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Unions blasted for regressing mandate

Unionist; Motshegwe

Trade unions by nature are important vehicles for the improvement of the working conditions of workers and they thereby subscribe to the need to pass protective legislations which could mitigate the injustices that could be brought by free market system.

However, it is becoming common that trade unions are now divorcing their core mandate for monies of Burial Society for self-fulfillment.

Botswana Land Boards, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) Burial Society (BBS) chairperson Tebogo Moalosi made this observation at the society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Selibe-Phikwe recently.

Moalosi was commenting about the deepening rift between Botswana Land Boards, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) as a union and its burial society that was established ten years ago.

According to media reports, a whooping P9million accrued by the burial society over the years through monthly subscriptions by the members and other sources of income has become the centre of two organizations’ bitter row.

In a nutshell, BLLHWU through its Secretary General Ketlhalefile Motshegwa wants the burial society’s funds for self-enrichment, Moalosi charged. Moalosi said the union leadership wants to run the affairs and finances of the burial society.

“This is a shame,” said Moalosi when deliberating a chairperson’s address during the BBS 5th AGM held under the theme: “My Society, My Pride.”
Moalosi said labor movements have now been turned into profit making organizations or companies. He quoted Karl Marx who once said that entrepreneurs were only driven by profit and desire to accumulate more capital and further argued that, workers are the “grave diggers of capitalism.”

“It has become apparent that BLLAHWU leadership is driving by profit and desire to make profit for self-aggrandizement,” Moalosi charged.   

He said the burial society’s priority is to guard against and prevent exploitation of the working class, including the society at large by self-centered and greedy union leaders and must be guided by the provisions of the burial society’s constitution and strategic objectives that they have set for themselves from time to time at various levels.

“We have demonstrated in the past that BLLAHWU’s militant and adversarial approach as a trade union of demanding and exerting pressure on the management of the burial society as an independent entity duly registered in terms of the Society’s Act and not Trade Union and Employer’s Organizations Act will not at any given time be adhered and/or be tolerated,” he said.

He added: “I am of the opinion that, we have to work smart and come up with a devise and/or develop in our strategic plan, a market research project to assess our members’ needs and also develop as a burial society promotional strategy as a proactive initiative to attract, recruit and retain our members.”

He said it is imperative to devise a workable strategy that will attract and motivate workers across the spectrum to join burial society, remain loyal to it, hence the need for financial resources mobilization.

Efforts to solicit a comment from BLLAHWU secretariat drew a blank until press time.

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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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