Preparatory Assembly for the United Front

Southern Sun Hotel
O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg
Sat 13 – Sun 14 December 2014


Day 1 Saturday 13 December 2014
Chair – Basil Cele 2nd Deputy-President of Numsa

1. Registration 09h00-09h45

2. Singing of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika 09h45-09h50

3. Welcome & an outline of the assembly’s objectives 09h50-10h00
The plenary shall be taken through a brief explanation on the background and purpose of the United Front Preparatory Assembly – Andrew Chirwa President of Numsa

4. Opening Devotion 10h00-10h15
 Rev. Mshumpela – Christian faith
 Ms. Zainab Mponda – Muslim faith
Motebang Ralake to call on religious leaders

5. Introduction of organisations 10h15-10h30
Presentation of the organisations in attendance – Karl Cloete Numsa Deputy-General Secretary

6. Panel Discussion on Defining the Political Moment & Tasks 10h30-12h00
Moderator – Andrew Chirwa
(a) The rationale behind Numsa’s Special National Congress’ to call for the establishment of a United Front – Cde. Irvin Jim
(b) South Africa’s neoliberal policy trajectory post-1994 & under ANC’s rule – Cde. Prishani Naidoo
(c) The role of the United Front as a campaigning tool against neoliberalism – Cde. Zackie Achmat

7. Comments/Questions of clarity on inputs 12h00-13h00
Delegates in plenary are given an opportunity to make brief comments or ask questions of clarity.

LUNCH 13H00-14h00

8. Profiling Social Struggles 14h00-15h00
Moderator – Mercia Andrews
The objectives of the session are to highlight and profile current struggles and campaigns. Each participant in the panel will have 5-minutes each.
(i) Marikana & the struggles in the platinum belt – John Sibiya AMCU
(ii) Challenges & struggles in the education sector – Tshepo Motsepe Equal Education
(iii) Housing struggles – Josie Abraham Housing Assembly
(iv) Struggles around sanitation – Axolile Notywala Social Justice Coalition (SJC)
(v) State of health in SA – Sibongile Tshabalala Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)
(vi) The struggle of farmworkers and farm dwellers – Karel Swartz Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAWU)
(vii) The struggle of the rural poor – Mazibuko Jara Democracy from Below (DfB)
(viii) Building movements from a feminist perspective – Kwezilomso Mbandazayo Johannesburg People’s Pride
(ix) Electricity crisis and the struggles around energy – Trevor Ngwane Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC)

9. United Front work to date 15h00-15h20
A synopsis of United Front work undertaken thus far
Dinga Sikwebu – Numsa UF Coordinator

10. Clarifying work in commissions 15h20-15h30
 The tasks of each commission
 Commission facilitators
 Where are the commissions?
Crystal Dicks Numsa Head of Education

11. Commission work 15h30–19h30
The delegates shall be divided into 6 commissions to work on the above presentations made to the assembly and to develop:
 Principles and guidelines of the UF
 Organisational form of the UF
 National campaigns against manifestations of neo-liberalism to be carried before the launch
 Process for establishing a National Interim Working Group
Guidelines for commission work to be provided.
Each will have 3 facilitators with the following tasks:
1. Chairperson – to chair and direct commission discussions,
2. Scribe – draft the summary, recommendations and draft resolutions arising out of the commission’s discussion.
3. Support staff – to help with full and detailed recording of commission discussions, support the work of the scribe, and to liaise with the Convenors Steering Committee.
All facilitators to meet after commissions to choose drafting & synthesis team that will identify areas of agreement from commissions and areas for discussion in plenary.

Day 2 Sunday 14 December 2014
Chairperson – Vuyiseka Dubula Sonke Gender Justice

12. Opening presentation for the day 09h00-09h10
The need for solidarity with Palestinian people – Ronnie Kasrils

13. Presentation of synthesis report 09h10-10h00
Synthesis task team to work overnight on composite resolutions arising out of the work of commissions and present to plenary for discussion and endorsement

14. Plenary discussion on synthesis report 10h00-11h30

15. Interim National Working Group 11h30-12h00
The assembly shall discuss proposal on the United Front national working group including provincial caucuses

16. Announcement of the Interim National Working Group 12h00-12h30

17. Words of wisdom 12h30-12h40
Encouragement to the Interim National Working Group and advice on how they should not fail the people.
Bishop Sandile K. Jika

18. Assembly Declaration 12h40-13h30
The presentation, discussion and adoption
Karl Cloete & community rep

19. Closure & Departure


One thought on “Preparatory Assembly for the United Front

  1. I want to know whether the party will participate in this years’ local elections ad we are not clear in the north west of what will happen. We need to prepare


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