Archive for June 27th, 2009
At least 22 companies have been put under liquidation for the financial years 2007/08 – 2008/09, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Peter Siele said yesterday.
He was responding to a question from MP for Lobatse, Nehemiah Modubule, who also wanted to know how many employees were affected and the amount paid to the employees. Siele replied that over 500 employees lost their jobs in the five cases that were concluded adding that for other companies, the liquidation process has not been concluded.
The companies, whose liquidation has been completed include Lobtrans involving 180 employees gone, Sarnia (PTY) Ltd, 66, Habitat (PTY) Ltd, 33, Fabulous Flowers (PTY) Ltd, 45, and Tswana Steel and Iron Co/Ramotswa Steel, 258.
“I am informed that because the final accounts have not been drawn up, the information regarding payments to [continue reading]
2009/06/25 02:27:00 PM Sikonathi Mantshantsha
Johannesburg – Trade union Cosatu has said the 31.3% electricity tariff hike granted to power utility Eskom is “totally unacceptable” and unwarranted as it is almost four times the inflation rate.
“Cosatu strongly condemns this hike; it is a face-saving measure by Nersa (the National Energy Regulator of SA) to show it is independent,” Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven told Fin24.com after the announcement on Thursday. “It’s going to affect the poor the most.”
Craven said the union will use Nedlac structures to argue for a special tax “on the rich” to pay for Eskom’s infrastructure investment. “The tariff hike will have a negative impact on inflation and will no doubt make the recession worse, as small businesses cannot afford it,” said Craven.
Brait economist Colin Garrow agreed that with [continue reading]
Paris – Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called his tour of Europe and the United States a success on Thursday, though he won few commitments of aid amid new UN warnings of food shortages in his country.
Officials in France, Tsvangirai’s last stop on a nearly three-week tour, offered political support but said any new aid would focus on non-governmental organisations and not go directly to the power-sharing government.
Many Western nations want authoritarian President Robert Mugabe to step down and are reluctant to offer Zimbabwe major aid or donate money directly to the government.
“Why are the funds going to NGOs and not the government? … To us that is neither here nor there,” Tsvangirai told reporters in Paris. “The funds that are [continue reading]
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana (NMCB) has promised to be more visible in their endeavour to protect the public from negligent nurses in hospitals.
The registrar of the council, Khumo Modisaemang, said their mandate is to make sure that the public receives quality services.
“Our mandate is to make sure that all nurses are registered and eligible to practice. The public can also report their complaints about the services they receive in hospitals and we will take up the cases and we action,” Kgosiemang said.
She stated that because they have been inactive because of [continue reading]