SPEECH BY CDE THOBILE NTOLA, PRESIDENT OF SADTU
SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC TEACHERS UNION SEVENTH NATIONAL CONGRESS HELD AT BIRCHWOOD, BOKSBURG, ON 06 TO 09 OCTOBER 2010 Theme – “Organize and Empower Education Workers To Deliver Free Quality Public Education And Build Socialism” Comrade Deputy President, the chairperson of the session; General Secretary; National Working Committee members; The National Executive Committee; Leaders from Regions and Branches; Former presidents, Cdes Shepherd Mdladlana, Duncan Hindle and BB Mabandla; Former General Secretaries, Cdes Randal van der Heever and Thulas Nxesi The honorary leader of SADTU , Cde Puby Naiker; The former members of NEC and all National committees; Delegates Revolutionary Alliance leaders (ANC, SACP, COSATU and SANCO); Our International guests and friends; The Mass Democratic Movement Organisations (Cosas , Sasco); Leaders from organised and unorganised faith; Leaders from teacher unions (Naptosa, SAOU, Natu, Pewu); Management from all sectoral organisations (ELRC, SACE, ETDP seta, SAIHOLD, SIT); The Departments of education, Basic Education and Higher Education; Invited Guests and special guests; Service Providers;
Retired staff Members; Staff Members; Comrades and Friends; 1. Introduction SADTU is now TWENTY years old. Given two decades of our existence, one wonders where to begin. To begin, one should understand the genesis of SADTU, her purpose, the current political conjuncture and chemistry and the purpose of this congress. This congress is convened to evaluate progress made thus far since our last 6th Congress (2006), but also to evaluate the progress made since 1990 6th October and chart a more revolutionary, aggressive and more desperate way-forward. Desperation is informed by the fact that any delay would be fatal and suicidal, hence tomorrow is too late. Given that, the objectives of the congress is to evaluate work done thus far, confront challenges ahead, the beginning is the.