National Union of Mineworkers South Africa

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"The National Union of Mineworkers was founded in 1982.Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President , and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed ... The Union regards itself as a leadership grooming institution hence it has always been willing to avail its graduates to assume important roles within the alliance structures e.g. Cyril Ramaphosa who became ANC Secretary General 1995, Kgalema Motlanthe who became ANC Secretary General 1997-2007 and is currently the Deputy President of South Africa, and the current incumbent Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe, to mention but a few." [1]



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  1. National Union of Mineworkers History, organizational web page, accessed August 23, 2012.