ANC thanks SA workers

2012-05-01 10:50

Cape Town - South African workers and others in the rest of the world “deserve acknowledgment for their role in developing and sustaining the economy”, the ANC said on Tuesday.

Marking Workers Day, the ANC said it saluted country’s workers.

“South African workers have distinguished themselves within the hundred years of the existence of the ANC as a significant partner in the struggle for liberation and development.

“Their progressive and revolutionary outlook has been key in defining the parameters and content of our struggle,” the party said.

It highlighted a few of the “fallen heroes” of the workers' struggles such as Clement Kadalie, Vuyisile Mini, Elijah Barayi and Chris Dlamini.

“These stalwarts were amongst the most advanced of our revolutionaries owing to their understanding of the interdependence of the struggle of the workers and those of our communities.”

President Jacob Zuma will address a centenary event in Mangaung on Tuesday while ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe will speak at a May Day rally in East London.

Kadalie established the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1919 which grew to the biggest trade union on the African continent at the time and eventually led a dockworkers strike in Cape Town.

Mini's union activities included organising metal workers, co-founding the African Painting and Building Union with Stephen Tobia and being a founder member of the Port Elizabeth Stevedoring and Dockworkers' Union, according to SA History Online.

He also fought against the use of convicts as cheap scab labour, and was later one of the first ANC members to be executed by the apartheid state.

Barayi was the first president of Cosatu at its launch in 1985 and Dlamini was the founding first deputy president of Cosatu.

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  • Smile - 2012-05-01 10:54

    LOL ANC propoganda!!! They dont care about the ordinary workers! They care about your tax money that they steal! And about the vote they rob for! Dont listen to the ANC lies. Vote DA!!

      Smile - 2012-05-01 10:56

      ALso, will the ANC fat rats be eating cake at the May Day rally? Just wondering?

      marnusmnorval - 2012-05-01 11:06

      What they ment to say is "Thank you SA workers for making our jobs easier and making us rich"

      Xavier7034 - 2012-05-01 11:50

      Ironically MAYDAY is also used to signal a life-threatening emergency by sailors and pilots. The ANC itself, with all of its recent blunders,and now ongoing internecine strife may well be wanting themselves, to say MAYDAY for what they are doing to us South Africans.

      TSR01 - 2012-05-01 16:56

      On behalf of myself - a SA worker - to the ANC, "I don't want your gratitude. In fact, I don't want anything you have to offer. I want the ANC gone, removed, kicked out and trampled on. The ANC is destroying this country and all the hard word I, as a SA worker, put into improving it - by doing my best to improve my own life, and subsequently, the lives of others." As a contributing SA worker, I pay tax on everything. Food, electricity, water, my car, petrol, household consumables, furniture, etc. - and that tax first and foremost goes to the government, who is meant to manage this country PROPERLY, yet does not. On top of that, I help others where possible, and express generosity when I am able to. The ANC has left this country to rot, keeping themselves stinking rich, while everyone else suffers more and more. I do not work hard for the ANC to steal my money. I work hard for myself, my country, and my fellow South Africans. So the ANC can keep that "thanks" - because they are NOT welcome for stealing money that does not belong to them. They are NOT welcome that I work hard and they don't. They are NOT welcome for the tax I pay which can help so many others, but it gets stolen by ANC fatcats. No... the ANC can take their "thanks" and shove it where the sun doesn't shine. (unless they steal money and hide it there too! then they can just shut up and go play in traffic on the freeway)

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-01 18:16

      I thank the government for stealing all my hard working tax money. Milking me around every corner. Crime rate that is in it's moer. Rhino poaching etc. Once again, thank you so much for turning a beautiful South Africa in such a crap place to live.

  • Grace - 2012-05-01 10:54

    Serve them some cake! Ooooops sorry I forgot that's been banned in public!

      Alf - 2012-05-01 12:44

      They will instead have champagne or Johnny Walker Blue Label with Apple Juice! Bloody agents!

  • Thebe - 2012-05-01 10:55

    I feel sad for the underpaid workers in our country, this is their day.

  • Tumisang - 2012-05-01 11:06

    The African workforce is the most powerful in the world,yet the most unproductive because of over unionisation,its the most exploited labour force in the world,the have's including the elite in the ANC and government are abusing the workers..we unfortunately lack the creative skills to fully utilise the strength of the african labour force.

