The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) is calling for interest rate cuts ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision this Thursday.

IMATU has submitted a motivation for the lowering of interest rates to South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor, Mr Lesetja Kganyago. IMATU believes that an opportunity exists for the Reserve Bank to simultaneously fulfil its inflation targeting mandate and lower interest rates. Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) is presently recorded at 4.1%, falling below the mid-point of the South African Reserve Bank’s inflation target range of 3% to 6%. Based on the Bank’s own forecasts, headline inflation is expected to remain below 5% this year, with annual CPI calculated at 4.8%.

“While we acknowledge the Monetary Policy Committee’s mandate to manage inflationary increases, we remain 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. A decision to decrease interest rates will not risk a breach of the target range, to the contrary, lower interest rates will result in increased disposable income, promoting growth through enhanced household spending capacity,” explained IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

 IMATU has urged the Governor to lower interest rates in order to promote growth and simulate consumer spending.

High unemployment, low economic growth and overstretched consumers necessitate the need to provide financial relief where possible. IMATU believes that further interest rate increases coupled with increases in electricity tariffs, fuel, food and transport costs will place unbearable financial pressure on consumers.


Housing Allowance Dispute (Update 5/2014)

housing_allowanceThis in an update on the current status of the national housing allowance dispute.

Please note that the parties to the SALGBC have decided to return to the bargaining table in a last ditch effort to reach consensus on the Main Collective Agreement negotiations, which includes the housing allowance. These negotiations have been scheduled for 14 August 2014 and will be conducted under the auspices of a facilitator, Mr Pat Stone.

We have, in the meantime, received a formal request from SALGA’s legal representatives to suspend our housing allowance dispute pending the outcome of their Labour Court application to review the certificate of non-resolution previously issued by the conciliator at the end of the conciliation process in this matter. We however indicated that we cannot accommodate their request as we do not believe that their application has any prospects of success. Accordingly, the housing allowance dispute will continue, subject to the outcome of the upcoming negotiations.

Regions will be kept informed as the matter progresses.


“…the march which attracted about 2000 participants went off reasonably well and a signed copy of the attached strike memorandum tailored to suit our Region, was handed over to the eThekwini Deputy Mayor at the “closing ceremony”.” Dave Rodgers Regional Manager of the eThekwini/KZN Region after yesterday’s successful mass action in the city.

Today sees the members of IMATU taking to the streets of Cape Town.

They will deliver the following memorandum to the municiaplity:

“IMATU submits that SALGA’s arrogance in the negotiating process is the direct result of the wage and salary deadlock and subsequent strike action.

IMATU members are in general reluctant to revert to industrial action; it is always reserved as the last resort.

The SALGBC attempted a bona fide mediation process over the last two days but instead, SALGA has not contributed to settle the dispute. IMATU has made a significant adaption by lowering our demand from 18% to 10%.  IMATU requested SALGA to submit a better offer than the 6, 08%, which we were willing to take to our members in an attempt to settle the matter and in so, act in the interest of all.

SALGA ignored our proposal.

Cape Town City is currently advertising the City Manager post for R1.5 million rand per annum and approved salary increases of more than 7% to its Councillors.  “Affordability” is obviously not a problem for this employer.

 Currently, food inflation is well over 8% of CPI and viewed together with the rise in municipal fees and exuberant increases in fuel prices, our willingness to lower our demand can be justified and is more than realistic.

 Our members have always rendered municipal services whilst other unions have taken to the streets. They have now lost their patience and they are voicing their dismay with the irresponsible actions of SALGA. IMATU will however never revert to violence and irresponsibility during strike action.

 IMATU members, whilst exercising their constitutional right to strike, appeals to the community of the City of Cape Town to demand responsibility from their Councillors and the municipal employers’ organisation SALGA, to return to the negotiating table with a sensible and fair wage and salary offer.”


With the recent radical increase by other municipal unions of their subscriptions, IMATU is calling on all employees of local government to become members of our dynamic and professional trade union.

Have you asked yourself the following questions;

  • Why do the members of IMATU act and look so self-assured in the workplace?
  • What is it that IMATU has and which I am so desperately missing with my current union?
  • Why do I feel deserted by my current union’s representatives?
  • Why do IMATU’s members have crucial workplace information long before the employer and my current union does?
  • Why am I being threatened over my political affiliation when I discuss workplace matters with my current union’s shop stewards?
  • Why did I not complete the IMATU membership form last month?
  • Why did some municipal unions increase its subscription by more than 30% recently? 

