Archive for April 25th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

As Barata-Phathi move to form a new party, Botswana Democratic Party president Ian Khama is making strenuous efforts to stem a feared tidal wave of defectors from joining the erstwhile faction of the ruling party.

The military strategist that he is Khama has launched a counter-offensive on Barata-Phathi to ensure the splinter group does not take any more BDP supporters with them.

The BDP head office says Khama will address BDP members throughout the country, beginning in the north, on recent developments in the party, especially registration of the vaunted new party.

This week Sidney Pilane revealed that [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-04-22 19:02

Cape Town – Cabinet has condemned the trashing of cities during the recent strike by municipal workers.

“Although government welcomes the end of the strike by municipal workers following the signing of an agreement between the union and employer representatives, government condemns the continued trashing of our cities,” government spokesperson Themba Maseko told a media briefing on Thursday.

“This is totally unacceptable,” he said.

The destruction of property and throwing rubbish in the streets would never be an acceptable way of highlighting grievances, Cabinet felt.

“Union leaders are urged to educate their members about the need for [continue reading]

22 April 2010

Updated projections on the economic impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup released by global audit and advisory firm Grant Thornton indicates that there are a number of reasons for South Africans to be optimistic.

“We have revised the figures post the world-wide recession and major ticket sales phases, and some of the numbers are encouraging,” said Grant Thornton Strategic Solutions principal Gillian Saunders in a statement this week.
Staying longer, spending more

Although Grant Thornton’s projected number of World Cup visitors is 373 000, down from 483 000, it is expected that many of the visitors will stay longer and spend more.

“Indications are that overseas tourists will stay an average of 18 days compared to the 14 days used in the original projections,” said Saunders. “Average overseas tourist spend per trip is [continue reading]