Media Invitation to a Press Conference

NUMSA & FAWU to unveil a programme to fast-track Land redistribution in South Africa.

IRVIN JIM, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) General Secretary and MOLEKO PHAKEDI, Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) Deputy General Secretary, will address members of the media on Thursday 13 June 2013, starting at 11h00am at Numsa Head Office, 153 Bree (Cnr. Gerard Sekoto) Street, Newtown in Gauteng province.

The purpose of the press conference is to publicly unveil a detailed Programme of Action (PoA) that NUMSA and FAWU will undertake to exert pressure that will lead to fast-tracking of land redistribution in the country.

Both NUMSA and FAWU have a direct interest in agrarian transformation in South Africa, since FAWU organizes workers in farms, agro-processing and food production sectors; while NUMSA organizes workers in factories that manufacture agricultural implements.

On 26 May 2013, the national leadership of FAWU and that of the NUMSA held a bilateral meeting where both unions agreed in principle to use the centenary of the 1913 Native Land Act to launch a campaign aimed at fast-tracking land redistribution in the country.

On 08-09 June 2013, joint NUMSA/FAWU Workshops on Land and Agrarian Transformation were held across the country to prepare for the National Day of Action and to endorse the joint campaign by the two unions.

The details of the Press Conference are as follows:

DATE: Thursday 13 June 2013
TIME: 11H00am
VENUE: NUMSA Head Office, 153 Bree (Cnr. Gerard Sekoto) Street, Newtown Johannesburg, Gauteng province

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.


Castro Ngobese
National Spokesperson
Cell: 0810111137
Tel: 0116891700