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NUM and MQA to celebrate the International Literacy Day at Northam Platinum Mine

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NUM and MQA to celebrate the International Literacy Day at Northam Platinum Mine

NUM Press Statement,  06 September 2016


NUM and MQA to celebrate the International Literacy Day at Northam Platinum Mine


The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in partnership with the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) will celebrate the International Literacy Day on Saturday, 10 September 2016 to be hosted at Northam Platinum Mine in Limpopo. The event will start at 09h00. It  will celebrate the achievements and importance of Adult Education and Training in the mining sector. 


The objective of the event is to encourage new entrants, learners who are currently in Adult Education and Training (AET) AET programmes and those who have successfully completed their AET training to continue their education. The theme for this year’s event is “Education for career progression & liberation of society”.


The Minister  of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande and the Minister of the Department of Minerals Resources (DMR) Mosebenzi Zwane are expected to address the delegates at this event. NUM President Piet Matosa and MQA CEO Sam Seepei will also address the delegates.  


International Literacy Day is celebrated globally in September to highlight the need for a continuous sustenance of literacy education, especially amongst adult learners. The NUM and MQA are placing greater efforts to promote adult learning and this is a flagship event through which efforts are made to encourage companies to register more learners on Adult Education and Training (AET) programmes and encourage learners to attend classes. Achievements in AET programmes are key towards unlocking more possibilities for the workers to improve their education.   


The NUM and MQA have previously formed partnerships with several mining and minerals sector stakeholders to promote the significance of AET as a means of advancing to improved standards of lifestyles, such as access to knowledge and better working opportunities. Literacy programmes contribute to productivity, health and safety and empowers employees in the mining and minerals sector. 


The MQA is a skills development administration organisation for the mining and minerals sector established as a result of the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 and a Sector Education and Training.


The media is invited to attend and report


For more information, please contact: 

Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

Luphert Chilwane: NUM Media Officer: 083 809 3255


The National Union of Mineworkers 


7 Rissik Street. 

Cnr Frederick


Tel: 011 377 2111

Cell: 083 809 3257



Twitter: @Num_Media 


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Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President, and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed. porn