Sasbo's Benevolent Fund boosted by two bequests by gyvwpsjkko

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									                                                                                                                             Vol 25 No 3 March/Maart 2003

Sasbo’s Benevolent Fund
Member resolve   boosted by
a pivotal factor two bequests
at Santam pay talks                                                                                                S   asbo’s Benevolent Fund has benefited from gen-
                                                                                                                       erous bequests from two deceased members.
                                                                                                                   The first is an amount of R50 000 bequeathed by
                                                                                                                   Mr Robert Dryden Hart who retired from Stan-
                                                                                                                                                                           AID ONLY
                                                                                                                                                                           FOR DIRE
           t its 2003 pay talks with Santam, Sasbo succeeded in                                                    dard Bank’s Goud Street branch in 1974. The sec-
          raising the company’s total salaries spend to 8% after                                                   ond amount - as yet undisclosed - comes from the
          the company had several times attempted to dig in its
 heels at lower levels. Sasbo and Santam ended the talks agree-
                                                                                                                   estate of Ms Mabel Ellen Griffiths in which the
                                                                                                                   Sasbo Benevolent Fund is listed as a ‘capital bene-     A    lso welcoming the
                                                                                                                                                                                two bequests as ‘a
                                                                                                                                                                           significant boost to our
 ing that although they were unable to see eye to eye on all issues,                                               ficiary.’
                                                                                                                                                                           resources,’ Sasbo finan-
                                                                                                                     These windfalls will boost the capital amount of      cial manager, Samantha
 ‘consensus had been sought and achieved in a constructive man-                                                    the Sasbo Benevolent Fund. Over many decades,
 ner.’                                                                                                                                                                     Anthony, has cau-
                                                                                                                   the interest on the Fund’s capital has been used to     tioned members against
   “For much of the time, the talks were a long hard grind,” re-                                                   provide relief to members and their families in acute   applying for assistance
 ports Cape Town regional secretary, Charles Wells, who led the                                                    distress.                                               for ‘normal’ financial
 union’s negotiating team.                                                                                           Expressing his appreciation for the bequests, gen-    problems.
                                                                                                                   eral secretary, Shaun Oelschig, called them ‘gifts        “The Sasbo Benevo-
   “As Santam has severe cost pressures, the company was ini-                                                      of love that further endorse the enormous fellow-       lent Fund does not have
 tially against making competitive salary adjustments. Sasbo coun-                                                 ship and solidarity of Sasbo members.’                  the resources to help
 tered this by pointing out that a fairly-remunerated and moti-                                                      “This union has the highest respect for the com-      members who have lost
 vated staff will achieve better results than a tight-fisted approach.                                             passion for fellow bank officials shown by Mr Hart      their jobs, fallen into
   “The backing we received from Santam employees strength-                     Charles Wells                      and Ms Griffiths and other members who have made        debt or want funding for
                                                                                                                   similar bequests over the decades.                      other needs,” she ex-
 ened our position. Members were determined to take the dis-                                                         “Only last month in an article in Sasbo News          plains. “Therefore, as-
 pute route if their pay increases did not come close to those in the rest of the industry. Ultimately,            (‘…Not every bloody Wednesday’ on page two)             sistance is reserved
 their resolve became the pivotal factor in winning a conciliatory response to our demands.                        Sasbo paid tribute to the union’s ‘silent admirers.’    only for members exper-
   “We insisted on a deal enabling our members to know where they stand and achieved a healthy                     The article described them as individuals who sel-      iencing the direst forms
                                                                                                                   dom attended union meetings but who expressed           of hardship.
 compromise on the merit calculations. The new matrix based on the company’s merit levels and                                                                                “Thanks to this pru-
 compa ratio is:                                                                                                   their appreciation for the work that Sasbo does
                                                                                             to page 13            through their steadfast membership, letters to the      dent approach, the
                                                                                                                                                                           Fund has been able to
                                                                                                                   union and support for special causes and members
                                                                                                                                                                           remain viable and assist
                                                                                                                   in trouble.

262 Jobs on the line
                                                                                                                                                                           seriously troubled
                                                                                                                     “Mr Hart and Ms Griffiths fit precisely into that     members for many de-
                                                                                                                   category. Neither played an active role in Sasbo’s      cades.”
                                                                                                                   affairs yet both endorsed the union’s efforts on          Samantha reminds
                                                                                                                   their behalf through their membership over many
H     aving just con-
      cluded the 2003
salary negotiations,
                          of our recently-negoti-
                          ated pay increases,”
                          says Charles Wells.
                                                     costs significantly
                                                     higher than those of its
                                                                                working to achieve the
                                                                                necessary staff reduc-
                                                                                tion through a combina-
                                                                                                                   years and have gone on to ensure that their sup-
                                                                                                                   port for Sasbo and its members will continue long
                                                                                                                                                                           members that they, too,
                                                                                                                                                                           can contribute to the
                                                                                                                   after they have gone.                                     “A significant portion
Sasbo officials remain    “Accepting lower pay       major competitors.         tion of redeployment                 “Our respect for their actions is boundless. It is    of the Fund’s income
camped at Santam in       improvements for the         “Some 262 jobs -         and natural attrition.             an act of fellowship.”                                  comes in the form of
an effort to save jobs    majority of employees      about 10 % of its total    New appointments                     Robert Dryden Hart joined Standard bank as a          monthly stop-orders
as the company re-        would not have saved       workforce - are on the     have been frozen since             clerk in Johannesburg in 1938. He served in the         from concerned mem-
structures in a bid to    jobs as Santam has         line.                      January.                           South African army during World War II, was taken       bers,” she says. “Any
render its operating      been keen to trim its        “Santam       shares       “ S i m u l t a n e o u s l y,   prisoner and laboured in German coal mines. On          level of donation is wel-
costs more competi-       numbers for some           Sasbo’s view that its      Sasbo is negotiating the           his release he resumed his career with the bank,        come.”
                                                                                                                   working in several branches in the Johannesburg           Members wishing to
tive.                     time. It has more staff    downsizing should be       best possible exit pack-                                                                   contribute should make
  “The retrenchments      than it needs - a factor   as pain-free as pos-       ages for those who                 and Pretoria areas until his early retirement at age
                                                                                                                   55 in 1974. He never married.                           out their stop-orders to
are not a consequence     which has pushed its       sible. Together, we are    might have to go.”                                                                         ‘Sasbo Benevolent
                                                                                                                     Little is presently known about the life and career
                                                                                                                   of Ms Griffiths. Sasbo News will endeavour to           Fund’ and address them

                                                                                                                                                                           to Sasbo at Private Bag
                                                                                                                   provide members with news of her background at
                                                                                                                                                                           X84, Bryanston 2021.
                                                                                                                   a later stage.
 After three days of intensive deliberations, Sasbo has negotiated a 30-day window per-
 iod for those Santam employees who are earmarked for retrenchment. “Their extra
 month’s pay will be a great help while they look for alternative jobs,” says Sasbo’s Charles
 Wells. “Employees on Santam’s redundancy list will be notified on May 14.                                                              Sasbo,                     Update on
   “Thereafter, they will have the 30-day window period until mid-June to look for alter-                                                                          ‘Young
 native jobs within the company. If unsuccessful, they will finish work in mid-July when
 their 30-day notice kicks in and they will receive two weeks’ pay for each completed
                                                                                                                                        The                        Banker’
 year of service with no maximum.
   “We are still hoping to save a significant number of jobs through redeployment,” says                                                Finance                    contest
 Charles Wells. “Employees with 10 years’ service or more will have the rough equiva-
 lent of six months’ pay to support them while they look for other jobs - hopefully still in
 the finance industry.”
                                                                                                                                        Union                           -P3.
2 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

                                                                               The solidarity and effort of bank officials
  SasboNews                                                                    over many years has helped make . . .
 Tide seems                                                                    Collective
 to be turning
 S   ince the early 1990s, all race groups in Africa with marketable skills
     have preferred the promise of greater personal safety and fatter
 pay cheques offered by the developed world. The result has been a
 massive brain-drain.
                                                                               bargaining the
   A recent UN statistic estimated that 30 000 of Africa’s Phds are now
 living and working in Europe. A similar number of South African health
 care professionals have left the country.
   But the tide could be turning.
   Many South African emigrés are happily settled in their new domi-
                                                                               most effective
 ciles, but as many are missing SA’s space, sunshine, friendliness and               t the start of the 20th
 prospects. When they measure their material benefits against lost qual-             century, most SA
                                                                               workers had no voice.
 ity of life, they find their new environments wanting.                        Their circumstances
   A middle-aged couple who recently returned to South Africa after a          were determined by em-
 seven-year stay in Sydney put it this way: ‘At our age, we can’t really       ployers on a ‘like it or
 afford to start again in South Africa, but we decided we had to take the      lump it’ basis. Conse-          the pressing demands of:    vehicles - their trade      massive exercise. When
 risk if we’re going have any fun before we die. In Sydney, we did quite       quently, their only re-           -     An increasingly     unions - became essen-      the inevitable anomalies
 well materially, but we spent so much time working, cooking, cleaning         course was to unite and         multi-cultured work-        tial.                       surfaced it was not only
 and commuting that there was no time left over to actually live.’             form trade unions.              force.                        As the need to commu-     the banks that had to
   There are South Africans living in London and New York who can                After World War I,              - The emergence of        nicate with workers         field the flak from dis-
 identify with that observation and feel no safer or more optimistic for       unions increased their          previously disadvan-        grew, so did belief in      gruntled employees, but
 their kids in their new environments.                                         ability to influence the        taged and muzzled           trade unions. Managers      their union as well.
   Consequently in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the USA and          employer/employee rela-         workers as a vociferous     who had previously tried      “This shocked the
 New Zealand, good livings are being made marketing South African              tionship and working            industry voice.             to sideline unions and      Sasbo leadership. It
                                                                               conditions gradually im-          - Women workers of        their members as            brought home the fact
 nostalgia, along with biltong, boerewors, Mrs Ball’s Chutney and Castle
                                                                               proved.                         all races wanting recog-    ‘commies’ or ‘lefties’      that the union also had
 Beer.                                                                                                         nition and fair play.       found themselves ac-        to move away from the
                                                                                 World War II placed
   Increasingly, young South Africans, cooped up in dingy metropolitan         the spotlight on dynamic          - Massive           re-   knowledging the value       warrior king approach.
 apartments, are discovering that fifteen thousand British pounds or US        leaders who were able to        organisation flowing        of unions, and even           “The involvement of all
 dollars buys relatively little in the UK or the US, but can add up to a       inspire do-or-die loyalty.      from the introduction of    wanting to join them.       Sasbo branch executive
 useful stake to kick-start a return to SA.                                    In the post-war years,          new technology and            Sasbo and the major       committees in the
   Food for thought for those who still feel that the grass is greener else-   with large proportions of       globalisation.              banks were in the fore-     union’s Executive Coun-
 where?                                                                        their staff being returned        - The rise of special-    front of this human rela-   cil and the establishment
                                                                               servicemen, companies           ist groupings whose in-     tions revolution. From      of bank-specific institu-
                                                                                                               fluence far outweighed      around the mid-1980s        tional national councils

