MOPANI UPLIFTS KEY KITWE, MUFULIRA ROADS North-Western Province lands milling plant for locals Zanaco toasts Copperbelt-based banking clientele Walvis Bay could ease Zambiaâ€™s transportation woes
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CONTENTS PG 6 MOPANI UPLIFTS KEY KITWE, MUFULIRA ROADS MOPANI Copper Mines has rehabilitated the Central Street and Mindolo-Chibuluma roads to decongest the main Kitwe roadways.
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Rehabilitated Central Street -MindoloChibuluma road
MOPANI UPLIFTS KE KITWE, MUFULIRA R MOPANI Copper Mines has rehabilitated the Central Street and Mindolo-Chibuluma roads to decongest the main Kitwe roadways.
BY SOLWEZI TODAY WRITER he mining giant has further commenced transformation works to renovate the perilous Sabina-Mufulira
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The Sabina-Mufulira Road whose transformation will significantly reduce deathly traffic accidents, is part of the US$10.5 million dollars road rehabilitation project launched in 2011.
The project also involved the
MCM Chief Executive Officer
rehabilitation of the 6.7-kilometre
Danny Callow has observed that
Central Street and Mindolo-Chib-
the rehabilitation project has
uluma roads, popularly known as
already created 142 jobs for the
the Kitwe Ring road.
“The project is on schedule and the contractor, Swanepoel, is confident that they will complete the work on target despite challenges with traffic control, especially during peak hours.” Emerine Kabanshi cuts a ribbon
Speaking at the launch of the Mindolo-Chibuluma Road, Kabanshi said: “I would like on behalf of the Government to recognise the huge investment that Mopani Copper Mines has committed to the city of Kitwe. This level of corporate social responsibility by Mopani Copper Mines is commendable and should be emulated by the corporate world.” Meanwhile, Mopani has commenced rehabilitation works on the 15-kilometre Sabina-Mufulira Road, which is the main artery connecting the mining town of Mufulira to the rest of Zambia.
KEY ROADS “This is important as the Govern-
Minister Emerine Kabanshi paid
ment seeks ways of creating em-
glowing tribute to Mopani for its
ployment opportunities, especially
support towards the road rehabili-
for the youth,” he noted.
tation programme describing it as
Local Government and Housing
Callow said the company will also work on the 6.5-kilometre stretch into Mufulira in a bid to bring the whole road to acceptable standards. “Our desire is that the community would jealously guard this infrastructure that we are putting up so that it can work even for generations to come,” he said.
The Sabina-Mufulira Road forms a crucial part of the national road network and plays a significant role in the economic life of people not only on the Copperbelt and Zambia, but the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. It is also regarded as a getaway route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The rehabilitation of the road started on August 1, 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2012. “So far, more than 25 percent of work has been completed. The re-
habilitation works involve, among other things; stripping off the old surface and putting new asphalt, widening of the road to eight metres of asphalt and two metres of naked shoulders,” explained Callow. “The project is on schedule and the contractor, Swanepoel, is confident that they will complete the work on target despite challenges with traffic control, especially during peak hours.” In recent years, the SabinaMufulira Road has been a danger to motorists due to its dilapidated state as a result of lack of care and maintenance, thereby necessitating immediate action. Callow disclosed that Mopani resolved to rehabilitate the road as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative aimed at contributing to national infrastructure development. The initiative is already helping Zambia meet one of its top priorities on the national development agenda. “We are glad that we are able to supplement Government’s efforts in developing the country. It is our resolve as Mopani to be an integral part of the communities in which we operate and to help better the living standards of the people,” he said. Mopani also sponsors a number of community initiatives including sanitation, health, education, HIV and AIDS programmes, anti-malaria projects, sports and infrastructural development, on which the company spends an average of $15 million annually.
