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18 October 2021

Rustenburg – A nationwide strike by the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday 8 October has been dismissed by the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA).

NEASA described the protest as a self-serving and pointless endeavour likely to have a negative effect on local business. Chief executive officer Gerhard Papenfus described Cosatu as a marginalised worker representative body for government employees that had run out of ideas.

A survey by NEASA will determine the impact of the protest action on businesses.
Cosatu members in Rustenburg joined the nationwide protest in a push to pressure the government and private sector to address the country’s “economic mess”.


Cosatu also called for a reversal of budget cuts that led to a wage freeze in the public service. As part of their nationwide demands, Cosatu also urged government to investigate the assassination of whistle-blowers and the collapse of key public services.


Employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi noted that dialogue between all the parties is important, especially in this sensitive period of mass unemployment and retrenchments.

Cosatu members protested in Rustenburg on Thursday 7 October. 

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