Archive for August 25th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

South African provincial Home Affairs authorities say while Batswana may experience instances of slow service at the 15 border posts into the eastern neighbour, contingency plans are in place to deal with the effects of the ongoing civil service strike.

More than a million South African civil servants downed tools last Thursday to press for an 8.6 percent wage review and other adjustments, causing sector wide pandemonium and even deaths in that country. Workers at South Africa’s 15 exit points into Botswana largely belong to the powerful Public Service Association, with others belonging to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union. Between them the tow unions command about 400 000 members and are [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Loyiso Langeni
25 August 2010

SA hopes to lure China into providing more foreign direct investment specifically for its infrastructure investment plan, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

Mr Zuma is on a three-day visit to China and met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People yesterday.

The two parties also signed a “comprehensive strategic partnership” agreement and co-operation deals for mineral resources, transportation and environment management .

SA plans to use foreign direct investment to accelerate the development of rural economies, roads, transport and water supply.

“China is one of our key strategic partners in the achievement of these goals”, he said.

SA established a public works programme in 2004 to address economic inequalit y between rural and [continue reading]