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BLLAHWU sues Ministry over outstanding salaries

Secretary General of BLLAHWU, Ketlhalefile Motshegwa

Members of Botswana Land Board, Local Authorities and Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) have this week taken the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRP) to High Court over payment of salary arrears. The government employees filed statutory notice through Moahi Attorneys and with the assistance of their union BLLAHWU. The matter is expected to be heard before the High Court soon.

At the heart of the matter is the non-payment of salary arrears which were agreed by both parties to be paid before end of October last year but to no avail. The employees owed are those in possession of National Craft Certificate (NCC) qualifications and who were working as Craftsmen or Technical Assistants prior to the implementation of Local Government Service Management Directive no. 3 of 2006 on 25 January 2006.

According to the directive which is referenced REF: U1/24 V (67) and issued to all Council Secretaries directing that entry grade of holders of NCC were to be raised to the pay scale of C4 – 1st notch. Secretary General of BLLAHWU Ketlhalefile Motshegwa told the WeekendPost this week that the issue has been dragging for a long time and as such asked for urgent address from government on the matter.

Motshegwa stated that, “the grievance that we are herein submitting is that there are employees who were upgraded late from the date of the stipulations of directive no.3 of 2013 and they have since been denied their arrears which they are entitled to in respect of the period of the date of the directive and the date when they were upgraded accordingly.”

In addition there is another category of employees who even up to now though holding NCC has not been upgraded as per the directive no. 3 of 2006, BLLAHWU Secretary General further stated.

According to the settlement certificate presented to this publication, the parties have resolved the dispute by agreeing that “the respondent that is Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Directorate of Public service Management, pay the applicants being holders of NCC who are eligible for the arrears deemed category 1 – who prior to 25 January 2006 had NCC and worked as Senior Technical Assistants/Craftsman, and category 5 – who were erroneously put at a lower scale. It was further then agreed that the amount/arrears will be paid on or before 30 October 2014, which is now overdue.

“..all payments should have been made by 30 October 2014 hence you are directed to observe this deadline. Proof of payment should be submitted to the ministry by 7 November 2014,” stated the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Boipolelo Khumomatlhare.

The parties had earlier agreed that in terms of the court decision in a case of Central District Council (CDC) vs Benjamin Mphitlhang, only employees in possession of NCC and worked as craftsmen or Technical Assistants prior to the implementation of Local Government Service Management Directive no. 3 of 2006 on 25 January 2006 – are eligible for payment of salary arrears.

The employers (MLGRD and DPSM) were as such directed to upgrade with immediate effect eligible officers who fall in that category to C4 salary scale, and pay them salary arrears from 25 January 2006. It was also agreed that eligible employees who have already been upgraded/promoted should be paid salary arrears from 25 January 2006 to the date of their upgrading/promotion.

Although some employees were upgraded and paid accordingly, many are still in the lurch and await court judgment after they decided to go court route.

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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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