 World Bank’s
                                                                               sought to exploit this
                                                                               sentiment.                      their limited numbers.      the banks realised that     was a direct result of the
                                                                                 Businesses began look-          - An information          their exhortations to       need for optimum mem-
                                                                               ing for charismatic             revolution that increased   greater employee effort     ber involvement in deci-

 endorsement                                                                   CEOs whom, hopefully,
                                                                               their employees would
                                                                               follow to the ends of the
                                                                                                               employee knowledge,
                                                                                                               making them potent crit-
                                                                                                               ics and useful reservoirs
                                                                                                               of knowledge.
                                                                                                                                           were becoming clichéd.
                                                                                                                                           Employees had heard it
                                                                                                                                           all before. Besides, they
                                                                                                                                           trusted their union more
                                                                                                                                                                         “Huge investments in
                                                                                                                                                                       training became neces-
                                                                                                                                                                       sary. As a result, what

 justified                                                                       They backed this ap-
                                                                               proach with vigorous
                                                                               propaganda which saw a
                                                                               growth in internal pub-
                                                                                                                 Accompanying these
                                                                                                               developments came
                                                                                                               commerce and industry’s
                                                                                                               urgent need to adapt to
                                                                                                                                           than their bank and
                                                                                                                                           would be more likely to
                                                                                                                                           respond to deals negoti-
                                                                                                                                           ated by Sasbo.
                                                                                                                                                                       started out as unaccus-
                                                                                                                                                                       tomed ground for all
                                                                                                                                                                       concerned - the banks,
                                                                                                                                                                       union leaders and mem-
                                                                               lic relations and the birth     socio-economic change.        This realisation ush-     bers - has become more
 S   asbo members didn’t need any reassuring that their trade union is a
     positive force in the SA finance industry and national economy. Nev-
 ertheless, it was good to see a comprehensive World Bank study reach-
                                                                               of the in-house journal
                                                                               and, later, in-company
                                                                                                               More democratic em-
                                                                                                               ployment practices be-
                                                                                                                                           ered in a changing em-
                                                                                                                                                                       familiar territory.
                                                                                                                                                                         “Nowadays, the banks
 ing the conclusion that trade unions improve macro-economic perfor-           radio and television            came necessary along        relationship - some call    rarely take decisions af-
 mance.                                                                        channels and online             with new pension and        it strategic co-existence   fecting their employees
                                                                               communications.                 health care policies -      - now existing between      without first consulting
   More specifically, the World Bank’s endorsement of trade unions con-                                        changes which de-           Sasbo and the larger        Sasbo. And the union
                                                                                 CEOs were required to
 tained in a book entitled: Unions and Collective bargaining: Eco-             descend from their ivory        manded employee par-        banks.                      consults the relevant
 nomic Effects in a Global Environment (see page four) concludes               towers to rub shoulders         ticipation and approval.      Not all the changes       members on decisions
 that unionisation and sound industrial relations help to lessen poverty by    with their workers.               A little further down     took place on manage-       taken with their banks
 reducing inequality and discrimination against women and minorities.          Some business leaders           the line came the new       ment’s side. Sasbo mem-     before signing agree-
 This good news might come as a surprise to groups on opposite poles of        added substance to this         technology and its twin,    bers found their new role   ments.
 the industrial relations divide:                                              approach with good ef-          globalisation, bringing     demanding a major para-       “Even though its mem-
  •   Managements who continue to blame their human resources short-           fect. The cult of the           with them a spate of        digm shift.                 bers have been party to
 comings on trade unions.                                                      ‘charismatic CEO’ was           mergers and acquisitions      “Whereas in the old       the decisions taken, the
  •   Those trade unions which regard the World Bank as an enemy.              best suited to a homoge-        that further heightened     days the union could sit    union is still sometimes
   The World Bank’s study is welcome because it reinforces a standpoint        neous workforce.                the need for improved       back and criticise man-     reproached for the un-
 that Sasbo has been espousing and proving for some years, namely that           The diverse employee          employer/employee dia-      agement, greater union      popular aspects of an
 improved commercial and industrial productivity are best achieved through     demands ushered in by           logue.                      influence brought in-       agreement. But that is
 constructive employer/employee interaction.                                   the the labour reforms of         In short, the pace and    creased responsibility,”    diminishing.”
                                                                               the early 1980s required        scope of change became      explains Sasbo general        The intensified man-
   Getting this point across was not an overnight achievement. For de-                                         too much for any one        secretary,        Shaun     agement/union dialogue
                                                                               a more thorough and
 cades this union had to function as an Oliver Twist asking for more. But      professional approach.          manager - or manage-        Oelschig. “The re-gra-      of the past decade has
 over these years it has accumulated the experience and expertise needed       Individual leaders could        ment - to handle. Effec-    ding of Standard Bank       boosted Sasbo’s exper-
 to play a more pro-active role. This did not go unnoticed. From the early     no longer inspire all their     tive two-way communi-       and FNB jobs from 1979      tise.
 1980s, major SA banks realised that the most effective way of winning         workers while simulta-          cation with workers         became an important           The experience gained
 their employees’ co-operation was through union-approved deals.               neously wrestling with          through their only viable   starting point. It was a                    to page 6
   More recently, understanding the value of Sasbo’s cumulative experi-
 ence, banks have increasingly sought the union’s help in devising ways
 to increase productivity, curb bank crime and find painless ways to re-
 structure. Without exception, the results have been better and more
 sustainable than the old order of management-imposed plans.
                                                                                                                             Call Sasbo at
   As the World Bank says, this is good for the industry and for the na-
 tional economy. It is also benefiting the rank and file bank employees
                                                                                                                             (011) 442-0030 if
 who have stood together for so long to keep Sasbo a strong, well-in-
 formed and influential industry force.
                                                                                                                             you have a problem
                                                                                                                                               Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 3

Up-date on 2003 ‘Young Banker of the Year’

Input of bright
young bankers
could have
                                                                                                                        CONTEST RULES
national impact                                                                                                        T     o qualify for entry to the Sasbo/Institute of Bankers’
                                                                                                                          ‘Young banker of the Year’ competition, contestants should
                                                                                                                       be members of the Institute of Bankers and be currently study-
T    he theme for the 2003 Sasbo/Institute of Bankers-sponsored ‘Young
     Banker of the Year’ contest casts the net far beyond parochial banking
issues. It invites the industry’s best young minds to submit proposals which
                                                                                                                       ing towards one of the Institute’s qualifications or be a holder
                                                                                                                       of the Institute’s CAIB (SA) qualification. Contestants have
                                                                                                                       to be under the age of 35 on December 31, 2003 and be
will help the banking industry enhance its role and image as a driver of social                                        employed in South Africa’s formal banking sector.
transformation.                                                                                                          It is not obligatory for entrants to be members of Sasbo as
  The formal theme on which the 2003 submissions will be judged is:                                                    the union does not want any obstacles to the pursuit of ideas
    ‘Banking and Corporate Social Responsibility: How banking should                                                   which can improve the industry and the circumstances of its
     contribute to societal and sustainable growth.’                                                                   employees. However, prize-winners who are Sasbo mem-
  “This is an appropriate theme for those likely to become tomorrow’s lead-                                            bers will receive an additional R1 000 from their union. Inter-
ers,” says Sasbo general secretary, Shaun Oelschig. “In addition to affording                                          estingly, a large proportion of last year’s winners were Sasbo
them the opportunity to showcase their creativity and fast-track their careers,                                        members.
our 2003 competition gives them a chance to help to shape the society in                                                 The prizes for the 2003 competition are:
which they, and their banks, will have to function in years to come.                                                              First prize - R10 000
  “The entries will be judged by a panel of senior bankers with specialist knowl-                                                 Second Prize - R5 000
edge of corporate social responsibility issues. Judging from the calibre of                                                       Third Prize R2 000
entries received last year, there is little doubt that the 2003 contest will attract                                     The deadline for entries is August 29, 2003. Queries and
a range of ideas which will enrich banking and its broader impact on South                                             final submissions should be addressed to:
African society.                                                                                                                  The Chief Executive
  “Every worthy entry is likely to add value to the industry’s knowledge on                                                       The Institute of bankers of South Africa
corporate social transformation. The banks will have access to the ideas put                                                      PO Box 61420
forward and can weave the best of each into their own corporate responsibil-                                                      Marshalltown 2107
ity programmes.                                                                            Shaun Oelschig
                                                                                                                         Round One of the competition calls on entrants to submit
  “Therefore, whether they win prizes or not, the entrants can make a contribution to the banking industry’s role in   an essay of approximately 1 000 words on the topic:
                                                                                                                             ‘Banking and Corporate Social Responsibility:How bank-
improving SA society. The judges - who have yet to be appointed - will probably favour well-researched and                   ing should contribute to societal and sustainable growth.’
practical submissions consistent with budgetary realities.”                                                              The eight best entrants from round one will be invited to
  Launched at relatively short notice last year, the inaugural competition, which placed the focus on micro-lending,   make a short presentation to the judges on their submission.
attracted 19 entries. Some of 2002’s winners have indicated that they will be competing again this year.                 The ‘Young Banker of 2003’ will be named at a function in
  “With knowledge about the ‘Young Banker of the Year’ spreading fast, there could be a big increase in the number     Johannesburg to be hosted jointly by Sasbo and the Institute
of entries this year,” says Shaun.                                                                                     of Bankers.
  “As last year’s contest indicated, to finish among the winners, entries should be original, creative and well re-      Finalists will be required to attend this function. Should they
searched. The attractive prizes on offer, along with the opportunity for young bankers to win national acclaim, will   be unable to obtain sponsorship from their bank, they will be
render their efforts worthwhile.                                                                                       required to pay their own travel costs.
  “Sasbo and the IOB believe it is a competition without losers. Every young banker who contributes to this year’s
theme will enrich his or her knowledge and career prospects.”

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4 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

I n a message to UNI af-
  filiates, general secre-
tary, Philip Jennings, re-
                             World Bank confirms positive                                                                                                             growth and social jus-
                                                                                                                                                                        “The ICFTU and the
                                                                                                                                                                      global unions have con-
ports that the World
Bank has published an
endorsement of the
value of trade unions and
                             value of unions                                                                                                                          sistently challenged this
                                                                                                                                                                      approach and have
                                                                                                                                                                      urged the IFIs to set
core labour standards in
advancing economic de-
velopment. The en-
                             and core labour standards                                                                                                                aside their ideological
                                                                                                                                                                      preconceptions and to
                                                                                                                                                                      let the evidence speak
                                                                                                                                                                      for itself,” he points out.
dorsement is contained       Tzannatos, an adviser to   and sound industrial re-   from external shocks        with centralised, highly   and International Mon-
in a book published by       the World Bank’s man-      lations help lessen pov-   generated by the inter-     co-ordinated collective    etary Fund,” says Philip      The findings of the re-
the Bank entitled Unions     aging director for human   erty by reducing wage      national economy.           bargaining processes.      Jennings.                   port should have impor-
and Collective Bargain-      development.               inequality and discrimi-     Even more striking - in     “The book represents       “For years, the Wash-     tant ramifications for
ing: Economic Effects          The volume evaluates     nation against women       light of World Bank         a triumph for the global   ington-based IFIs have      IFI policies ranging
in a Global Environ-         more than 1 000 studies    and minorities.            policy to the contrary -    labour movement and        treated unions as distor-   from labour market re-
ment. Authors of the         on the economic effects      They also often im-      the volume demon-           should be seized as a      tions to the market         form and structural ad-
study are Toke Aidt of       of unions and collective   prove macro-economic       strates that the positive   new tool for modifying     rather than the most ef-    justment programmes to
the University of Cam-       bargaining and con-        performance by insula-     effects of unionisation     the labour market poli-    fective mechanism for       the promotion of Core
bridge (UK) and Zafiris      cludes that unionisation   ting trading nations       are greatest in countries   cies of the World Bank     ensuring both economic      Labour Standards in IFI
                                                                                                                                                                      operations. Indeed, co-
                                                                                                                                                                      author Zafiris Tzannatos
                                                                                                                                                                      remarked: “When you
                                                                                                                                                                      see technology trans-
                                                                                                                                                                      forming the global
                                                                                                                                                                      workplace in such dra-
                                                                                                                                                                      matic ways, it becomes
                                                                                                                                                                      clear that labour stan-
                                                                                                                                                                      dards can no longer be
                                                                                                                                                                      the concern of just indi-
                                                                                                                                                                      vidual governments but
                                                                                                                                                                      also of the entire inter-
                                                                                                                                                                      national community.”

                                                                                                                                                                           . . . sound
                                                                                                                                                                       relations helps
                                                                                                                                                                       to lessen
                                                                                                                                                                       poverty by
                                                                                                                                                                       reducing wage
                                                                                                                                                                       inequality and
                                                                                                                                                                       women and

                                                                                                                                                                        The book, which in-
                                                                                                                                                                      cludes chapters on both
                                                                                                                                                                      the micro- and macro-
                                                                                                                                                                      economic effects of
                                                                                                                                                                      labour standards and
                                                                                                                                                                      collective bargaining,
                                                                                                                                                                      also has significant im-
                                                                                                                                                                      plications for national
                                                                                                                                                                      unions and trade union
                                                                                                                                                                      centres. The data shows
                                                                                                                                                                      that the positive effects
                                                                                                                                                                      of unions are diminished
                                                                                                                                                                      in countries with highly
                                                                                                                                                                      fragmented        labour
                                                                                                                                                                        The new volume has
                                                                                                                                                                      sparked controversy
                                                                                                                                                                      within the World Bank.
                                                                                                                                                                      This may explain the
                                                                                                                                                                      long delay between its
                                                                                                                                                                      completion in 2001 and
                                                                                                                                                                      its publication this year.
                                                                                                                                                                      “Resistance to its find-
                                                                                                                                                                      ings may be particularly
                                                                                                                                                                      fierce among many
                                                                                                                                                                      country-level officials of
                                                                                                                                                                      the IFIs,” cautions Philip
                                                                                                                                                                        UNI affiliates should
                                                                                                                                                                      join with the rest of the
                                                                                                                                                                      global labour movement
                                                                                                                                                                      to pressure these offi-
                                                                                                                                                                      cials to embrace the
                                                                                                                                                                      book’s findings in their
                                                                                                                                                                      projects and policies, he
                                                                                                                                                                      urges. “In so doing we
                                                                                                                                                                      can help the IFIs
                                                                                                                                                                      achieve their oft-stated
                                                                                                                                                                      goal of reducing global
                                                                                                                                                                        The book is available in
                                                                                                                                                                      English on the World
                                                                                                                                                                      Bank’s website (www.
                                                                                                                                                         Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 5

