On 12 September 2019, the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) held a Branch Teachers’ day at the multi-purpose centre in Middledrift. During this event, the labour union honoured all active and retired teachers as dedicated, efficient, professional, caring and courageous.
This was a marvellous episode which evolved the morale of the teachers. It was during this occasion where active and retired teachers in the presence of the Education departmental officials were flowered with blessings and rewards duly motivating other young teachers to increase their standards. Speaker after speaker emphasised the need to care for learners as well as active and retired teachers. Speakers regarded that as an assembly that ensures a more prosperous and meaningful future and is truly a lifetime investment. The branch secretary, Ndyebo Masiza stated that this has been an ongoing occurrence to call every past and present teacher to come and enjoy. He stated that ever since they embarked on gatherings of this nature, the relation of principals and teachers has consciously aestheticised.
When teachers were valued for their honesty, integrity and respect, it reminded me of other organisations such as law enforcement that do not appear to remember their inactive members.
Apart from teachers, in recent years I attended a memorial service and funeral of a retired nurse. On both occasions, the tents were full of nurses in their uniforms who formed part of the programme. The communities believe easily on what they see more than what they hear. The saying that charity begins at home explains that law enforcement should commence with their people before attempting to assist the society.
Law enforcement agents with their grotesque backgrounds, are those who are faced with perilous work on a daily basis and seem to care for their personnel while in service and beyond that those who spent their time under hardship are specifically of no value when inactive. As people in the forefront in almost all spheres of life, their inactivity in matters of this nature is deplorable.
Where is ubuntu (humanity)?
It is with a great sense of pride that I commend SADTU for their caring abilities, stewardship, commitment and passion which came to the fore.
Dr F M Zondeka