The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] wishes its sister union the National Union of Mineworkers [NUM] a very successful and united 17th National Congress which is convened from today, the 30th March – 01st April 2022.

The congress is convened under the theme “Back to Basics is when we Defend and Advance to Build a Radical Movement”.

As NEHAWU, we are looking forward to a congress that will be characterized by robust and in depth debates on how to strengthen the ability of NUM to continue to be a fighting and campaigning union that places the interests of workers at the centre against the super exploitative mining, construction and energy conglomerates, which have subjected workers to unbearable and inhumane working conditions and poverty wages all in the name of profit maximisation.

We are confident that the congress will deliberate on a programme of action that will focus on protecting job security of members, fighting against retrenchments, fighting against the privatisation and unbundling of Eskom, defending collective bargaining, and campaigning for health and safety in the workplace amongst others in the defence of workers.

Lastly, we look forward to the outcomes and resolutions of the congress and wish NUM a successful and united 17th National Congress. 


Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; 

December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; 

Lwazi Nkolonzi (NEHAWU National Spokesperson) at 081 558 2335 or email: