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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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Botswana approves extradition of British fugitive

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Raiz Ahmed Tayub, a British fugitive sought by Interpol for his involvement in human trafficking and slave trade crimes, was captured by the Botswana Police Service (BPS) earlier this year.

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BOCRA detects new cyber attacks targeted at Botswana

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Malawi appeals for help over Cyclone Freddy at PAP

17th March 2023

As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.

Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.

Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.

He made a special appeal to the PAP:  “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”

Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”

According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.

The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.

Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.

Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.

He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.

“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.

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