Archive for July 22nd, 2010

July 22 2010 at 01:59AM
source: IOL

Gaborone, Botswana – A court in Botswana on Wednesday ruled that indigenous dwellers in one of the driest parts of the world will not be allowed to drill wells for water.

The Botswana High Court said the Bushmen people were not entitled to use a well already established on their traditional land in the Kalahari Game Reserve or excavate a new one.

The government has argued that the Bushmen’s presence in the reserve is not compatible with preserving wildlife and that living in such harsh conditions offers few prospects.

In 2006, another court allowed the Bushmen to return to desert-like homelands where diamond mining claims and a new luxury tourist lodge led to their eviction by [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:02

• They have exalted the status of alcohol, he charges
• Youth must be involved in solutions to alcohol abuse, he advises

Former Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology and novelist, Andrew Sesinyi, has called on the government to scrap the new alcohol regulations.

Speaking as a “concerned ordinary citizen”, he told The Gazette that the State must involve all stakeholders – mainly the youth – in seeking solutions to alcohol abuse. “Let us not be skewed towards adults; they are not the sole custodians of solutions to problems. Identify existing potent and proven successes in reducing alcohol abuse by looking at case studies,” he said.

The government should look at the successes of the local Alcoholic Anonymous and [continue reading]

July 21 2010 at 10:55PM
source: IOL
By Peroshni Govender

About 180 000 workers in the public service sector will strike on July 29 after wage negotiations with the government became deadlocked, a union official said on Thursday.

State workers including nurses, teachers, police and immigration officers rejected the government’s 6.5-percent wage offer and are demanding an 8.6-percent increase and a R1 000 monthly housing allowance.

“We have been issued a certificate to strike and the strike may be much larger if Cosatu-affiliated unions join us,” said Public Servants Association (PSA) spokesperson Manie De Clercq.

The economy has recovered slowly over the past several months from its first recession in [continue reading]