      FinalJustice - 2012-05-01 11:18

      Ever heard of a country called 'China' on the 'Asian Continent'? You may want to look into their current state of affairs from a labouring point of view.

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-01 11:41

      and the most laziest in the world.

      Tumisang - 2012-05-01 12:41

      You can't help but be lazy when you are paid peanuts

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-01 13:11

      Peanuts get paid peanuts.....

      kobusv - 2012-05-01 15:30

      Poweful my arse. Lazy indeed the whites still have to do the thinking while they stand and watch

      Lance - 2012-05-01 17:55

      The truth is power does not always mean multiply and have larger families..this is only feeding the struggle mentality because those with many children will suffer and a state of poverty will remain. If you are poor, have one child max so that you can give them everything in order to be a healthy, productive member of society. This goes against the ANC's plan because there will be less people left to vote for them..less to be born into a state of despair. Demand and supply is an economic equation that rings very true in the workplace.. Workers need to work harder, faster and be more productive AND settle for less pay- sad indeed, but that's the price for being one face in a few million, a face that has no bargaining power for the simple reason that there is an oversupply of poor people in SA..Education is faltering yet govt should have improved it since 1994 yet its gone backwards..workers will remain poor and have little money and bargaining power because they have started life on an uneven playing field, yet still vote ANC..A better life for all(those in govt families only) SMILE*

  • Ian - 2012-05-01 11:10

    lol should be called strikers day, cANCer, what a bunch of chops

  • Dalai - 2012-05-01 11:19

    Thanks for really nothing!!

  • Dalai - 2012-05-01 11:20

    Thannk you Ain't seen for really nothing!

  • Neels - 2012-05-01 11:22

    We are developing and sustaining and the goverment is entertaining

      John - 2012-05-01 11:36

      Zuma says thank you workers, Now that i have all these wives and aangena..e family I'm going to need your tax contributions even more, the new missus want's to go shopping in the UK and Switzerland, eish life's a bitch. Don't forget either that the 3 planes use a lot of juice.

      Smile - 2012-05-01 12:05

      Ntokozo Lima - You dont pay tax so you dont know nothing about developing or sustaining! GO back to Zimbo and take Zuma/Malema with you!

  • Mark - 2012-05-01 11:26

    You lot should rather be congratulating, and thanking, the taxpayers without whom you'd still be nowhere. Forget about the "fallen" heroes, think of the living ones who keep you in luxury. Now if you would just stop looting the place then all would have work, and housing, and food but guess that's not going to happen in a rush.

  • Senamela - 2012-05-01 11:27

    Maybe it's time we really fought for the country... A Mali style coup...

  • Yar - 2012-05-01 11:32

    How about a new holiday - SA TAXPAYERS DAY This holiday will replace the following useless holidays: "Don't do much-workers day" "Women are still barefoot pregnant and in the kitchen day" "Freedom is a myth day" etc etc. ON this new holiday the ANC will give thanks for the funding given through tax money. Freedom to buy too many over priced luxury SUV for everyone from civil servants to the Ministers of worthless portfolios. Freedom to build private walls around private houses, because my police can't even defend me. Freedom to fly to foreign countries on wasteful trips to study how the chinese make fake goods. Freedom to buy foreign arms that we don't need, but so that kickbacks can be organised. --- Anyone got any more ideas?

      Janine Lindique - 2012-05-01 11:38

      E-tol is under cover arms deal day

      Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 12:05

      Well said Yar.

  • Anakin - 2012-05-01 11:34

    I just keep on wondering how the workers must feel that built those toll-gantries, that's now turning into big white elephants. To have to work to build some steel contraption (54x of them?) just to see it standing there doing NOTHING. By all means create work for South Africans, but don't do it through corrupt and devious ways just to create temporary employment. The citizens that do work hard for their tax money feel really cheated on and taxed to death, while a small inside connected clique eat cake at yet another celebration with the workers' tax money. And since the ANC deem it necassary to "thank" us all they can start by playing open cards with the petrol price, that seems to go up by a minimum of 20c at a time. How is the fuel tax spent? What is the current breakdown costs? Ooops, sorry -sorry - sorry - sorry, it's another state secret with inside deals we are not allowed to see. The ANC should rather start cleaning their house and weed out all the corruption but by which time there would be no ANC left to "thank us" on workers' day.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-01 11:48

    How about an Employers Day? Or don't they count? Employers will probably not take off but it would be nice to hear some fine speeches from the same quarters extolling employers. They will appreciate it.

