Archive for December 29th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Sunday, 27 December 2009 16:36

The enhanced mandate of the Public Enterprise Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) poses a major challenge in the delivery of privatisation transactions because it requires additional resources, financial and human, to effectively implement privatisation transactions.

According to the then Chief Executive Officer, Joshua Galeforolwe, the current global financial crisis and the resultant fiscal constraints on the part of government are likely to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wilson Johwa
28 December 2009

Johannesburg — ZIMBABWEAN authorities have blamed inadequate parking as a reason for congestion at the Beitbridge border post on the South African side of the border.

Beitbridge is among the busiest border posts in the economic region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with volumes rising to more than 12000 travellers and 3500 vehicles a day during the festive holidays.

This forced travellers and long- distance truck drivers to queue for hours on end to be cleared before crossing the border.

Last week, Zimbabwe’s main official newspaper, The Herald, quoted border officials blaming lack of space on the South African side of the border for the vehicle pile-up. They said this had a knock-on effect on the Zimbabwean side, which blocked the free movement of travellers.

” You will note that most of the trucks that are queuing here have since been cleared on our side,” the paper quoted [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Times of Zambia (Ndola)
28 December 2009

THE position of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema on Chinese investment is one which his pact co-leader and partner Michael Sata should emulate.

It is something to be emulated because political leaders must learn to differentiate between what is partisan and what is in national interest whenever they take positions on issues.

The notion that opposition leaders must always disagree with Government is one which must be discouraged if not totally discarded.

There must be issues which all political leaders agree on and one such issue is that investment which benefits the greater good of the society must be supported.

Mr Sata, like his co-leader, must admit that the investment which Chinese firms have poured into the Zambian economy is benefiting the country and there is absolutely no need to rubbish it just for the sake of scoring political points.

What is important is how Zambia, as a country, harnesses the investment to maximise benefits for the local economy and citizens and this can be [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Dec 28 2009 10:03

Johannesburg – Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) on Monday resolved to intensify the strike at SAB Soft Drinks division trading as ABI Coke.

This followed failure to reach agreement during the negotiations facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on December 24.

Fawu said in a statement that the company was “not prepared to concede to the union’s demand for 9.5% wage increment and to place a moratorium on the use of labour brokers through a programme of owner-driver scheme.”

“The union could not accept a company offer of changing shift patterns to fall within weekdays and pay overtime on Saturday on condition that we agree to their 7.8% wage offer and accept the use of labour brokers,” it said.

The union and shop stewards are consulting workers at SAB’s beer division and other subsidiaries such as Valpre Water and Appletiser to be ready to wage a sympathy strike, Fawu added. This will result in [continue reading]