 ABSA               NEDBANK
Bank clears the     Realignment of
                    service conditions
air on allocation brings positive
of 2003/4 increases T      results                                                                                 he enormous task of
                                                                                                                   creating a common
                                                                                                              set of service condi-
                                                                                                              tions for Nedbank Ltd’s
W      hen it became
       apparent that
Absa was according
                            neration in the different
                            business units became
                            more visible.
                                                        he told the
                                                                                                              26 000 employees is
                                                                                                              nearing completion. The
                                                                                                                                            was also increased to
                                                                                                                                            two years. Important
                                                                                                                                            issues that are outstand-
                                                                                                                                                                           companies kept the ne-
                                                                                                                                                                           gotiating teams in-
                                                                                                                                                                           formed      on     what
different purses to dif-      “This demanded the          Asked by                                            good news for employ-         ing are the grievance and      changes would be ac-
                                                                                                              ees of the new group’s        disciplinary policies, re-     ceptable. Their evalua-
ferent business units,      bank’s urgent atten-        Gizelle
                                                                                                              components - Nedcor,          tirement benefits and the      tions, suggestions and
Sasbo’s         Gizelle     tion,” explained Lukas      Conradie if                                           BoE, NIB and Cape of
Conradie at once asked      de Swardt. “Delaying a      the bank’s                                                                          detail regarding the           criticisms - arriving on
                                                                                                              Good Hope Bank - is           implementation          of     an almost daily basis via
Absa general manager,       solution would have         remedial                                              that the necessary com-       broadbanding. Members          our regional offices and
Lukas de Swardt, to         worsened the problem.       measures                                              promises are mostly           will be kept up to date        by fax, e.mail and tele-
explain the bank’s ac-        “Having negotiated        would disad-                                          positive.                     with progress made.            phone - helped to steer
tions. Here is how Absa     with Sasbo for a large      vantage the                                             “Unfortunately, we            Paying tribute to the        the realignment process
explained the distribu-     amount of money to be       union’s                                               could not take the best       role played by Nedbank         in positive directions.
tion of its 2003/4 pay      channelled into the bar-    Absa mem-                                             of each set of service        members, Eugene said:          Nedbank’s desire to
increases:                  gaining unit, we            bers, Lukas                                           conditions but rather         “During the realignment        have a fair set of em-
  As a result of recent     grabbed with both           de Swardt                                             had to find common            exercise, the feedback         ployment conditions is
                                                                                                              ground,” says Sasbo’s         received from members          also making our job
restucturing, the differ-   hands the opportunity to    replied in the
                                                                                                              Eugene Ebersohn.              at all four component          easier.”
ences of staff remu-        begin the correction        negative.                                               “Nevertheless, we
                                                          He said                Gizelle Conradie             were able to make gains

                                                        that the total
                                                        number of employees staff.
                                                                                                              in most of the important
                                                                                                              areas. The exercise was
                                                                                                                                             BOA members
                                                        working in areas where      “Improving the sala-
                                                        higher-than-9% in- ries of those staff
                                                                                                              also an opportunity to
                                                                                                              modernise certain con-
                                                        creases were allocated whose salaries lagged
                                                        as a purse was more behind the market is                The Sasbo and Nedcor
                                                                                                              negotiators started out
                                                                                                                                             improved offer
                                                        than 53% of the bar- essential to our achiev-
                                                        gaining unit. This would ing these objectives.”       with up to six sets of

                                                        bring their salaries in     The majority of man-
                                                        line with the earnings of agers were happy with
                                                                                                              service conditions.
                                                                                                              Some were easier to re-
                                                                                                              align than others. Estab-
                                                                                                                                            A    s this issue went to
                                                                                                                                                 press the deadlock
                                                                                                                                            in the pay talks with the
                                                        staff in the other SBU/ the purse they had re-        lishing a common policy       Bank of Athens had
                                                        GSFs.                      ceived, said Lukas de      for issues like sick leave,   ended and Sasbo’s
A       fter
plaints from
                                                          “If we include em- Swardt. It would be
                                                        ployees where the unfair to allocate high
                                                                                                              notice periods, salary
                                                                                                              review dates and job
                                                                                                                                            members at the bank
                                                                                                                                            were evaluating an im-
members                                                 purses awarded were increases to staff al-            evaluation was easy.          proved pay offer. Bow-
                                                        higher than the bank’s ready receiving high             More challenging has        ing to Sasbo pressure,
working at                                                                                                                                  the bank has raised its
                                                        average increase of salaries though doing             been the task of realign-
an      Absa                                                                                                  ing retrenchment bene-        offered pay increases to
branch in                                               8% (excluding the the same work as
                                                        1,8% funding of the lower-income earners,             fits, essential user car      7% for clerical staff in
the North                                                                                                     allowances, the full          category 3 to 3,99 and
West Prov-                                              conditional remunera- he said.
                                                                                                              range of leave entitle-       8% for non-clerical
ince (its                                               tion scheme), this num-     Absa believes that its    ments and benefits, long      workers in the same cat-
name has                                                ber grows to 73%,” he salary remedies are             service benefits and the      egory. It has also agreed           Isaac Ramputa
been with-                                              added.                     unique and will benefit    conversion of some staff      to re-appraise all em-
held to save                                              He went on to explain staff who are battling to     to guaranteed remunera-       ployees rated 2 to 2,99        the bank has registered
the branch                                              that the bank constantly make ends meet each          tion.”                        - a move which could           substantial losses over
embarrass-                                              reviews the market po- month.                           There have been no-         see some of them re-           the past two years,”
                                                        sition of Absa employ-      “Even more comfort-       table improvements to         ceiving higher salary ad-      says Sasbo Johannes-
m e n t ) ,                                                                                                                                 justments.                     burg regional secretary,
                                                        ees      and     within ing for employees,”           the essential user car
Sasbo has                                                                                                     scheme, retirement gra-         The offer also includes      Isaac Ramputa.
persuaded                  William Seya                 affordability constantly says Lukas de Swardt,
                                                        makes the necessary “is the knowledge that,           tuity/long        service     higher increases for top         “We will therefore be
the bank to                                                                                                   awards, sick leave and        performers and scaled          advising our members to
install adequate ladies’ and gents’ toilet facilities   adjustments during the as shareholders of the
                                                                                                              family responsibility         down increases for             accept the offer.”
for its branch employees.                               annual salary review.      conditional incentive      leave, says Eugene. The       those whose perfor-              Other members of
  “Once our branch representative had alerted us          “Absa wants to re- scheme, they stand to            window period for             mance ratings are below        Sasbo’s BOA negotia-
to our members’ dissatisfaction with their toilet       main competitive, to be enjoy further benefits        some staff to take up the     par.                           ting team were Patsy
facilities, I made a special visit to the branch,”      the preferred employer when the group’s re-           benefit of subsidised           “We believe this is a fair   Millard and Mona Spi-
Sasbo organiser, William Seya, told Sasbo News.         and to retain its skilled sults are made known.”      housing and medical aid       offer, given the fact that     ers.
  “The conditions I discovered were not, to put it
mildly, what one would expect from a modern
bank. The toilets were a fair walk from the
branch, it was not a safe area and on rainy days
employees had to joust with the elements.
                                                        The new SB salary scales
                                                         Here are the new Standard Bank salary scales which came into effect from March 1, 2003 following the bank’s negotiations with
  “We raised the issue with Absa who, to their           Sasbo:
credit, took immediate action to rectify the situa-                                                   Non-premium salary scales          Premium salary scales
tion. I was back at the branch earlier this year                                                      Salary range                       Salary range
and found the staff delighted with their new toilet                                                   Minimum Midpoint Maximum           Minimum Midpoint Maximum
facilities.                                                                                           R         R      R                 R         R        R
  “In the overall scheme of things, it was a rela-                         SBG 03                     2640      3144 3648                2800      3311    3822
tively small problem which spotlighted a bigger                            SBG 04                     2828     3836   4843               3177      4196    5215
issue - the vital role that branch representatives                         SBG 05                     3538     4836   6133               3969      5280    6591
                                                                           SBG 06                     4465     5931   7397               4987      6470    7952
play in resolving members’ grassroots problems,”                           SBG 07                     5537     6856   8175               6143      7482    8820
says William.                                                              SBG 08                     6471     8012   9553               7076      8638 10199
 •   Hopefully, this case study will serve as a                            SBG 09                     7596     9406 11216                8256     10087 11917
wake-up call to any banks which might still                                SBG 10                     8642 10697 12751                   9301 11377 13453
have sub-standard conditions in their remote             Sasbo is receiving an increasing number of calls from SB managers wishing to join the union. Watch future editions of Sasbo News for
branches.                                                more details.
6 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

 To be fair employers, we need to . . .
Understand the rights of our
employees Determination governing
 N     early 100 years
       ago, bank offi-
                           to labour disputes and
                                                                                 hire of domestic workers
 cials created Sasbo to    penalties.                                          The Department of Labour’s Sectoral De-                      If the inflation rate is higher than 10% then the wage
 give themselves the
 bargaining strength
                             Because the rules
                           governing domestic
                                                       UIF                     termination Seven, which governs domestic
                                                                               workers, reads as follows:
                                                                                                                                          increase of 8% will be adjusted by the Department of
 needed to secure a
 fair deal at work.
                           employees can be
                           confusing to those not
                                                       infor-                  PART A:
                                                                               APPLICATION OF THE SECTORAL
                                                                                                                                          CALCULATING THE MINIMUM
 Since then, they have
 painstakingly negoti-
                           familiar with labour
                           agreements, Sasbo           mation                  DETERMINATION
                                                                                 The determination covers the following employees:
                                                                                 - All domestic workers in South Africa.
                                                                                                                                            Employers who cannot afford to pay the new mini-
                                                                                                                                          mum wage have an option of reducing the hours of
                                                                                                                                          work instead of retrenching the employee.
 ated a set of rules de-
 signed to achieve this
                           sets them out clearly
                           hereunder.                  A     ll employees
                                                             who earn below
                                                       R115 572 a year
                                                                                 - Persons employed by employment services.
                                                                                 - Independent contractors.
                                                                                 - A person doing gardening in a private home.
                                                                                                                                            It is illegal to pay lower than the prescribed hourly
                                                                                                                                          rate. If you pay more than the prescribed hourly rate
                                                                                                                                          you may not reduce the rate because it will be an un-
 end - rules which           We advise members
 have to be strictly ob-   to keep this article as     should be registered      - Persons who look after children, the aged, the         fair labour practice.
                                                       to pay UIF. To find     sick, the frail or the disabled in a private household.
 served by employer        a point of reference                                  - A person employed to drive the car taking the          WORKING HOURS PER WEEK
 and employee alike.       and to ensure that their    out where to register
                                                                               children of the household to school.                         Domestic workers are allowed to work a maximum of
  Now, for many            employee/s are also         their domestic                                                                     45 ordinary hours per week:
 Sasbo members, the        familiar with the con-      workers, members        PART B:                                                      - Maximum of 9 hours per day if working for 5 days
                                                       can telephone a call    MINIMUM WAGE SETTING                                       a week.
 boot is on the other      tents.                                                                                                           - Maximum of 8 hours per day if working more than
                                                       centre on
 foot.                       Particular attention is                            All domestic workers must be paid for every hour or       5 days a week.
                                                       012-337-1680 on
  Recent labour re-        drawn to Part H which                               part of an hour they have worked.
                                                       weekdays between         Different wages are prescribed depending on:              CALCULATION OF OVERTIME
 forms governing do-       has rendered domes-
 mestic workers have       tic workers eligible for
                                                       08h00 and 18h30          •   Where the domestic worker works.                        Overtime is payable when the domestic worker works
 made members be-          unemployment insur-
                                                       and on Saturdays         •   The number of hours worked per week.                  longer than the ordinary hours prescribed per day or
                                                       between 08h00 and       Wages according to areas                                   per week.
 come employers, too.      ance cover from             12h00.                   Wages are prescribed for two areas, namely Area A           When he/she is on standby and works for longer
  To ensure that they      March 1, 2003.               Members can also       and Area B. Municipal boundaries have been used to         than three hours, overtime rates are payable.
 can practise the same                                                         distinguish between the two areas.                           Overtime payment: one and half times the hourly wage
                                                       visit the website at                                                                 (Area A - 27 + hours per week - R4,10 + R2,05 = R6,16)
 standards of fair play      This requires em-         AREA A                                                       (Area B - 27 + hours per week - R3,33 + R1,66 = R4,99)
 that they demand          ployers to deduct a          Forms can be            The following municipalities: Bergrivier, Breederivier,
 from their own em-        1% UIF contribution         obtained on this site   Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape
 ployers, they (and        from the monthly            and can then be faxed   Town, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane,               INFORMATION CONCERNING PAY
                                                                               Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni,               Any payment can be in cash, by cheque or direct
 their employees)          wage of their domes-        back to the             Ethekwini Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast,       deposit into an account designated by an employee.
 should know the           tic employee/s, add a       department on fax       Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, Khara Hais, Knysna,           The payment must be given at the workplace, during
 rules, and apply them.    like amount, and sub-       number                  Kungwini, Kouga, Langeberg, Lesedi, Makana,                working hours and in a sealed envelope, which be-
 Non-adherence             mit the payment to the      012-337-1636 or via     Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg,              comes the property of the employee. A payslip must
 would expose them         UIF.                        e-mail on               Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi,             be given at all times.
                                                Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa             The employer must keep the payslips for three years.
                                                                               Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai,            Details on payslips should include:
                                                                               Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha          •    The employer’s name and address.
                                                                               Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam,     •    The domestic worker’s name and occupation.
                                                                               Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and                     •    The period in respect of which payment is made.
                                                                               Witzenberg.                                                 •    The domestic worker’s wage rate and overtime
                                                                               AREA B                                                      •    The number of ordinary hours worked by the do-
                                                                               The rest of South Africa.                                  mestic worker during that period.
                                                                                 Wages will be payable according to the number of          •    The number of overtime hours worked by the
                                                                               hours worked per week. If a domestic worker works for      domestic worker during that period.
                                                                               27 ordinary, or less, hours in any week, he/she will be     •    The number of hours worked by the domestic
                                                                               entitled to a slightly higher wage. This is to compen-     worker on a public holiday or on a Sunday.
                                                                               sate the worker as he/she does not have a full-time         •    The domestic’s worker’s full wage.
                                                                               job.                                                        •    Details of any other pay arising out of the domes-
                                                                                                                                          tic worker’s employment.
                                                                               APPLICABLE WAGES                                            •    Details of any deductions made.
                                                                               AREA A                                                      •    The actual amount paid to the domestic worker.
                                                                                If a worker works less than 27 ordinary hours per
                                                                               week, his/her hourly wage is R4,51 per hour. If a worker   PROHIBITED ACTS CONCERNING
                                                                               works more than 27 ordinary hours per week, his/her        PAYMENT OF WAGES
                                                                               hourly wage is R4,10 per hour.
                                                                                                                                            The determination deals with deductions which are
                                                                               AREA B                                                     permissible and impermissible.
                                                                                If a worker works 27 ordinary hours, or less, per week,   Permissible deductions
                                                                               his/her hourly wage is R3,66 per hour. If a worker works     - Medical insurance
                                                                               more than 27 ordinary hours per week, his/her hourly         - Savings
                                                                               wage is R3,33 per hour.                                      - Pension fund
                                                                                                                                            - Trade union subscription
                                                                               OTHER IMPORTANT PROVISIONS                                   - Order of account payment to a financial institu-
                                                                               AFFECTING WAGES                                            tion
                                                                                                                                            - Rentals
                                                                               Guaranteed minimum rate                                      - Loan or advance (not more than 10% of total wage)
                                                                                 Depending on circumstances, some domestic work-          Impermissible deductions
                                                                               ers might work for less than four hours per day. Should      - Amount greater than the actual remuneration re-
                                                                               this be the case, he/she should then be paid for four      ceived
                                                                               hours worked.                                                - Breakages (crockery, electrical appliances)
                                                                               Annual increase                                              - Damages (ironing)
                                                                                 Wages will go up by 8% on November 1, 2003 and             - Meals provided during working time
                                                                               November 1, 2004, respectively.                                                                       to page 12
                                                                                                                                                        Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 7

