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cosatuBusinessLive reports that Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliates, which represent more than 800,000 civil servants, want to find ways to build caring and empathic state institutions to combat poor service delivery and a lack of efficiency in the public service.  

To achieve this, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has proposed that the Cosatu national congress — which got under way on Monday — resolve to make a "concerted effort to change the image of public institutions".  More than 50% of Cosatu’s 1.6-million members are government employees.  According to the proposed resolution, public servants should adopt the "thuma mina" philosophy advocating honesty, integrity and volunteerism.  Inspired by late musician Hugh Masekela, President Cyril Ramaphosa used the term as a rallying call for renewal during his state of the nation address in February.  Sadtu’s proposal is likely to receive the support of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), with its president, Joseph Montisetse, indicating that affiliates were concerned about the deteriorating state of public health institutions in the country.  He said that, although scarce resources played a role, the quality of service was an integral part of the problem.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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