Archive for December 9th, 2009

source: BOPA
08 December, 2009

FRANCISTOWN – Miners in and around Francistown accuse mine management of practising what they called modernised slavery.

They told the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Peter Siele, during a consultative meeting in Francistown that the relationship between them and management was bad and characterised by delay tactics, bad faith and lack of seriousness.

A member of the national executive of the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BOMWU), Mr Kabelo Maano, called on government to review the Employment Act, saying it favoured employers.

This, he said, has led to a situation whereby management did not take the negotiation forum seriously and that it undermined the union.

He told the minister that their management preferred to use outdated policies and agreements, which they refused to review.

He cited polices and agreements which dated as far back as 2000, adding that management often failed to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 08 2009 16:58

Pretoria – South Africans have been lulled into a false sense of security that there is sufficient energy, but that it is just going to cost more, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said in Pretoria on Tuesday.

After a national stakeholder advisory council meeting with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on electricity, Manuel said it was accepted that energy was the “life-blood” of any economy. To address the crisis behavioural changes were needed.

“There will have to be some kind of price adjustment. It’s inevitable. We have all been lulled into a false sense of security. We think that there is sufficient energy. Life is not actually as easy as it seems.”

Manuel said South Africans needed to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 December, 2009

GABORONE – The Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Frank Ramsden, says government is considering the possibility of merging the Roads Training Centre (RTC) and the Botswana College of Engineering and Technology.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony at RTC, the minister said as part of a larger strategy of streamlining government operations, the government, through the education ministry, was conducting a rationalisation exercise where all government tertiary institutions should be accordingly reconsidered for merging and upgrading as necessary.

He said in view of the rationalisation his ministry had shelved previous ambitions of expanding RTC.

Mr Ramsden lamented that the government construction sector was faced serious manpower shortage due to continued loss of engineers and technicians to more lucrative markets, including [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
8 December 2009

Two weeks of negotiations between ZANU PF and the MDC broke off on Monday without evident progress, amid signs of increasing frustration over the lack of success in efforts to resolve outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement.

Attempts to reach a deal have repeatedly snagged over whether Robert Mugabe will agree to rescind the unilateral appointments of Gideon Gono and Johannes Tomana as Reserve Bank Governor and Attorney General. Analysts say that doing so ahead of his party’ congress that begins in Harare on Wednesday, would have been viewed by hardliners in ZANU PF as capitulation.

Mugabe appointed the two without consultation with the other two principals in the inclusive government, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.

He extended Gono’s term at the RBZ in November last year but the GPA says that all [continue reading]

Botswana needs help

source: BOPA
08 December, 2009

GABORONE – Botswana needs to spend P1 billion a year on technology that combats greenhouse gases.

Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism , Mr Kitso Mokaila said if the country spends that amount on such expensive technology, it would severely compromise other development objectives.

He was addressing a news conference ahead of his scheduled participation in the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday.

The minister joined the chorus of those calling on developed countries to finance developing ones to acquire technologies that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Mokaila said developed countries options to refuse were becoming more and more limited because of [continue reading]

source: News24
2009-12-08 14:32

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma is more popular than he has ever been, according to a research survey released on Tuesday.

“Zuma’s 100-day approval rating was 57%, dropping to 53% in September, but increasing to an all-time high of 58% in November,” TNS Research Surveys spokesperson Neil Higgs said.

Zuma’s increased popularity was thought to be due to his visit to Zimbabwe in August and the establishment of a task team in that country.

“It could also be related to his nomination of a new chief justice and the launch of a presidential hotline,” Higgs said.

Black South Africans were more approving of Zuma, with 75% agreeing with his [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 December, 2009

MAUN – The Ministry of Education and Skill Development will next year start sponsoring students to study wildlife at the Botswana Wildlife and Training Institution (BWTI).

Speaking during BWTIs graduation ceremony, acting principal Mr Rex Makandla said the ministry would sponsor five candidates and another 10 to persue certificate and diploma in wildlife conservation and management.

Mr Makandla said 2009 hads been a historic academic year for BWTI as they opened doors for private candidates for the first time.

However, BWTI, which serves as an in-house training institute for the Department of Wildife and National Parks, could not enroll the expected number of students due to lack of sponsorship, noting that out of the 70 students who graduated on Saturday only one was a private candidate, he said.

The students graduated with certificates in professional tour guide, wildlife management and conservation and diploma in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
08 December 2009

ZANU PF’s centre of power, the Politburo, has officially endorsed the party’s nominated leadership ahead of the start of the ZANU PF congress on Wednesday.

This includes the endorsement of Robert Mugabe as party leader for the next five years.
ZANU PF spokesperson Ephraim Masawi, reportedly said after the Politburo meeting on Monday night that the nominations are still to be confirmed at the congress.

“We deliberated on the nomination of the Presidium and endorsed the nomination of President Mugabe as the party’s President and First Secretary and Vice President Joice Mujuru as the second secretary,” Masawi is quoted as saying by the state’s mouthpiece Herald newspaper.

The Politburo has also endorsed the nomination of party chairman John Nkomo to replace former party Vice President Joseph Msika, who died in August. Masawi is quoted as saying that the decision to [continue reading]