We congratulate Mr. Given Rafapa, our
Director for Labour Relations on his new role, representing the Department of
Basic Education (DBE) as the Deputy Chairperson of the Education Labour
Relations Council (ELRC) as of 1 September 2021.
The ELRC is a bargaining council that serves
the public education sector nationally and provincially. Its main objective is
to promote the maintenance of labour peace in the public education sector
through the provision of dispute resolution and prevention services. Our
newsflash team had a chat with him, to get a sense of what his job entails:
did you find yourself in this position?
A: I was nominated by the DBE to serve in
this position as a Deputy Chairperson. The employer provides a Deputy
Chairperson to Council on a rotational basis. I will be representing the
employer in ELR Council and the Executive Committee.
What do you like most about your work?
A: I derive pleasure in helping my colleagues
with solutions to their daily challenges regarding amongst others; resolution of
conflicts which manifest in different forms; either perceptual or felt
conflict. Most importantly, it excites me when there is relative stability and
the creation of labour peace in the department because organizational
productivity generally and the provision of quality basic education to the children
of this province, in particular, are dependent on the relative stability and
the creation labour peace.
What is your main responsibility in your directorate in the Limpopo Department
A: My work amongst others include:
• Policy development for grievances,
disputes, misconduct cases and drafting of collective agreements
and concept papers for negotiations in the
provincial ELRC and the National ELRC through the DBE. • Management of
grievances, disputes and cases of misconduct.
• Training of all employees on the provisions
of the applicable laws and policies in order to increase awareness of same.
• I am the Chief Negotiator of the department
in the provincial ELRC and represent the department in the national ELRC
does the ELRC benefit employees?
A: The ELRC as a forum for consultation and
negotiations, helps employees with regard to the determination of their terms and
conditions of service by granting parties (the employer and employee parties) a
conducive environment for collective bargaining and reaching of consensus as
well as the signing of collective agreements.
explain your responsibility and plans for your new responsibility as Deputy
Chairperson of the ELRC
A: My main responsibility is to stand in for
the Chairperson when he is not available and chair the proceedings of Council and
any other responsibility allocated to me by parties to Council in relation to
chairing any proceedings of Sub-Committees as and when the Council deems it necessary
to do so. My plan is to help in sustaining the momentum built over many years
of the existence of the ELRC in creating labour peace and relative stability in
the basic education sector in order to fast track the provision of quality public
education to the children of this country.
Story by Ndivhuwo Mukhada