Numsa and its United front allies march against ‘Fishy’ R50-billion Transnet tender to build locomotives

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from locomotive and rolling stock manufacturing firms around Gauteng will march in Ekurhuleni’s town of Nigel tomorrow Thursday 16 October 2014, at 10h00am, Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW), No. 1 Marrievale Road, Vosterkroon, Nigel, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng provinces.
The march is against what we consider a “fishy” R50-billion Transnet tender, awarded wrongfully by Transnet to the Chinese, France and US firms; and will benefit a host of powerful and well-connected politicians and individuals. Communities around the areas of Kathlehong, Duduza and KwaThema under the banner of a UNITED FRONT will join the march and present a Memorandum of Demands to the Minister of Transport DIPUO PETERS. The Minister of Transport will be present to receive the Memorandum.
Amongst the key demands from workers and community is for the government to:
A review of the R50-billion Transnet tender to build  1 064 locomotives that was awarded to four foreign-owned companies, and that threatens thousands local jobs; AND

A government commitment that as a shareholder, that the democratic State will ensure that Transnet prioritizes South African companies with significant local capacity in the production and manufacturing of rolling stock and locomotives in the State-owned company’s investment programme.
The march will be led by NUMSA’s President Comrade ANDREW CHIRWA and Deputy General Secretary KARL CLOETE, on behalf of NUMSA’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
The details of the march are as follows:
DATE: Thursday 16 October 2014
TIME: 10H00am
VENUE: Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW), No. 1 Marrievale Road, Vosterkroon, Nigel
Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.
Castro Ngobese
National Spokesperson
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