Archive for July 9th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government had to make a quick retreat on union de-recognition yesterday after it was dragged to the Industrial Court over the matter.

The dispute reached the Industrial Court when affiliates of the Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) challenged the government decision to de-recognise them and the federation. Government seemed to be digging deep before the Industrial Court case. By late afternoon yesterday, a quickly drafted settlement was released in which government offered concessions on [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Jul 08 2010 17:48

Johannesburg – Fuel prices could fall again this month, according to some analysts.

The Energy Department is expected to announce new fuel prices on Friday July 9. Petrol, diesel and paraffin are expected to cost a few cents less.

“We’re looking at the petrol price coming down by between 15 and 18 cents a litre (c/l). We expect diesel to come down by between 15 and 16 cents a litre and paraffin to come down by about 12 cents a litre,” said Reggie Sibiya, Fuel Retailers Association CEO.

Econometrix senior economist Tony Twine said he was expecting a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government’s propositions to Mozambique for fuel supplies are expected to soon bear fruit, with reports that local petroleum retailers are due to ink supply agreements with that country’s state-owned oil company, Petromoc.

Petromoc, which purchases and re-sells petroleum products to that country’s fuel retailers, is understood to be willing to enter into similar arrangements with Botswana retailers.

Yesterday, highly-placed sources in the local fuel sector told Mmegi that of the five local petroleum retailers, Engen Botswana is leading the field in terms of negotiations with the Mozambicans. Market leaders Shell and BP Botswana are focussing on [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-07-08 18:21

Johannesburg – Internet service provider MWEB said on Thursday that it would continue discussions with providers to secure additional bandwidth capacity amid ongoing problems with its principal provider Seacom.

Seacom, a provider of submarine fibre-optic cable connecting communication carriers in South and East Africa, said that its services between Mumbai and Mombasa had been down since July 5.

“Current investigations indicate that a repeater has failed on segment 9 of the Seacom cable, which is offshore to the north of Mombasa.

“This unexpected failure affects traffic towards both India and Europe. Traffic within Africa is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Cluster committees have been commended for helping police reduce the crime rate by 50 percent in Selebi-Phikwe in 2009.

Speaking at the awarding of certificates to cluster chairpersons at the Selebi-Phikwe Police Station this week Officer Commanding District Number Ten, Senior Superintendent Takongwa Mazwiduma said the reduction in crime would not have been possible without the cluster.

He explained that the police aim is to reduce offences that are disturbing in the area such [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Loyiso Langeni
9 July 2010

Johannesburg — BRAZILIAN President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva arrived in SA yesterday for a state visit.

On Sunday, SA will officially hand over the keys to Brazil as the next host nation of the Fifa Soccer World Cup to be held in 2014. This event will take place at the closing ceremony of the World Cup, which both Mr Lula da Silva and President Jacob Zuma are expected to attend.

The Brazilian delegation will also use the visit to discuss political, trade and investment issues with SA.

International Relations and Co-operation director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba said yesterday that both presidents would sign a partnership agreement that would intensify relations between the two countries.

“We believe that these relations are strong enough beyond any [continue reading]

source: Sport24
2010-07-07 21:41

Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday thanked South Africans for warmly welcoming visitors during the World Cup and he described the tournament as incident free.

“Our visitors have been welcomed warmly and the stadiums have been filled to capacity. Government would like to thank South Africans for handling visitors well,” Zuma said in Durban on Wednesday night.

He was addressing business leaders, ambassadors and soccer leaders during an event organised to celebrate the spirit of the World Cup ahead of the semi-final between Germany and Spain at the city’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Zuma was impressed that South Africans had continued to support the World Cup even after the elimination of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

RAKOPS: As the Boteti River started cascading into Rakops village last weekend, jubilation soon turned into trepidation as residents started thinking about the safety of their children.

The river, which has been dry for over two decades, was welcomed by the tribal leader in the village, Diane Jacob who said a fortnight ago that it was going to be a big boost to the economic situation in Rakops and other villages along the river. By then it was about 20km from the village. By last Friday the river had snaked its way past Makolwane Motel. Those who had gone to marvel at it said it was running so fast, it took minutes for it to have passed them by at least 50 metres from [continue reading]