Archive for August 7th, 2009

source: Mmegi

The new jet for President Ian Khama will land in Botswana next month, the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Margaret Nasha told Parliament yesterday.

She said the President has been using the current jet for external trips, though he was recently given a plane by Bombardier of Canada to travel to Singapore. Bombardier are the suppliers of the new presidential jet. “The usage of the aircraft (from Bombardier) was at no cost to government. I must also add that at the end of July 2009, government had not incurred any extra expenditure over the estimated cost (of buying the plane),” she said.

Nasha was responding to a question by the MP for Kgatleng East, Isaac Mabiletsa who wanted to know whether the new presidential jet has been delivered. Mabiletsa wanted to know what the President has been using for external trips and [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 13:27

Molomo joins Industrial Court
Brigadier likely to replace Dambe at DPP?

The National Amalgamated Local and Central Government Parastatal Workers’ Union (NALCGPWU) says that it is shocked and disappointed by the appointment of Mr. Paper (‘Paper’) Molomo as an Industrial Court judge.

The Registrar of the Industrial Court, Mr. William Moncho, confirmed Molomo’s appointment in a brief interview with The Gazette.

The NALCGPWU says that as a result of Molomo’s appointment it will not in future bring any of its labour disputes, or those of its members, before the Industrial Court.

“In future these disputes will be referred to the High Court, which enjoys [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 07 2009 at 06:27AM

Telkom has revised its 7,5 percent wage offer to eight percent, said the Communication Workers Union (CWU) on Friday.

Spokesman Pheane Ramoadi said the revised offer came after Telkom met with the union late on Thursday evening in an attempt to end an ongoing strike by its workers.

Ramoadi said the union would now also consider cancelling a planned march in Pretoria for next Tuesday.

He added that the final decision to cancel next Tuesday’s march would be made after CWU had discussed the new offer with its members.

He said before Telkom decided to meet with CWU, workers had reverted to demanding a 13 percent wage increase and [continue reading]

UB vs Saleshando

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Member of Parliament (MP) for Gaborone Central has rubbished claims that he was booted out of the University of Botswana (UB) by security officers for addressing a public gathering on campus.

In an interview with Mmegi yesterday, Dumelang Saleshando, who is also the sole MP from the Botswana Congress Party (BCP), said that he had finished talking to the students who have called on him to assist them with the accommodation problems they were experiencing at the university.

He said after learning of the problems, he wrote to the Student Representative Council (SRC), which is dominated by the Botswana National Front (BNF), requesting a meeting but his letter was never answered.

“So I decided to meet the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
06 August 2009

Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara on Wednesday said the two MDC formations have no power to stop continued abuses of power by ZANU PF, and said the parties have no control in the unity government.

Mutambara, who was speaking at a Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) congress on Wednesday, said the MDC’s efforts to influence positive change in Zimbabwe were being frustrated by ZANU PF loyalists fervently opposed to the coalition with the MDC.

“You can see that we are not in full control. We are not exactly in charge. There are other forces in control,” Mutambara said. “If my own MPs are being locked up over a cell phone and I am Prime Minister. Am I (in control)?”

He was referring to legislators from the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC who are [continue reading]