Archive for August 11th, 2010

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Government has moved to relieve pressure on motorists and other fuel consumers by slightly reducing petroleum prices, following the record increases announced over two months.

In a statement, the Ministry of Minerals, Energy, and Water Resources said that effective yesterday, both unleaded and lead replacement petrol pump prices decreased by 13 thebe per litre while diesel went down by 25 thebe.

The reduction will see petrol prices going down to P6.05 in and around Gaborone while the price of diesel will soften to P6.30.

The price of illuminating paraffin was also cut down by 37 thebe per litre. While normally, the government with a lag period of between 30 to 60 days, has been moving local fuel pump prices in line with [continue reading]

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source: allAfrica
Radio France Internationale (Paris)
Jean-Jacques Cornish
10 August 2010

South Africa’s 1.3 million public servants staged a one-day strike on Tuesday and threatened to launch an all-out stoppage if the government does not better its offer of a seven per cent wage rise.

Thousands of workers marched peacefully in Pretoria and Cape Town today, leaving pupils untaught and hospital and police managing on skeleton staffs.

They’re demanding 8.6 per cent which is more than double the official inflation rate.

South African public servants believe their show of force in the country’s administrative and legislative capitals will persuade the government that it does not want its workers to down tools as they did in their extended strike in 2007.

That could erode the five-billion-euro bonanza the country earned with the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
RYDER GABATHUSE
Staff Writer

ORAPA: Since its inception in 2003, the Debswana Orapa-Letlhakane Mines (OLM) General Manager’s Sponsored Walk has raised nearly P500,000.

The OLM general manager, Mmetla Masire said last Saturday at the end of the 20km walk at the Orapa Stadium that Debswana has over the years been at the front in social development through its corporate social investment programme.

The GM’s sponsored walk supports Debswana’s corporate social responsibility aspiration of ‘creating a legacy of prosperity, sustainability and empowering the communities and the lives of people in Botswana’.

The General Manager’s Sponsored Walk was started as an [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
10 August 2010

Notorious war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda has threatened Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, comparing him to a ‘fly’ that could be easily killed by swatting it against a window. Sibanda who has made a political career out of terrorizing and killing MDC supporters was addressing villagers at Mashoko Business Centre in Bikita West over the weekend.

According to a report by Newsday Sibanda is terrorizing villagers in Bikita with the help of a group of war vets and ZANU PF activists. ‘Tsvangirai is just like a fly in a kombi or a bus. The fly can sit on the driver’s seat but that does not make it the one in charge of the bus. He can be eliminated in the political set-up anytime and life will go on,” Sibanda ranted against the Prime Minister.

It is the Shona version of Sibanda’s speech which will be the biggest source of concern. ‘Nhunzi unogona kuipwanyira pahwindo inobva yafa’ meaning ‘you can kill a fly by simply swatting it against a window.’ Two MDC-T MP’s attended the meeting and heard Sibanda make the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

The $84 million (P562 million) project involving the electrification of 100 rural villages is nearing completion, with a high-profile closing ceremony scheduled for October 12 in Matsitama.

The Matsitama event marks the culmination of a three-year project, which began in Gakuto, Kweneng East in September 2007 and has thus far transformed the lives of thousands of villagers.

The closing ceremony will mark the official handover of the 100 villages project from the contractors to government. Last August, a ceremony was held in Tlhareseleele in the Barolong area, marking the half-way mark of the rural villages electrification project.

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, senior government officials and representatives of Swedish financiers and contractors are expected to grace the [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-08-10 22:50
Cobus Claassen, Beeld

Pretoria – “Don’t force us to go on a proper strike, because the government will lose that fight.”

Richard Baloyi, minister of civil service and administration, was given this message on Tuesday when he received a memorandum in Pretoria.

Thousands of dissatisfied civil servants braved icy temperatures on Tuesday morning and packed the lawns of the Union buildings.

The government was given “a last two days” to comply with civil service unions’ demands.

Unions are demanding, among other things, an 8.6% salary increase and an increased housing subsidy of R1 000, back-dated from [continue reading]