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13 MAY 2021
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SUBJECT: THE CCMA AND SALGA ENTER INTO A GROUND – BREAKING COLLABORATION TO FACILITATE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE
On Thursday, 13 May 2021, during the Special South African Local Government Association (SALGA) National Members Assembly, Mr. Xolile George, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SALGA, and Mr. Cameron Morajane, the Executive Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), signed a three (3) year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify their strategic partnership aimed at promoting labour peace and equity through inspired service delivery.
It is envisaged that the momentous strategic partnership will effectively dispense social justice through the following initiatives:
- CCMA to utilise SALGA’s municipal and municipal entities’ facilities, for selected CCMA processes/cases;
- CCMA and SALGA to collaborate on labour market thought leadership, such as labour market policy development, labour law, collective bargaining, governance and dispute resolution and strategic research;
- CCMA and SALGA to collaborate on data analytics and business intelligence on matters referred by local government to the CCMA to enable SALGA to better understand local government labour challenges and their root causes;
- CCMA to assist SALGA with dispute management and prevention services through CCMA programmes, such as Managing Conflict Management (MCM) and Building Workplace Relations (BWR); and
- CCMA to consider local government as an area of Commissioner specialisation in order to enable Commissioners to better intervene in local government labour-related matters.
Morajane said, “The strategic partnership between SALGA and the CCMA, established in the crucial year of local government elections, will see, in the near future, selected CCMA processes/cases being conducted at SALGA and its municipal facilities, where availability and practicality measures allow. Geographically, SALGA and its municipal facilities are closer to the people, and have facilities in many nodal areas of the country, including rural areas where the CCMA currently does not have a footprint. This means that the CCMA’s dispute prevention, management and resolution services will be brought closer to where people work, live, worship and play.”
“SALGA is ushering the 5th term of Democratic and People- Centred Local Government. Therefore, the CCMA is pleased to be contributing to this broader national developmental agenda”, Morajane concluded.
Both the CCMA and SALGA are optimistic that the three (3) year strategic partnership will greatly benefit the labour market and the people of South Africa, whilst ensuring that both entities continue to deliver on their respective mandates.
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