. The ANC is committed to ensuring that people of this country are united and are not discriminated based on their colour or gender. We have witnessed this in the policies that our beloved ANC-led government adopted in parliament, the shop stewards of the imperialists were defending these policies.
The people of South Africa should never consider such stunts and think of them as mere views or comments by those who hate black people, and just hide behind freedom of speech. These stunts are direct hatred to black people, however, these are signs of desperate attempts to resuscitate the dead pathetic element of the apartheid regime and also wanting to resuscitate their subtle and true love for colonial bonds. These anxious attempts are aimed at reversing the revolutionary efforts of the ANC and the ANC-led government in a noble quest for nation building.
For further information contactSabelo Mgotywa: NUM-YS National Secretary: 083 678 2557/076 022 1756
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