Profile of Nontembeko “Ntembie” Luzipo
Ntembie, involved herself with labour movement as early as 2004, when she was employed at Intercape Mailner. Due to worse conditions of employment, and exploitation that was beyond tolerance she was part of the comrades who were recruiting day and night to have a union for the first time in the history of Intercape. Indeed their recruitment was successful, and she was then elected as Satawu Shop steward at Intercape, where she served also in the National Shop steward Council. She also served as the Provincial Secretary of the passenger sector. The National Passenger Sector Council elected her as the National Secretary in 2007, and unfortunately it is the same year when she was dismissed with number of comrades, for an “alleged illegal strike”.
In 2009, she was employed at Numsa for a period of 10 months. In 2010, she was permanently employed at Satawu as a Local Administrator in Bellville local. During her employment at Satawu, she parcticipated actively in Cosatu activities and some structures. She was part Western Provincial Task Team of Cosatu Young Workers, and was also active in the formation of Milnerton Cosatu Local.
Political activism - Ntembie has been political active even in the Mass Democratic Movement. She has served in Deputy Chairperson of Fidel Castro (an Sacp branch in Brain Bunting District also known as Cape Metro), and also as Deputy Secretary for two terms of Govan Mbeki branch (Anc branch, in Dullah Omar Region/Cape Metro).
She was also in the Interim leadership of the YCL that revived the YCL and during the District Congress in 2008, she was elected as the District Chairperson of YCL/Ufasimba. The Regional Congress of 2011, in Dullah Omar elected her as the Deputy Regional Secretary.
Her activism for the MDM structure never ceased, she is currently serving in ANC BEC of Govan Mbeki branch (Ward 04), in Dullah Omar Region, and also an Sacp DEC member of Brian Bunting District, in the Western Cape.
The union was formed at its inaugural launching Congress on 24 September 2015 at Pretoria. The Congress was blessed by the attendance of comrades from five (5) Provinces of the Republic of South Africa.
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