20 Years next year!

In May next year Numsa will no longer be a teenager.

The first two meetings of the 20th anniversary planning committee have been held. Some ideas have come up but we need some fresh ideas from you the members. We will then put the committee’s ideas as well as your ideas to the Numsa Central Committee (CC) that will meet from November 15. The CC will finalise what form the celebrations will take.These are the initial ideas that the planning committee has discussed.Each Numsa region should hold its own regional celebration. Each event will be a celebration not a political event which will encourage Numsa members to bring their family members with them to join in the fun.There will be cultural and sports events organized with jumping castles and other activities to entertain the small children. An inter-factory or inter-local soccer competition will be organized. The winning team in the region will get a chance to take part in the national play off at the national celebration.In the cultural events, workers will be encouraged to take part in poetry readings, story telling, comedy shows, choir competitions, dance and any other traditional activities that members or the committee decides. The performances that are regarded as the best in each category will be allowed to attend the national celebration and perform against their regional counterparts.

In May next year Numsa will no longer be a teenager. The first two meetings of the 20th anniversary planning committee have been held. Some ideas have come up but we need some fresh ideas from you the members. We will then put the committee’s ideas as well as your ideas to the Numsa Central Committee (CC) that will meet from November 15. The CC will finalise what form the celebrations will take.

Remembering our past leadersJabula Mfanufikile Goodman Mseleku 5 November 1949 to 30 July 2006

During the mid-1980s, Scaw employees belonged to the union called Mawu. This was just prior to the launching of Numsa. Our organisers were having difficulty getting access to members. This was caused by the then shop stewards who were not prepared to accept Numsa.The leadership skills of the late Goodman Mseleku and Christopher Manyathi played a magnificent role. Together with the organisers and Wadeville local shop stewards committee, they arranged an urgent meeting at Morena Stores, just outside Katlehong.The main issue on the agenda was the Scaw Metals factory problem. An interim committee, in which Mseleku was a leader, was formed and delegated to resolve the problem at Scaw.After several meetings with employees and management, a shop steward election became imminent and the old committee was ousted. Mseleku was outstanding in organising the election of the new shop stewards and the founding of Numsa at Scaw. He was a gifted negotiator whose intelligence was of high magnitude. He mobilised workers to join Numsa which became a powerful force to reckon with. He was elected deputy chairperson to an equally able, the late, Christopher Manyathi. Under their leadership most of our demands were met at factory level. Mseleku will certainly be missed for his bravery and negotiation skills. He was always an inspiration to his followers. He was loyal and would not pass on information that he was not sure of to workers.His knowledge of political slogans and his energetic dancing to the tunes, make it even more difficult to forget him.He was Good, real “Good”, just like his name suggests.Lala ngoxolo, Duma….

Geddes Nala

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