On Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Eden District Municipality’s Council Chambers, the Workplace Skills Plan for 2017/18 was signed after the Eden DM Training Committee approved the Organisation’s Workplace Skills Plan (WSP).
Eden DM chairperson for the Training Committee, Cllr Stephen De Vries, during his address said: “This process is a clear indication of how the Union carries the best interest of their members at heart – skills development and training.” He added that with the minor adjustments to the WSP recommended by the Committee, will make provision for Councillor training and learnerships, apprenticeships and skills programmes for Unemployed Youth from the communities within the Eden district. In conclusion, Cllr De Vries commended the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) and Eden District Municipality’s Training and Skills Development officials for taking the lead in ensuring that the document is presented in a high quality manner.
“Today we are signing this Plan for our members and not for ourselves; we therefore have to, on a quarterly basis, re-evaluate the training needs of our members. From the Union side we will network but we want the same commitment from the Employer’s, side” said, Mr Richard Dyantyi, IMATU representative, while signing the WSP.
SAMWU’s Constituency’s Shop steward, Ms Moseline Maree, expressed a word of gratitude to the Training Team: Mr Calvyn Scheepers, Mr Reginald Salmons and Ms Angeline Naidoo and Eden’s Training and Skills Development officials, for their dedication and hard work throughout the process.
Mr Calvyn Scheepers, Eden DM’s Assistant Manager: Human Resources, praised the Executive Manager: Corporate-/Strategic Services, Ms Trix Holtzhausen, for her support right through the entire process and said: “We now have moved away from complying only, but also seek to find qualitative outcomes”. The 2017/18 WSP will address the needs of all employees, irrespective on which level they are on in the organisation, thereby ensuring that all employees improve the quality of their lives by empowering themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to grow in their careers,” Mr Scheepers concluded.