BANKMED                                                  Time for                                               Legal and
                                                         tax help?                                                      loving it
The role      M                                                embers presently wrestling with their
                                                                  2002/3 tax returns are reminded of the                                                N    ew Sasbo legal officer, Ilene Barrie,
                                                                                                                                                             is no newcomer to Sasbo. She pre-

of medical                                               assistance available to them via Mirror Business
                                                           Sasbo’s deal with this firm gives low-cost tax
                                                                                                                                                        viously worked as an assistant organiser
                                                                                                                                                        and membership services officer at the
                                                                                                                                                        union’s Pretoria branch. “Helping mem-

T     schemes •
     he health care
    climate in
South Africa is a
                                                         advice to two specific groups of members:
                                                              Those relatively new to the intimidating chore
                                                         of having to submit tax returns.
                                                                                                                                                        bers with their problems and recruiting
                                                                                                                                                        and handling disciplinary and grievance
                                                                                                                                                        inquiries was an excellent grounding for
challenging one with        meet as many of your          •   Members in higher income brackets who                                                     the work I now do,” she told Sasbo
quality health care be-     day-to-day medical ex-       stand to make substantial savings by using pro-                                                News. A law graduate from
coming very expensive.      penses as possible (we       fessional tax consultants.                                                                     Stellenbosch University, Ilene was
                                                           Most members who have used the service have                                                  working for a Potchefstroom law firm
Medical schemes such        do so through a medi-        appreciated the reduced stress and lower tax
as Bankmed are set up       cal savings account                                                                                                         when her husband, George, a major in
                                                         gained by using professional guidance. Whatever
to help you, the mem-       and, for some, through                                                                                                      the South African Defence Force, was
                                                         your salary bracket, give Mirror a call before
bers, to access quality     insured benefits) and to     deciding how to tackle your tax returns. The                                                   transferred to Pretoria. Ilene says she
care and provide pay-       provide funds when           company         can      be      contacted       at                                            prefers practising law with Sasbo
ment towards your           large, unexpected costs                                                                            ‘where the priority is to achieve fair play’
medical bills.              arise (this we do                                                                                                           to the formal legal environment.
  Bankmed is a non-         through an insured por-

                                                                                                         AT LAST!
profit organisation hav-    tion).

ing just two sources of       Medical schemes help
income - contributions      members pay their
from members and in-
come on its invest-
                            medical bills. They can-
                            not always give you full
                                                                                           LEGAL ADVICE FOR SASBO MEMBERS
ments.                      cover for every even-
  The main purpose of
Bankmed and all medi-
cal schemes is to col-
                              An additional role for
                            medical schemes is to
                                                                       Can You Afford a Lawyer . . .
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sufficient money to pay     health care matters to               Being a Sasbo member gives you free legal advice 24 hrs
for their claims. The       members which assist
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higher the level of con-    and disease manage-
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BARGAINING from page 2                                        organisations countrywide are asso-          hicle accidents to legal problems about       completion of PAYE tax returns, as
from interacting with more than 30 financial insti-           ciated. The only requirement is that         debt and property deeds of sale. It is a      well as advice on tax rates, VAT, SITE,
tutions has given the union levels of proficiency in          you arrange the consultation through         comprehensive legal advice service for        PAYE, donations tax, estate and trans-
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8 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

Attention cellphone users:
Reminder on airtime savings
S   asbo members are
    reminded of the
savings in cellphone air-
                            Through the Sasbo/
                            EeziPrepaid deal, they
                            can reduce their airtime
                                                       and enjoy the conve- downloaded on to their
                                                       nience of having pre- cellphones.
                                                       arranged amounts of This additional benefit
                                                                                                             - Complete the User
                                                                                                           Application Form.
                                                                                                                                      different network pro-
                                                                                                                                      viders. Sasbo members
                                                                                                                                      will be charged 5% less
                                                                                                                                                                   HOW TO GET
                                                                                                                                                                   AN INCREASED
time available to them.     costs by five per cent     airtime electronically to Sasbo members               - Fax back to 012-       than the listed prices.

                                                                              should prove particu-                                                                Call the dedicated
                                                                                                             - Eezi Prepaid ® will          VODACOM              helpline on 0861 0
                                                                              larly useful to major
                                                                                                           debit your bank ac-                                   CREST or 0861 0
                                                                              users and families op-       count as per your in-              R29,00
   PRE-PAID TIME                                                              erating         several                                                            27387. A consultant will
                                                                                                           structions on the User             R55,00             verify key personal in-
                                                                              cellphones.                  Application Form.                  R110,00            formation with the user.
                                                                                Sasbo negotiated the         - Within 48 hours of                                Once this has been veri-
                                                                              deal because an esti-        the debit order being               MTN               fied, the consultant will
                                                                              mated 85% of Sasbo           processed, Eezi Pre-                                  make any changes re-
                                                                              members are using the        paid ® will advise you              R30,00            quired.
                                                                              pre-paid method of buy-      by means of an SMS of               R60,00
                                                                              ing cellphone time.          the prepaid voucher               R180,00               ONE FORM
                                                                                In the past they had to    download. This SMS                R360,00               COVERS ALL
                                                                              go to a store and pay        will include an activa-            R720,00              PROVIDERS
                                                                                                           tion code.                      R45,00 (Receive
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                                                                              their replacement                                                                    Any of the denomina-
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                                                                              cards.                       SMS, call the relevant               a lot)           table may be trans-
                                                                                                           network number and                                    ferred to any number of
                                                                                                           follow the prompts:                CELL-C             cellphones on one debit
                                                                                 HOW TO MAKE                                                                     order, irrespective of
                                                                                 THE EEZI                   Vodacom         100               R35,00             the service provider.
                                                                                 PRE-PAID® DEAL             MTN             555               R70,00             The important thing is
                                                                                 WORK                       Cell C          141               R150,00            that the debit order
                                                                                 FOR YOU                    Telkom          *#55              R300,00            amount matches the to-
                                                                                                                                                                 tal value of prepaid
                                                                                  - Calculate       the      At the end of this se-         TELKOM               vouchers ordered.
                                                                                amount of airtime that     quence your prepaid             Denominations
                                                                                you and your family (if    time will have been ac-            of R40               LOST PHONES
                                                                                applicable) use in a       tivated.
                                                                                month.                                                 •  When making              Contact 0861 0
                                                                                  - Choose a denomi-       THE AVAILABLE              your request, don’t        CREST or 0861 0
                                                                                nation for each (indi-     DENOMINATIONS              deduct your 5% dis-        27387 and Eezi Prepaid
                                                                                vidual) user that is                                  count. If you are a        ® will cancel the debit
                                                                                closest to the calcula-      The following tables     Sasbo member, that         order immediately or
                                                                                tion for the month (re-    set out the denomina-      will be done for you       change the recipient
                                                                                fer to the table in this   tions available from the   by Eezi Prepaid®           telephone numbers.

                                                                                                                                                  SOCIAL SUPPORT
                                                                                                                                                  FOR AIDS SUFFERERS
                                                                                                                                                  Concluding the Social Support for
                                                                                                                                                  AIDS Sufferers article in our Feb-
                                                                                                                                                  ruary issue: how to apply for a dis-
                                                                                                                                                  ability grant:

                                                                                                                                                  STEPS TO GET THE GRANT
                                                                                                                                                   •   The pension official will take your
                                                                                                                                                   •   The pension official will give you
                                                                                                                                                  a medical report that must be com-
                                                                                                                                                  pleted by a medical officer at a gov-
                                                                                                                                                  ernment hospital or by the district sur-
                                                                                                                                                  geon. They will examine you and say
                                                                                                                                                  if you qualify for a disability grant.
                                                                                                                                                   •   A medical report must explain
                                                                                                                                                  that your disability is likely to continue
                                                                                                                                                  for longer than six months.
                                                                                                                                                   •   Make a copy of the medical re-
                                                                                                                                                  port to keep.
                                                                                                                                                   •   Take the medical report back to
                                                                                                                                                  the Pension Office.
                                                                                                                                                   •   The pension official will give you
                                                                                                                                                  a receipt as proof that you applied.
                                                                                                                                                  The stamp should have the date of
                                                                                                                                                  your application and the signature of
                                                                                                                                                  the official accepting your application.
                                                                                                                                                   •   Applications usually take three
                                                                                                                                                  months to process. The Department
                                                                                                                                                  of Welfare will decide if you have a
                                                                                                                                                  disability and if it prevents you from
                                                                                                                                                  supporting yourself.
                                                                                                                                                    If your health prevents you from
                                                                                                                                                  applying for the grant yourself, you
                                                                                                                                                  can ask someone else to go to the
                                                                                                                                                  office on your behalf. This person will
                                                                                                                                                  need to fill in your details on the form.
                                                                                                                                                  If you qualify for a disability grant, you
                                                                                                                                                  receive a grant of about R540 a
Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 9
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                             Sasbo,                                                         Current
                        The Finance                                                         Add-on
                              Union                                                         Benefits
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 FUND The Sasbo Benevolent Fund, which draws
   its resources from union funds and member donations,
       renders financial assistance to members who are
                                                                                                                            Over the past 20 years
                  suffering extreme hardship                                                                                more than 20 000
                                                                                                                            members have enjoyed Sasbo’s

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  of up to R2 000 (on
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  year tertiary educa-                  low-cost tax guidance is
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        who had already been serving Sasbo’s short-term insurance                          members. During its
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        part of the Sasbo family. Graham Walker Insurance Brokers                          existence,
                                                                                           25 998 Sasbo callers
        (Pty) Ltd provides members with competitive short-term rates                       received professional
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                               Lloyds of London                                            R11-million in
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   the going rate. This could add up to a substantial long-term saving – more than R100 000 in the
                                     case of some long-term bonds
                                                                                                                                              .Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 11

