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Uganda:Former Crane Bank Employees Sue DFCU

By GODFREY SSALI

Kampala — The High court in Kampala will this friday rule on whether to grant 10 former Crane Bank employees permission to file a suit on behalf of their 400 colleagues against DFCU Bank, for wrongfully dismissal.

Crane bank had promised its 700 employees that they would not lose their jobs after DFCU Bank took over.

However, when DFCU took over in January this year, it laid off some employees in a restructuring exercise.

Through Centre for Legal Aid, the group petitioned court accusing dfcu bank of breaching their employment contract and rights which resulted into many of them losing their jobs.

They claim that DFCU bank contravened the Employment Act by sacking them yet during receivership, their contracts including maintaining their jobs were transferred to DFCU.

The Court’s Deputy Registrar Sarah Langa is set to deliver the ruling.

Therine Kate Achan, Teddy Akullo, Janet Mector Angwena, Mactose Arinaitwe, Edward Bukenya, Dianah Loy Kiwumulo and Abbey Mivule are the aggrieved former employees of Crane Bank.

Uganda

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South Africa: Dial-a-Ride Users Say the Service Is Deteriorating

By William Yoder

Some members of the Dial-a-Ride User’s Forum have expressed concerns about the safety and quality of the service as well as fee increases under the current contractor.

Members of the forum say the service they get from Dial-a-Ride, which provides transportation to people with disabilities, has deteriorated since HG Travelling Services won the tender on 1 December 2015.

In April, users protested against the provincial government about the use of MyCiTi branding, availability, cost and safety. A Dial-a-Ride bus was attacked recently in a housing protest.

Debbie Bedien, a member of the forum, said that buses used to be plain white with yellow Dial-a-Ride logos. “Whether it was taxi strikes, public strikes,or bus strikes, we weren’t affected,” Bedien said. But the buses now have the colour scheme and the logo of MyCiTi buses.

HG Travelling Services referred GroundUp to the City of Cape Town for comment. The City said the vehicles were clearly marked on the back and sides. However, a Dial-a-Ride vehicle which GroundUp photographed did not have these signs on the right side (it did have a sign on the left side).

Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, said, “The MyCiTi logo features on all of those vehicles that are contracted by the City to provide a public transport service to the public.”

Dial-a-Ride Forum members also complained about the rising cost of the service. Since 2015, a 20km trip with Dial-a-Ride has gone from R8.80 to R13; for a trip under 5km it has gone from R6.70 to R9.

Members of the forum complained that the service was very booked up and Cape Town’s other public transport services were mostly inaccessible, a situation not set to change for several years.

“By 10:30am all rides [for the next week] are fully booked,” said Bedien.

About 800 people use the service on a “regular or ad hoc basis” according to Herron. He said HG Travelling Services had increased capacity for wheelchair users from 72 to 102 since gaining the contract. It currently operates 21 vehicles, 20 of which can accommodate passengers using wheelchairs.

Elroy Lodewyk, also a member of the Dial-a-Ride forum, said bookings were sometimes missed. He said some commuters had even lost their jobs due to the lack of reliability of Dial-a-Ride.

But Herron said, “The City was not informed about any commuter who has lost his/her job as a result of the Dial-a-Ride service.”

He said financial penalties could be imposed by the City should HG Travelling Services fail to provide adequate service.

Dial-a-Ride users say that passengers can be on the bus for hours. Another member of the forum, Luwie Links, said, “They pick up something like nine people. If you are first to be picked up at 5:10am in the morning, you will arrive at work at 8 or 8:30am.”

Members of the forum are also unhappy that Dial-a-Ride now requires users to be assessed by an occupational therapist every two years, even in cases where users’ disabilities are permanent.

Lodewyk said, “I’m 22 years in a wheelchair. What, after 23 years I will walk again?”

South Africa:Dial-a-Ride Users Say the Service Is Deteriorating

By William Yoder

Some members of the Dial-a-Ride User’s Forum have expressed concerns about the safety and quality of the service as well as fee increases under the current contractor.

