Archive for February 15th, 2009

source: The Zimbabwean
Saturday, 14 February 2009

Union Suggests 60%
Debswana management and the Botswana Mining Workers Union (BMWU) are reported to be holding crucial talks over the future of the hundreds of the employees given the fall in metal prices on the global market.

A board meeting of Debswana is said to have resolved to close Orapa 2 and Damtshaa mines but it is unclear what the future holds for the employees.

The Gazette is reliably informed that Debswana management has proposed to pay a 20 percent retainer to employees for the duration of the recession. It is understood that the BMWU is proposing “at least 40 percent”. Information made available to The Gazette suggests that the two parties will be attempting to find a solution this week.

The 20 percent retainer package will be availed to workers who opt for [continue reading]

source: IOL
February 14 2009 at 11:46AM
By Bronwyn Gerretsen and Staff Reporters

Opposition parties and political commentators are united in their opinion that the resignation of ANC spokesperson Carl Niehaus on Friday after admitting to fraud is yet another sign that the once mighty organisation is falling apart ahead of the general elections on April 22.

This comes in the same week that ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was forced to apologise to Education Minister Naledi Pandor after saying “she must use her fake accent to solve our problems” while addressing striking students and staff at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

He was also reprimanded for saying IFP president, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was “like dictator Robert Mugabe”.

The bitter in-fighting in the party started on June 13, 2005, when then president Thabo Mbeki fired his deputy Jacob Zuma after Judge Hillary Squires had sentenced the latter’s financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, to 15 years in prison for corruption and fraud in 2004.

However, Zuma had his revenge at [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

It is understood that the abduction, arrest and charging of MDC Treasurer General and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate Roy Bennett is being planned, directed and operationalised by the Zimbabwe Military Intelligence Directorate (MID), led by one Mzilikazi, and the Special Agency SAS, the torture unit of the army, led by one Manene . General Constantine Chiwenga is also party to it. These people are known for their declared passionate and fanatical hatred of Roy Bennett.

We are also aware of an intent to dump Roy Bennett into Chivero river.

It is futile and ill-considered for anyone to go against the very momentum of history. Change in Zimbabwe is inevitable. Bravado akin to [continue reading]