Gaborone - The International Monetary Fund on Thursday urged Botswana's government to cut its wage bill, as public workers are staging a seven-week strike to demand an increase.
"Botswana government needs to reduce the size of the wage bill as a share of GDP as this remains rather high relative to comparator countries and is not
Unions for striking Botswana public service workers have accepted a three percent pay rise but will only return to work once sacked employees have been reinstated, an official said Monday.
The government's offer is a fraction of the union's initial demand of 16 percent, aimed at ending a seven-week walk-out by about 90,000 workers.
Gaborone - A Botswana union leader says his arrest on assault charges is part of government attempts to end a month-long civil service strike.
Pelotshweu Baeng, former president of the Botswana Land Boards, Local Authorities and Health Workers’ Union, was released Friday on 200 pula bail.
Baeng, who still works for the union,
Gaborone — Patients and schoolchildren are emerging as the biggest losers from a strike by public service workers in Botswana which is entering its sixth week.
Close to a 100,000 public servants, including about 1,500 considered essential workers, are staying away from their posts while government and unions tussle over salaries.
Gaborone - Botswana has suspended wage negotiations with striking public service workers, insisting that they return to the job before resuming talks, an official said on Wednesday.
"In view of the fact that the government has made its position on the economy clear, the politicisation of the strike and the unlawful activities and utterances by the
Gaborone - Botswana’s president Ian Khama on Thursday said the government cannot afford to give the striking public service workers the 16% salary increase they are demanding.
Addressing a high-level consultative council, Khama who has been silent since the strike began on April 18, said government spending remained in deficit with a projected revenue shortfall of
Gabarone - The government of Botswana has fired all "essential" health workers who defied a court order to join an indefinite strike by public-sector employees, an official said on Tuesday.
The fired personnel include doctors, nurses, pharmacists and cleaners who were employed in public hospitals and clinics and joined the month-old strike.
Gaborone - Botswana's minister of education says schools are being closed indefinitely after student protests in support of a teachers' strike erupted into violence.
The minister, Pelonomi Venson Motoi, took the step on Monday, saying she was acting to safeguard students, staff and government property. She says all government primary and secondary schools will remain closed
An indefinite strike by public-sector workers in diamond-rich Botswana is threatening the ruling party's 45-year grip on power and denting its image as the steward of one of Africa's success stories.
The main public employees' union said more than 90,000 workers have joined the strike, which has ground public services to a near halt and forced
Gaborone - An indefinite strike by public-sector workers in diamond-rich Botswana is threatening the ruling party's 45-year grip on power and denting its image as the steward of one of Africa's success stories.
The main public employees' union said more than 90 000 workers have joined the strike, which has ground public services to a near
Botswana doctors, nurses and other essential workers who last week joined an ongoing public service strike returned to work Wednesday in obedience to a court order.
The government had sought the order from the industrial court, saying the unions had breached an agreement that essential services would continue to be provided and performed.
Gaborone - Striking civil servants in Botswana accused the government on Thursday of using intimidation and illegal substitute workers to derail their strike.
The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions, which is demanding a 16% wage hike after a three-year freeze on salaries, says the government has been threatening employees to make them report for duty
FRANCISTOWN: Before the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo, presented his budget, the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) released a press release about its expectations for 2011/12.
After the event, it seems BOCCIM has achieved some of the expectations. BOCCIM had written that 2010 was a challenging year for the private
Davos - Africa should have a greater presence in the Group of 20 nations rather than be largely excluded and simply told how to run their economies, Botswana's central bank governor said on Thursday.
South Africa is the only African member of the G20, which groups G7 industrialised nations together with major emerging economies such as
Gaborone - An appeals court in Botswana has ruled that indigenous dwellers in one of the driest parts of the world can now drill wells for water.
The Botswana Court of Appeals on Thursday said the Bushmen people were entitled to excavate new wells and could use a well already established on their traditional land in
Africans are known for their rich and historic culture and traditions. In Botswana a group of about 15 dancers have come together to preserve this culture through performances in the region. The MatsosaNgwao Tradition Dancers have for the past three years been staging plays and performing live music shows.
Botswana dancers Photo: Alex Mukuka
Members of the
The Oriental Post, a Chinese newspaper, was launched inSouthern African Development Community (SADC), at the Gaborone's Maharaja Restaurant on Friday night. The newspaper, probably the first of its kind in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is printed in Chinese.
The newspaper's president, Miles Nan, said it has come to their attention, as the Chinese community living in
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping concluded a two-day visit to Botswana on Monday, heading back home after a week spent promoting Chinese economic interests in southern Africa.
The two countries on Sunday signed accords on infrastructure and energy development, which included a grant from China of around six million dollars (4.4 million euros), according to Gou Haodong, a
A Chinese delegation led by Vice President Xi Jinping signed several agreements with Botswana on Sunday to further strengthen ties between the two countries.
The two countries signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation with a grant of around six million dollars (4.4 millions euros), as well as other accords on infrastructure and energy development.
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