LOCALS PRAISE BARRICK LUMWANA FOR COST-SHARING HEALTH AND EDUCATION PROJECTS The local communities in the vast Lumwana area of Solwezi have paid glowing tribute to Barrick Lumwana Mining Company for transforming their lives by way of taking education and health facilities closer to the people.
he mining company recently unveiled various projects which cost K7 billion with an additional K1,750,000,000 being mobilised among the local residents for all the diverse projects. The total amount came 8
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bution towards the works.
The residents appreciated the concept which the management at Barrick Lumwana Mining Company employed in all the projects, where the local people were required to make a contri-
During the hand-over ceremony of two staff houses at Lumwana East Rural Health Centre recently, Project Treasurer, Headman Kamang’anga, said the community was overwhelmed by LMC’s
decision to build infrastructure in the area. He thanked LMC for the project which saw two staff houses being built as it would motivate the health workers. Kamang’anga said it was
“It is very disappointing that the entire NorthWestern Province does not have a (single) milling plant, as currently, all the maize harvested in the province is transported to other provinces, where it is prepared into mealie meal and brought back to North-Western Province for consumption,” everyone’s hope that the mining company would continue to build infrastructure in the whole area.
cause the exercise was aimed at improving the quality of life for the people in Mukumbi area.
“What is also relieving is the fact that these assets will continue being ours because our 25 percent contribution will automatically compel us to have a sense of ownership,” he said.
“We had challenges in doing the work as the local people but the concept encouraged us. What Barrick Lumwana has done will improve the learning environment and the culture of reading will also be improved,” Malasha said.
The Nurse- in-Charge, Chrispin Manda said he was elated with LMC’s desire to see health workers motivated. And after living in a tiny house for 10 years, he would now be more motivated to carry out health work for the community.
He also pointed out that Barrick Lumwana recently rehabilitated two water points and that had eased the burden of drawing water for use by the people in the area.
At Shinda Basic School where LMC handed over a classroom block and an information centre, Project Committee Representative Harry Mabwandi said although it was a challenging task to raise 25 percent through materials, the local people were determined to ensure that the project was a success. He said the entire community was thankful to LMC for the initiative to mobilise the local people to work with the mining company in erecting the 1x3 classroom block and an information centre. Another representative at Shinda, Geoffrey Malasha, who is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Chairperson, said it was of the essence for the people in his community to tender gratitude to Barrick Lumwana Mining Company for the support being rendered to the local communities in many ways. He said what the LMC had done deserved commendation be-
WELFARE At Nyasowe Rural Health Centre, Project Committee Representative, Jordan Sakuwaha said the erection of a staff house and a clinic was an indication that Barrick Lumwana was interested in the welfare of the people in the community they operated. “On behalf of the community here in Nyasowe, I would like to thank Barrick Lumwana for being true social partners. They have done a big job because our lives will now be improved. We also thank Government for taking an interest in what Lumwana mine is doing,” he said. He assured the mining company management that the community would guard jealously the clinic and the staff house because of the 25 percent contribution they put in, which meant that the assets would continue being theirs. Friday Lubula, the head boy at Jiundu High School said the building of a 1x3 classroom block would help reduce over-
crowding and further increase the rate of enrolment which would subsequently give an opportunity to many children to acquire secondary education. New dormitories were needed because the current structures could not accommodate all the pupils, Friday said. The situation had resulted in some pupils renting huts in nearby villages, which posed a negative effect in coping with demanding school work. Lewis Sepato, the Project Representative at Luavundu Basic School where the mining company handed over three teachers’ houses also commended Barrick Lumwana for realising that the local communities in which they operated were important partners.
The mining activities in the area were attracting more people from other provinces in search of work which contributed to more children looking for school places. He said the provision of infrastructure for the local communities was highly appreciated. He appealed to Lumwana Mine to consider helping the school with computers so that pupils could attain computer literacy. He also appealed for a sciences laboratory. The first phase of the hand-over of the projects was undertaken by Barrick Lumwana acting Managing Director Wayner Schiller and acting Sustainaility Manager Christopher Mukala and some members of staff from his department. S O LW E Z I
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Safety and Health Every person going home safe and healthy everyday.
Barrick is committed to achieving a zero-incident work environment with a safety culture based on teamwork and safety leadership. The company’s Safety and Health Policy states that nothing is more important to Barrick than the safety, health and well-being of workers and their families. The company has implemented key safety programs and activities, including systems and policies, training for all employees, special training for emergency response teams, performance measurement, risk assessment processes, recognition programs for safety achievement, and a steady flow of information that keeps people focused on continuous safety improvement. Barrick’s approach is outlined in the Barrick Safety and Health Management System, which identifies nine elements for building a safe workplace and creating a strong safety
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culture. 1. LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL COMMITMENT Barrick leaders have a responsibility to create and promote a safe workplace by demonstrating visible felt leadership, being active and visible in the field, participating in site safety and health committees, interacting positively with workers and coaching them on good safety behaviors. Barrick encourages all employees to be safety leaders, speaking up about any safety concerns and taking personal responsibility for their safety and the well-being of co-workers. 2. TRAINING AND COMPETENCE Barrick ensures that every employee has training
to obtain the skills and knowledge to perform the job safely. Barrick provides employees, contractors, and visitors with orientation, refresher courses, and numerous other programs that reinforce the safety culture. 3. RISK MANAGEMENT An annual risk assessment at each site identifies risks and the controls to put in place to mitigate them. Barrick people use procedures such as field level and formal risk assessments to identify and eliminate or control hazards. All work site changes require planning, training and communication. A management-of-change process is in place at every site. 4. OPERATIONAL CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
6. CONTRACTOR CONTROLS Contractors on Barrick sites must meet the same high safety standards as the companyâ€™s own employees. Safety record is an important factor in contractor selection, and Barrick monitors safety performance throughout the contract. 7. INCIDENT INVESTIGATION All incidents are investigated to determine the root cause and prevent future events. 8. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Safety systems aim to prevent all incidents; however, Barrick also maintains a high degree of emergency preparedness. Barrick teams receive special training on rescue, illness, fire, chemical
Safety risks and hazards can be eliminated or
release, natural disasters, terrorist activity and
mitigated to help prevent incidents. Barrick sites
various other potential emergencies. Each site has
are equipped with personal protective equipment
people and supplies in place, with teams practiced in
standards, mobile equipment guidelines, health
implementing an emergency response plan.
exposure controls, and many other standards and procedures to protect the well-being of employees. Regular monitoring ensures controls are effective. 5. HEALTH AND WELLNESS Poor health increases safety risk, so Barrick monitors all sites to ensure they are meeting industrial hygiene standards, including regulations on dust, noise control, and ergonomics. Barrick also promotes
9. PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT Barrick monitors the safety performance of every site. The company conducts regular reviews and audits of guidelines, standards and systems to identify areas for improvement, test compliance and ensure a high standard.
wellness, including stop-smoking programs, fatigue
By implementing strong programs and processes in each of
management, travel security training, and other
these nine areas, Barrick works to ensure a safe workplace and
a culture that holds safety as its top priority.
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NORTH-WESTERN PROVINCE LANDS MILLING PLANT FOR LOCALS A SOLWEZI-based farming enterprise has invested a total of K650 million into the establishment of a new state-of-the-art milling plant.
BY SOLWEZI TODAY WRITER
“It is very disappointing that the entire North-Western Province does not have a milling plant to talk about, as currently, all the maize harvested in the province is transported to other provinces, where it is prepared into mealie meal and brought back to North-Western Province for consumption,” North-Western Province for consumption,” Kosta tells SOLWEZI TODAY. “We definitely need to add value to our maize in North-Western Province and make sure that what we harvest here is also made into mealie meal for consumption, rather than relying on milling companies in other provinces to do the work.”
utemwe Milling Company, which will be owned by Butemwe Farming Enterprise, will be the first milling plant to be developed by an indigenous entreprenuer in the vast mineral and agriculturalrich province. According to Peter Kosta, Managing Director for Butemwe Farming Enterprise, the new
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plant is expected to become operational before the end of the year and would create employment for tens of local people. “It is very disappointing that the entire North-Western Province does not have a milling plant to talk about, as currently, all the maize harvested in the province is transported to other provinces, where it is prepared into mealie meal and brought back to
Butemwe Milling Company is situated near the showgrounds and the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) depot in the light industrial area of Solwezi.
CAPACITY He discloses that the plant will have the capacity for producing 600 bags of the staple mealie meal per day at full production, out of which, 60 percent would be breakfast and the rest roller meal.
Kosta, who mobilised resources from his own initiatives, started the construction of the milling plant in July this year and is happy that the efforts have so far paid dividends. “We just have to be pro-active in all that we do. We need to rise to the occasion in this province for us to create employment for the local people. It would be pointless to always depend on milling companies in other provinces to bring mealie meal here. We just have to do something beneficial to our well-being,” he adds. Once operational, Butemwe Milling Company will distribute mealie meal to all corners of North-Western Province. “All logistical issues have already been put in place,” assures Kosta.
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BARRICK LUMWANA GOES ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS BY SOLWEZI TODAY WRITER
SINCE setting base in north-western Zambia a few years ago, Barrick Lumwana has consistently undertaken various programmes to improve the welfare of the residents in Solwezi and the surrounding communities. A drama by Road Safety members
Participants during a Road Safety Workshop
creasing road safety awareness among the road users in the district through radio programmes on local radio stations.
n its latest attempt to empower the local people, the company recently sponsored a Road Safety Awareness initiative aimed at reducing the frequency of traffic accidents and in turn reducing the number of people getting involved in road accidents, especially on the Mutanda-Mwinilunga also known as the T5 Road. The awareness initiative came in the wake of unprecedented development levels in Solwezi and Lumwana area, which had given rise to increased volumes of traffic flow with a number of people, especially the locals who were not accustomed to busy roads, being hit by motor vehicles.
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INITIATIVE In 2010, the Solwezi Empowerment Forum (SEF), a non-governmental body pressing for the development of the mining town, tabled the initiative to Barrick Lumwana for the sensitization programme on road safety awareness. The Lumwana Mining Company immediately accepted to sponsor the programme and in October the same year, the Road Safety Awareness initiative was launched drawing in all stakeholders, including Government. Key objectives of the initiative include educating road users in Solwezi on the meaning of road signs and symbols, as well as in-
The programme also sought to build capacity among the road users by producing literature on road signs and symbols in the local language as well as helping to train local capacity-building personnel in the various communities in Solwezi for sustainable purposes.
LIVES According to SEF Director Emmanuel Samapimbi the significance of the Road Safety Awareness programme to the community of Solwezi lay in its ability to save many lives and lead to further development of the area. Most roads in Solwezi do not have road signs, with the few existing signs having either completely faded due to weather changes or been knocked down by motor vehicles.
“Most pedestrians using these roads in Solwezi lack the capacity to read English and as a consequence, the road signs end up having no bearing on them,” he says, citing the increasing number of cyclists and pedestrians being knocked by vehicles. Todate, Barrick Lumwana has invested heavily in road safety education, establishment of community safety committees and establishment of road safety clubs in schools. In the recent past, the mining giant has sponsored several community-based initiatives, including projects aimed at improving service delivery in the education and health sectors. “It is not prudent to expect Government to do everything by itself. The work being done by Barrick and the lives that have been saved due to these programmes will surely be appreciated forever by the people of Lumwana in particular and North-Western as a whole,” Samapimbi says.
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ZANACO TOASTS COPPERBELTBASED BANKING CLIENTELE In the face of today’s business world, the Zambia National Commercial Bank’s operational transactions can, at best, be summed up in a single word—Transcending. That means in one word: to go far beyond all expectations. BY TERENCE MUSUKU
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consideration of its dynamic, fruitful banking policies. With a spread of no less than 62 branches operating viably nationwide, Zanaco stands highly treasured and esteemed by the Zambian Government as a distinguished partner in economic development.
