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Thousands of teachers severely disrupted schooling in South Africa on Wednesday when they embarked on a "chalkdown" strike in protest at the Government's five per cent salary offer for public servants.
Weary government and South African Democratic Teachers 'Union representatives on Monday night resumed negotiations at a Cape Town hotel in a last-ditch bid to avert Tuesday's threatened chalkdown by nearly 170,000 educators countrywide.
Tuesday afternoon, teachers aligned to the union had begun their chalkdown at 10am as threatened.
Several schools around Durban were affected by the chalkdown on
The chalkdown spread to other schools in the province culminating in a march by more than 3000 teachers on August 21 on the provincial offices of education in Durban where teachers handed
"Unless the department tables concrete and tangible proposals on the education crisis, then Sadtu will not rethink its position in relation to the chalkdown," Gcwabaza said.
Wealthy, horse-owning couples live in "mink and manure" districts; teachers who go on strike take part in a "chalkdown."
The teacher chalkdown in KwaZulu-Natal over inadequate security at schools entered its fourth week on Monday.
The teacher chalkdown followed the shooting of Mzuvele High
Monday after a four-week teacher chalkdown, in protest against inadequate security at some schools in the province, ended last week.
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South African slang - teachers' strike.
February 26, 2008