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Trollope mining Co under fire for job cuts



Trollope mining co under fire for job cuts

We followed labour laws- mark Trollope

A leading mining services company, Trollope has come under fire over allegations of unlawful retrenchments of staff.

Trollope, which took mining responsibilities at Lucara’s Karowe Mine in January last year has been accused of unlawfully laying off 48 out of its 300 staff complement of miners in March, blatantly flouting government instructions for companies not to fire employees that were on the payroll as at December 2019, during Covid-19 period.

A representative of the disgruntled ex-workers, Thebeetsile Raleteke said they were terminated on the 4th of March this year, way before the end of their contracts, which were scheduled to expire next year.

“The employer had proposed a voluntary exit plan, which some employees settled for but we were shocked when those who did not take that option were forcefully retrenched,” Raleteke said.

The retrenched employees’ representative also expressed suspicions that the employer might have acted out of a tip- off by the client about the outbreak of Covid-19 in China, because as early as November last year, they were regularly sanitizing the mines and engaging in corona prevention like protocols.

According to Raleteke, the axed miners had lodged their complaint with the Permanant Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, one Mr Komoki who promised to help but later decided to stop taking their calls.

“Komoki advised us to go to Letlhakane Labour Office and call him from there so he can instruct his junior on how to proceed but unfortunately, we found the office under lock and key,” revealed the former employee.

In an interview with The Voice recently, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, Mpho Balopi has noted that he was aware of labour issues taking place at the mines in particular and the government was working around the clock to resolve the problems.

Reached for a comment, the Trollope Mining Services Area Manager, Mark Trollope said the company’s engagement with workers to find a solution for the problem was hampered by lockdown.

“Their main concern has been their payslips and we hope to have addressed the issue soon,” said Trollop, adding that the company would not in any way abandon stranded employees.

Denying allegations of unlawful retrenchment leveled against his company, Trollope said labour laws were followed to lay off the 48 employees.

“ The diamond industry is currently under pressure and at the moment there are no mining activities taking place and this is happening

all over the world. We however hope that when things normalize we would be able to take back the retrenched workers,” Trollope said in an interview

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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