Among operational pillars of staying power, however, the Zanaco corporate management team headed by Martyn Schouten as the Chief Executive Officer, not only treats Copperbelt as the economic heart of Zambia, but takes the mining region as “critical in any business
undertakings with the banking sector being no exception.” The Copperbelt, replete with urbanised and industrialised settings—in Ndola, Zambia’s second largest city, and in other towns such as Kitwe, Mufulira, Chingola, Luanshya, Chililabombwe
Martyn Schouten ZANACO Managing Director
“Economic resilience and sustainable growth comes to businesses, and critically banks, that base their decisions on the needs of people, their communities and environment.” recently. …Swilling, it was in every sense of the word. The Zanaco management decided, in reciprocation, to dish out a customer-interaction treat for their Copperbelt clients.
and Kalulushi—provides a valuable catchment of banking clientele notably from the small and medium entreprises (SMEs) sector. SMEs “Zanaco management strongly recognises the inseparable inter-dependence between the institution and Copperbelt SMEs,” Schouten outlined, “from where we draw a good share of banking clientele.” He said this when he addressed invited banking clients from various Copperbelt towns at a ‘reciprocal swill’ held at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola
Congenially, no place around the Copperbelt was deemed better than Levy Mwanawasa Stadium for hosting the cocktail swill. It was well-measured to meet the worthiness of invitees, enabling them to swap and exchange view-points on economic and business issues. Schouten acquitted himself well as a titillating phrase-maker extra-ordinary, He charmed the gathering poetically, satirically and epigrammatically in tune with the occasion. Applying the power of the spoken word, Schouten chose to address the banking practitioners analogically taking into consideration that, apart from running a banking institution, Zanaco is equally committed to fostering sports development in Zambia.
The Zanaco MD recited affinities or commonness shared in business and football practices: • Many people have said it before, football and businesses have a great deal in common; • In football, it is all about scoring goals; in business, it is all about meeting your sales goals; • In football, you have a game plan; in business, you have a strategic plan; • In football, you compete against your opponents; in business, you compete for market share; and • In football, you seek to build and grow a loyal and passionate base. But in business, a loyal and passionate customer base. Zanaco’s involvement in sports development is doubtless as typified in the heavy sponsorship of the Zanaco Football Club, currently the unrivalled leaguetopping side in Premier Zambian football. From the applications of these operational dynamics associated
with banking business, Schouten had this to tell the audience: “Economic resilience and sustainable growth comes to businesses, and critically banks, that base their decisions on the needs of people, their communities and environment.” BOOSTING Schouten told the audience that his bank draws its operational sustainability from having a vibrant SME clientele base. Zanaco’s goal, he added, is “to maintain our position as Zambia’s leading banking institution. Significantly, as forecasted, we are boosting our share of the SME market by 2015.” This is an achievable possibility as Schouten revealed: “We have set ourselves the goal of enabling more than 50,000 Zambians to become financially literate—to have the skills and knowledge they need to source income they need. We consider this as a cornerstone of our corporate social responsibility work.” S O LW E Z I
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WALVIS BAY COULD EASE ZAMBIA’S TRANSPORTATION WOES AT a time when regional integration is being touted as a viable tool for fostering economic development, copper-rich Zambia has started repositioning itself to find ways of best benefiting from the Port of Walvis Bay in neighbouring Namibia.
The meeting was attended by several players in the WBCG, including transport operators, potential and existing importers and exporters as well as government officials. The event was also graced by Namibian High Commissioner to Zambia, Salomon Witbooi.
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cost by land. Discussions are currently ongoing for authorities in the three countries to develop dry ports along the 2,600-kilometre highway as well as developing a railway connection and full utilisation of the one-stop border post at Kasumbalesa, which would facilitate speedy clearance of large volumes of goods. The WBCG recently hosted a ‘Beyond Borders information session’ in Chingola, Zambia, aimed at creating awareness on utilising the Walvis Bay – Ndola – Lubumbushi Development Corridor (WBNLDC) as an alternative trade route for importers and exporters through the port of Walvis Bay.
Creating more awareness of the potential benefits of the Corridor as well as reviewing the progress of the WBNLDC Action Plan were top of the agenda at the meeting which also sought to enforce previous resolutions.
Since the WBNLDC’s inception, remarkable progress has been accomplished which includes, amongst others: •
The construction of a new border facility at Kasumbalesa on the Zambian side, which contributed significantly to the reduction in congestion and the time spent at the border.
The rehabilitation of the Livingstone-Zimba Road and the construction of a new weighbridge at Livingstone.
The rehabilitation of the Divundu Bridge which connects Namibia to Zambia which is aimed at strengthening the bridge to accommodate cargo of more than 60 tonnes; and to double the lanes of the bridge, which will add significant value in attracting increased project cargo using this route. The Divundu Bridge is completed.
Construction of a new road between Kasumbulesa and Lubumbashi
Extension of Visas for commercial drivers.
Increase in port capacity
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KANSANSHI MINE TAKES CONSERVATION FARMING ON BOARD
mitment is to assist communities to become more environmentally sustainable, through economic development dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone without degrading the environmental support system,’’ explained Blair.
ALTHOUGH the Zambian economy has been driven largely by the mining industry over the years, the agricultural sector has been just as vital to the country’s economic development.
What is most important, Blair explained, is that the Kansanshi Foundation aims at improving the lives of those who have been displaced, through skills development programmes that are sustainable.
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One of the pillars of the Foundation is to implement livelihood projects within displaced communities and needy localities. Through economic development projects, the Kansanshi Foundation assists communities in acquiring skills to help them build their own business entities without any further attachment to the Foundation thereafter. By so doing, the Foundation seeks to increase sustainable human development through the use of appropriate technology with minimal negative effects on the environment.
Matthew Blair conducting a tree planting demonstration in the Kakasha area.
he economic development of a country refers to a long-term improvement in living standards, increase in income levels as well as better delivery in education, health and environmental protection. With the new Government making it clear agricultural development will feature prominently on
Kansanshi conservation farmers at work
PARTNERSHIP its national agenda, First Quantum’s Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi has embarked on a programme to help promote food security and alleviate poverty. Kansanshi Mine has so far engaged its Kansanshi Foundation to spearhead agricultural projects in North-Western Province and Solwezi in particular.
At Kakasha Resettlement Area, the Kansanshi Foundation is involved in a new public-private partnership set-up to help resettled farmers boost the area’s food production. Matthew Blair, the Kansanshi Foundation Supervisor-inCharge of the Conservation Livelihood Model at Kakasha Resettlement area, said during a media visit to the area that the objective of the Foundation is to improve the lives of Solwezi residents through sustainable community development. He explained that the resettlement project at Kakasha forms part of a relocation and resettlement scheme taken on by the mine to ensure that the people displaced from their land due to the mine’s expansion can get on with their lives and not be adversely affected by the relocation. “A part of the Foundation’s com-
Currently, there is a conservation farming programme going on through which technical advice is offered to farmers to help them improve the quality of their yields, as well as better their farming techniques. It is the first programme of its kind, put in place specifically to improve the lives of the community. The key idea of Kansanshi Foundation, Blair said, is to “achieve a concept of Conservation Village/ Livelihood Model, whereby the community will be totally self-sufficient whilst having a minimal effect on the environment that they live in.” The Kansanshi Foundation is being funded by Kansanshi Mining PLC for infrastructural development and agricultural projects in areas on the outskirts of Solwezi. Sub-Chief Mbonge Kakasha has been awarded a Demonstration Plot located within the land provided for the resettlement of those displaced by the mine. It is meant to serve as an example to teach local farmers and those displaced on conservation agricultural activities such as land preparation. No doubt, Kansanshi Mine’s corporate social responsibility programme is indeed fulfilling its mission of placing conservation agriculture high on its priority list to contribute to food security in the areas surrounding the mine. S O LW E Z I
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of Jane, who immediately started the process of helping the needy children in the area. Jane and Lawrence were guests at the Sun International’s Royal Livingstone Hotel sometime in 2006. After the usual tourist safaris, they decided to take a trip to the Mukuni Village where they could not believe revelations of families living with orphaned children who struggled with school. Jane was so devastated with the news that 50 percent of school children were orphaned and when she returned to her hotel room, she immediately started the process of seeing how best she could be of help to the local people of Mukuni Village.
