Archive for August 26th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Though the Central District Council (CDC) experienced a milestone in its quest to deliver services to the people, it is encountering challenges associated with decentralisation.
Shortage of resources, which had been haunting the district even before decentralisation was introduced, is being felt in the new administrative authorities including Palapye.

Chairman of the Palapye Administrative Authority councillor Onneetse Ramogapi indicated that they have experienced a serious shortage of resources, which has hindered their drive to meet people’s expectations.

“We were told to go and implement but there was no package with which to [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Aug 25 2010 23:31 Sapa

Johannesburg – The marathon public service strike and threats to “shut down” the economy triggered a chorus of appeals and warnings from the government and politicians on Wednesday.

“Government is extremely concerned about the inflammatory nature of some statements by a number of role-players, including trade union leaders,” government spokesperson Themba Maseko said on Wednesday night.

“These statements, including the threat to shut down the economy, are unhelpful, unnecessary and irresponsible. Such statements serve to fuel further violence and intimidation.”

Maseko condemned incidents of violence since the beginning of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Crude fell for a fifth day and gasoline component RBOB tumbled to a six and a half month low, as the dollar strengthened and the end of US summer holidays approached without triggering a seasonal stockpile drop.

US crude for October delivery fell as much as 56 cents to $72,54 a barrel, the lowest price since July 7. It was down 33 cents at $72,77 by yesterday. ICE Brent for October fell 35 cents to $73,27.

“The basic issue is just record-high inventory levels at the end of the gasoline season, when demand is going to be dropping,” said Tony Nunan, a risk manager with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp. “US gasoline inventories have gone sideways during the peak driving season, when we should get a draw. We are pretty close to $72, which is support, but if we break through that we’ll go to the 60s.”

Prices of gasoline component RBOB for September delivery slumped to a [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
25 August 2010

Ten days have passed since the unity government was set a 30 day deadline to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA), and there is still no sign of any movement towards meeting this deadline.

Regional leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) resolved earlier this month to give Zimbabwe’s troubled coalition more time to implement the almost two year old GPA. The principals in the government apparently agreed on how to implement 24 of the outstanding 27 issues that have been in dispute. These include; the process of the land audit, the appointment of the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and the Mass Media Trust and issues of ‘external interference’.

The coalition leaders also agreed that the remaining three outstanding GPA issues, including the appointment of Roy Bennett to his position as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, would be ‘resolved’ in the coming month. MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa told SW Radio Africa that the 30 day countdown started on [continue reading]

source: IOL
August 26 2010 at 06:34AM
By Mogomotsi Magome

Municipal services in Pretoria will be affected on Friday as the South African Municipal Workers Union embarks on a solidarity strike with their public service counterparts.

Expected to be affected are bus services and refuse removal, which might see the municipality using contractors to collect garbage.

A disruption of the bus system will come nearly two weeks after Tshwane municipal bus drivers embarked on a wildcat strike.

According to Samwu, if the current pubic sector dispute is not resolved by the end of Thursday, their 52 000 members would go into solidarity action.

“We call upon the public sector leadership to speed up the [continue reading]