THE YEAR OF OLIVER TAMBO: UNITY IN ACTION IN ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS
Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.This national day is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s unique Constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
Mr Oliver Tambo was committed to advancing human rights and fought against injustice and inequality in the courtrooms of South Africa. He would have been 100 years old this year. He was teacher of physics and mathematics at his alma mater. Former students taught by him recalled his engaging style of teaching and consider him an outstanding teacher. On completion of his law degree, he and the late President Nelson Mandela together opened the Mandela and Tambo law firm in 1952. It was the only all black African law firm in the country at the time.
The commemoration of Human Rights Day provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights. The Constitution is the ultimate protector of our Human Rights, which were previously denied to the majority of our people under Apartheid. South Africans commemorate Human Rights Day to reinforce our commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in our Constitution.
The Employer announced today in the PSCBC that the salaries of public servants will increase on 1 April 2017 by 7.3%, in line with PSCBC Resolution 8 of 2015. The increase is made up of the projected CPI for the 2017/18 financial year (6.3%)+1%. According to the Employer the increase will be effected programmatically through the PERSAL system. Below are the DRAFT adjustment tables for 1 April 2017 reflecting 7.3% increase.
International Women's Day - A call for Women to Be Bold For Change
International Women’s Day: 8 March 2017 A woman’s place is in her union - for economic justice and empowerment
“#BeBoldForChange” is the official United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017.
In more than twenty years after the adoption of the most far –reaching internationally agreed instrument on women’s rights to date (the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action), education unions, women leaders and Educational International (EI) member organisations, including NAPTOSA, have ensured that gender equality issues remain a priority. The statement, a woman’s place is in her union – for economic justice and empowerment calls on women to Be Bold For Change in 2017.
Media Statement: NAPTOSA Comment on the SONA on Thursday, 9 February 2017
Mr Star Ntantala, President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), commenting on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma to Parliament on 9 February 2017, lamented the irresponsible behaviour of some national leaders in the House, as it does not instil confidence in the public at large. He added that the Union welcomed several aspects of the Address, but expressed disappointment that critical issues were not highlighted.
NAPTOSA welcomes the State President’s reflection on the importance of education especially that it remains an apex priority for Government. “Whilst NAPTOSA acknowledges the eradication of unsuitable school buildings and the construction of 895 schools through the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI), this is still insufficient as vast inequities still exist across the Country”, said Mr Ntantala. He added that too many learners are still trapped in unsuitable schools throughout the Country. Freedom and democracy have had little impact on their life chances and quality of education. NAPTOSA is perturbed that to date, more than 4000 learners have not been placed in schools in Gauteng. In addition, the shortage of Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM) in Limpopo and Eastern Cape schools have negatively impacted teaching and learning in these provinces. “NAPTOSA noted that whilst some communities have modern classrooms, they are devoid of furniture and equipment which has resulted in learners sitting on the floor”, said Mr Ntantala.
Mr Ntantala commended Government’s initiative to train 15 000 artisans, however, the concerns of students and lecturers at TVET Colleges have fallen on deaf ears, which has forced many Colleges to suspend lectures at the beginning of this academic year. NAPTOSA calls on Business to commit to providing ‘on the job training’ for the unemployed youth, he added.
South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December which is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is: “Persons with disabilities – Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future.”
In terms of the Constitution (Act no 108 of 1996) access to basic education is a fundamental right without limitations (Section 27) and no child of compulsory school-going age should be discriminated against on the basis of disability (Section 9), to date the majority of these children have not had access to public funded education and support, leaving them vulnerable and outside . NAPTOSA has been calling on the DBE to pay closer attention the education of children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities (SPID).
The Department of Basic Education’s call for comment on the draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID) coincides with the National Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM). All relevant stakeholder bodies and members of the public are invited to submit comments to both draft policy documents by 9 December 2016.
Draft policy for the provision of quality education and support for children with severe to profound intellectual disability (SPID) Draft Policy for (SPID)
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