• 8th-12th July 2024

    Research & Organisational Development Weeks

    These weeks are internal platforms for evaluating, designing and planning programme work. During these weeks, information across different department of the organisation is shared.

  • 27th- 29th November 2024

    Educators Conference

    DITSELA is intending to host its Educator Conference, depending on the availability of resources. The conference will celebrate worker history and worker education by honouring the workers struggles that produced organizational regeneration that created Fosatu then Cosatu, CUSA and then NACTU in Durban in the 1970s.

    It will discuss and interpret the present conjuncture, drawing conclusions for struggles ahead. It will discuss the production of knowledge in society, seeking ways at which worker education can be socially and politically mainstreamed.

  • 12th- 14th March 2024

    Occupational Qualification: Trade Unionist Qualification (SAQA ID 118790)

    The Trade Unionist Qualification, previously known as the Trade Union Practice Qualification, has been replaced by the Occupational Certificate: Trade Unionist. This program aims to develop the skills and knowledge needed for effective trade unionists and worker representatives. It encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences, which are essential for workers' education.

  • 27th February – 1st March 2024

    National Short Course - Occupational Health & Safety

    This course aims to introduce participants to occupational health and safety, focusing on how it impacts the core objectives of Trade Unions. It will develop skills in recognizing and assessing hazards and risks, and addressing them effectively in their trade union structures.

    The course will also address the growing issue of precarious employment in increasingly opaque supply chains, highlighting the need for interpretation of key concepts in South Africa's occupational health and safety regulations.

  • 23rd- 26th April 2024

    National Short Course - Educator Skills

    Popular Education Practice Workshop programme is an education programme aimed at empowering shop-stewards, community, youth, gender activists who aspire to be trade union and community educators to acquire popular education and facilitation skills and approaches so they may be effective educators. It involves both theoretical and practical knowledge and applications.

  • 28th- 31st May 2024

    National Short Course - Media & Communications

    This course seeks to help learners to be media literate and critical thinkers that would use media to their advantage as trade union media activists.

  • 28th- 31st May 2024

    National Short Course - Negotiation Skills Strategy & Tactics

    Participants learn workplace negotiation skills, strategies, and tactics, and link them to union campaigns. They examine LRA sections and understand financial statements and records for strategic approaches.

  • 13th – 16th August 2024

    National Short Course - Labour Law: Arbitration

    Participants look into dispute resolution in the LRA and how the CCMA works when we address the follow up process. Additionally, critically look at how to build a legal case with an organising approach and what is needed to prepare for arbitration and the overall arbitration process.

  • 10th- 13th September 2024

    National Short Course - Case Handling Disputes & Dismissals

    An overview of Labour Laws is engaged with and key aspects of the LRA and its practical application in the workplace. The course addresses the BCEA and EEA and how employers and unions can and should use it. In addition, non-legal aspects of dismissals and categorisation of different types of dismissal in the workplace such as dismissal for misconduct are addressed.

  • 5th-8th November 2024

    National Short Course - Administrator Course (Block 1)

    Looking at the role of the administrator, basic skills needed and problem-solving skills needed  in union. Additionally, the key issues around union organisation, history, purpose, values and labour debates overall. Administrators in the course will also be engage on the legal framework and how laws are made, through understanding the LRA and key labour laws.

  • 14th – 17th May 2024

    National Short Course - Introduction to Labour Law for Administrators: (BLOCK 2)

    This course aims to help administrators to develop an understanding of South African labour laws, and how to assist trade union members with legal issues in the absence of union officials. It builds on from the first block on basic administration that was conducted the previous year focused on basic administration in the union.

  • 24th -28th June 2024

    National Short Course - Introduction to labour Law

    This module seeks to lean away from applying law on the premises of opinion to that of a fact, within the standard of proof through the balance of probabilities. It further ensures that the learners are in a better position to use the law as the most important tool to organize the working environment.

  • 13th- 16th August 2024

    National Short Course - Gender & Women Development

    Raise participants’ awareness and consciousness to address different kinds of oppression or discrimination, especially Gender Inequality, at the workplace, in the trade union and in the community.

  • National Short Course - The Siyakhuluma Series

    The objective of the Siyakhuluma seminars is to initiate and stimulate debate and explore different perspective on contemporary issues taking place locally as well as globally from a working-class perspective.

  • 24th- 28th June 2024

    National Short Course - Labour Law Accredited Skills Programme

    DITSELA will continue to deliver the Labour Law Skills programme, which is accredited with 20 credits. This module is taken out of the Trade Union Practice Qualification NQF Level 4 with 157 credits. The programme will be delivered in partnership with ETDP Seta and Department of Labour and Employment. It will be delivered in one province in 2024.

  • 21st- 24th May 2024

    Provincial Education Programme

    The Provincial Education Programme is designed to deepen the education capacity and extend the educators’ reach by supporting worker educators to be able to serve others.

    In pursuing the DITSELA provincial strategy, the organization has scheduled needs analysis meetings in 4 provinces and provincial schools in the 4 provinces.

  • 11th-15th March 2024

    Western Cape Programme

    The Western Cape Programme comprises of a continuation of the accredited programme (the TUPQ), the provincial programme, which includes provincial schools, PEP training and rollouts, educator’s forum, networking and support work.


    To be a (Global) Centre of Excellence in Workers’ Education

    In 1994, the new democratic government responded positively to the demands by the trade union movement for a commitment to Trade Union Education under the control of the trade union movement. The government created a special dedicated fund for this purpose, and supported the formation of DITSELA as an institute that will help build labour capacity to:

    • Strengthen worker participation in workplace, industrial and political democracy
    • Strengthen workers intellectual and organising capacity
    • Build and strengthen a strong vibrant labour movement in SA
    • Promote the role and importance of workers education

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    Director’s foreword

    We are thrilled to bring you the outline of our 2024 programme, themed “AWAKENING WORKERS’ EDUCATION IN SHARPENING THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRISES”.  

    In a world filled with uncertainty and trials, hope and solidarity are essential for resilience. Critical thinking and analytical tools are necessary for the working class to navigate adversity and bring stability to their precarious situation. The theme for 2024 is “AWAKENING WORKERS’ EDUCATION IN SHARPENING THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRISES,” urging the working-class movement to stay alert on economic decisions taken by employers.

    The DITSELA Workers’ Education Institute aims to improve the working-class’s situation by promoting critical thinking and analytical tools through our programmes. The program includes the National Education Programme, National Short Courses, Labour Law Accredited Skills Programme, and the Western Cape Education Programme.

    Therefore, the institute seeks accreditation from the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO) to improve work and qualifications. Essentially, the institute aims to build trade union leadership capable of supporting each other at the shop floor and higher echelons.

    What We Do


    workers’ education as part of the adult learning policy discourse and its vital role in advancing socio-economic justice for the working class


    the development of education, organising and leadership capacity of the labour movement.


    traditional union values of democracy, collectivism, equality, human rights and the dignity of labour.


    quality non-formal and formal workers’ education that encourages critical thinking, activism and transformation of the workplace and of society.


    the unity and solidarity of the working class locally, on the continent and globally.


    with the workers’ education movement locally and globally.



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