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The 10th of August 2017, marks the launch of a national financial literacy program rollout which took place at SAMWU College. The aforementioned initiative is joint venture between the South African Municipal Workers Union and Sanlam, the program was carved out of a need to ensure that workers dispel the myth that budgeting and financial discipline are activities reserved for the financially affluent. Moreover, budgeting is pertinent in ensuring that every individual uses their money in a manner that ensures that there is more money at the end of the month, rather than “more month at the end of their money”.

The program was facilitated by Mark James, a Branch Manager at Sanlam who highlighted to SAMWU employees in attendance, the importance of allotting one’s income in accordance to the right ratios. The correct spending plan includes a mix of 35% housing, 25% expenses, 15% car expense, 15% savings and debt at 10%. The financial literacy program is especially curated and targeted at SAMWU employees and the worker as it delves into differences between funeral covers and life policies as well as highlighting the importance of having a will and saving on a monthly basis.

Once the workers complete the financial literacy program they receive a certificate. In addition, Sanlam has online practical exercises as well as supporting materials which the attendees can peruse through after the sessions. For a full week after the program Sanlam assigns support staff who come to the offices in order to answer any questions which the attendees may have and clarify any financial concepts which may have not been understood during the sessions.

Against the backdrop of a precarious economic situation, it is encouraging to know that there are organisations like Sanlam and SAMWU who together blaze the trail in positioning the worker optimally. This pilot is the first of the planned national rollout, which aims to benefit, enlighten and impart a very necessary skill on the worker. Both organisations are excited at the prospect of facilitating more sessions of this nature and hope the model may serve as a microcosm of what is possible when the worker is prioritised in way that helps their money work for them.

09 August 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) extends its full support to workers who have embarked on a protest action in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The workers are members of our sister union the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) and are employed by a security service provider to the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Mafoko Security Services. Following the discovery by workers that Mafoko Security Services had been deducting money from their salaries but failed to pay it over to their pension fund, workers demanded answers and a seedy resolution to this hence they embarked on a protest action outside the Ba-phalaborwa Local Municipality Offices.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) will be marching to the Midvaal Municipal Offices on Thursday, 10 August to deliver a memorandum of demands. The protest march follows numerous grievances which have been raised with the municipal management but have not been attended to.

Workers will be delivering a memorandum of demands which includes the following;

SAMWU Salutes Women of 1956

  • Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:03
8 August 2017

The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) joins the broader South African public in saluting the courageous women of 1956 and commemorating this year’s National Women’s Day on the 9th August. On the 9th August 1956 around 20 000 courageous women including the likes of Lillian Ngoyi, Hellen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie Williams gathered in Pretoria to march to the offices of the then South African Prime Minster J.G Strijdom to deliver a petition with over 100 000 signatures against the unjust pass law, it is as a result of their courageous acts that today all South Africans are enjoying the fruits of freedom in a very robust democratic country.

Nofumene Winniefred Mqweba

  • Monday, 07 August 2017 09:07
Nofumene Winniefred Mqweba was born in 1963 in Lady Frère in the former Transkei. She started working for SAMWU in October 1988, when SAMWU was in its formation stage. In 1998 she moved to Gauteng to strengthen membership growth in the province, where she introduced an SAP system to manage membership. Today SAMWU is the biggest union in the local government sector because of comrades like Nofumene. She was actively involved in the ANC Yeoville branch since 1999 focusing on developing membership. She is also a well known as a community activist. She was a member of the Yeoville Community Policing Forum and a coordinator of the Victim Empowerment centre at the Yeoville Police station. She established a non- profit organization to represents small business, so they can be recognized and participate in the mainstream economy and is planning to launch a cooperative bank, something she believes will be in great demand in today's challenging economy.

Xolile 'Boss' Nxu

  • Monday, 07 August 2017 08:59
The late cde Xolile 'Boss' Nxu spend more than twenty years fighting for the municipal workers in the Western Cape and across the country. He is one of the comrades who contributed immensely to the growth of SAMWU in the Western Cape. From 1988 cde Xolile Nxu held different positions in the trade union movement such as the Provincial Chairmanship of SAMWU in the Western Cape, Western Cape COSATU Provincial Chairmanship and as a 1st Deputy President of SAMWU. His commitment to the Palestinian struggle in the Middle East caused him to be physically barred from going to the Palestine by the apartheid Israeli state. He was passionate about international solidarity work and invited the Palestine Solidarity movement to come and relate the story of their struggles to raise the consciousness of the South African working class.

SAMWU 30th Anniversary

  • Monday, 07 August 2017 08:50
The SAMWU of today is both the product of mergers of various trade unions and recruitment. In 1987 five trade unions organizing municipal workers across the country merged and formed SAMWU. These trade unions included Cape Town Municipal Workers' Association (CTMWA), The Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU), the Municipal Workers Union of South Africa (MWUSA), General Workers' Union of South Africa (GWUSA) and the South African Allied Workers' Union (SAAWU). The comrades who established SAMWU had a clear vision — to lift the living standards and quality of working life of working people in the local government. And their strategy to achieve this was also clear — to build union organization of the municipal workers across the country. 30 years further on, the SAMWU can celebrate a proud record of achievements. Over the last 30 years the SAMWU has made tremendous gains on most important issues— wages, hours, representation, leave, security, safety, etc. This year (2017) mark the 30th anniversary of SAMWU. SAMWU celebrate this milestone by recognizing comrades who contributed to the growth and survival of SAMWU over the past years.
07 August 2017

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with utter disgust that despite the high level of unemployment and poverty in the country coupled with the high vacancy rates in municipalities, some have taken it upon themselves to make municipalities their factional recruitment agencies, this while there are people who go to bed hungry not knowing where their next meal will come from.

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