Archive for December 26th, 2008

BCL lays off 348

source: BOPA
24 December, 2008

SELEBI-PHIKWE – The BCL copper nickel mine in Selebi Phikwe will lay off 348 employees by the end of February next year due to loss of profit arising from the current global economic recession.

BCL Mine General Manager, Mr Montwedi Mphathi told a media briefing that though they will explore other avenues to sustain the company, labour which accounts for 40 per cent of their total production cost, will no doubt be affected.

Mr Mphathi said the retrenchment exercise, which is but part of other strategies to sustain the company, would start with the voluntary retirement option in which employees who are expected to retire next year, are asked to retire early.

Referring to the economic crunch and the declining prices, Mr Mphathi said nickel prices have fallen sharply from about US$23 last year to US$12.50 this year.

Since September, prices have fallen to about US$4.85 representing a [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: December 25, 2008

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Desmond Tutu threw the moral weight of his Nobel Peace Prize and war on apartheid into the Zimbabwe struggle, suggesting it was time to threaten President Robert Mugabe’s ouster by force. The retired South African archbishop also criticized his own government’s handling of the crisis.

The comments came as the government of President Robert Mugabe brought a missing Zimbabwean human rights activist to court Wednesday, accusing her and at least six others of plotting to overthrow the 84-year-old leader. The activist, Jestina Mukoko, disappeared Dec. 3 following nationwide protests against the country’s deepening economic and health crises.

Charging Mukoko, the respected leader of a group known as the Zimbabwe Peace Project, in a plot already widely dismissed as a fabrication is seen as a sign Mugabe is not prepared to back down.

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. aired Wednesday, Tutu called on Mugabe to relinquish power and said he was ashamed of his own country, South Africa, for its handling of the issue.

“We have betrayed our legacy. How much more suffering is [continue reading]