JANE AND THE BUTTERFLY TREE ... A story of compassion that has changed children’s lives in Kazungula BY MARTIN MUSUNKA
What was a normal tourism expedition from the United Kingdom to Zambia’s Livingstone area in 2006 by Jane Kaye-Bailey with her late husband, Lawrence, has brought a vast change of life to the local people of Mukuni in Kazungula District.
FUNDS When the couple returned to the United Kingdom, Jane raised 5,000 pounds sterling and three weeks after the money was mobilised, she made a trip back to Zambia, with her son David, 18 at that time, to donate the funds to the local community. It was in 2006 that The Butterfly Tree, a UK Charity and non-governmental organisation (NGO) was founded by Jayne Kaye-Bailey to specifically support rural communities decimated by the HIV pandemic in Zambia. After that visit, The Butterfly Tree has scored highly in construction of vital infrastructure for rural education and health to the extent that it has won international recognition: • Shortlisted as one of the five best new charities in the UK in 2008; • Selected by a global corporate body in 2011 as having the best proven record of transparency out of hundreds of charities operating in Africa; • Chosen by the Rolls Royce Enthusiast’s Club as one of the charities to be featured in their 2012 Year Book; and • Shortlisted for the UK Travel Mole Web Awards—the best responsible tourism site; and • Preferred by volunteers and philanthropists from all over the world. The 5,000 pounds which Jane raised, was divided between the Mukuni Basic School and the Mukuni Rural Health Centre. To date, one million pounds has been raised and spent on the various projects in the area, under The Butterfly Tree.
Jane, who came to Zambia for a two-week
of children in school were orphaned.
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The charity provides funds for the construction of boreholes, improved health and education facilities and an orphan sponsorship programme. Jane says that from its first concept, The Butterfly Tree’s philosophy is to ensure that all
donor funds go directly into the grassroots projects and that no personal fees or administration costs are deducted. The members, both in Zambia and in the UK are volunteers. “The Butterfly Tree’s activities have transformed the lives of thousands of children. We operate close to the Victoria Falls and invite tourists and incentive groups to visit our projects. A substantial amount of donations have been raised through the tourist industry,” says Jane.
SCHOOLS The base for The Butterfly Tree is at Mukuni Village, which has basic, high and pre schools and special education for about 1,500 pupils. The charity has in the past six years extended the support to 16 schools in three chiefdoms—Mukuni, Musokotwane and Sikute. Four new schools were opened this year and Jane explained that all schools are provided with equipment and stationery. In all its operations, The Butterfly Tree ensures that each school is also given a garden with seeds to make a sustainable feeding programme for the vulnerable children. A borehole is also sunk for the provision of safe and clean water. Jane says, besides providing support in the education sector, the charity also finances a number of health programmes which include HIV and malaria prevention, maternity care, treatment for the sick children and people suffering from AIDS-related illnesses. As part of The Butterfly Tree’s on-going projects, a maternity clinic was opened at Mukuni Village in 2008 and a women’s shelter erected last year.
She says: “We provide mosquito nets, malaria-testing kits and hold educational workshops. We also have an under-fives feeding programme which started in 2008 and we provide support to HIV-positive mothers to prevent the transmission of the virus. All children on this programme have been tested free of HIV.” She further explained that an HIV prevention peer education programme was initiated last year for rural schools in addition to providing funds for HIV/AIDS patients, workshops and sustainable projects. Community housing is offered to widows and the elderly people who look after orphans and a number of community-based projects have been set up to help provide sustainability. These include chicken rearing, goat husbandry, selling maize and dried fish, uniform making and curios.
the provision of support to 17 rural schools while a new school is currently being built; the construction of four new schools while a fifth is underway; the addition of more than 30 classrooms to rural schools; the provision of two pre-schools and the construction of the first rural special education unit.
