Mac Chavalala


Mac political interest started in the late 80s, like most young people, inspired by the ANC and the SACP. He joined NUMSA around 1991/2, but my interest to serve as a shop steward started around 1999/2000. He was elected a shop steward in 2001 and started participating in NUMSA's structures meetings. In 2004 Mac elected as a Local Secretary of Great North, and in 2008 elected a Deputy Local Chairperson and later a Local Chairperson of the same local. In 2011, he was elected as a Deputy Regional Chairperson of Hlanganani Region, and in 2012 elected the Regional Chairperson of the same Region. Re-elected again in 2016 as a Regional Chairperson


1st Deputy President

Nomvume has been involved in politics since 1980.In 1992 she was elected as a SADTU Site steward at Eluxolweni Public Primary School, Khayelitsha until 1994. In 1994 she joined the ANC.She was a member of the Dorothy Zihlangu Branch, ward 40 Metro Region Western Cape. In 1997 she was elected as an Assistant Secretary in SADTU Khayelitsha Branch under the leadership of the late Cde Ludwe Ngamlana. In 2000 Nomvume was elected unopposed as Assistant Secretary in SADTU Coastal Regional Conference. She has played a pivotal role in the politics of South Africa but more important amongst the working class.
In 2006 she joined the Provincial Executive of SANCO as an additional member and later was elected as the Provincial Secretary of SANCO from 2009 In 2012 SHE became actively involved in the mobilisation and campaigns for the EFF. She was there in Marikana when the EFF was launched.


2nd Deputy President

Thabo started his union activities during 2000 in Lenasia, Soweto. During 2003 he was transferred to Pretoria, Shoshanguve where he continued as a shop steward at the station. In 2004 he was the full time shopsteward and a regional chairperson of Pretoria. During 2005 he then became a commissioned police official in the SAPS. In 2008 he was a Provincial Executive Committee member and a regional chairperson of Pretoria respectively. Early 2010 he was then elected as the Provincial Chairperson for SAPU Gauteng, a position he held until November 2010 whereafter I was elected as the 2nd Vice President of SAPU until to date.


General Secretary

In 1988, he became COSATU's regional secretary for the Western Transvaal. In 1992 he took up the position of National Organizing Secretary. He served as COSATU's Deputy General Secretary from 1993 to 1999. Vavi took centre stage in the four-month negotiation that preceded the 1997 Jobs Summit. He served on the International Labour Organisation's commission on globalisation.
In 1999 he succeeded Mbhazima Shilowa (formerly the Gauteng Premier, and later one of the leaders of COPE) as general secretary of COSATU.
Zwelinzima Vavi is the current General Secretary of SAFTU


Deputy General Secretary

Phakedi started my employment as a production supervisor at a company called Rosendal Farms producing; plants, trees, flowers, shrubs and perennials where he became a member of a union called SAAPAWU and became a shop steward for about a year until I applied and got appointed as an organizer in 2001 In 2003 He was elected a Provincial Secretary of SAAPAWU until the union was intergrated into FAWU- Food And Allied Workers Union in 2004 wherein he became a provincial organizer He was then elected a Provincial Secretary in November 2007 and re-elected again in August 2010. In September 2011 he was elected then re-elected during the recent 2016 NC


National treasurer

Motshwari Harriet Lecogo like any worker who experience workplace based exploitation and community struggles of the poor people, became active and joined trade union along with other workers as a member and have had the privileged of being elected as a shop steward and later as an office bearer at the province in the capacity as the Provincial secretary for North West Province in 2011 serving NUPSAW – National Union Of Public Service and Allied Workers and elected again. She joined the ANC and in August 2016 was elected to serve as the deputy secretary for Ward 12 ANC Women’s League