           Labour Logic                                                                                         Got a problem
                                                                                                                The solution
Are you aware of your employment
rights and how to go about resolving                                                                            could be in
your problems?
In Labour Logic, which is a monthly
                                                                                                                the Self-
column, Sasbo’s Anneke Loubser and                                                                              Help Directory
Ilene Barrie will
                                                                                                               AIDS Centre                                      (011) 725-3009
inform members of their rights,                                                                                                                                 (012) 725-6551
answer queries                                                                                                                                                  (021) 400-2682
                                                                                                               AIDS Counselling                                 (021) 400-3400
and provide practical                                                                                          AIDS Help Line (tollfree)                        0800-012-322
hands-on advice on how                                                                                         Alanon for families of alcoholics                (012) 322-6067
                                                                                                               Alcoholics Anonymous                             (012) 322-6047
best to deal                                                                                                                                                    (021) 418-0200
with their situation.                                                                                          Alcohol and Drug Concern                         (021) 67-4650
                                                                                                               Anti-Drug Outreach                               (012) 329-2670
If you have a problem,                                                                                         Armstrong Berning Centre for Unmarried Mothers (012) 329-4759
write to Labour Logic                                                                                          Arthritis Foundation                             (011) 647-2346
                                                                           Anneke Loubser                      Alpha Community Centre                           (021) 691-3089
Private Bag X84, Bryanston 2021, or                                                                            Black Sash Advice Office                         (012) 322-3969/3628
                                                                                                               Breast-Feeding Association of SA                 (012) 661-7799
send a fax to                                                                                                  Centre for Individual, Family and Marriage
Anneke Loubser or Ilene Barrie at                                                                                Guidance, UNISA                                (012) 429-6335
                                                                                                               Child Emergency Service (tollfree)               0800-123-321
(011) 467-0188                                                                                                 Child and Family Care Society                    (012) 21-9223
                                                                                                                                                                (012) 326-4276
                                                                                                               Child Line                                       (012) 343-8888
Following is the third part on the subject of                                                                  Citizens Advice Bureau (general advice)          (012) 322-6630
incompatibility - its meaning, the substan-                                                                                                                     (021) 46-1721
tive fairness in dismissals for incompatibil-                                                                  Compassionate Friend (for bereaved parents)      (012) 804-3037
ity, the procedural fairness in applying dis-                                                                  Cape Town Association for the Blind              (021) 448-4302
                                                                                                               CAPSA                                            (021) 685-5208
cipline in respect of incompatibility and                                                                      CARAS                                            (021) 552-5783
whether it is classified as incapacity or mis-                                                                 Catholic Welfare & Development                   (021) 425-2095
conduct. This subject continues in the next                                                                    Centre for Early Childhood Development           (021) 683-2420
                                                                                                               Children’s Resource Centre                       (021) 447-5757
issue of Sasbo News.                                                                                           Child Line (tollfree)                            0800-123-321
                                                                                                               Child Welfare Society                            (021) 761-7130
McDuling v MIF (1998) 7 CCMA 8.3.1                                                                             Communicare                                      (021) 421-6008
The following is a summarised extract from the                                                                 Community Peace Programme                        (021) 448-6582
Commissioner’s award:                                                      Ilene Barrie                        DICAG (Disabled Children’s Action Group)         (021) 462-4105
                                                                                                               Drug Counselling Centre                          (021) 447-8026
BACKGROUND                                              ‘first and final warning’. The complaints related      Eye Care Information Centre                      (012) 346-1171
                                                                                                               Elder Abuse                                      (021) 712-5754
  The arbitration hearing was held at the offices       largely to Mr McDuling’s negative comments                                                              (021) 713-1360
of the CCMA in Cape Town on                             particularly in relation to Mr Hulley, and the         FAMSA (Family and Marriage Society)              (012) 322-7136
March 2, 1998 at 09h00. Mr McDuling (the                general intention seemed to be to sow discord in                                                        (021) 461-7360
Applicant) was represented by Mr B Carnegie             the office and to create a mutinous atmosphere.        Fatima House (home for unmarried mothers)        (012) 542-1201
of attorneys C & A Friedlander, and the employer        The ‘first and final warning’ referred to ‘creating    GAB Counselling Service (7-10 pm)                (011) 643-2311
                                                                                                               Homestead Projects for Street Children           (021) 419-9763/4
(the respondent) by Mr ER von Witt of attorneys         a hostile working environment by discrediting the      Hospice Association of SA                        (021) 531-2094
Findlay and Tait. The issue of legal representation     Divisional Manager and other members of staff          Joy for Life (home care and support service for
was agreed to by all parties prior to the hearing.      in discussions with other members of staff’.             people living with HIV/AIDS)                   (021) 423-7452
  Mc Duling was employed by the MIF on June               After this, matters seemed to deteriorate. At the    La Leche League (breast-feeding help)            (012) 89-2340
1, 1993 as a Consumer Complaints Officer. On            end of January Mr Hulley had received further          LegalAid Board                                   (011) 328-4577
                                                                                                               Life Line                                        (012) 343-8888
October 7, 1996 a disciplinary hearing was held,        complaints about Mr McDuling from staff                                                                 (021) 461-1111/3
at which Mr McDuling was charged with                   members. The complaint was that Mr McDuling            Marriage and Family Society                      (012) 322-7136
incompatibility, particularly in relation to comments   had continued making negative comments about           Menopause/Midlife Well Women Care                (011) 678-8058
he was alleged to have made about the Divisional        Mr Hulley and made several defamatory                  MCHIRC (maternal & Child Health Info
Manager, Mr RE Hulley; and with dishonesty              comments about MIF Office Bearers.                       & Resource)                                    (031) 332-2452
                                                                                                               Molo Songololo (advocate the rights of children
(alternatively breach of company procedures) in           These complaints had led to the second                 and promote educational reading material for
relation to a reference issued on behalf of an ex-      disciplinary enquiry, which Mr Haylett, an               children)                                      (021) 448-5438/21
employee. This hearing resulted in a ‘first and         external consultant, chaired. The Chairman’s           MOSAIC (training and healing centre for women) (021) 434-7916
final warning’ being issued to Mr McDuling on           decision had been to dismiss Mr McDuling with          NASCCW (National Association of Child
October 22, 1996, and in Mr McDuling accepting          one month’s pay in lieu of notice.                       Care Workers)                                  (021) 697-4123
                                                                                                               Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund                   (011) 786-9140
that he had been ‘a lot’ to blame and undertaking         Mr McDuling had noted an appeal and the              NICRO (women’s support centre)                   (021) 422-1690
to recommit his energies to the MIF - in effect, to     outcome of the disciplinary enquiry was upheld.        NICRO’s Victim Line                              (012) 324-2800
turn over a new leaf.                                     Mr McDuling stated that after the first hearing      OASIS (Association for the mentally handicapped) (021) 671-2698
  Some three to four months later, further              in October 1996 he had wanted to appeal, but           Overeaters Anonymous                             (012) 46-2723
complaints against Mr McDuling were laid which          one of the committee members had suggested he          Pretoria Hospice                                 (012) 47-4909
                                                                                                               Parent Centre                                    (021) 671-9142
resulted in a further disciplinary hearing, at which    leave it, and he did so.                               Poison Info                                      (021) 689-5227
the charges were ‘continued incompatibility’ and          When Mr Hulley went on leave in December             Pregnancy Help Centre                            (021) 797-5000
‘working against and undermining management             1996, he had sent a letter to him with a leave         RadioDoc (24-hour medical advisory service)      (012) 28-4000
and members of the MIF . . .’. This hearing was         form for March 24, to April 7, 1997, and a deposit     Rape Crisis                                      (012) 343-8888
held on February 26, 1997 (postponed after              slip showing that he had paid a deposit for his                  (Under-16 rape crisis)                 (021) 47-9762
                                                                                                               RP Foundation                                    (012) 62-2211
initially being scheduled for February 19), and         holiday. He had not received any response from         Reach Out (depression)                           088-120-4136
resulted in the dismissal of Mr McDuling. Mr            Mr Hulley. The next he heard was at a meeting          SA National Council for Alcoholism and
McDuling lodged an appeal, which was heard in           on January 24, 1997, when Mr Hulley said he              Drug Abuse                                     (012) 542-1121
his absence, and at which the dismissal was             was going to arrange the leave for the staff on        Somebody Cares (ministry to homosexuals
upheld.                                                 the following Wednesday, and that all leave              and lesbians)                                  (012) 73-4919
                                                                                                               Suicides Anonymous                               (011) 333-0545
Survey of evidence and argument                         requests had to be in. Mr McDuling had tried to                                                         (011) 836-5777
  Mr RE Hulley testified on behalf of the               raise the subject of his leave at the end of the       SA Council for the Aged                          (021) 418-2145
Respondent that he was the Divisional Manager           meeting, but Mr Hulley was not prepared to listen      SA National Epilepsy League                      (021) 447-3014
of the MIF, and had been employed by the MIF            and rushed off. After that he had tried to get hold    SA Red Cross Society                             (021) 797-5360
since 1981. The Cape Town office of the MIF             of Mr Hulley for a week, but Mr Hulley kept            Safeline                                         (021) 638-1155
                                                                                                               SAMSA (family crises)                            (021) 461-4228
had a staff complement of 10. Mr McDuling had           evading him. He was very unhappy about the             Smoke Enders                                     (021) 788-9120
joined in 1993 to deal with public complaints           leave situation, and had eventually written a letter   St Monica’s Maternity Home                       (021) 423-7237/8
concerning MIF members.                                 dated February 6, 1997.                                Sureline Sexual Abuse Counselling                (021) 638-1156
  During 1996, a number of staff members had              Mr McDuling stated that when he received the         Uniting Christian Students Association           (021) 887-0212
lodged complaints about Mr McDuling. The                notice of disciplinary hearing (on February 17)        Trauma Centre for Sufferers of Violence          (021) 465-7373
                                                                                                               Women’s Bureau of SA                             (012) 47-6176
complaints led to the first disciplinary hearing in     he was shocked but had expected something like         Wife/Woman Abuse                                 (021) 931-5331
October 1996, and the subsequent issuing of the                                                  to page 12
12 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

