Archive for September 3rd, 2010

xsource: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Wearing a t-shirt, shirt, and cap, or carrying a bag or anything with a tobacco advertisement can attract a fine for the owner, a Tobacco Control Programme Officer, Gaesi Mophuting has advised.

Advertising of tobacco in Botswana is criminal, intended or not. The tricky thing is that advertisers can use consumers without realising that they (consumers) are being used.

The Ministry of Health recently released a public notice saying that it has noticed that there are shops in the local market that sell clothes with tobacco advertisements on. Mophuting says that it is suspected that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Sep 02 2010 20:56 Sapa and Reuters

Johannesburg – While a growth rate of 3% may be a welcome development, it will not address the problem of unemployment, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Gill Marcus said on Thursday.

Speaking at a seminar at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg, Marcus referred to the current environment as one of the most difficult economic periods in the last 100 years.

Marcus jokingly told the seminar that she was not going to answer any questions on whether or not the bank would cut interest rates when it meets next week.

Foreign ownership in South African banks was a difficult question and [continue reading]

source: IOL
Xolani Mbanjwa
September 03 2010 at 06:44AM

Civil rights groups have reacted with outrage and anger at the cabinet’s decision to end the special dispensation for Zimbabwean nationals living in South Africa and have warned that the “callous” decision could result in their persecution if deported.

Government spokesman Themba Maseko on Thursday announced that undocumented Zimbabweans would have until the end of the year to get “proper” permits or face arrest and deportation from January 1.

This was the result of an agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe’s home affairs ministers, he said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis saw a special dispensation approved that allowed people fleeing the country to enter South Africa and work for up to three months before renewing temporary permits. However, now “we believe some sort of stability has returned to [continue reading]

Seretse stands accused

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Less than three days ago Ramadeluka Seretse was a very senior minister whose responsibilities included defence ,police and the justice department who would ensure that wrongdoers are investigated and prosecuted.

Yesterday at the Village Magistrates Courts, Seretse was hauled before Barnabas Nyamadzabo, a magistrate who only three days ago officially referred to Seretse in sartorial salutations.

On this day he has no occasion to refer to Seretse in lofty titles such as honourable Dikgakgamatso Seretse. The magistrate simply calls him, the accused. Instead of the police acting as an escort as part of the official frills, the officer on duty simply beckons the former minister to the [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Sep 02 2010 15:42 Sapa

Johannesburg – The public service strike is diminishing the gains made by South Africa in hosting a successful World Cup, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday.

“The benefits that South Africa should have gained from the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup are being seriously eroded by the current activities of labour,” the chamber said in a statement.

The public service strike – in its 16th day – and labour action in other sectors were harming South Africa’s economic productivity.

“There appears to be scant concern for the negative impact that the present tide of protest action has on the South African economy and the ripple effect that these actions are bound to have on economic growth, employment, job creation and both domestic and [continue reading]