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.
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
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.
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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
“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
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The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is extremely disappointed
by the deteriorating results displayed by municipalities in the 2017-18 local
government audit outcomes report, released earlier today.
In his report Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu, detailed that only 18
municipalities received clean audit opinions, tracking a decline from the 33
municipalities that received clean audits last year. While the audit outcomes
of 22 municipalities did improve, 63 regressed, confirming the generalized trend
of worsening performance management and financial accountability in the local government
sector. The report furthermore highlighted a persistent culture of
non-compliance with audit outcomes, inadequate infrastructure and maintenance planning,
failure to investigate or recover unauthorized expenditure and the increasingly
hostile environment facing audit teams.
“The Auditor General’s findings mirror the very same issues that our
members face and that we are trying to address on the ground. Every year we are
promised that internal controls will be strengthened, supply chain management will
improve, corruption and nepotism will be tackled, vacancies will be filled and
employees adequately trained. It is however very difficult for workers to
achieve effective and efficient service delivery while these serious problems
continue to go unaddressed. This year the Auditor General has gone a step
further and singled out the lack of accountability as the major cause of poor
local government audit results,” commented IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
“Despite a slight decrease from last year, it remains alarming that
municipalities have collectively reported R 25.2 billion in irregular
expenditure. The Auditor General’s Report indicated that this amount could be
even higher, as ‘46% of the municipalities were either qualified on the
incomplete disclosure of irregular expenditure or disclosed in their financial
statements that they did not know the full extent of irregular expenditure’. Employers
plead poverty when it comes time to negotiate fair wage increases, yet the Auditor
General’s report confirms that few municipalities follow corrective audit outcomes
and no one is held responsible for irregular expenditure. IMATU strongly
believes that improvement can only take place when municipal management commits
to taking ownership of municipal performance practices, insists on correctly qualified
staff, roots out corruption and actively implements audit outcomes ,” commented
IMATU continues to support the Auditor General’s call for improved
accountability in the management of municipal affairs. The union believes that
there should be consequences for poor oversight, failed leadership and the blatant
disregard for legal and financial procedures and regulations. IMATU is hopeful
that the introduction of material irregularities and binding remedial action will
assist in the promotion of financial accountability and good governance going
The Auditor General correctly reflected in his address that, ‘leadership
sets the tone at the top at any organisation. If leaders are unethical; have a
disregard for governance, compliance and control; and are not committed to
transparency and accountability, it will filter through to the lower levels of
“IMATU is committed to working towards achieving an efficient and
sustainable local government service delivery model however, the commitment of our
members must be matched by decisive leadership, accountability and political
will at the top,” concluded Koen.
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IMATU joins South Africans in commemorating Youth Day today. The 16 June 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape of South Africa.
This day serves to honour the courage of those who lost their lives in the struggle for equal education. We remember the sacrifices made as we come together to celebrate the young people of South Africa.
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IMATU was very proud to learn that Ms Arlene Wehr has been appointed the first female operations manager in Cape Town’s fire and rescue service. This role will involve the oversight and management of crucial fire stations such as Cape Town, Sea Point, Salt River, Epping, Brooklyn, Hout Bay, Constantia and Wynberg.
Ms Wehr, who also became the first female station officer and divisional commander in the service, continues to excel in her career and has become an inspirational example of female leadership in the workplace.
IMATU would like to congratulate Ms Wehr on her appointment. We are very proud of your achievements thus far and wish you all the success in your new role. We know that you will continue to serve the people of Cape Town to the best of your ability and inspire fellow female colleagues to pursue a career in the fire services
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The Minister of Finance has issued municipal cost containment
regulations (Gazette Notice No. 42514 – 7 June 2019). The regulations are
issued in terms of section 168 (1) of the Local Government Municipal Finance
Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA).
The regulations, which affect all municipalities and municipal entities
and apply to officials and political office bearers, have been issued to ensure
that the municipal resources are used effectively, efficiently and
The regulations cover the following matters:
Use of consultants;
Vehicles used for political office – bearers;
Travel and subsistence;
Sponsorships, events and catering;
Conferences, meetings and study tours; and
Other related expenditure items.
Municipalities and municipal entities must develop cost containment
policies to give effect to the regulations and these policies must be adopted
by the municipal council (or board of directors in the case of municipal
entities) and reviewed annually.
Failure to comply with the regulations may result in the relevant
officials and / or political office bearers being held liable for financial
misconduct or a financial offence in terms of chapter 15 of the MFMA.
Municipalities and municipal entities must disclose all cost containment
measures taken in their budget reports and annual cost savings must be
disclosed in their annual reports. These reports must be copied to national
treasury within 7 days after submission to the municipal council (or board of
directors in the case of municipal entities).
The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union
(IMATU) welcomes the appointment of
Dr Dlamini-Zuma to the position of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and
“We were pleased to note the appointment of Dr
Dlamini-Zuma to the position of Minister of Cooperative Governance and
Traditional Affairs, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night. Dr
Dlamini-Zuma brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership
that she has garnered in her various roles as a medical doctor, Minister of
Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, Chair of the
African Union Commission and most recently Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. We are
hopeful that these skills combined with a commitment to public service will be
translated into effective and sustainable service delivery in the local
government sector,” commented IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.
IMATU believes that with effective leadership,
correctly channelled resources, the up-skilling of workers and the rooting out
of corruption, local government can offer a sustainable service delivery model
that will assist in the efficient collaboration between the local, provincial
and national tiers of Government.
“IMATU remains committed to working towards
achieving an efficient and sustainable service delivery model at the local
government level however, the commitment of our members on the ground must be
matched by decisive implementation and political will at the top. We look
forward to working together with the new Minister and her team to achieve the
goals set out in the National Development Plan and more specifically assist in
promoting service delivery across all municipalities and local government entities,”
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