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Govt hikes dirt workers pay by P100

Maphorisa says nobody is ever satisfied with pay

The government, in an attempt to answer calls to address countrywide sewage problems and refuse collection issues has resolved to increase by P100.00 the monthly pay of the workers in that industry.

Directive NO. 4 of 2015 from the Department of Public Service Management  (DPSM) has communicated that the monthly payments of the allowance has been reviewed and that they will from next month be affected. “Sewage attendants,clinical waste attendants,plumbers/craftsman II (plumbing)/craft improvers-(plumbing)-P160.60 per month. For refuse collectors/sanitation labourers the allowance will be P107.80 per month,” reads the directive.

The directive says that standards rate of dirt allowance will now be paid on monthly basis as opposed to the daily rates. “The monthly payment of the allowance will take effect from 1st April,2015,” reads the directive adressed to all permanent secretaries,government departments and all unions.

Quizzed over the directive by this publication, DPSM Boss,Ruth Maphorisa said that she was aware of the complaints over the increment but added that nobody is ever satisfied with their pay.

She said the they saw the need to move from a daily rate to a monthly rate as the matter was creating problems. “There were challenges on daily rates around the management of the issues sorrounding the said employees and the nature of their job.Problems could not be addressed promptly as people often had to wait for authorisation and other issues like those of payments,” she said, futher adding that it created problems not only for the government but workers and consumers.

Botswana Land Board Local Authorities and Health Workers Union Secretary General, (BLLAHWU)Ketlhalefile Motshegwa has however said that the government should not apply piece meal solutions to problems.

“There is an ongoing bargaining council which intends to look into such matters and it is with deep regret the government is making such pronouncements when we are still looking into issues of conditions of service.Those people’s health is more important than a provocative and demoralising P100 00 increase,” Motshegwa said.

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi previously said that some members of the Botswana Defence Force, Botswana Police and Prisons Department who are eligible for the allowance are already getting it, further adding that 51 are eligible from the said disciplines.

Kgathi revealed that of the 51, 42 started receiving the dirt allowance with effect from September 1, 2014, and the concerned officers were also paid arrears from April to September.

He said the remaining nine would be paid allowance in arrears effective April 1, 2015. Minister Kgathi noted that the delay in payment of this allowance was due to the late submission of certified documentation by employees and the necessary verification by the departments, as well as limited funding.

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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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