Archive for July 7th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: A low-key plot is thickening in the Tati East constituency, where some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) diehards reportedly want to embarrass the visiting President Ian Khama and his entourage over the weekend.

Although on the surface it seems the ruling BDP is still intact with all the party structures in the hands of the party (BDP), it is alleged that the newly formed Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) has taken over.

It is feared that over the weekend when Khama and the BDP top leadership address what the ruling party calls a massive rally in the North East village of Tsamaya, it is likely to have negative repercussions in [continue reading]


source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
06 July 2010

Zimbabweans who originally fled their homes for the relative security of South Africa are now fleeing back into the country, amid rising fears of xenophobic violence.

For several weeks there have been mounting fears among South Africa’s community of immigrants, after rumours started circulating that there would be xenophobic violence targeting all foreign nationals in South Africa after the football World Cup comes to an end.

Human rights groups have attributed the alleged threats of violence to fears that the job market will dry up when the tournament comes to an end. There was a significant boost in jobs over the past few years, particularly in the construction sector, as the country prepared to host the international football tournament. But with the job market once again contracting, the same anger that fuelled xenophobic violence in 2008 is beginning to resurface.

The 2008 attacks, which swept across the country in a manner of days, saw angry locals blaming foreigners for ‘stealing’ their jobs. More than 60 people were murdered and thousands of foreigners fled their homes, living in refugee camps for several weeks. The same xenophobic tensions have continued to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jul 06 2010

Johannesburg – South African power utility Eskom on Tuesday confirmed that the cost of increasing its wage offer by 0.5% is an effective R38m.

Eskom at the weekend revised its pay offer to a nine percent wage increase and a R1 500 housing allowance, thereby averting threatened strike action.

The utility previously offered an 8.5% wage increase and a R1 000 housing allowance while the unions demanded a nine percent wage increase and a R2 500 housing allowance.

Eskom head of resources Bhabhalazi Bulunga told I-Net Bridge that the shift in the offer translates into R488m over and above the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa) allowance of a 5.6% wage increase.

At 8.5% the offer was R450m above the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

JOHANNESBURG – Eskom and three trade unions struck an 11th hour wage deal on Sunday, averting a strike at the power utility and preventing possible electricity blackouts in the final week of the World Cup.

The deal, in which the government played an “informal” role, raises the bar, however, for public-sector wage increases and could put the government in a tight spot as public-sector pay negotiations are still to be concluded. On Sunday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said they had accepted a 9% wage increase and a R1500 monthly housing allowance and they would be able to [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 06 2010 at 07:53PM

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will arrive in South Africa with a delegation of seven ministers on Thursday for a four-day visit, the department of international relations said.

Lula da Silva and President Jacob Zuma hoped to sign a declaration launching a South Africa-Brazil strategic partnership, as well as a memorandum of understanding on inter-governmental co-operation, it said.

They would discuss bilateral relations, notably issues relating to the fourth meeting of the SA-Brazil Joint Commission held in May.

Saul Molobi, chief director for public diplomacy, said the two presidents were also expected to agree to [continue reading]