Determination governing domestic                                                                                                                                                    Jo’burg
workers                                     from page 6
 - Clothing
 - Work equipment
Deductions for accommodation
                                                            PART D:
                                                            KEY ASPECTS ON WORKING TIME
                                                                                                                      PART G:
                                                                                                                      TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
 This may be deducted from wages (not more than
10% of total wage) on condition that:
                                                              The sectoral determination refers to the following
                                                            working time matters: hours of work, overtime, pay-
                                                                                                                        A contract of employment may be terminated only
                                                                                                                      on notice of not less than one week if the domestic           Meeting
 - The room is weatherproof and in good condition           ment for overtime, night work, standby, meal intervals,   worker has been employed for six weeks or less.
 - The room has at least one window and door that
can be locked
 - The room is fitted with a toilet, a bath/shower or has
                                                            rest periods, payment for work on Sundays and public
                                                            Key aspects to remember:
                                                                                                                        Notice of four weeks is required if the domestic worker
                                                                                                                      has been employed for six months or more.
                                                                                                                        Live-in domestic workers are allowed to stay on the
                                                                                                                                                                                    M      embers in the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Johannesburg area
access to another bathroom                                    - Ordinary working hours = a maximum of 45 hours        premises for a month (notice period) or may agree to
                                                            per week.                                                 pay for the accommodation.
                                                                                                                                                                                    are requested to
PART C:                                                       - Maximum 9 hours per day when working five               An employer who has to dismiss an employee due to           diarise the date of
PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYMENT                                   days.                                                     a change in his/her economic, technological or struc-         the Annual General
  The sectoral determination compels the employer to          - Maximum 8 hours per day when working more             tural set-up, called operational requirements in the          Meeting of Sasbo’s
issue the domestic worker with written particulars of       than five days.                                           determination, is responsible for severance pay to the        Johannesburg
employment irrespective of the hours of work.                 - Overtime not more than 3 hours in any day.            employee.
  The determination explains what information should          - Not more than 15 hours’ overtime per week (5            Severance pay is payable only if there was no alter-        Branch Executive
be contained in such a document, how to communi-            days x 3 hours per day).                                  native employment - at least one week’s pay for every         Committee.
cate the information, what happens when conditions            - Standby from 20:00 - 06:00 - payment R20 per shift.   completed twelve months of continuous service.                Date: May 14,
of employment change and how long it should be kept.          - Meal interval of one hour if employee works con-        On termination of employment, an employee is en-            2003
  An employer must supply a domestic worker, when           tinuously for more than 5 hours.                          titled to a certificate of service.
he/she starts work, with the following particulars, in        - Rest periods
                                                                                                                                                                                    Venue: Mayi Vuki
writing:                                                      Daily 12 consecutive hours                              PART H:                                                       Hall in the City
  (a) The full name and address of the employer.              Weekly36 consecutive hours                              MISCELLANEOUS                                                 Hall, President
  (b) The name and occupation of the domestic worker,                                                                                                                               Street.
or a brief description of the work for which he/she is      PART E:                                                   Keeping of the sectoral determination                         Time: 17h00
employed.                                                   LEAVE PROVISION                                             All employers must keep a copy of the sectoral de-
  (c) The place of work and where he/she is required          The different types of leave an employee is entitled    termination or an official summary. This can be ob-           Safe parking will be
or permitted to work.                                       to:                                                       tained from the website of the Department of Labour           available.
  (d) Date of employment.                                     Annual leave: Three weeks per year/ or 1 day for 17     or the Government Printer in Pretoria.                        On the agenda will
  (e) The domestic worker’s ordinary hours of work          days     Worked/1 hour for 17 hours worked.               Social security                                               be a report-back
and days of work.                                             Sick leave: A sick leave cycle means 36 months of        The Unemployment Insurance Act has been amended
  (f) The domestic worker’s wage or rate and method         employment. An employee is entitled to an amount of       to include domestic workers. Once promulgated, do-            on Sasbo activities
of payment.                                                 paid sick leave equal to the number of days the em-       mestic workers will be expected to contribute 1% of           over the past year
  (g) The rate of pay for overtime work.                    ployee would normally work during a six-week period.      their wage towards the fund.                                  and details of the
  (h) Any other cash payments he/she is entitled to.          Maternity leave: Four consecutive months of un-         The Department of Labour will investigate the imple-          union’s priorities for
  (i) Any payment in kind he/she is entitled to and the     paid leave.                                               mentation of a provident fund in the next few years.
value of payment in kind.                                     Family responsibility leave: Five days per year         Enforcement
                                                                                                                                                                                    the forthcoming
  (j) How frequently wages will be paid.                                                                                The Inspectors of the Department of Labour will             years.
  (k) Any deductions to be made from wages.                 PART F:                                                   handle any contraventions of the sectoral determina-          Those attending will
  (l) The leave he/she is entitled to.                      PROHIBITION OF CHILD AND FORCED                           tion. They will first attempt to solve the complaint tele-    also be asked to
  (m)The period of notice required to terminate em-         LABOUR                                                    phonically. Thereafter they will try to secure an under-      elect the
ployment, or if employment is for a specified period,        The Basic Conditions of Employment Act 1997 pro-         taking and finally issue compliance orders if he/she is
the date when employment is to terminate.                   hibits child and forced labour and the sector determi-    of the view that the law has been contravened. If still       Johannesburg BEC
  Both parties must agree and sign the particulars. The     nation enforces the same.                                 unresolved, the case will go to the Labour Court. Un-         for 2003/4.
particulars should be reviewed annually.                     No child under the age of 15 years may be employed.      satisfied employers may object to a compliance order.

Labour Logic
                                                                                          for         operational     that Mr McDuling had          disharmony by giving           Practice contained in
                                                                                          requirements.               worked with Mr Hulley         him a final warning in         Schedule 8 to the Labour
                                                                                            I found both the          from 1993 to 1995             October 1996. This did         Relations Act does not
                                                             from page 11                 respondent’s witnesses      without any major             not have the desired           require an appeal as an
                                                                                          to be credible witnesses,   problems, and that            effect,      and       the     automatic component of
that to happen as he and      to his word, as               pragmatic approach            and the evidence seems      problems had only             Applicant’s continued          a fair procedure. In any
Mr Hulley were on a           evidenced by the              from the start and            clear that Mr McDuling      arisen in 1996. The           negative and challeng-         event, I do not believe
‘collision course’ - they     complaints of the fellow      resolved the issues           was indeed a disruptive     employer could not            ing approach consti-           the Respondent acted
were         completely       colleagues.                   without ever resorting        influence amongst a         reasonably tolerate Mr        tuted a substantively fair     unreasonably          be
incompatible.         He        After these com-            to disciplinary hearings.     small workforce. Mr         McDuling’s continued          reason for dismissal.          refusing to postpone the
believed that witnesses       plaints, it was clear that    There was therefore no        McDuling admitted the       hostility towards Mr            On the procedural            appeal a second time.
have led him to make          the trust relationship had    substantively fair reason     comments made about         Hulley.                       side, the only alleged         Although the Applicant
certain comments; and         been broken.                  for the dismissal.            the office-bearers,           It may well be that Mr      irregularity raised by the     may have arranged to go
denied that he had made         Mr           McDuling         Mr Carnegie stated that     which to my mind            Hulley’s management           Applicant was the fact         on holiday, this was
others.                       acknowledged that he          Mr McDuling did not           probably constitutes the    style was authoritarian       that the appeal was held       presumptuous as it was
  Mr McDuling stated          had made the state-           want reinstatement, but       most serious evidence       and        aggressive.        at a time when he could        done prior to his leave
that he did not feel he       ments concerning the          compensation for his          relating       to     his   Although this tends to be     not attend.                    application        being
had ever undermined the       office-bearers. There         unfair dismissal.             undermining of the          frowned upon in                 The appeal was               approved. After his
MIF.                          was no doubt that these                                     organisation and its        modern times, it is not       originally set for March       dismissal, he decided to
  Under cross-examin-         comments             were     Analysis of evidence          senior management.          something that can be         20, which was before           proceed with his holiday
ation, Mr McDuling            malicious, regardless of      and argument                  Although he attempted       labelled as wrongful or       the time when the              rather than attend the
stated again that there       how they were meant.            The case law is clear       to dismiss these            unlawful.                     Applicant had planned to       appeal hearing. This was
was no malice in his            It was clear that Mr        that dismissal for            comments as being             If Mr McDuling had a        go on leave. Never-            his choice and cannot be
comments about the            McDuling’s agenda was         incompatibility         is    without malice, and         serious problem with          theless, he advised the        held     against     the
office-bearers.               to undermine the MIF          acceptable, provided          (being in Afrikaans)        Mr Hulley’s manage-           Respondent that the date       Respondent.
  In closing, Mr von Witt     and Mr Hulley, and he         that the incompatibility is   merely part of an           ment of him, he should        was not suitable, and            In the circumstances,
(on behalf of the             had admitted that he and      caused substantially by       informal conversation       have taken this up with       requested a postpone-          I find that the dismissal
Respondent) argued that       Mr      Hulley       were     the employee. The             which could be regarded     Mr Hulley or senior           ment. (The Applicant           of Mr McDuling by the
the period between            incompatible.                 dismissal is then a form      as innocuous, I believe     management as a               did not testify as to why      Respondent was both
December 1995 and               Mr Carnegie, in his         of operational require-       that the comments were      grievance. This fact          he could not attend on         procedurally         and
October 1996 was              closing arguments,            ments dismissal.              of a serious nature,        would not give him the        this date.)                    substantively fair.
irrelevant. Only the          stated that Mr Hulley’s         In this case, it appears    were intended to malign     right to wage a form of         The Respondent post-
events relating to the        style of management led       that although the             the persons involved.       guerrilla warfare against     poned the appeal to            Conclusion
October            1996       him to take the actions       charges against Mr              Coming on top of the      Mr Hulley.                    March 27; and again the          This case acts as
disciplinary hearing and      that he did. Mr Hulley        McDuling were labelled        final warning, given only     I believe that the          Applicant stated that he       authority for the pro-
subsequent events were        was          completely       ‘incompatibility’, the        a few months earlier, it    ‘incompatibility’ was         could not attend - this        position that dismissal
relevant. Mr Hulley had       unaccommodating of            evidence suggested that       seems       that      Mr    caused substantially (if      time because he was            for incompatibility is
been happy with the           Mr McDuling’s position,       Mr McDuling was               McDuling had no real        not entirely) by the          going on holiday, as           justified. It is important
outcome of that hearing,      both with regard to his       guilty of misconduct,         intention of ‘removing      Applicant, and that the       arranged, with his             to note that the
and believed the problem      use of the company car        and in fact his dismissal     the cause of disharm-       Respondent did give the       family. The appeal then        Commissioner in this
had been solved.              and the leave issue. Mr       bears all the hallmarks of    ony’ and was in fact        Applicant a reasonable        proceeded in his               case entertained the idea
Unfortunately,        Mr      Hulley could have             a      dismissal       for    intent on sowing further    opportunity to remove         absence.                       of incompatibility as a
McDuling had not stuck        adopted         a   more      misconduct rather than        disharmony. It appears      the cause of the                The Code of Good             form of misconduct.
                                                                                                                                                        Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003 - 13

Member resolve a pivotal factor at
                Santam pay talks from page 1
 - Performance cat-         age increases for all
                                                                                                                                                For the
egory between 60 and
64 now qualify as hav-
ing met requirements
(Santam originally
                             - Any         manager
                            wishing to change the
                            agreed allocation levels
                                                         termined by individual
                                                         performance scores
                                                                                      receive a 12% pay in-
                                                                                      crease. At the other
                                                                                                                    The new pay scales
                                                                                                                   come into effect from
                                                                                                                                                In recent weeks we have had several shocking
wanted this category to     must motivate his/her        and compa ratios,” says      end of the scale, the        April 1. Staff members       reminders that, beneath the ebb and flow of ‘nor-
be scored from 63 to        proposed changes in          Charles. “Members at         small percentage who         will be informed of their    mal life’ in sunny South Africa, our country is
67).                        writing to the divisional    the top end of the per-      did not perform satis-       personal increase levels     experiencing human degradation of unimagin-
 - The matrix now in-       head.                        formance ratings (with       factorily will not receive   by late March or early       able proportions. They were:
dicates fixed percent-       “Increases will be de-      a low compa ratio) will      an increase.”                April at the latest.          •   TV3’s March 25 Special Assignment on the
                                                                                                                                                inhuman living conditions in parts of the
                                                                                                                                                Johannesburg inner city, Braamfontein and
CEO takes his leave                                                                                                                             Hillbrow.
                                                                                                                                                 •   An exposé of the child prostitution being
                                                                                                                                                practised on a massive, organised scale in most
A    t the conclusion of the Santam salary negotiations, CEO, Jan
     van Zyl, announced his departure from the company to become
chief executive officer of Sanlam.
                                                                        comprehensive evaluation process will be implemented, after which
                                                                        the board will hold a special meeting to decide on the most suitable
                                                                        candidate,” Johan van Zyl told the staff, adding that he was ‘posi-
                                                                                                                                                major cities.
                                                                                                                                                 •   The revelation that thousands of HIV-posi-
  In a personal message to Sanlam staff, Johan van Zyl said: “It is a   tive about Santam’s performance in the transitional phase and the       tive prisoners are being released and returned
privilege for me to be appointed to such a key position in Sanlam. I    year that lies ahead.’                                                  to ‘vulnerable communities’ each month.
am excited to be part of the Sanlam management team in developing         “The dynamic executive management team will remain unchanged.           These problems seem insurmountable, which
the group to achieve excellent results for its shareholders.”           They are motivated to implement our plans and strategic projects for    gives rise to the question: Where are these trag-
  The negotiations surrounding his Sanlam appointment had taken         the year. This will ensure continuity.                                  edies taking us and what can we, as concerned
place with the knowledge and approval of Santam’s board of direc-         “With the recent announcement of our results for the 2002 finan-      individuals, do to curb or prevent them?
tors, he told the staff. Hannes Wilken will act as Santam’s chief       cial year, Santam once again showed that we are geared for success.
executive officer while the company searches for a replacement.         I trust that the team will continue with the good work, aided by your     Our only reassurance is that similar tragedies
  “The Board will consider internal as well as external candidates. A   continued support.”                                                     have played themselves out in developed coun-
                                                                                                                                                tries which are today regarded as models of
                                                                                                                                                respectability. In the Paris of the 1830s, for
                                                                                                                                                example, mothers would not let their children
                                                                                                                                                play in the streets for fear that the desperate
                                                                                                                                                poor would steal them and eat them. And Vic-
                                                                                                                                                torian London had to wrestle with a plague of
                                                                                                                                                street prostitutes who conducted their nefari-
                                                                                                                                                ous business in the lanes and alleys of the ‘re-
                                                                                                                                                spectable’ West End.
                                                                                                                                                  Those wishing to make their own small con-
                                                                                                                                                tribution towards solving South Africa’s social
                                                                                                                                                problems should take their lead from Group
                                                                                                                                                Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, who said: ‘Never
                                                                                                                                                look at the enormity of a problem because that
                                                                                                                                                will intimidate you. Just take the first simple
                                                                                                                                                step you can and, within a year, you’ll be
                                                                                                                                                amazed at how much you have achieved.’
                                                                                                                                                  Sasbo’s 25 Branch Executive Committees are
                                                                                                                                                using this philosophy in their 2003 quest to bring
                                                                                                                                                relief to the suffering of the nation’s AIDS or-
                                                                                                                                                                            - Shaun Oelschig

