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.


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


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 economically.

The regulations cover the following matters:

  • Use of consultants;
  • Vehicles used for political office – bearers;
  • Travel and subsistence;
  • Domestic accommodation;
  • Credit cards;
  • Sponsorships, events and catering;
  • Communication;
  • 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 regulations take effect on 1 July 2019.

The full Gazette can be viewed online:


Our Muslim members and colleagues will be celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr this week. We wish to extend warm wishes to all our Muslim members and their loved ones.


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 Traditional Affairs.

“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,” concluded Koen.


The auspicious month of Ramadan start next week.

We wish to take this opportunity to wish our Muslim colleagues a spiritually uplifting month.


1 May 2019 marks International Worker’s Day!

IMATU joins its members in recognising the important role workers played in the struggle to end Apartheid and the work they continue to do today to fight for equality, dignity and safety in the workplace.

Our union continues to fight for progressive legislation and conditions of service that will empower and equip our members and create a sustainable local government through social transformation.


The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is very concerned about the knock on effects the latest fuel price increase will have on its members and fellow South Africans. From 1 May 2019, the price of petrol will increase by 54 cents a litre, diesel will increase by 1c and illuminating paraffin will cost 3 cents more.

“This will be the fourth consecutive fuel price hike this year. Rising fuel prices directly push up fuel transport costs and the price of goods, placing further burden on already cash-strapped and indebted consumers,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU has previously cited domestic policy uncertainty, poor implementation and unemployment as the significant factors affecting South Africa’s economic growth.

“Earlier this year we appealed to the Monetary Policy Committee to lower interest rates in a bid to increase disposable income, promote growth through enhanced household spending capacity and mitigate against continuously increasing living costs. This latest increase may prove the last straw for workers, who are expected to make do with increasingly less,” stated Koen.


IMATU joins all South Africans in celebration Freedom Day! Today marks the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994.


Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to all those affected by the devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape this week.

A special thank you is also extended to our members involved in emergency and relief efforts on the ground. The dedication and sacrifice you act out on a daily basis is appreciated and make such a difference in the lives of the people you assist.

IMATU will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and receive feedback from our Regional Structures as to how and where we can assist.