Members of the forum say the service they get from Dial-a-Ride, which provides transportation to people with disabilities, has deteriorated since HG Travelling Services won the tender on 1 December 2015.

In April, users protested against the provincial government about the use of MyCiTi branding, availability, cost and safety. A Dial-a-Ride bus was attacked recently in a housing protest.

Debbie Bedien, a member of the forum, said that buses used to be plain white with yellow Dial-a-Ride logos. “Whether it was taxi strikes, public strikes,or bus strikes, we weren’t affected,” Bedien said. But the buses now have the colour scheme and the logo of MyCiTi buses.

HG Travelling Services referred GroundUp to the City of Cape Town for comment. The City said the vehicles were clearly marked on the back and sides. However, a Dial-a-Ride vehicle which GroundUp photographed did not have these signs on the right side (it did have a sign on the left side).

Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, said, “The MyCiTi logo features on all of those vehicles that are contracted by the City to provide a public transport service to the public.”

Dial-a-Ride Forum members also complained about the rising cost of the service. Since 2015, a 20km trip with Dial-a-Ride has gone from R8.80 to R13; for a trip under 5km it has gone from R6.70 to R9.

Members of the forum complained that the service was very booked up and Cape Town’s other public transport services were mostly inaccessible, a situation not set to change for several years.

“By 10:30am all rides [for the next week] are fully booked,” said Bedien.

About 800 people use the service on a “regular or ad hoc basis” according to Herron. He said HG Travelling Services had increased capacity for wheelchair users from 72 to 102 since gaining the contract. It currently operates 21 vehicles, 20 of which can accommodate passengers using wheelchairs.

Elroy Lodewyk, also a member of the Dial-a-Ride forum, said bookings were sometimes missed. He said some commuters had even lost their jobs due to the lack of reliability of Dial-a-Ride.

But Herron said, “The City was not informed about any commuter who has lost his/her job as a result of the Dial-a-Ride service.”

He said financial penalties could be imposed by the City should HG Travelling Services fail to provide adequate service.

Dial-a-Ride users say that passengers can be on the bus for hours. Another member of the forum, Luwie Links, said, “They pick up something like nine people. If you are first to be picked up at 5:10am in the morning, you will arrive at work at 8 or 8:30am.”

Members of the forum are also unhappy that Dial-a-Ride now requires users to be assessed by an occupational therapist every two years, even in cases where users’ disabilities are permanent.

Lodewyk said, “I’m 22 years in a wheelchair. What, after 23 years I will walk again?”

Teachers’ Coop Takes New Measures to Recover Loans

By Michel Nkurunziza

New measures have been devised to trace the teachers who quit the teaching profession before they could complete repayment of loans they acquired from teachers’ savings and credit cooperative, Umwalimu-Sacco.

Speaking to The New Times on the eve of the World Teachers’ Day (which falls today), Laurence Uwambaje, the director-general of the cooperative, said the new measures come to boost ongoing efforts to recover loans that were extended to teachers who have since failed to honour repayment schedule.

Over 73,000 teachers in both public and private schools are members of Umwalumu Sacco.

Uwambaje said that this year alone – by August – loans amounting to Rwf49 billion had been given to teachers for different projects, especially in agriculture and construction sectors, while others took out personal loans.

She cited delays in repayment of loans totaling Rwf2 billion due to different reasons, including the fact that beneficiaries had since quit the profession and apparently decided to default on their loans.

The official said that at the end of last year the cooperative wrote off over 1Rwf1 billion in bad debt.

“A big chunk of our financing goes to construction projects. It is a risky venture mainly because many of them (teachers) acquire mortgage for houses that do not generate income,” she said.

Some teachers also borrow from the cooperative to start income-generating projects which end up failing, Uwambabaje said.

“That often results into defaulting,” she said.

She said that after failing to repay the loan, some teachers decide to leave the profession, look for other jobs and change bank accounts, with some even leaving the country altogether.

“We have set up a team to work with other institutions with different databases such as Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), and the Ministry of Public Service and Labour to trace these people so that they can pay back the loans they took,” she said.

