Unions to March Against Labour Law Changes

[GroundUp] The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and its affiliated unions in the Western Cape plan to march in Cape Town on Thursday. The protest is against proposed amendments to the labour law that the unions say threaten the minimum …

[GroundUp] The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and its affiliated unions in the Western Cape plan to march in Cape Town on Thursday. The protest is against proposed amendments to the labour law that the unions say threaten the minimum wage and undermine the right to strike.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Over 1,300 Public Servants Who Lost Their Jobs Now to Return to Work

[Citizen] Dodoma -The government announced in parliament on Monday April 9, that all public servants whose employment terms were reviewed in June 2011 should return to work immediately and their salaries paid until they retire.

[Citizen] Dodoma -The government announced in parliament on Monday April 9, that all public servants whose employment terms were reviewed in June 2011 should return to work immediately and their salaries paid until they retire.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

How a Journalist Took an Ethical Stand and Risked Her Job

[GroundUp] One of South Africa’s most notorious quackery-promoting publications has, after 18 years, closed down. And it took a brave science journalist, standing up for evidence-based science, to help bring about the end.

[GroundUp] One of South Africa's most notorious quackery-promoting publications has, after 18 years, closed down. And it took a brave science journalist, standing up for evidence-based science, to help bring about the end.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Social Grant Payouts Go Smoothly in Western Cape

[GroundUp] In the days leading up to 1 April, Delft resident Godfrey Classen was worried that he would not receive his pension. Cash Paymaster Services’s (CPS) contract with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) came to an end on 31 March. T…

[GroundUp] In the days leading up to 1 April, Delft resident Godfrey Classen was worried that he would not receive his pension. Cash Paymaster Services's (CPS) contract with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) came to an end on 31 March. The South African Post Office is currently being phased in as the new service provider. It has taken over the payment of grants, except for cash. CPS will continue paying cash recipients until 30 September.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Rally of Cultural Tourism in Mahdia, Circuit of Leisure and Discovery

[Tunis Afrique Presse] The different regions of the governorate of Mahdia were marked by a rally that features racing bicycles as well as family cars as part of a tour of several archaeological sites and a series of innovative folklore shows.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] The different regions of the governorate of Mahdia were marked by a rally that features racing bicycles as well as family cars as part of a tour of several archaeological sites and a series of innovative folklore shows.

source: AllAfrica News: Tunisia

Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Qualifiers – Tunisia Lose to Estonia 2-3

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunisia Sunday conceded defeat to Estonia 2-3 following Davis Cup (Euro-Africa Zone) Group II day-2 qualifiers in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunisia Sunday conceded defeat to Estonia 2-3 following Davis Cup (Euro-Africa Zone) Group II day-2 qualifiers in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

source: AllAfrica News: Tunisia

Voluntary Blood Donation Falls Short of Expectations -Minister

[Tunis Afrique Presse] “Voluntary blood donation in Tunisia falls short of expectations,” Health Minister Imed Hammami Sunday said at an event held by the National Blood Transfusion Centre to observe the National Blood Donor Day (April 8).

[Tunis Afrique Presse] "Voluntary blood donation in Tunisia falls short of expectations," Health Minister Imed Hammami Sunday said at an event held by the National Blood Transfusion Centre to observe the National Blood Donor Day (April 8).

source: AllAfrica News: Tunisia

Zambian Arrested In Atlanta For $5.8 Million Cocaine Possession

A Zambian national Alick Banda and a native of Tanzania Abubakar Sakapala have been arrested in the USA for drug conspiracy and possession for allegedly transporting more than 150 kgs of cocaine worth $5.8 million. According to the indictment by … Continued

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A Zambian national Alick Banda and a native of Tanzania Abubakar Sakapala have been arrested in the USA for drug conspiracy and possession for allegedly transporting more than 150 kgs of cocaine worth $5.8 million. According to the indictment by the US Department of Justice of Northern Georgia, Banda is 27 years old and based in Texas while Sakapala is 40 and is based in Maryland. BELOW IS THE FULL INDICTMENT OF BANDA AND SAKAPALA Two men indicted on drug charges for transporting more than 150 kilograms of cocaine to Georgia NEWNAN, Ga. – Abubakar Sakapala and Alick Banda have been charged by a federal grand jury with drug conspiracy and possession charges for transporting cocaine from Texas to Georgia in a tractor-trailer. Their scheme was uncovered during a general motor carrier compliance inspection on Interstate 20 in Haralson County, Georgia. “Sakapala and Banda allegedly transported cocaine to Georgia with a street value of approximately $5.8 million,†said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay†Pak. “However, thanks to the efforts of our law enforcement partners, these defendants were stopped before they had a chance to deliver this poison to our streets.†“This cocaine posed a clear and present danger to the citizens of this country, however, because of great police work these drugs will never reach the intended consumer,†said Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division. “The successful prosecution of this case illustrates that fruitful results can be achieved through the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement.†According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the indictment, and other information presented in court: On March 13, 2018, Georgia State Patrol (“GSPâ€) stopped a tractor-trailer traveling along Interstate 20 in Haralson County, Georgia for a general motor carrier compliance inspection. Sakapala was driving the tractor-trailer at the time. GSP found Banda allegedly attempting to hide in the sleeper compartment of the tractor by laying under some covers. GSP questioned Sakapala, who gave them inconsistent statements about how he had acquired the tractor-trailer. GSP examined Sakapala’s driver’s log and noticed he falsely reported that he was off duty at the time of the stop. GSP also questioned Banda, who told them he had driven the tractor-trailer during parts of the trip. Upon obtaining consent to search the tractor and trailer, GSP opened the trailer and immediately observed that the back wall of the trailer was made out of plywood. GSP removed the plywood and found a concealed compartment, or “trap,†with a sheet metal door. From the trap, GSP removed seven bags, which contained approximately 152 individually wrapped kilogram-sized bundles of cocaine. The approximate street value of this cocaine is $5.8 million. DEA agents were called to the scene to seize the drugs, taking Sakapala and Banda into custody. Abubakar Sakapala, 40, of Calverton, Maryland, and Alick Banda, 27, of Richardson, Texas have been charged by a federal grand jury with drug conspiracy and drug possession charges for transporting cocaine from Texas to Georgia in a tractor-trailer. Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney DeLana Jones is prosecuting the case. The post Zambian Arrested In Atlanta For $5.8 Million Cocaine Possession appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘Botswana Ready for Zimbabwe Products’

[The Herald] Zimbabwean manufacturers can tap into Botswana’s $6 billion import bill as the neighbouring country has abounding opportunities and is ready for Zimbabwean products, the country’s trade promotion body ZimTrade has revealed.

[The Herald] Zimbabwean manufacturers can tap into Botswana's $6 billion import bill as the neighbouring country has abounding opportunities and is ready for Zimbabwean products, the country's trade promotion body ZimTrade has revealed.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe