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Tlhagale rebukes Parliament for making unjust laws

The President of the Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU), Salumba Jack Tlhagale says the Government of Botswana makes unjust laws which do not protect the rights of the workers. In his May Day message, Tlhagale charged that “parliament makes bad laws” which forms the hallmarks of a brutal Government that has successfully dehumanised its own people.

The Union boss cited the Essential Service law under which the Government has classified a number of occupations as essential, legislating them to have special restrictions in regard to labour actions. The law strips the workers under these profession of their right to strike. Trade unions unanimously feel the essential service law has the echoes of a first class dictatorship in an effort choke off resistance from workers fighting for their rights.

In the United Kingdom in 2010, the trade union movement accused Government of declaring war against the workers after the Government proposed that a set number of union members would have to vote before there can be permitted to strike. Trade unions retaliated proposing that the bar must also be raised for all parliamentary candidates who seek political office by increasing the number votes for them to secure their seats.

The BMWU president also cited Section 25 of the Employment Act which he say lacks provision for retrenchment packages. He points out that the Government is less caring citing the closure of BCL and Tati Nickel mine as examples of Government’s brutality to its people.
Tlhagele advocates for building of stronger trade unions that will scream in unison for the voice of the workers to be heard. He calls for a sustainable industrial policy that will address the issue of low wages and job insecurity coupled with joblessness.

“Decent jobs are being eroded together with their sources,” he says. He notes fragmentation of the workplace and casualization of labour as one of the problems threatening the livelihood of the workers. He also points out that “the menace of privatisation and outsourcing” has caused the disappearance of meaningful work and loss of employee benefits. He also posits that trade unions are going through a tough trying times, pointing out that union rivalries starts from within. He warns against internal rivalries where there is leadership in-fighting and the third force infiltration.

He also warns trade unions to be wary of the inside heckler who causes instability from within. He says that the inside heckler betray other comrades’ desire to enter into healthy engagements with Government, a development that he says compromises the trade union position.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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