Training Sacco staff

In addition, Uwambaje said, Umwalimu-Sacco is training its staff to improve their capacity to tell which project proposals are viable and therefore deserve financing.

“They have to be accountable for the loans they issue,” she said, adding that the training also includes the aspect of helping loan applicants to improve their projects.

“It’s also our responsibility to support loan seekers to fine-tune their proposals to minimise risks.”

Loans will also be disbursed in installments to reduce the likelihood of beneficiaries diverting the money into other things, she added.

“Staff have the responsibility to follow up and evaluate each step of the project that’s being financed and release the money for each step after evaluating the previous one to ensure it is not diverted into unplanned activities,” she said.

Uwambaje disclosed that next year the cooperative will launch a training programme for teachers in financial literacy so as to help deepen a savings culture among teachers.

Since 2006, Umwalimu-Sacco has disbursed over Rwf161 billion in loans, the official said.

The teachers’ savings and credit cooperative was established by government as a vehicle to help improve the welfare of teachers across the country.

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Kinyanjui Orders Nakuru Nurses to Return to Work or Lose Jobs

By Eric Matara and Peter Mburu

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has ordered striking nurses in the county to report back to their work stations immediately or lose their jobs.

The governor on Tuesday asked nurses to resume duties and embrace dialogue in a bid to end the more than three months stalemate that has paralysed operations in public health facilities in the county.

The governor issued the directive during the launch of a Beyond Zero clinic donated by the African Insurance Corporation.

“I urge all striking nurses to return to work and allow dialogue to address their grievances. It is inhumane for the health workers to continue boycotting their duties as patients suffer in our hospitals. We will not allow that,” the governor said.

INSPECTION

The county boss said the health department will conduct an inspection in all public health facilities in a bid to re-advertise positions of nurses who have deserted their work places.

“We will advertise positions of those who will not have reported back to work by the end of this week,” Mr Kinyanjui said.

The governor also said that a taskforce formed last month to look into the county’s ailing health sector was finalising its report which would help in revitalising healthcare in the county.

“I formed a health taskforce which is looking into key issues surrounding the health sector including the nurses’ strike, with a view to invigorating our public health facilities. Nurses also have a representative in the taskforce,” he said.

GREATLY BOOST

The governor said the Beyond Zero clinic valued at Sh20 million will greatly boost maternal healthcare in the county.

Nakuru County now has two Beyond Zero clinics. The first one was donated at the advent of devolution by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Mr Kinyanjui further disclosed that many rural parts of the county had not been adequately covered by the existing clinic leading to poor maternal healthcare in the past.

“There are some areas in this county where children have never got any form of immunisation. This facility will increase visits to such areas in order to improve healthcare,” he said.

City lawyer Karanja Kabage, a board member of the African Insurance Corporation, said the facility would improve medical services in the county and reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.

“As you know, clinics have long term impact in the welfare of mothers and children in our county,” he said.

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South Africa: Planned Transnet Retrenchments Make Mockery of Govt’s Commitment to Job Creation

press release

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is shocked by the media reports that Transnet is planning to retrench more than 8 000 workers, without even consulting their workplace representatives. This is deeply concerning considering that we have already lost more than 120 000 jobs already this year alone. Companies continue to submit section 189 retrenchment notices showing their intention to retrench more workers.

It is deeply troubling to see that State Owned Entities that are supposed to drive government’s developmental agenda, and help us create jobs, are also joining the line of those private entities that are unilaterally dumping workers on to the unemployed line.

It is a travesty that COSATU continues to experience resistance from both big business and government ,in its call for a Job Summit that will help us come up with a collective approach to the crisis of jobs ,and other economic challenges facing this country.

It is also difficult to divorce the corruption , state capture and the ongoing job losses , especially in the SOE’s. The mismanagement of these SOE’s has been tolerated for far too long and now workers are being made to pay the price for something that is not of their own doing. The unholy alliance between government and big has brought nothing but suffering for the workers and poor.

COSATU supports its affiliated union SATAWU in its intention to fight the planned retrenchments at Transnet. Workers will continue to fight this unilateralism and also to push for a collective approach in finding a uniquely South African developmental model that will help us solve our country’s socio- economic problems.