      Paul - 2012-05-01 12:10

      Yeh, afterall its the employers that are giving work to the workers

  • ayabonga.shumane - 2012-05-01 11:51

    One thng the government should do to thank the workers is to give them a raise,especialy the teachers...

      Smile - 2012-05-01 11:57

      Agreed! But dont tell them that! They are using that money for their mansions and wives!

  • Jigant1c - 2012-05-01 11:52

    I wonder what the workers have to thank the ANC for? Tolls,service delivery,houses, schooling and all the other promises over the last 18 years.

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-05-01 11:58

    The ANC thank the workers because workers vote them but now the want to milk them with e-toll thank all workers fighting with e-toll i hope in future will not vote the people who going to milking workers

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-01 12:00

    workers day when half the country are unemployed....

      Grace - 2012-05-01 12:16

      Lol... True but a percentage of the half employed are related to someone in government so get a salary anyway and another large percentage are in jail working on new crimes and illegal scams to commit when they released

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-01 12:01

    "South African workers and others in the rest of the world" Oh heavens I think I'll go and have some tea.

  • David - 2012-05-01 12:01

    Between the ANC and the workers,they are taking us back to the stone age.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 12:06

    I bet he said that with that usual smile on his lying face.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 12:20

    I'm sure the Aurora mineworkers are very pleased for your thanks whilst they languish, starving in the Gulag your nephew and totally messed up policies created.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-01 12:35

    Yes and Without the hardworkers who pay high taxes u would not be able to afford 4 wives 20 children luxury mansions jets and mercs

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-01 12:54

    So Much for sustaining the economy, thank you workers for TAX, TOLROADS, HI FUEL prizes, and SUPER TAX on Companies sustaining the economy. Oh..and thank you for a Rand which is almost R8.00 to the USD, 11.00 afainst the EURO, and over 12.00 aagainst the Brittish pound. While in 1980, it use to be R2.00 to a pound, and 3.00USD to a RAND. Keep it up workers we need more to steal.

  • Piet - 2012-05-01 13:04

    And they eat their cake in private....And stuff the rest....

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-05-01 13:05

    Now we demand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-05-01 13:11

    Many work hard and for next to nothing.all they want is a better future so they vote ANC and what do they get?new street names

  • Greg - 2012-05-01 13:33

    More window dressing. Who are they fooling? The “never-learning” masses are starving and underpaid. On the other hand, self-enrichment by these window dressers takes a lot of effort and conniving; fraud and corruption pays well.

  • Ma Wes - 2012-05-01 14:12

    what are they thankin us 4? they overspend our hard earned tax money while people are suffering nd the same people who are poor resort to crime and rob us of our hard earned belongings and the same people who must protect us take bribes nd let this criminals go, what kind of world are we living in

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-01 14:27

    Ok, What do u want? Forget it, I vote DA.

  • Carry - 2012-05-01 17:12


  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-01 17:18

    I wonder when they'll settle the bill for the catering?

  • Philip Buys - 2012-05-01 18:17

    Got the solution for all this non delivery and poor people. Cut down a few trees, turn them into paper, take it to the Mint, and print enough banknotes for all. WAKE UP! Everyone that can make a difrence at the workplace, must just start to appoint and employ the right person for that job. It can beblack ,white, yellow green, male or female. BY just doing that, productivity will rise, creating new oppurtunities.

  • Cobus Jacobus James - 2012-05-01 19:48

    We are not to judge for what the ANC do, we can only help others who fight for the wrong reasons , the ANC are not doing any good for us people they are making war between races in SA we cant stop it but only improve them . We should handle everyone equal and not to put anyone above another! Just keep strong and hopefully something good will happen in this world. Its never too late..

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 21:23

    Dear Workers : These guys are just pulling the wool over your eyes. Listen. If the ANC wants to thank you, let them do it properly. They are the majority in Government, so let them do the following: The highest paid government official will not be paid more (total package) than 10 times the lowest paid worker in South Africa. That means, if the President is paid R100 000 per month, the lowest paid must get R10 000 per month. Conversely, if the lowest paid gets R2 000, the highest paid is only allowed R20 000. If they don't do this, they are only thanking you for making them rich, at the expense of your own families. Enjoy your worker's day, with all the propaganda. Happy striking next month.

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