The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) welcomes the decision of the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Lesetja Kganyago, to reduce the current repo rate from 6.75% to 6.5%.

“While we welcome the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to reduce interest rates, this decision will not in and of itself stimulate growth or produce more jobs. Like all South Africans, our members are really feeling the financial pinch of increasing living costs and decreasing disposable income,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

High unemployment, low economic growth and overstretched consumers necessitate the need to provide financial relief where possible. “As we have indicated previously, IMATU remains concerned about our country’s poor domestic growth forecasts and escalating unemployment figures. Many of our members and South African consumers are cash-strapped, financially burdened and indebted. This decision to decrease interest rates today will not risk a breach of the inflation target range, to the contrary, lower interest rates will result in increased disposable income, promoting growth through enhanced household spending capacity,” concluded IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.


The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) will be joining fellow South Africans in celebrating Mandela Day today.

“Each year we are reminded of the 67 years of his life that the late Nelson Mandela gave fighting for the rights of humanity, equality, justice and democracy all South Africans enjoy today. We are pleased to be one of many organisations and individuals donating 67 minutes of our time or resources to make a difference in the lives of others. As a union representing local government employees throughout South Africa, we take pride in contributing towards positive change within our local communities,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

As part of their Mandela Day activities, the Moqhaka Branch are donating a washing machine and microwave oven to the Phekolong Hospice Centre at the Old Voortrekker Hospital in Kroonstad.

Shop Stewards and members of the Matlosana Branch in the North West will be donating toiletries to schools within their community.

As part of their Mandela Day efforts this year, the Johannesburg Region will be donating soccer balls and party packs to children from a school in the Jackson’s Drift area. IMATU is pleased to note that this day has turned into an annual sports and culture day for the scholars and community members.

The Tshwane Region will be donating paint, toiletries and food to the Tshwaranang Children’s Home in Pretoria, followed by lunch for the staff and children.

In the spirit of Mandela Day, the Cape Town Metro Region has made a considerable donation to the Fikelela Children’s Home in Khayelitsha and the Western Cape Region will be donating toiletries and cleaning products to an Old Age Home in Paarl as well as providing assistance to a member recently affected by an accident.

Shop Stewards and staff from the eThekwini Region have sponsored 320 school back-packs for the children of Jabulani Nursery and Pre-primary School. The Region will also be providing lunch for all the children and teachers this afternoon.

The IMATU National Office will be donating resources to needed upgrades at the Kaalfontein Primary School in Midrand. “The annual birthday of our former President Nelson Mandela has come to represent a day in which we remember what he in his individual capacity has done for our country and what we in turn can do for each other. IMATU is a proud supporter of Mandela Day,” concluded Koen.




The IMATU eThekwini Region has successfully negotiated the permanent employment of several contractual employees that were classified as contract workers since 2014.

“We initially lodged a dispute with the SALGBC in March 2018 when it came to our attention that the 12 month contracts of some contractual workers employed in DSW were being renewed each year in direct contravention of section 198B of the Labour Relations Act. Through determined engagement and negotiations with the employer, IMATU was able to secure permanent employment for the affected workers from 1 July 2019. In addition, the affected workers will also receive a once-off payment of R12 250, which is payable on 31 August 2019,” explained Cathi Botes, eThekwini Regional Manager.

IMATU has also since learnt that the eThekwini Municipality will no longer make use of private contractors for refuse removal in the Umlazi Area. In order to in-source this service, the municipality will start recruitment processes amongst existing contractual and EPWP workers. “IMATU supports and commends the eThekwini Municipality for taking this decision which will benefit new employees and ensure sustainable service delivery and future growth. We have requested that IMATU be included in consultations regarding the insourcing of this service and the absorption of any current contract workers,” explained Botes.