The National Teachers’ Union held its Workers’ Day Commemoration in Mbombela, Mpumalanga Province on the 4th of May 2023. Church on the Hill was packed to capacity as NATU members in the province honored the invite from the President S.V. Malinga.
The Workers’ Day program included looking at the history of the Union. How NATU has evolved over the past century, as well the great strides and inputs by past NATU Leaders since its inception in 1918 to improve the working class specifically the Education Sector.
“We’ve come a long way, NATU fought for many things. The biggest accomplishment was the job security of female educators. It is this Union which fought for maternity leave and permanent employment of female educators who were segregated during the Apartheid Era.”
Amongst guests were representatives of the Mpumalanga Provincial Education Labour Relations Council, Mpumalanga Provincial Education Department and the South African Council for Educators.
“We are proud of the achievements of NATU members in improving the lives of the people of our beloved country, we are further encouraged by seeing that majority of NATU members are the youth. This translates to the future of this Union. NATU will stick to its principles of self-reliance and political non- alignment. These principles have positioned us to be where are today, and NATU will live through another century,” concluded the President.
Gospel singer Ayanda Ntanzi graced the commemoration with performances of his greatest hits.