Perhaps you are one of those employees who still roam the employment wilderness and believe that trade union membership of IMATU is a waste of money?

IMATU has been a household name in the South African local government industry and in the trade union environment since 1996 and we have established a legacy to be proud of.

Some 70 000 members of IMATU, employed by local government have reaped individual and collective benefits that has changed their workplace increasingly for the better.

Each member of IMATU enjoys the protection that the South African Constitution provides, with specific reference to the right to fair labour practices the right to freedom of political association and the right to join a trade union, such as IMATU.

IMATU is managed by a group of dynamic, loyal and skilled shop stewards and staff.

We call on you- make the shift!

Come see it for yourself.

Join the union that offers a home for all this beautiful country’s rainbow people.

Join IMATU today- the union of choice in local government!


IMATU has learned that only 7 out of 237 municipalities have received a clean audit for the 2009/10 financial year. This follows the report from the Auditor General which contains the Consolidated General Report on the Local Government Audit Outcomes.

“Although the report shows that fifteen municipalities had audit reports in the 2009/10 financial year that were worse than in the previous year we are heartened by improvements at municipalities”, says the General Secretary of IMATU Johan Koen.

“We are pleased to see improvements in the rural Municipalities of Ehlanzeni district municipality, the Steve Tshwete and Victor Khanye municipalities (all three in Mpumalanga), Frances Baard (Northern Cape) and the local municipality of Fetakgomo (Limpopo), that received clean audit reports. They should feel proud to be reflected amongst the larger well performing municipalities, City of Cape Town and Metsweding (Gauteng)”, Koen added. IMATU commends the total of 57 municipalities that had improved audits compared to the previous financial year. Municipalities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal had shown the greatest improvement. “We call on the newly elected leaders in the15 municipalities that had audit reports that were worse than in the previous year to implement the turn around strategy of local government with immediate effect”, says Johan Koen.

IMATU calls on all Municipal Managers to take note of the findings of the Auditor General that revealed that only in the Free State had there been a decline in unauthorized expenditure.

“We also commend the Mpumalanga government departments and their employees who have promised to immediately settle all their outstanding municipal accounts to improve cash flow at the province’s 21 municipalities. That is what loyal ratepayers and community members expect. Municipalities can not deliver services if they do not collect the revenue owed to them. The culture of non-payment must be eradicated and Municipal Managers must ensure that measures are taken to successfully collect debt”, says Johan Koen.



On 14 June 2011 President Jacob Zuma addressed Parliament on the occasion of the Budget Vote Debate of the Presidency. We have selected some key areas of his speech, relevant to the long awaited “Turn around Strategy” of CoGTA.

“On 18 May we held the fourth democratic local government elections. The elections illustrated the importance that South Africans are beginning to place on this sphere of government, and the depth of their concerns with service delivery and municipal accountability. The political parties, the citizens, the Independent Electoral Commission and government departments, worked together to produce one of South Africa’s most exciting and competitive local government elections. Local government became everybody’s business and we have to maintain that collaborative spirit for us to succeed. We have emerged from the elections with a changed local government landscape.

There are eight instead of six metropolitan municipalities, with district municipalities decreasing from 46 to 44, while local municipalities decreased from 231 to 226. Our goal is to achieve a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system by 2014 in terms of the delivery agreement for local government. With the election behind us and new councils inaugurated, now is the time to focus firmly on implementing the Local Government Turnaround Strategy. The strategy provides a number of immediate solutions. We have to address the immediate financial and administrative problems in some municipalities. The findings from the Auditor General’s report for the 2010/11 financial year indicate that of the 237 municipal audit reports currently available, only 57 municipalities showed some improvement. Some remained unchanged while others have actually regressed.

Efforts to strengthen municipal audits continue through Operation Clean Audit, with a target of clean and unqualified reports by 2014. We also plan to tighten and improve the supply chain management system to eliminate possibilities of fraud and corruption. Most importantly, infrastructure backlogs should be reduced significantly. Citizens must have access to affordable universal basic services such as water, housing, electricity, sanitation, refuse removal and others. To better coordinate and support the provision of housing at local level, government has begun to accredit metros and top performing district municipalities to perform the housing function in support of the Department of Human Settlements.

