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BRIEF HISTORY OF CEPPWAWU SINCE 1999 TO 2019

CEPPWAWU was launched on the 24 February 1999 in Randburg Johannesburg, and was the amalgamation of former two COSATU unions namely Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU) and Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union (PPWAWU).

The process started from the unions national congresses held by both unions in 1997 followed by intensive merger negotiations which culminated in the launching congress of CEPPWAWU in 1999. The abovementioned unions initiated these processes voluntarily following international trends where chemical and paper unions were merging, taking into account downstream production process within multinational companies (please specify the names of the founding members top 6)

CEPPWAWU became the first union in the history of COSATU to engage in a merging process and form one union, and this created hope within the Federation that outstanding mergers would be easy going forward. The two union brought together major strengths they had namely good administration and strong political standing into the new union CEPPWAWU. This is one of the pillars the union up to now used to keep unity intact despite many challenges we faced over the last twenty years.


CEPPWAWU Launching National Congress – 24 February 1999
Leadership that emerged from the launching NC is as follows;
President: Pasco Dyani
1st Vice President: Welile Nolingo
2nd Vice President: Joyce Pekani
National Treasure: Abasalom Ditsoke
General Secretary: Muzi Buthelezi
DG Secretary: Bhengeza Mthombeni

1st CEPPWAWU National Congress – August 2002
Leadership that emerged is the following;
President: Pasco Dyani
1st Vice President: Christmas Tsolo
2nd Vice President: Joseph Thee
National Treasure: Mary Nxumalo
General Secretary: Welile Nolingo
DG Secretary: Bhengeza Mthombeni

2nd CEPPWAWU National Congress – August 2005
Leadership emerged is;
President: Pasco Dyani
1st Vice President: Jacob Mabena
2nd Vice President: Flora Maboa
National Treasure: Mary Nxumalo
General Secretary: Welile Nolingo
DG Secretary: Keith Jacobs

3rd CEPPWAWU National Congress – August 2008
Leadership emerged is:
President: Jacob Mabena
1st Vice President: Peter Rapoo
2nd Vice President: Sizakele Nqala
National Treasure: Mary Nxumalo
General Secretary: Simon Mofokeng
DG Secretary: Thabane Mdlalose

4th CEPPWAWU National Congress – August/September 2011
Leadership emerged is;
President: Thamsanqa Mhlongo
1st Vice President: Lucas Mashego
2nd Vice President: Eunice Dlodlo
National Treasure: Thulasi Ntsibande
General Secretary: Simon Mofokeng
DG Secretary: Chief Sealtholo

5th CEPPWAWU National Congress – August/September 2018
Leadership emerged is;
President: Thamsanqa Mhlongo
1st Vice President: Lucas Mashego
2nd Vice President: Johannes Dube
National Treasure: Lemmy Mokoena
General Secretary: Welile Nolingo
DG Secretary: Musa Bhengu

Top 6 2nd Congress
Top 6 3rd Congress
Top 6 4th Congress
The 2018 top 6
For example:
The congress elected the following leaders: Thamsanqa Mhlongo (President), Lucas Mashego (1st Vice President), Johannes Dube (2nd Vice President), Lemmy Mokoena (Treasurer), Welile Nolingo (General Secretary), and Musa Bhengu (Deputy General Secretary).

The 5th National Congress has reconstructed the foundations built by the former leaders of the former unions on which CEPPWAWU was built, and going forward CEPPWAWU must take worker unity as the primary priority number one in everything the union does.

We are gathered here tonight during the 6th National Bargaining Conference celebrating twenty (20) years of Workers Unity and bowing to go back to basics. Our celebrations should be characterised by the programmes the union will embark on in taking CEPPWAWU forward, and building it for the future generations, and the manner in which we managing our differences within the confines of the union structures.

Current Situation:
The Union is currently under Administration, and Ms Thulisile Njapa Mashanda has been appointed administrator of Ceppwawu to assist its turnaround.

Going Forward:
The last eight years were the most challenging years for CEPPWAWU and again the union managed to pull through a united union with no split during that period until the 5th National Congress in 2018. This is the new strength the organisation should embrace and learn many lessons from.

LET US CELEBRATE AND BETTER THE NEXT TWENTY YEAR OF OUR EXISTENCE!!!
VIVA CEPPWAWU VIVA, AMANDLA!!