Why SADTU? In the first place, because after the ANC and the SACP, we need an example of a primary, subjective mass organisation so as to consider how the democracy of this country is being built, and can be further built, right across the board, and at every level from grassroots to national.
This is to conclude our course on development, because, firstly, true development, which is “the free development of each, and the condition for the free development of all”, is human development, and depends upon the development of democratic institutions. But also, material development at local level cannot proceed properly without democratic institutions to guide it.
For this purpose SADTU is as good example as any other.
But in addition one can also say that, in the context of building the National Democratic Revolutionary Alliance at local level, SADTU has a unique relevance because its sites are in every ward. SADTU has an unequalled opportunity to spearhead the integration of the COSATU federation into practical alliance with the SACP and the ANC at local level, because it is there.
Therefore the downloadable text related to this, the last item in the last part of our course on Development, Rural and Urban, is SADTU’s recruitment brochure, previously downloaded from the SADTU web site.
Also from the SADTU web site is the following on Membership:
“SADTU is a union proud of its history and confident of its future. The union is currently boasting a membership of 240,000 representing more than 2/3 of the teaching force in the country. It is an affiliate of COSATU, the biggest federation in South Africa. SADTU is a member of Education International (EI), the global union federation of organisations representing 30 million teachers and other education workers, through 394 member organisations in 171 countries and territories.”
and the following on Joining SADTU:
“Membership of SADTU is open to any person who is eligible for such membership [according to the SADTU constitution] and subscribes to its aims and objects. Persons can apply for full membership for those practicing as teachers or educationalist including those in auxiliary services, both formal and non-formal institutions of learning. Associate membership can be applied for by persons professionally admitted to the teaching profession but no longer practice as such and all persons who qualified as teachers and are yet not employed as such and student teachers.”
The SADTU Constitution (72-Page PDF) can be downloaded here.
Mass organisations of every type are needed. In particular, South Africa needs a democratic, individual-membership mass organisation of women.
From the end of this week the CU political education forum will be carrying a ten-part course on the National Democratic Revolution.
Please download and read this document:
SADTU Recruitment Booklet (193 KB PDF)
SADTU Membership Application Form (19 KB PDF)
ANC Imvuselelo Campaign and How to Join the ANC (462 words)
Building a strong SACP, Forming a VD Branch (946 words)