South Africa

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Tanzania: Acacia to Cut Down Operations in Largest Tanzania Gold Mine

Acacia Mining has said it will cut down its operations in its largest gold mine in Bulyanhulu, Tanzania.

According to the miner, the exercise will cost more than $45 million and will see about 400 people lose their jobs.

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Nigeria: Maritime Operators Canvas for More Free Trade Zones

By Victor Edozie

Port Harcourt — Maritime operators under the platform of Marine Club of Nigeria (MCN) have called on both the federal and Rivers State governments to allocate a navigable waterfront to the association to enable it establish a free trade zone.

The national president of the association, Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, in a chat with Daily Trust in Port Harcourt, at the weekend, said the establishment of more free trade zones in the state would stimulate economic activities as well as creation of jobs in the entire South South zone.

He said that maritime activities constituted between 68 and 80 percent of the nation’s economy, stressing that the establishment of more free trade zones would decongest the Onne Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone and boost the economy.

He said “Marine Club of Nigeria is the incorporated umbrella association of professionals, practitioners and economic stakeholders of the Nigerian Maritime Economy.

“Nigerian Maritime Economy is 60 to 80% of the entire Nigerian economy. We want the establishment of more free trade zones to encourage production.”

Nigeria

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Angola: Cuanza Sul – Port Services Firm Brings New Perspectives to Region

Porto — The inauguration of the offices of the Porto Amboim Port services firm and the building of the National Freight Services Council, in the centre-west Cuanza Sul Province, open new perspectives in the collection of revenues for this region, the Transports minister, Augusto da Silva Tomás, has said.

Speaking in the inauguration ceremony of the referred infrastructures, in Porto Amboim City, the minister said that the two institutions will contribute to a better collection of revenues, as well as to the region’s economic development, through the payment of taxes.

He also announced the project of building a new deep-waters port in Porto Amboim which is intended to boost the province’s economy.

According to Augusto Tomás, the port that the Executive intends to build in Porto Amboim City will being about many benefits, such as the increase of jobs and the improvement of the citizens’ living standard.

To the governor of Cuanza Sul Province, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, conditions are set for port services companies to carry out their activities without constraints, having reminded that the new undertakings will provide jobs to many youths.

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Govt, Barrick Should Aim for Amicable Settlement

Photo: The Citizen

Professor Palamagamba Kabudi is the only publicly known member of Tanzania’s delegation to the dialogue at State House.

editorialBy The Citizen

At long last, talks between the government and Barrick Gold Corporation, the majority shareholder in Acacia Mining, have commenced in Dar es Salaam to try to resolve a potentially damaging dispute following the ban on the shipping out of unprocessed mineral concentrates.

It is a big relief that the talks have come at a time when it appeared that things were about to get out of hand. Two weeks ago, President John Magufuli expressed his concern about the long time it was taking for dialogue to start, and threatened to nationalise mines owned by Acacia if no progress was made.

It was clear the President’s patience was waning and he was adopting a hardline approach in trying to resolve the dispute. The government had already fired a salvo, slapping Acacia with a colossal $190 billion (Sh424 trillion) bill ahead of the talks. The bill, according to the government, is an accumulation of unpaid taxes, royalties and penalties dating back to 2000.

The tax demand followed reports by two committees appointed by the President, which alleged massive fraud in gold mining, which accounts for nearly 35 per cent of Tanzania’s foreign exchange earnings.

Not surprisingly, Barrick has disputed the findings and stated that its operations in Tanzania have always been aboveboard. The company knows best where the shoe pinches. Since the dispute began in March, Acacia’s value at the London Stock Exchange has nearly halved.

Its operations risk grinding to a halt with the loss of thousands of jobs and the industry’s significant contribution to the economy. It is apparent therefore that the longer the dispute drags on, the more the two sides stand to lose.

It is our hope that those involved in the negotiations will do so with an open mind. Hiding cards under the table will not in any way lead to a win-win situation for Tanzania and Barrick.

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