​Newly formed Saftu to champion interests of working class, says Numsa

A new labour federation has been launched in South Africa, giving Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) a run for its money.

Read: Vavi's new union federation is worker focused rather than political

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) held its founding congress in Boksburg on Friday afternoon, launched with 21 affiliate unions in attendance.

Saftu has been spearheaded by trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa's) general secretary Irvin Jim.

Jim says that Numsa did everything it could to stay with Cosatu, which he says was hellbent on defending the status quo and the symbols of the ANC - instead of the working class.

He has described the launch of the new labour federation as the beginning of a struggle for worker’s issues.

This is a beginning of hard work. We have to build these unions to be both shields and spears in the hands of workers.

Irvin Jim, Numsa general secretary

Also read: New union federation will be a force to reckon with, says Vavi

We need to build an independent union that is going to be taking mandate's from workers and dealing with class struggles.

Irvin Jim, Numsa general secretary

Jim says Saftu aims to take up the struggle economic transformation and champion the fight for nationalisation.

He says the next step may be to launch a worker's political party.

Take a listen:


Read More
Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

President Zuma went 'off script' on Friday when he castigated his detractors saying many denied being on the 101 stalwarts list.

"Whackhead" Simpson's song about Carl Niehaus was one of Redi's faves

"Whackhead" Simpson's song about Carl Niehaus was one of Redi's faves

In 2009 Carl Niehaus was forced to step down as ANC national spokesperson after fraud allegations surfaced.

"Our interpretation of sleeping around is sleeping around"

"Our interpretation of sleeping around is sleeping around"

A throwback to Floyd Shivambu talking about Helen Zille during his ANCYL days, interrogated by Redi Tlhabi in 2009. #FarewellRedi

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Brian Tlhabi says his wife, Redi Tlhabi makes him super happy and continues to wish her the best with her future endeavours.

Vavi's new union federation is worker focused rather than political

Vavi's new union federation is worker focused rather than political

Former Cosatu unions, Numsa and the Food and Allied Workers Union are the new federation’s largest affiliates.

New union federation will be a force to reckon with, says Vavi

New union federation will be a force to reckon with, says Vavi

A new workers’ federation, as an alternative to Cosatu, will be launched on the last weekend of March says leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.