Meanwhile, another GuySuCo source revealed that some eight members of staff attached to the Wales office department, who are mainly women, are similarly being retrenched. Guyana Times understands that these workers are unionised under the National Association of Agricultural Commercial Employees (NAACIE). This newspaper was informed that four of these members are from the Human Resources Department and others work in the Finance section.These imminent dismissals come against the backdrop of hundreds of former sugar workers at Wales, Enmore, Skeldon and Rosehall who have expressed much frustration over the estate closures. This has spurred repeated protest actions across the sugar belt with many pleading with Government to reverse many of the decisions made on the sugar industry.It was however disclosed that the remaining Wales factory and office workers are likely to receive their severance payment within a reasonable timeframe. This is unlike what many former sugar workers at Wales have faced as they have been waiting since late 2016 to receive their termination benefits after they refused to take up employment at the Uitvlugt Estate. This refusal was formed on the basis that they cannot be compelled, under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) to travel beyond 10 miles from their original place of work. Uitvlugt is some 22 miles away from Wales.After word spread of Wales’ closure after Guyana Times broke the story, sugar workers were on February 9, 2016 given a three-day ultimatum to sign indicating whether they opted for severance the package from Government or be transferred to Uitvlugt Sugar Estate. These plans were however rescinded, and workers were retrenched in phases with union consultations.The closure of Wales affected and displaced over 1000 workers directly and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. Meanwhile, over 4000 workers attached to Enmore, Skeldon, Rosehall were given dismissal letters by December 2017. However, some of the former Enmore and Skeldon workers could be re-hired under plans by Special Purposes Unit (SPU) to re-open the two estates as the State-owned body eyes private investors. This revelation has prompted stakeholders to push Government on rehiring all of the dismissed sugar workers on the contention that the sugar industry remains a viable one. (Shemuel Fanfair) As former Wales Estate workers, their relatives and other residents in the surrounding communities complain of depleting finances and sustenance challenges, over 10 more families will face similar circumstances as the remaining workers will be dismissed early next month. Guyana Times had reported that while official operations were shut down in December 2016, skeletal staff was retained as the machines in the factory were kept running.However, according to sources within the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the remaining members of staff will be retrenched by March 5, 2018. According to a source, operators within the Mechanical Tillage Department are currently being phased out.“They will be going off one after the other and two persons will remain until the 5th of March,” the source indicated. It is not clear if any of these staff will be retained at other estates.
20 May 2009 “We see our facility with the IDC as a milestone for our mutually beneficial relationship, and look forward to further enhancing our cooperation in the near future.” Last week, the IDC secured a €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial, resources and services sectors. CCB-Johannesburg GM Yimin He said he believed it was important for the local CCB branch to play a support role for business in South Africa, in light of the negative impacts of the global economic downturn. “Over the past year, our units have been receiving an unprecedented amount of applications, so we have seen it fit to also go out and source funding so that we can increase our capacity to lend,” Qhena said in a statement this week. ‘Long-lasting relationship’ While this is the first facility the IDC has had with the China Construction Bank, which has a local office in Johannesburg, Qhena said it was a first step towards establishing a long-lasting relationship with the Chinese lender. “We also have an export loan book, which we believe this CCB loan will assist in recapitalising, since the demand for export funding has also increased from our front.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has received a US$50-million (about R422.2-million) loan from the China Construction Bank (CCB), which it will use to increase its general lending capacity and recapitalise its export finance book. IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said demand for lending had increased tremendously due to the global economic downturn, prompting the state-owned lender to source funding from the international market. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The People’s Bus includes flooring thatresembles a football pitch, seats coveredwith Bafana Bafana football jerseys andstriking South African artwork inside andout. MAN Truck and Bus workers celebrate thelaunch of the People’s Bus. The People’s Bus roadshow team will getSouth Africa in the mood for 2010.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zandile SkosanaIndigo Marketing+27 11 809 5599RELATED ARTICLES• Beetle mania grips World Cup• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe Nicky RehbockWorld Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda.The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.Photo essay: The People’s BusAn interactive journeyAt each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments.The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour.Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tourBrand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.“Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister.The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus.