Archive for August 27th, 2010

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

PALAPYE: Palapye Development Trust is yet to make public the findings of investigations into the alleged mismanagement of funds that has been haunting the Trust for over five years now.

Chairman Dithapelo Tshotlego however revealed that the Trust coordinator has been suspended. While he confirmed that investigations into alleged mismanagement of funds are complete he would not reveal the findings, and said they are still consulting their legal advisors on the issue. Those implicated said Tshotlego, would face a disciplinary hearing.

The Trust is also under pressure to pay back the P12 million it received from the now dissolved Citizen Entrepreneur Assistance Equity Fund (CEMAEF). CEMAEF came into the picture around 2007 when [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
26 August 2010

Johannesburg — The army has deployed more 1,800 medical staff to 47 public hospitals throughout South Africa to substitute for striking doctors and nurses as the nine-day industrial action becomes increasingly ill-tempered.

Thousands of public servants marched in South African cities on 26 August, pushing for an 8.6 percent salary increase and a R1,000 (US$136) housing allowance, which the government has steadfastly refused, citing public spending limitations, and has offered a 7 percent raise and R700 ($95) in housing allowance. Inflation is at 3.7 percent.

Simpiwe Dlamini, spokesman for the South African National Defence Force, told IRIN that more than 2,800 personnel had been deployed to medical facilities, of which 1,800 were [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana ranks 80th out of 100 countries, beating 14 African countries in a Newsweek study to find out the world’s best countries.

In Africa, Botswana beat South Africa, which got position 82, Ghana (86) and Kenya (87). Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation beat Burkina Faso at 100.

America is at position 11, followed by Germany at 12, whilst France is number 16.

Newsweek, an American news magazine, in its special issue on the study of the world’s best countries, focusing on 100 countries in the period 2008 and 2009, looked at the best opportunities provided by countries.

The categories used are health, education, quality of life, economic competitiveness and political environment.
Botswana scored highest in education with 73.5 percent and [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Aug 26 2010 16:43 Sapa

Johannesburg – Emissions tax on double cab vehicles will only be applied from March 1, 2011, the treasury said on Thursday.

“To allow manufacturers and importers sufficient time to test and determine the CO² vehicle emissions of all double cabs, the tax on double cabs will only be applied from March 1, 2011,” it said in a statement.

The decision followed a meeting between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on August 19 and CEOs of the seven motor vehicle manufacturers in South Africa, as well as a delegation from [continue reading]