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NEHAWU and SASCO Joint Statement
8 January 2018
The aim of the meeting was to strengthen relations between the two strategic organizations operating in the higher education sector. NEHAWU organises workers in this sector while SASCO is championing working class interest in the higher education sector. The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening relations between the two organisations for the benefit of both workers and students in institutions of higher learning.
The meeting also underscored the need for the private sector as the biggest consumer of skills to fund free education through social responsibility programs not in a form of loans but grants and bursaries. A meeting will be demanded with government before the delivery of the budget speech to speak to issues of funding and implementation of free education.
At its Central Executive Committee meeting held 12th to 13th December 2017, NEHAWU took a decision to visit all its structures in institutions of higher learning and TVETs. The visit will coincide with the SASCO Right to Learn Campaign in all campuses across the country. A joint program will be implemented to look at the following issues:
- A smooth process of application and registration of students. This will include helping with walk-in applications as well as we expect a huge influx of students since the announcement of free education.
- Assist students with accommodation and settling in. The campaign will seek to eliminate vulnerable students from unscrupulous private accommodation people.
The success of this campaign will rest entirely on the hard work that our organisations will put in. We are more than ready to hit the ground running and ensure that we double our efforts for the benefit of NEHAWU members in institutions of higher learning and the student community.
Issued by both NEHAWU Secretariat and SASCO
Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or
Visit NEHAWU website: www.nehawu.org.za or
Avela Mjajubana (SASCO President) at 078 253 8406;
Lwando Majiza (Secretary General) at 073 763 9099