Archive for September 5th, 2009

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

African MPs will convene in Gaborone on the 15th of this month to talk about democracy for three days. The Botswana Parliament in conjunction with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will host the conference.

The conference coincides with the International Day of Democracy on August 15. The theme of the day is ‘Democracy and Political Tolerance’.

The IPU was established in 1889 as a focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue. It works for peace and co-operation among people and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. The union fosters contacts, coordination and the exchange of experience among parliaments and parliamentarians in all countries. It considers questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such issues in order to [continue reading]

3 September 2009

Spending by households fell by 5.8% in the second quarter of 2009, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said this week.

“The rate of decline in real final consumption expenditure by households accelerated from 4.8% in the first quarter of 2009 to 5.8% in the second quarter,” said the Reserve Bank in its September quarterly bulletin.
Less durable goods bought

The central bank said that though declines were registered in all spending components it was more pronounced in household expenditure on durable goods.

It said that real expenditure on durable goods declined further at an annualised 18.8% in the second quarter of [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by JFG
Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

Bosses upgraded
Junior officers in the Botswana Police Service have queried failure by their employer to review their salaries whereas those of senior officers are being upgraded.

Recently an internal memorandum gave the green light to the ‘upgrading of salary scales for officers ranking from senior superintendent and above.’ Some officers who spoke to The Gazette on condition of anonymity revealed that they were not happy with the state of affairs at the BPS because the upgrade of senior staff’s salary scales was discriminatory. They pointed out that at the beginning of the year senior officers, whose rank is at par with directors and deputy directors in government, had their salary scales upgraded. The Gazette has leant that a Senior Assistant Commissioner is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
3 September 2009

PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has castigated Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata’s calls to fire Vice-President George Kunda and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga following the acquittal of second Republican president Fredrick Chiluba.

Talking to journalists at Lusaka International Airport yesterday, President Banda said Mr Sata had no right to tell the Government who should be fired.

Mr Banda advised Mr Sata to consider firing his own members of Parliament (MPs) if he wanted to exercise power. “Mr Sata is not the right person to be telling my Government who should be fired and he is not the president of this country, so if he wants, let him fire his [continue reading]