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The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) recognizes and acknowledges the socio-economic inequalities and challenges that face our communities, and the disparities that persist due to poverty and subsequent social ills.

It is in this view that the FEDUSA in conjunction with its Affiliate, the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) are working together in remembrance and continuation of celebrating the life of the late Former President, Nelson Mandela. HOSPERSA and FEDUSA will be at the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville, Pretoria on 18 July 2014 to distribute soup packs to those families that are in dire need and without anything warm to eat or drink this winter.

Though this will not make a world of difference considering the population of our country in terms of poverty and unemployment, we are hoping that this gesture is warmly received.

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FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

For more information:

Ruby Oliver (Acting General Secretary) 084 250 0269



The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is concerned over the 12.69% average electricity tariff increase proposed for the 2015 / 2016 financial year – which was announced on Friday 3 October 2014 by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). This above-inflation electricity tariff increase would have a negative impact on working people, the business sector and would put a further dampener on future inclusive economic growth which will make South Africa a less competitive global player, said FEDUSA President Koos Bezuidenhout.

 

NERSA has approved Eskom’s plans to recuperate losses after it had under-recovered money during the second multiyear price determination (MYPD) control period between 2010 and 2013. The regulator approved the implementation plan of the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) balance of R7 818 million for Eskom in July 2014 and will be a once-off recovery from the standard tariff customers and other Eskom customer categories. Consumers will, in essence, pay an additional 4% over and above the 8% increase approved in February 2013.

 

FEDUSA President Mr Koos Bezuidenhout said that it is imperative to stabilise electricity production and supply, as it remains a critical key driver of economic growth, which, if not responsibly managed, could lead to disinvestment in / and ultimately contraction of the South African economy and concomitant job losses. It is important to recognize that society is paying an extraordinarily high price for the lack of proper coordination and planning on the side of government who failed to provide responsible leadership concerning infrastructure investment and proper implementation, concluded Bezuidenhout. Dependent on the reaction of NERSA, FEDUSA will keep its options open and will be ready to engage in order to secure a more favourable situation for the poor and working people in our country.

 

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FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

 

For interviews:

 

Koos Bezuidenhout (FEDUSA President) 082 372 0020

 

Dennis George (FEDUSA General Secretary) 084 805 1529

 

The FEDUSA President will be busy in meetings today and our media colleagues are welcome to also contact the General Secretary



The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is concerned over the further raising of interest rates and the effects this will have on the economy.  Rising inflation is putting upward pressure on interest rates – with interest rate increases eating into the circular flow of money and spending – thereby slowing consumer and economic activity.

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced yesterday afternoon that it will raise the repurchase rate by 0.25 basis points to 5.75 per cent per annum, as of 18 July 2014.

We are a little disappointed with this decision, said FEDUSA Acting General Secretary Ruby Oliver.  With a considerable weakening of the rand over the last 3 years, coupled with rising food and energy costs, the majority of South Africans are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet – and these interest rate increases are simply not sustainable, she added.

Low inflation is in the interests of all sectors of society, especially the poor. Given the impact of high interest rates on access to capital and therefore economic growth and job creation – and it is for these reasons that we believe high interest rates create barriers to inclusive economic growth, explained Oliver.

Policies influencing macroeconomic indicators must prioritise the need for higher growth levels, employment creation and general socio-economic well-being, concluded Oliver.

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FEDUSA is the largest politically non-aligned trade union federation in South Africa and represents a diverse membership from a variety of sectors in industry.  See www.fedusa.org.za for more information.

For more information:

Ruby Oliver (Acting General Secretary) 084 250 0269



10th July 2014, 04H00 – Bloemfontein

Over 100 community healthcare workers and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members were arrested during the early hours of this morning by police in Bloemfontein following a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, the head office of the Free State Department of Health. The vigil started last night. The group, mostly elder women, have been taken to Park Road Police Station in Bloemfontein. They had been relieved of their duties as community healthcare workers without any notice and attempts to engage decision makers have been fruitless. A TAC leader in the Free State was assaulted by police during the arrests and has bruises to his face.

The community healthcare workers staged the sit in after months of trying to engage Malakoane and his officials. They had previously demanded a meeting with Free State MEC of Health Benny Malakoane following a sit in at Bophelo House on 27th June. Earlier written requests have also led to zero. Both Magashule and Malakoane have consistently ignored the plight of the community health workers. This latest sit-in signalled the start of a campaign of civil disobedience in the Free State to demand that Malakoane be removed from his position given the desperate state of the health system in the province.

Those taking part in the sit-in were exercising their constitutional right to speak out against the failings in and collapse of the Free State health system. The TAC condemns the police for the excessive use of force in arresting the peaceful protesters. The TAC have sent an urgent request to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe for an urgent meeting and will also be contacting National Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

Please follow @TAC on Twitter and #FSHealthCrisis for continuous updates from the scene in Bloemfontein.

 

For more information contact:

Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary – 079 328 1215

Sello Mokhalipi, TAC Free State Chairperson – 078 927 2369

Read our press statement from 9th July here: http://www.tac.org.za/news/tac-embark-civil-disobedience-free-state



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