27 Oct

Meet UASA’s new Elect-President: Mrs. Patience Mapitsi:

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

I, Mrs. Patience Mapitsi commit to being UASA President who serves our members with pride and dignity. In my capacity, I dedicate my hard work and obligate to put UASA members first.

“I encourage all our young members and workers to come forward and be actively involved in union practices. In a post-Covid-19 world where we are all trying our best hard to make ends meet, I believe that tackling industry challenges and coming up with sustainable solutions will certainly benefit our economy in the long run.”

I am confident that engaging on issues about economic growth, climate change challenges, and industry development with young minds will go a long way in ensuring that we create an ecological world where our future is protected, safe and sustainable with enough jobs for all people.

“Let’s work together to build a greater UASA and shape a better future for the labour force and our country,” said Mapitsi.

Who is Mrs. Patience Mapitsi?

  • Mapitsi was born and bred in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa. She relocated to the North West Province in 1996 in pursuit of work in the mines. She landed her first job under a catering sub-contractor at Samancor Chrome Limited where she worked for seven years.
  • Mapitsi moved on to another sub-contract at Anglo American at a shaft that is now known as Batho Pele where she worked as a Belt Attendant until 2007 after she went back to Samancor Chrome Ltd. as an Engineering Assistant where she worked in the position until 2014.
  • Mapitsi joined UASA the union in 2014 and she later became a Full-Time Union Representative (FTUR) for UASA in 2015.
  • Prior to being promoted to her current role as Control Room Administrator, Mapitsi also previously worked as an Engineering Administrator.
  • Mapitsi has more than 25 years of work experience in mining. She holds a Higher Certificate in Human Resources and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Human resources.

As the new President, what are your plans for UASA and all the sectors that we represent?

  • To begin with, I will be working on an open-door policy because I want to get involved with our FTUR’s and members as much as I can. I would like to see UASA grow its membership and become the best union there is among other unions in the industry. “I believe that working together between myself, our CEO, FTUR’s, and members, we will certainly shape a great future that we all want for UASA,” said Mapitsi.
  • I would like to see the skills development gaps between our FTUR’s and members in the industries that they are employed in being impassable which means we must work hard to see our people being trained accordingly so that their skills remain relevant to the forever escalating changes in the world of work.
  • Given the opportunity I would like to engage with representatives in our branches and sectors and encourage them to represent our members well, participate in wage negotiations with dignity so that our members are content with our service.
  • I will also be closely looking at issues on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and equality to see how we can create safe work environments for all.

Woman Power: A dream come true

Being a black female President of UASA is a huge achievement and honour for me as an individual and my career. I am still in awe of such a huge milestone and the trust that our members at UASA have in me. I am proud of myself and to be part of such an amazing organization.

As I embark on this new journey, my dream is to see more women empowered to achieve greater and be inspired. “If I can do it then we can all do it.” I would like to see women working together and empowering each other to overcome industry challenges including, GBV, harassment, and inequality. Achieving equality means that women will be able to acquire higher positions and that they will be given fair opportunities to be leaders and be advocates for the change that they want.

“I call on the government to continue with the process of ratifying the Convention 190 (C190) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which advocates for the protection of children and women and the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work and at home. All acts of GBV and harassment must be eradicated. We must protect women and children at all costs.” – emphasized Mapitsi.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at  065 170 0162

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