                                                                                                                                                Net ter
                                                                                                                                                In die laaste weke is ons op skokkende wyse
                                                                                                                                                daaraan herinner dat naas die ‘gewone lewe’ in
                                                                                                                                                sonnige Suid-Afrika, daar ’n ‘ander lewe’ is
                                                                                                                                                waarin mense ondenkbare vernedering ervaar.
                                                                                                                                                  Dit is:
                                                                                                                                                 •  Op 25 Maart het SABC-TV3 in Special As-
                                                                                                                                                signment die onmenslike lewensomstandighede
                                                                                                                                                in dele van Johannesburg se middestad,
                                                                                                                                                Braamfontein en Hillbrow onder kykers se
                                                                                                                                                aandag gebring.
                                                                                                                                                 •  ’n Blootlegging van kinderprostitusie wat in
                                                                                                                                                die meeste groot stede op groot en
                                                                                                                                                georganiseerde skaal beoefen word.
                                                                                                                                                 •   Die bekendmaking dat duisende MIV-
                                                                                                                                                positiewe gevangenes elke maand ontslaan word
    B                                                                                                                                           en terugkeer na ‘kwesbare gemeenskappe’.
                                                                                                                                                  Hierdie probleme blyk onoorbrugbaar te wees
                                                                                                                                                en laat die vraag ontstaan: Waarop stuur hierdie
                                                                                                                                                tragedies af en wat kan ons as besorgde
                                                                                                                                                individue doen om dit aan bande te lê of te
                                                                                                                                                  Ons enigste troos is dat soortgelyke tragedies
                                                                                                                                                in ontwikkelde lande afgespeel het wat vandag
                                                                                                                                                beskou word as ’n toonbeeld van fatsoenlikheid.
                                                                                                                                                  In die Parys van die 1830’s het moeders nie
                                                                                                                                                hulle kinders toegelaat om in die strate te speel
                                                                                                                                                nie uit vrees dat die wanhhopig armes hulle sal
                                                                                                                                                steel en opeet. Victoriaanse Londen het geworstel
                                                                                                                                                met ’n plaag van straatprostitute wat hulle
                                                                                                                                                skandalige besigheid in die lane en stegies van
                                                                                                                                                die respektabele Weseinde gedoen het.
                                                                                                                                                  Diegene wat graag hulle eie klein bydrae wil
                                                                                                                                                lewer tot die oplossing van Suid-Afrika se
                                                                                                                                                maatskaplike probleme moet hulle oë rig op
                                                                                                                                                kaptein Leonard Cheshire VC: ‘Moet jou nooit
                                                                                                                                                blindstaar teen die enormiteit van ’n probleem
                                                                                                                                                nie, want dit sal jou oorweldig. Neem net
     ENROLLED BY:                                                                                                                               eenvoudig die eerste tree vorentoe, en jy sal
     BANK:                                                                                                                                      verbaas wees oor hoe ver jy in ’n jaar gevorder
                                                                                                                                                het,’ was sy woorde. Sasbo se 25 Uitvoerende
                                                                                                                                                Takrade volg hierdie filosofie in hulle strewe om
     NAME OF MEMBER RECRUITED:                                                                                                                  verligting te bring vir die nasie se vigswesies.
14 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

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HOLIDAY ACCOMMO-                  150 meter vanaf hoof-             969-2698.                      garden cottage to let, cen-      binne seisoen, R160 per          Velddrift (West Coast)          bridesmaids’ dresses 30-32
DATION TO LET AND                 strand, groot balkon met                                         trally located to CT down-       dag buite seisoen. Skakel        In town, nearby schools,        very neat, worn once, all for
FOR SALE/TIMESHARE                seeuitsig, toesluit motorhuis     Mossel Bay                     town, Clifton and Camps          mnr Olivier 082-682-             free-standing      3-bed-       R600. Contact Ingrid 680-
A C C O M M O DAT I O N           met sekuriteitsomheining,         Two-bedroomed flat, self-      Bay beaches, Waterfront,         2393.                            roomed facebrick house          3410.
TO LET                            tarief R150 per nag maksi-        catering, sleeps 4/6, sea      Kloof and Long Streets                                            with open-plan lounge,
                                  mum 5 persone (buite              view, swimming pool, lock-     shopping and nightlife,          PROPERTY FOR SALE                dining room, kitchen and
Cape Town                         seisoen), binne seisoen           up garage, walking dis-        Cavendish, start of Argus                                         scullery, double garage at-     GENERAL
Small furnished beachfront        tariewe op aanvraag.              tance from beach, imme-        cycle race, 1 bedroom,           Langebaan                        tached to house leading
flat overlooking sea and          Kontak Heleen Havemann,           diately available including    open-plan kitchen and living     Stand 769 sq metres, part        into braai room with built-     Cosmetics: ‘Beauty on Re-
Table Mountain with TV            tel 018-294-7449, sel             April school holidays and      area, bathroom, sleeps 4,        of the Langebaan Country         in Jetmaster leading into       quest’ by Christine, who
and garage. Out-of-sea-           083-307-7390.                     KKNK. Tel Linette 083-         double bed in bedroom and        Club golf course, asking         house, R450 000, tel E          strongly recommends the
son bank staff rates R200                                           718-7383.                      very comfortable sleeper         R55 000, private sale. Tel       Truter 021-552-9280 (W).        wide range of top-quality
for flat per night. Tel 028-      Margate                                                          couch in lounge, television      Steve 082-337-2070.                                              cosmetics, i.e. cleansers,
312-3848 or 082-682-              Clean, fully equipped self-       Jeffreysbaai                   and use of pool. Contact                                          A C C O M M O D AT I O N        moisturisers, toners, eye
0667 all hours Theron.            catering two-bedroomed            Huis met swembad, geskik       Barbara van Metzinger 082-       Pringle Bay                      TO LET                          and     neck       creams,
                                  flat 1,5 km from main             vir 2 of meer gesinne of       552-5499.                        Holiday cottage, open-           Magnificent 180 degree          remedials, cellulite, etc. at
Keurboomstrand/                   beach, swimming pool and          woonstel vir 1 gesin. L.g.                                      plan with loft and separate      sea view home to rent all       most affordable prices. For
Plettenberg Bay                   braai. Contact Lorette tel        beskikbaar vanaf R100 per      Hermanus                         room with toilet facility,       year round, 3 bedrooms,         more details please contact
Retired bank manager will         039-317-1460 or 082-              nag, 500 m vanaf die           Fully equipped self-cater-       mountain view in the heart       2 bathrooms, TV, video,         United Cosmetic Sales
let his seaside holiday cot-      902-1117.                         strand met mooi lagoon en      ing flatlet to let, 5 min walk   of the Fynbos, also avail-       dishwasher, microwave.          Company (Pty) Limited, PO
tage and luxury flat in                                             see-uitsig. Kontak Marna       from sea and town, 1 bed-        able as holiday accommo-         Call Anne 083-235-6482          Box 501, Uvongo 4270,
Goose Valley Golf Estate          Cape Town/Milnerton               by 082-828-4344.               room, open-plan kitchen          dation. Contact Loryn            for more info.                  tel/fax 039-315-1561.
(the best in SA), both fully      Ridge                                                            and living area, bathroom,       Garnham, tel 021-488-                                            Please indicate language
furnished, to Sasbo mem-          Furnished apartment ideal         Bettys Bay, Cape Town          sleeps 4, double bed in          8147, 084-461-1128.              A C C O M M O D AT I O N        preference English or Afri-
bers at half price except         for family of four in secure      Double storey face brick       bedroom and comfortable                                           WANTED                          kaans.
during peak season when           surroundings with parking         house, tariff R400 p/night     sleeper couch in lounge.         Berea, Johannesburg              A couple is looking for a
full price/tariffs will be lev-   bay, tennis court, braai          for 8 people and thereaf-      Contact Barbara van              Well-maintained, spacious        room to rent urgently.          Handyman (Johannesburg
ied. Tel 044-382-3389.            area, pool, laundry facili-       ter R50 per person p/night,    Metzinger 082-552-5499.          apartment featuring 3 beds       Please contact Lebo at          and surrounding areas).
                                  ties, near Century City, ca-      sleeps up to 12 people,                                         (mes and bics), 2 full bath-     083-331-9523 or Kentse          Domestic maintenance
Knysna                            sino and golf course and          fully equipped. For further    Margate                          rooms, renovated kitchen,        (W) 011-350-6207.               and alterations, bricklay-
Fully equipped self-cater-        15 minutes from CT cen-           information contact Cedric     Moderne tweeslaapkamer           parking and storeroom, se-                                       ing, plastering, painting
ing flatlet with private pa-      tral/waterfront, R220 per         at 083-253-1311, e-mail        woonstel sentraal geleë          cure and attractive, conve-      WANTED                          and tiling, rubble removal,
tio and braai area, mag-          night, tel Dave 083-414-       150 meter vanaf hoof-            niently close to good            Dog, female Bullterrier         etc. Call Waldo on 082-
nificent views of lagoon          7638 or 021-558-4780.             or Connie at 072-450-          strand, groot balkon met         schools, bus/taxi routes         puppy - needing a good          378-0328 for a free quo-
and mountains, TV and un-                                           3374.                          see-uitsig, toesluit motor-      and churches, sellers highly     home - R0. tel 011-371-         tation.
dercover parking, sleeps 2,       Ysterfontein                                                     huis met sekuriteits om          negotiable from R80 000.         2419 Vanessa.
tariff R180 per day out of        West Coast                        Timeshares for sale            heining tarief R150 per          Contact Chris 083-459-                                           Alf’s Plumbing. For all your
season, R220 per day in           Self-catering furnished           (a) Club         Mykonos,      nag (buite seisoen) maksi-       0286.                            FOR SALE                        plumbing requirements:
season. Tel 044-384-              bachelor flat with sea view,      Langebaan, sleeps 6, unit      mum 5 persone, binne                                              Studying through Unisa?         geysers, burst pipes,
0734.                             sleeps 4, 70 km from Cape         107, week 45, new casino       seisoen en naweek tariewe        Knysna                           Excellent condition text        blocked drains, leaking
                                  Town and Langebaan,               opened, bargain R10 000        op aanvraag, minimum             Modern well-built execu-         books - Quantitative Deci-      roof. Contact Alf on 083-
Cape Town Central                 R150 per night for the flat,      (b) Breakers, North Coast      verblyf 4 nagte. Kontak          tive-type residence consist-     sion Making, Managerial         775-9982 all hours.
Self-catering fully equipped      contact Wilinda 082-336-          Natal, unit 506, week 37,      Heleen Havemann 018-             ing of 4 bedrooms, 3 bath-       Accounting, Marketing, In-
two-bedroomed cottage             1973.                             sleeps 6, R9 000 (c) Five      294-7449 of 083-307-             rooms, study, lounge, fam-       vestment, Personal finan-       Need mini-movers or
with secure parking, service                                        Crown Resort, Madjijie/        7390.                            ily room, dining room,           cial and Strategic Manage-      rubble removed? Contact
weekly, use of swimming           Green Point,                      Mabula, unit 34, week 52                                        open-plan kitchen, two sun       ment - latest editions - used   Peter on 082-299-2188.
pool. Tel Eugéne 082-468-         Cape Town                         (extra week every five         Durban                           decks, all with beautiful        last year for the first time
4367 or 021-461-8101.             Close to Waterfront plus          years), sleeps 6, bargain at   Tropicana South Beach            view of the lagoon and           only - Acc II video plus        Body stress release. Being
                                  major tourist attractions 1-      R25 000. Tel 679-1456          timeshare June 27-July 4,        Heads, double garage with        workbook from Unisa             in constant pain i.e. head-
Chaka’s Rock (Ballito)            and 2-bedroomed self-ca-          Walker.                        2003, R1 500 for the             electronic doors plus en-        [R100-R300 each] tel 072-       aches, pain in back, neck,
Holiday accommodation,            tering apartments, fully fur-                                    week, beach/swimming             closed carport for two           431-5510 or 011-854-            shoulders,         burning
two luxuriously inter-lead-       nished, serviced daily from       Sun City Vacation Club         pools across road, 2             caravans, tiled roof with        2658.                           muscles, numbness in
ing furnished rooms w/            R200 per day. Call Hannes         Flexi mid-week and flexi       double beds, small kitch-        large glazed aluminium                                           limbs and exhaustion re-
shower and bath (one rm           083-255-9618              or      weekend for two-bed-           enette, kettle, fridge,          sliding doors and windows,       Medela mini electric breast     duces your quality of life!
2 beds (sgl), adjoining rm               roomed apartment, self-        toaster, eating utensils, no     situated close to golf           pump for sale as new in         For improved health and
1 bed (dbl) with TV, M-Net                                          catering for sale separately   stove, serviced daily, usual     course and new private           original packaging + ex-        wellness contact Letitia
and video, leading on to          Bushveld Retreat and              at R15 000 each or to-         hotel facilities, tel Brenda     hospital, suitable for B & B,    tras, R500. Contact             Matthyser, tel 012-663-
80 sq mts balcony, third          Hydro, Waterberg                  gether for R25 000. Con-       H/W 011-678-4172.                price drastically reduced        Belinda 083-708-1710 /          6070, 082-889-6179.
under cover, conveniently         Game         farm,      fully     tact Mike Marshbank on                                          for quick sale as owner is       011-672-2915           a/h
equipped with facilities for      equipped, self catering ac-       021-788-2262.                  KZN Lower South                  moving to a retirement vil-      Florida Park (West Rand).       Save while you purchase
secluded, comfortable sun-        commodation available in                                         Coast Glenmore                   lage. Tel owner at 044-                                          with a Consumers Card.
bathing and uninterrupted         lodge tents each with bath-       Oceanic, Durban                Beach                            382-3389.                        Long, ivory formal dress,       Used by more than 40 000
picturesque sea views, also       room, kitchen and braai           Timeshare week No. 29          San Miguel Resort, 2 com-                                         worn once to function,          people since 1947. Annual
sundowners and meals, if          area, rate R250 pppn              (late July) for sale at        fortable 2-bedroomed             Mtwalume South KZN               open back with criss-cross      bonus of 5%, wide variety
so desired. Also dolphin          weekends and public holi-         R3 000. Tel Mike               units each sleeping a maxi-      Sectional title unit in secure   detail, boutique quality,       of suppliers, interest-free
spotting (with patience!).        days, special rate week           Marshbank 021-788-             mum of 4 adults and 2            complex, fully tiled, 3 bed-     size 34, R600 ono. Tel          credit, convenient and
Ceiling fans with control         days - R200 pppn, children        2262.                          children, secure complex,        rooms, lounge, dining            011-710-3059 / 072-             safe, can be used country-
switches throughout, pool         half price, rate includes use                                    under-cover parking, ten-        room, bathroom, kitchen          336-1332.                       wide. Contact Phyllis at
in complex. The complex is        of hydro, i.e. sauna,             Port Elizabeth,                nis court, swimming pool         and carport for 2 cars,                                          021-715-4991.
conveniently situated (10         jacuzzi, plunge pool and          Newton Park                    and entertainment area,          swimming pool and tennis         Six-sleeper Sprite Muske-
mins walk) to famous tidal        gym room. Game drives             Self-catering bachelor cot-    putt-putt, kids’ jungle gym,     court in complex, knotti         teer caravan, full house,       Do you want to improve
pool (the Isle of Capri of        and treatments such as            tage, sleeps 2, R100 per       games room and trampo-           pine ceilings/ceiling fans,      good condition, tel Rosa        your home at the most af-
SA). Apart from all the fun,      massage, etc. are optional        night, 5 mins from St          line, close to main swim-        low levy, 5 min drive to         039-974-2030 W 039-             fordable price? Muhle
also ideal spot for picnic        extras. Contact Elaine 083-       George’s Park, 15 mins         ming beach, Wild Coast           beach and tidal pool, ideal      979-5237 H.                     Trading and Services does
lunches because of close          460-2982 or 014-755-              from the beachfront. Tel       Casino and numerous golf         for retirement or holiday                                        the best work at the lowest
proximity (no parking prob-       4244.                             041-365-3095.                  courses. For availability        home, price R110 000.            (1) Off-road 500 cc             price. Plumbing, welding,
lems or costs to reach                                                                             and price structure contact      Contact Beulah 039-682-          Thumper R4 000 (2) Exter-       painting and the most
beach). Ballito is a              Cape Town                         Shelly Beach                   Daphnè at 039-314-9666           0108 (W).                        nal modem 56K Robotics          beautiful kitchen and bed-
fisherman’s paradise. Out-        Protea Hotel, Tygervalley,        Three fully equipped self-     or 083-598-1524.                                                  R500 (3) Petrol lawn            room cupboards. Pretoria
of-season rates 2 sleeper         hotel room for R250 per           catering flats, 2 eight-                                        Sunnyside                        mower Briggs & Stratton         and Johannesburg area.
from R110 pn, 4 sleeper           night, beautiful view on          sleepers, 1 four-sleeper                                        Fully    carpeted     3-         375 turbo sprint engine,        Bully Beukes, tel 073-135-
from R150 pn. Tel 032-            Table Mountain, central           with braai area and swim-      Plettenberg Bay/                 bedroomed flat, 2 full           Southern Cross, excellent       4256 or 012-806-5538.
525-7698 for faxed bro-           with 3 meals available            ming pool available            Keurbooms River                  bathrooms, 2 lock-up ga-         condition R1 500 (4) Large
chure.                            daily, but not included, no       throughout the year. Out of    Self-catering open-plan          rages, open-plan living          compressor, 150 litres,         George area: carpets
                                  minimum days, booking             season rates between R60       chalet on Keurbooms River        room/dining room, aircon         3000 watts R1 500 (5) 4 x       dirty? Vuil matte? Tel
Knysna holiday                    essential, owned privately.       and R100 per day. Contact      close to Plett beaches and       in lounge and main bed-          4 pram, blue yellow and         Wessel 083-461-9746.
apartment                         Contact       Hein     von        Jasper 011-753-2941 or         golf courses, tastefully fur-    room, alarm system. Tel          green, big wheels + large
Fully fitted 2-bedroomed          Molendorff 021-440-               083-260-7445.                  nished and fully equipped        083-301-7254 (Du Toit).          basket R400 (6) Play-           Retired banker male Hindi-
unit, sleeps 4 (max 6 per-        4705 or 082-450-8283.                                            including TV and video,                                           ground equipment - slide        speaking aged 50, di-
sons), undercover parking,                                          For sale RCI                   sleeps 2, ideal for boating,     Lindhaven                        + A Frame swing R400 (7)        vorced, residing Natal
swimming pool and                 Scottburgh                        Urgent sale, RCI, Leisure      fishing, hiking, cycling,        Sectional unit for sale          Cot and drawer, white           South Coast, seeks the
laundromat facilities, built-     Timeshare for sale R3 500,        Club, point system, go and     swimming, bird-watching.         within walking distance of       R500 (8) Baby feeding           companionship of a fe-
in braai on balcony with          Blue Marlin Hotel, week 20,       stay anywhere, R5 000,         Pensioners’ discount. Con-       Westgate, two bedrooms           chair wooden R200 cash.         male late forties to live in
lovely lagoon views, rates        room and balcony with sea         levy pd for 2003. For more     tact Johann Hubinger tel         carpeted, bic, tiled open-       Contact Vannesa Hattingh        as partners with the view of
negotiable. Contact Lester        view, beautiful beach only 2      details contact Valerie 011-   021-794-1646, cell 082-          plan lounge, kitchen,            011-371-2419.                   a sincere relationship later.
Lentz a/h 044-382-1426            min walk from hotel, hotel        391-2666 or 082-921-           670-9726.                        underfloor heating, fully                                        Respondents are welcome
or 082-410-9368.                  is situated in town centre,       9756.                                                           tiled bathroom, carport,         Baby/child’s car safety seat    to stay for a while as a short
                                  room sleeps 2 people, ideal                                      Uvongo South Coast               offers from R110 000.            R50, tel Brenda H/W 011-        holiday. Interested persons
Margate                           for retired couple as it is out   Oranjezicht (City              Vakansiehuis te huur, 2          Contact 084-596-4233 or          678-4172.                       reply to the Box Holder, PO
Moderne tweeslaapkamer            of season. Contact Irene at       Bowl, Cape Town)               slaapkamer slaap 6               011-333-2155 for view-                                           Box 277, Park Rynie 4181,
woonstel sentraal geleë,          016-932-4006 or 082-              Fully equipped self-catering   persone, R260 per dag            ing.                             Wedding gown 40-42 + 2          with your full details.
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                                                       me! (9)


