Ditsela Origins

Labour’s leading role in the national policy debates on education and training for a democratic SA (NEPI, NETF’s, NTSI, the Mandela Initiative and Cosatu’s own PRP);

Product of a labour strategy in the late 80’s and early 90’s to build a national integrated trade union education and training system;

Create an institute that will be funded by the democratic state to reduce reliance on foreign funding for union education;

Recognition for trade unions as providers of workers’ education and the contribution it makes in
Strengthening workers intellectual and organising capacity
Building and maintaining a strong, vibrant labour movement in SA
Contribution to political, social and economic life in society

A home-grown model based on international studies;

Founded through an agreement between the state and the federations;

Publicly launched on 29th November 1996