Youth Waiting for Generational Change

[Deutsche Welle] Power shifts in The Gambia, Ghana and Zimbabwe in 2017 sparked hope among Africa’s youth. But the outlook for 2018 is anything but rosy, says DW’s Claus Stäcker.

[Deutsche Welle] Power shifts in The Gambia, Ghana and Zimbabwe in 2017 sparked hope among Africa's youth. But the outlook for 2018 is anything but rosy, says DW's Claus Stäcker.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

EXCLUSIVE: Migrants put extra festive shift to tackle January Disease

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA Editor-In-Chief JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CAUGHT on the proverbial horns of a dilemma, many foreign nationals in South Africa have forgone the temptation of visiting their home countries, instead opting to work during the festive season. The migrants, who are mostly self-employed, did not break for the Christmas festivities are eager to […]

Zimbabwean mechanic, Themba Mpofu operating in Bramley. Photo, Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
Editor-In-Chief
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – CAUGHT on the proverbial horns of a dilemma, many foreign nationals in South Africa have forgone the temptation of visiting their home countries, instead opting to work during the festive season.

The migrants, who are mostly self-employed, did not break for the Christmas festivities are eager to continue working during the New Year’s holiday.

A majority are those in the motor mechanic industry, mainly in the townships of Guateng province, the country’s economic hub.

It has been business as usual at such establishments in Alexandra, Boksburg, Diepslsoot, Katlehong, Tembisa, Tsakane and Vosloorus.

“Foreigners, especially those that are self-employed have no holiday at all. We know very well the so-called ‘January’ disease is fast approaching, and will hit hard immediately after Christmas and New Year holidays,” said Zimbabwean mechanic, Themba Mpofu, based in Bramley, north of Johannesburg.

EXCLUSIVE: Migrants put extra festive shift to tackle January Disease

Zimbabwean mechanic, Themba Mpofu operating in Bramley. Photo, Savious Kwinika, CAJ News

He was speaking in reference to the infamous “January Disease”, the condition of being ‘financially broke’ that befalls a person in the month of January after overspending during the festive season.

“The reason I’m not resting this holiday I have bills to settle, school fees to cover. So, I have no time to waste. Maybe those that resting settled their bills. I presume they have enough cash in their bank accounts,” Mpofu said.

He said his garage opened 12 hours daily.

Mozambican brothers of Marios (20) and Abraham Novelo ((25) from Nyembani, who operate in Alexandra township, also sacrificed the festive season.

“Motorists are getting stuck on roads. They always require our services, hence we are working on holiday,” Marios said.

He said motorists, who normally get serviced by commercially viable garages were turning to them for maintenance and repairs of their vehicle during this festive season.

Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Okonkwo, who operates in Vosloorus, is also making the most of the prevalence of breakdowns during the festive season.

He sees such breakdowns surging along the Johannesburg-Durban highway.

“Business is boom for me, and I have adequately raised enough cash to take head-on the looming January ‘disease’,” Okonkwo said.

Chimango Kamwendo, a gardener from Malawi working in Tembisa, is dependent on seasonal jobs hence he stayed put.

“I don’t have a full-time job. I depend on part-time jobs. This is the reason I work on Christmas and New Year holidays,” Kamwendo said.

Marc Gbaffou, the chairman of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) lauded the migrants who put in an extra effort compared to workers from their host countries.

“Migrants everywhere in the world know they have to work harder than anyone else because they are their own support, their family’s support and can expect no help from anyone but themselves,” said Gbaffou.

He added: “During this festive season, my thoughts are going to the many self-employed migrants who are living in South Africa and in Gauteng in particular.”

While it might appear as commendable entrepreneurial spirit, experts are wary of ramifications of working at this time of the year.

Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF), Advocate Gabriel Shumba, said economic situation was forcing many migrants to work to
generate cash or else join the bandwagon who go for holiday and experience financial challenges.

“It’s either they (migrants) take a break and the family starves, or they continue with back-breaking work while others are de-stressing, which means more stress levels and possibly broken families,” warned Advocate Shumba.

He advised employers to be mindful of the rights of workers “be they local or immigrant” on provisions pertaining to work during the festive break.

“Overtime during this season should predominantly be voluntarily. In the main, it should also be paid. Fair labour practices must strictly be observed and those aggrieved should take recourse through the necessary bodies,” Shumba said.

Sizwe Pamla of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) told CAJ News workers should be allowed time to rest when it was time for holiday.

“Holidays are supposed to be none-working days! We encourage workers to be with their families during this time of the year. Employers should not take advantage of desperate workers and migrants seeking jobs to exploit them,” Pamla said.

He said some workers were doing it (working on holidays) out of desperation citing scarce jobs in the country.

There was no immediate comment from Phakamile Hlubi of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) at the time of going to press.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

source: CAJ News Africa » Engineering

Nigeria Loses N222 Billion in One Year in Shady Crude Oil Swap Deals – – Neiti

[Premium Times] Nigeria recorded a net loss of over $723 million (about N221.5 billion, at N306.3 to $1) through the Offshore Processing Arrangement, OPA adopted by the Federal Government in 2015 to supply refined petroleum products in the country, the latest Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI 2015 Oil & Gas Industry Audit Report, has revealed.

[Premium Times] Nigeria recorded a net loss of over $723 million (about N221.5 billion, at N306.3 to $1) through the Offshore Processing Arrangement, OPA adopted by the Federal Government in 2015 to supply refined petroleum products in the country, the latest Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI 2015 Oil & Gas Industry Audit Report, has revealed.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Valentina Guebuza Murder – Prosecution Calls for Maximum Sentence

[AIM] Maputo -The prosecution has called on the Maputo City Court to sentence businessman Zofimo Muiuane to the maximum prison term for the first degree murder of his wife, Valentina Guebuza, daughter of former President Armando Guebuza, on 14 December…

[AIM] Maputo -The prosecution has called on the Maputo City Court to sentence businessman Zofimo Muiuane to the maximum prison term for the first degree murder of his wife, Valentina Guebuza, daughter of former President Armando Guebuza, on 14 December 2016.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Muiuane Admitted Killing Valentina Guebuza, Say Police Witnesses

[AIM] Maputo -Policemen testified on Thursday to the Maputo City Court that businessman Zofimo Muiuane admitted he had murdered his wife, Valentina Guebuza, daughter of former President Armando Guebuza, as he was being taken away from the scene of the …

[AIM] Maputo -Policemen testified on Thursday to the Maputo City Court that businessman Zofimo Muiuane admitted he had murdered his wife, Valentina Guebuza, daughter of former President Armando Guebuza, as he was being taken away from the scene of the crime.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Hunger Strike At Harare Prison

[The Herald] SIX foreigners arrested by the Immigration Department on allegations of staying in the country illegally have gone on a “hunger strike” at the Harare Central Remand Prison demanding their release or to be deported to their respective count…

[The Herald] SIX foreigners arrested by the Immigration Department on allegations of staying in the country illegally have gone on a "hunger strike" at the Harare Central Remand Prison demanding their release or to be deported to their respective countries.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Sudanese Gold Miners Killed in Chad Attack

[Radio Dabanga] Chad -At least 12 Sudanese nationals were killed and 17 others are missing after an attack on Monday by Chadian militants on a gold mine in Chad’s Chré district on the country’s border with Libya.

[Radio Dabanga] Chad -At least 12 Sudanese nationals were killed and 17 others are missing after an attack on Monday by Chadian militants on a gold mine in Chad's Chré district on the country's border with Libya.

source: AllAfrica News: Chad