                                                       1. It’s not out, worth-
                                                       less creature! You bring
                                                       it on yourself! (5)
                                                       2. Made of glass and
                                                       seen in Japan especially
                                                       3. The kind of bird apt
                                                       to urge one on in the
                                                       garden (8)
                                                       4. It’s been given at
                                                       the station and I de-
                                                       mand careful research
                                                       into it (13)
                                                       5. Otherwise, Lee’s
                                                       put out by it (4)
ACROSS                     19. Honest souls find       6. That’s nothing! I
                           comfortable resting         got an OBE for playing
1. Being slim, I’ve got    places (5)                  it! (4)
     up but this isn’t     20. Go back to the king     7. You fool! That’s
     continuous! (9)       for a drink (4)             concreted! (4)
8. I use a bell when a     21. What a curve hers       11. Farewell to that little
written defamation is      is! No wonder the ar-       valley! (4)
                                                       12. It’s so delicious, it     fast (4)
obvious (5)                rows are flying! (7)
                                                       makes one canter              22. How Ed and Eva
9. Strive to get Con -     24. Fast at this point
                                                       about (6)                     are able to dodge us (5)
he manages things well     with all that food avail-
                                                       14. Point under there         23. Observe the manu-
(9)                        able? (5)
                                                       and you’ll suffer for it!     script or what appears
10. A happening in the     27. I’m given a neat lie
                                                       (6)                           to be one (5)
seventies (5)              and told to get rid of it
                                                       16. Not being out, the        24. Note! There’s just
13. Opposes his sister’s   (9)
                                                       writer was able to en-        me - one of renown! (4)
changed ways (7)           28. Some circle round
                                                       grave it for me (8)           25. A male cat - a very
15. I get a lot of hard    such a large animal (5)
                                                       18. For example,              small one (4)
work (4)                   29. Lessens in the
                                                       George Smith begins           26. River popular with
17. You die with a fare-   south-east initially?
                                                       having them for break-        golfers (4)
well (5)                   That’s meaningless to

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16 - Sasbo News/Nuus March/Maart 2003

 Drawing the       TRAVEL Live it up
 names of the 50 in lovely Langebaan
 students who will H                                                                ats off to Travel Club for giving us such a rich variety of exciting and affordable holiday

 receive Sasbo                                                                 This month’s pictures are from Beach House, Langebaan, where members can hire self-catering,
                                                                              sea-facing units that sleep up to five.
                                                                               What can one do in Langebaan? On your doorstep is safe bathing in warm lagoon waters, there
                                                                              are scenic coastal hikes, windsurfing, kayaking and mountain bikes for hire - and a convivial beach
 study grants                                                                 pub and bistro where you can refresh yourself after all that activity.
                                                                               There’s night life nearby and Cape Town is only an hour’s drive away.
                                                                                                                       For further details of this delightful venue and the scores of
                                                                                                                      others around the country that offer members free accom-
                                                                                                                      modation for the price of their meals, contact Travel Club at
                                                                                                                      tel 021-425-1122 or visit its website at

As our picture shows, drawing the names of the 50 students who received
Sasbo Study grants from the hundreds of applications is a serious business.
“We congratulate the winners and wish those whose names did not come up
this time better luck next year,” says deputy general secretary, Ben Venter
(left). “We also wish the hundreds of members (it could even be thousands)
currently tackling self-improvement and career courses success with their
studies,” he said. Assisting in the draw were the union’s deputy president,
Mark Noël (centre) and finance manager, Samantha Anthony. Each year, Sasbo
offers 50 study grants of up to R2 200 to members - or their children - who
are undertaking a recognised form of tertiary education. The winners are:
Johannesburg: Bekker JM, Benade MC, Dlamini VS, Keyter DR, Lavagna
VP, Manyike EM, Mkhangala E, Molebatsi I, Molete M, Nay D, Ndawonde
LCC, O’Connor TN, Padayachy S, Raath AM.
Pretoria: Erasmus HD, Gous MH, Hattam JA, Henning KA, Mashele S, Rapoo
DL, Tema S.
Durban: Bedasie CD, Gounden V, Kadir MB, Mbele ZMJ, Murrell M, Murugen
S, Padayachee P, Pather S, Ping IJ, Sahadev M, Sarjoo P.
Port Elizabeth: Fourie L, Goold MP, Jeftha HMM, Matthews N, Sumner
FC, Westcott G.
Cape Town: Lamprecht LR, Leendertz S, Lopes FW, Petersen S, Swart L,
Van Huyssteen CD, St Clair G.
Bloemfontein: Erasmus PBA, Erwee MS, Hunt ME, Pearce C, Viljoen H.

Natalie joins CT team
                                                   Natalie Michaels
                                                   has joined
                                                   Sasbo’s Western
                                                   Cape team as an
                                                   Previously em-
                                                   ployed in the
                                                   political arena,
                                                   Natalie holds a
                                                   B-Tech degree
                                                   and National
                                                   Higher Diploma
                                                   in human

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