AMCU Limpopo East successfully held its fourth regional congress

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU) Limpopo East Region recently held its fourth Regional Elective Congress to elect a new Regional leadership.

General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele officially opened the congress. In his opening, Mphahlele said the purpose of a Regional Elective Congress is to have a regional structure that will take care of AMCU members in the region for the next four years. While addressing delegates, Mphahlele outlined AMCU’s constitution to familiarize delegates of what was expected of them and what AMCU’s policy requires as far as electing new regional leadership is concerned. Mphahlele said if the region is failing, its not the National office that is failing, it is that region. “We need to elect people who will perform and serve the interests of AMCU not their individual needs,”said Mphahlele.

During his address, National Organiser Dumisani Nkalitshana said whoever gets the position, it is not about himself but rather about AMCU as a whole and nothing else. “This is the union that is for all AMCU members and does not support tribalism. We need to be very careful not to adopt any of the tendencies of the other unions. No matter the language you speak, as long as you are a member of AMCU, you have the right to be elected,”said Nkalitshana. Nkalitshana also urged delegates to elect more women into regional leadership positions. “This is not a boys club and we need more women in the leadership positions,” he said.

Mphahlele further explained what the AMCU policy and constitution says regarding electing Regional Leadership. “The purpose of policy in any organisation is to outline how the organisation functions and what is expected from each member. We create policy because we want direction and the policy works in line with the constitution. When we have disagreements, we refer to policy and our constitution. Our election process is guided by the constitution and policy,” he explained.

Before the voting started, a representative from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) outlined how the voting process will be conducted. EISA presided over the election process and explained the voting and the nomination processes before handing over to the delegates in attendance to nominate their candidates.

The newly elected AMCU Limpopo East Regional office bearers are:

• Regional Chairperson: Solly Lebogang Moagi
• Deputy Chairperson: Jezzy Strydom
• Regional Secretary: Steve Mabuza
• Deputy Secretary: Josias Masebe
• Chairperson Health and Safety: Gideon Tshehla
• Treasurer: Boitumelo Mogajane
• Chairperson Education Desk: Trinity Morete

Also in attendance was National Treasurer Jimmy Gama who urged the newly elected leaders to go out there and serve the region with distinction because they have been entrusted by AMCU members to work for them.

AMCU Free State recently elected new regional leadership

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU) Free State Region recently held its Regional Elective Congress in Welkom to elect a new Regional leader after Xolani Bokoloshe was elected as the National Chairperson for Health and Safety at the recent National Elective Congress.

National Organiser Dumisani Nkalitshana addressed the members before the official opening of the Congress. During his address, Nkalitshana reminded members that this is the time to unite the union as one and not divide it. Whoever gets the position, it is not about himself but rather about AMCU as a whole and nothing else. “This is the union that is for all AMCU members and does not support tribalism. As I stand here before you as a Xhosa it does not mean that the union only belongs to the Xhosa people but it belongs to all workers who join AMCU. We need to be very careful not to adopt any of the tendencies of the other unions. No matter the language you speak, as long as you are a member of AMCU, you have the right to be elected,”said Nkalitshana.

Former Free State Chairperson, Bokoloshe who is now National Chairperson for Health and Safety as well as General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele also attended the event.

General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele officially opened the Congress. In his opening, Mphahlele said the purpose of a Regional Elective Congress is to have a regional structure. While addressing delegates, Mphahlele spoke about the amendment of the constitution as required by the Department of Labour. “Everything we do as AMCU we are successful. If the region is failing, its not the National office that is failing, it is that region. AMCU is a beautiful organization and I hope we will continue doing things the right way. Problems will always be there but we need to unite and work together for the benefit of the whole organization. We need to elect people who will perform and serve the interests of AMCU not their individual needs,”said Mphahlele.

Mphahlele further explained what the AMCU policy and constitution says regarding electing Regional Leadership. “The purpose of policy in any organisation is to outline how the organisation functions and what is expected from each member. We create policy because we want direction and the policy works in line with the constitution. When we have disagreements, we refer to policy and our constitution. Our election process is guided by the constitution and policy,” he explained. He also urged AMCU members in the Free State Region to support the newly elected leadership for the duration of their term as regional office bearers.

Before the voting started, a representative from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) outlined how the voting process will be conducted. EISA presided over the election process and explained the voting and the nomination processes before handing over to the delegates in attendance to nominate their candidates.

The newly elected AMCU Free State Regional office bearers are:

• Regional Chairperson: Zenzo Gxalaba
• Deputy Chairperson: Lethosa Lethabile
• Regional Secretary: Edwin Sephoa
• Deputy Secretary: Mamela Skhosana
• Chairperson Health and Safety: Thomas Manthla
• Treasurer: Mako Leboko
• Chairperson Education Desk: Boitumelo Katake

Mphahlele urged the newly elected leaders to go out there and serve the region with distinction because they have been entrusted by AMCU members to work for them. “Respect the members because they have borrowed you these seats and if there is something they are not happy about, they can give you a vote of no confidence,”said Mphahlele.

AMCU Has Constructive Engagement With Registrar

30 April 2019

Union positive after meeting at labour department

SUMMARY: The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is positive after a constructive meeting with the Registrar of Labour Relations. The Union explained how it was in compliance with its constitution with regards to the arrangements for its upcoming National Congress in September 2019, and parties agreed to have regular interactions to ensure that there is a common understanding of the constitutional imperatives.

Earlier today (30 April 2019) AMCU met with senior officials of the Department of Labour (DoL) at Laboria House in Pretoria. The DoL delegation included the Registrar of Labour Relations who on 24 April 2019 issued a notice of the intention to cancel the Union’s registration.

At the meeting, which was an attempt to amicably resolve the matter, AMCU made it clear that it was in total compliance with its constitution with regards to the arrangements for the National Congress to be held on 18, 19 and 20 September 2019. The Union related how it had followed the timeframes prescribed by its constitution and pointed out that it had acted within its rights to postpone the event from the initial date in May of 2019.

There was general consensus between the parties that there should have been earlier engagements before the issuing of the notice, and parties agreed to have regular meetings to arrive at a mutual understanding of the constitutional imperatives leading up to the 2019 National Congress, and eliminate any misunderstandings.

While AMCU still has certain concerns regarding the procedural steps followed to arrive at the notice of possible deregistration, it reserved its rights to pursue legal avenues to address such concerns if necessary. In the meantime, AMCU and other interested parties would have sixty (60) days to make submissions to the Registrar as to why the Union should not be deregistered.

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