Archive for January 9th, 2010

source: BOPA
08 January, 2010

SEROWE – Minister od Education and Skills Development, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has said that her duty in the new ministry is to improve the educational system and push it to a higher level.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi, who is also MP for Serowe South, said that in order to achieve this objective, she needs to reach out to the primary school level by finding ways to improve teachers competence and find ways to make children grasp and understand what is being taught so that they may go through secondary education with ease.

She was addressing kgotla meetings at Mhaswa and Thene wards in Serowe on Wednesday.

Mrs Venson-Moitoi explained that she was in favour of allowing children to fully grasp the subject matter and learn the basics at a elementary level in order to be mature enough for the tasks they will meet once they proceed to the secondary school environment.

She said making a child repeat a class is beneficial as it would ensure that the pupil redoes curriculum content and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Independent (Harare)
7 January 2010

IT was useful to learn that the French embassy had distanced itself from claims in the Herald that outgoing ambassador Laurent Contini had called for the removal of sanctions when he bade farewell to acting President Joice Mujuru last Thursday. The French have in recent years proved much more responsive to democratic imperatives in Zimbabwe than was the case six years ago when President Jacques Chirac welcomed President Mugabe to the Elysée and it would be disappointing to assume they had jumped the gun on deliberations leading to the review of the common EU position on Zimbabwe scheduled for next month.

These deliberations will obviously focus on the issue of sanctions which were imposed in 2002 when the head of the EU’s election observer mission, Pierre Schori, was booted out of the country for identifying electoral manipulation and violence in the presidential poll.

The EU is currently engaged in dialogue with the government of national unity with a view to normalising relations. But one central problem remains. What reforms do EU member states see in Zimbabwe that will lead to a stable and democratic state in line with the principles set out in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2010

SEROWE – Police in Maunatlala in collaboration with the Department of Immigration and Customs Unit have confiscated 1 470 undeclared cartons of tobacco and a Ford Ranger pick-up van from some Zimbabwean nationals.

Maunatlala Police Station Commander, Superintendent Gaokganelwe Rannyena said that the 711 cartons of Mega Blue and 759 cartons of Remington Gold cigarettes were confiscated after getting in contact with six Zimbabwean nationals, five of whom managed to evade arrest on December 29.

Mr Rannyena however said one suspect has been apprehended while five others are still at large.

He also stated that a Ford Ranger pick-up bearing South African registration numbers that was used to smuggle the goods is in the custody of the Maunatlala police.

Mr Rannyena told BOPA that Maunatlala police managed to get hold of the goods after a close to three-hour car chase from [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jan 08 2010 22:37

Johannesburg – South African Breweries (SAB) is making contingency plans to counter threatened strike action at its beer plants, the company said on Friday.

Some branches of SABMiller’s beer plants in South Africa face a possible shutdown on Monday due to a sympathy strike linked to domestic soft drink unit ABI, the biggest producer and distributor of Coca Cola brands in the region.

“The management teams of both SAB and ABI have put in place strong contingency plans to ensure the least amount of disruption to both businesses,” ABI said in a statement, adding all SAB customer orders would be met.

About 940 workers at ABI, which employs 3 766 people, launched the strike on December 10, demanding a 9.5 percent wage hike after rejecting the company’s 8.3 percent offer.

The month-long strike, which ABI said had limited impact on operations, has been accompanied by violence with about [continue reading]