In March 2011, six Metros and two district municipalities were accredited to deliver housing programmes. By March this year, two hundred and thirty four municipalities had filled the municipal manager posts, representing 82% of filled posts nationally. A total of 242 chief financial officer posts have also been filled, representing 85% of filled posts nationally. A total of 218 technical services or engineer posts were filled representing 77 percent of the filled posts nationally, while 120 municipalities have filled development and town planning posts. This should contribute positively to an improvement in the operations of local government. The turnaround strategy will help us to restore the confidence of citizens in our municipalities. They are key institutions through which government will improve the lives of our people Our focus on local government is part of a broader campaign to improve efficiency in government and to build a performance-oriented developmental state. It was for this reason that we established the performance monitoring and evaluation as well as national planning functions in the Presidency.

Substantial progress has been made by the two Ministries. Last Thursday, the National Planning Commission released its first set of outputs, a diagnostic document analysing the key challenges that confront us in fighting poverty and inequality. The report forms the basis for a national dialogue on how to fix the problems raised in the report. Over the next three months, the commission will lead a public engagement process. We call on South Africans from all walks of life and from all organised formations to contribute to the development of a national plan for the country. Only with the support and active participation of all South Africans can we work towards a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society”

  • Mopresitente Jacob Zuma o ile a hlalosa ka kakaretso ka ga seterathetsi sa tsa lefapha la segae.  Re tlilo go letsibisa ka bonakwana ka tsa ditshelete le tsa peakanyo le mathata ao a akareditsego memasepala e mengwe.

Mopresutente o rile mo polelong ya gagwe ya tsa ditshelete, ge a e tsebisa ka palamenteng.  Mominisetara wa motshwara-o-swere wa lefapa la koporaite Government, Nathi Mthethwa, o rile lefapa la selegae le tlo etela memasepala kamoka ya tsa lefapha  la tsa selegae. Mathata ao a lego mo go memasepala e mengwe, yeo e swanago le dikoloto le mathata ao badudi ba lebanego nao ka sebaka se.

Gona bjale memasepala e kolota ditshelete tseo di lekanago dimilione tse masometshelapedi tsa diranta tseo e lego tsa direlo-se-legae.

  • President Jacob Zuma het aangekondig dat die omkeer strategie vir plaaslike regering onmiddellik ingestel gaan word in ‘n poging om die finansiële en administratiewe probleme in sommige munisipaliteite op te los. Hy het die begrotingsrede van die Presidensie in die Nasionale Regering gelewer.

Die waarnemende Minister van Koöperatiewe Regering, Nathi Mthethwa, het gister gesê sy departement sal alle plaaslike munisipaliteite besoek om die omvang van skuld en uitdagings vas te stel waarmee hulle te kampe het. Tans word munisipaliteite minstens 62-miljoen rand vir dienste geskuld.




Earlier, IMATU Regions were advised that the parties to the SALGBC were unable to finalize the Salary and Wage increase for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. 

IMATU and Samwu have notified SALGA that they intend to re-open the wage negotiations, in terms of clause 6.5 of the Salary and Wage Collective Agreement.

The agreement entitles any party to re-open the negotiations if the average CPI falls below 5% or is higher than 10%.

The average CPI, as provided by Statistics South Africa, is 4.08 %.

It was decided on Friday 8 April 2011 that IMATU and Samwu has joined forces in a “joint trade union wage demand” of 18% or R 2000, whichever is the greater.

The parties have also decided that negotiations must be finalised by 6 May 2011.


SAMWU has “suspended” its national strike, originally scheduled for Friday 13 May 2011.

IMATU members are however advised to be vigilant in the run-up period before the municipal elections take place on 18 May 2011.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) briefed trade unions on Tuesday 10 May 2011 on the election process and welcomed IMATU’s decision not to participate in industrial action prior to the municipal elections.

‘We thank IMATU for being considerate, responsible and co-operative in ensuring that people will be able to exercise their democratic rights on 18 May 2011”, said the CEO of the IEC  Dr. Brigalia Bam at the media briefing held at Election House, Centurion on Tuesday.

Dispute conciliated later

The dispute that the Unions declared in terms of wage negotiations is going to be conciliated on 19 May 2011.

IMATU will only be able to participate in industrial action after a certificate of non- resolution of the dispute has been issued and after seven (7) days’ notice has been given (after the issuing of the certificate).

IMATU is advised that SAMWU intends to strike over issues such as the proposed amendments to the Municipal Systems Bill.  IMATU does not share the position of SAMWU on issues such as the proposed amendments to the Municipal Systems Bill.

“Regions are therefore urged to advise all structures that IMATU is not going to participate in this action”, said IMATU’s General Secretary, Johan Koen.