The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), would like to congratulate President Cyril Ramaphosa on being elected as president of the Republic of South Africa.
The PSCBC looks forward to the astute leadership of our President, we believe that under your guidance, our Country will be a much better place to live in as we work together to champion the challenges that are faced by our workers in these tough economic conditions. We acknowledge that as a country we have a difficult road ahead but with the renewed hope, we will rise as a nation and overcome all of these obstacles.
We wish you all the best in your tenure as the new President of the Republic.
Issued by PSCBC General Secretary
16 February 2018
The PSCBC would like to congratulate the class of 2017-Matric learners, who have passed their National Senior Certificate (matric) examinations. We commend the learners, teachers, administrators and parents for their consistent dedication and commitment throughout the year.
Their pledge has assisted in the class of 2017 yielding improved results, in 2016, the pass rate was 72.5% and in 2017 we have noted the increase to 75.1%. (28.7% bachelor passes). The year 2017 had the most number of matriculates ever with just more than 800 000 sitting for the exams. We are pleased with the steady upward trend in the marks of subjects such as Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy and Physical Science and concerned with the percentage decline in subjects like Accounting, Business Studies and Agricultural Sciences.
The PSCBC would like to take this opportunity in acknowledging the challenging work conducted by our teachers. Teachers are often faced with challenges such as overcrowded classrooms with education infrastructure shortages and poor facilities and despite these challenges, our teachers work many long hours; during early hours of the morning, afternoon, weekends and holiday classes to achieve these outstanding results. Teachers, your dedication and commitment to this noble profession is commendable. The children of the poor and the working class are now afforded the opportunity to enroll at institutions of higher learning, this will change the course of their lives, their families and built quality communities.
Those candidates who did not progress, we urge you not to despair. We encourage learners who are going to exercise the Multiple Examination Opportunities (MEOs) to go back to their schools and register and take advantage of such programmes.
The PSCBC encourages all the 2017 matric students to further their studies through the various accredited academic/higher learning institutions throughout South Africa, so as to In future progress to the world of work in order to make a positive contribution towards South Africa’s economic elevation.
[Issued by PSCBC Secretariat]
The PSCBC would like to extend its well wishes to all the 798 289 full and part time learners who will be writing their 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC)/Matric examinations.
This is the final hurdle for learners to complete their secondary schooling career, so learners must aim high and make us all proud as a country. This is also a milestone for all educators, parents and administrators who have dedicated many years towards this cause and thus the PSCBC would like to wish them all every possible success.
Learners, the exam is your gateway to your future and it is now all in your hands, make the best of it, study wisely, work diligently and apply your mind when writing your exams and you will definitely achieve success. Many of you will continue with your tertiary education and many will progress to the world of work, we look forward to the new batch of matriculants that will usher in fresh thoughts and ideas in order to build our democracy into one of the most progressive nations in the world.
We all look forward to you attaining good results however the Nation will embrace you even though you do not attain your desired results. There is no need to feel rejected or despondent as we are all children of God.
We wish all our grade 12 learners success and a prosperous future.
Good luck and God bless.
The National Education Health Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) will be engaged on a four days national congress starting from the 26 – 29 June 2017 at Birchwood Hotel Conference Centre, Boksburg. This is their 11th National Congress. The congress is hosted under the theme “Strengthen workplace organisation, deepen class consciousness and advance internationalism”.
The national congress is the highest decision-making body of the union and has powers to adopt new policies, resolutions and also elect new National Office Bearers [NOBs]. The congress is attended by delegates drawn from all structures of the national union and delegates will receive progress reports on the implementation of the 10th national congress resolutions held in June 2013. At the end, the congress will be expected to map a way forward for the next four (4) years.
The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) wishes NEHAWU and its members all the best as they begin with their National Congress. We hope that the outcomes of the congress will be beneficial to the labour environment and the upcoming negotiations.
Press Release (immediate release)
Date: 15 June 2017
Pretoria- The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) has been monitoring the ongoing labour dispute, regarding working hours, between the Department of Home Affairs and Organised Labour in the General Public Service Sectoral Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).
It is the understanding of the PSCBC that a strike notice was served by the Public Servants Association (PSA) commencing strike action on the 19th June 2017 and have also noted from a press releases that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) have indicated to serve their strike notice on the Department by the 26th June 2017.
The functions of the Department are critical in ensuring the stability of the Country at amongst others the ports of entry, registration of births and deaths of citizenry and other critical functions. Strike action in the Department will have a serious impact on the public service and it will be in the public’s interest to continue to attempt to resolve this matter.
Parties agreed to mediation under the auspices of the PSCBC to assist in resolving this matter.
Due to the significance and importance of settling this matter, Minister Faith Muthambi (Minister of Department of Public Service & Administration) and Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize (Minister of Home Affairs) availed themselves with senior leadership of
Trade Unions in a mediation process on the 15th June 2017.
From the engagement, parties have agreed to settle this matter, in that the department is to withdrawn, with immediate effect, the circular that unilaterally introduced a new shift system for weekend work. The Trade Unions have agreed to withdrawn their strike notice and therefore suspend any intended strike action. Parties have further committed to engage in a process of negotiation on working hours in the Departmental Chamber of the GPSSBC.
The PSCBC would like to thank the parties to the dispute for their positive contributions, commitment and dedication in concluding this long standing matter.
Mr Frikkie De Bruin – PSCBC : General Secretary
Telephone: 082 896 5006/ 012 644 8100
Mr Oomang Parag - PSCBC: Manager Communications
Cell: 082 319 1198/ 012 6448100