ROYAL VISIT When Her Royal Highness Princess Anne recently visited Zambia, The Butterfly Tree was on her programme and while in Livingstone she was taken round some of the projects run by the UK NGO. The visit by HRH the Princess Royal was part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Other successes are: provision of boarding facilities for outreach children; funding of further education for 20 pupils; funding of sports equipment and bicycles; advanced construction of three rural health centres while a fourth is under construction; the installation of 12 boreholes and replacement of 10 water tanks and pipes; and the construction of more than 30 pit latrines.
In an interview after the royal visit, Jane, who was accompanied by Emma Soames, a trustee of Saga Charitable Trust, one of the major donors of The Butterfly Tree, said she was overwhelmed by the visit.
The rest are: construction of 55 community houses; construction of the first rural maternity clinic and a mothers’ shelter.
ACHIEVEMENTS Some of the achievements scored by The Butterfly Tree from 2006 to date include
Indeed, The Butterfly Tree is making a difference for the orphaned and under-priviledged children in Kazungula area of Southern Province, Zambia. S O LW E Z I
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Professional Development (CPD) and other development programmes like organisational development, employment law, leadership and management programme, which have attracted a lot of attention,” he said. SECRETARIAT He also disclosed that ZIHRM was in the process of acquiring land to build a secretariat to increase its visibility and scope of activities. The then Southern Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta said the human resource management should move away from promoting people by seniority to promoting people based on performance and merit. In a speech read for him by Southern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Alfred Chingi, Mwaliteta said the human resource management practice needed to create a flexible environment taking into account both the needs of employees and the operational needs of the organisation.
IHRM President Winner Kanyembo said malpractices such as corruption had affected the reputation of the human resource practitioners and called on all persons practising human resources in Zambia to abide by ZIHRM’s governance and ethical values.
“We shall echo the concerns of our Government against any malpractice that will affect our reputation as human resource practitioners. Corruption and other malpractices shall never find a place in the domain of our human resources practice,” Kanyembo assured.
Kanyembo sounded the call at Livingstone’s Chrismar Hotel recently during the official opening of 15th ZIHRM annual convention under the theme Work-Place Wellness and Productivity.
He said ZIHRM would continue developing and promoting the standards and ethics that govern the profession. “The Institute will continue to enhance skills of our members through the Continuous
“Human resource management practice has gone through some dramatic challenges such as workforce diversity, downsizing in numbers of employees, re-engineering process taking place in organisations, total quality management, outsourcing and the new and emerging challenges of customer service,” Mwaliteta observed. In a vote of thanks, National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) Human Resource Manager Patrick Tembo commended the Patriotic Front Government for supporting the Institute. S O LW E Z I
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The Royal Livingstone voted Zambia's Leading Hotel in the 2012 World Travel Awards
ot on the heels of their recent acknowledgement as one of Travel & Leisure's top 500 hotels in the world, Sun International's Royal Livingstone Hotel has topped the global poll and was voted Zambia's Leading Hotel in the 2012 World Travel Awards. This is the eighth time the hotel has won this award.
Winning a World Travel Award is one of the highest commendations in the travel and tourism industry and this triumph serves as a testament to the hotel's hard work and commitment to excellence over the last 12 months. Sun International's beautiful Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia offers travelers the perfect hideaway to unwind and recharge their batteries. The five-star hotel, with unsurpassed views of the Victoria Falls, offers the ultimate African encounter to those who seek excellence and quality in their leisure experiences. “The tourism and hospitality industry is highly competitive and we can't afford to rest on our laurels. Each year we continue to strive for excellence and seek ways to better improve our service offering to keep up with global trends. We are honoured by this recognition” says Joanne Selby, General Manager of the Resort. Over the years the Royal Livingstone Hotel has also made a real, measurable and sustained contribution to responsible tourism and has received numerous accolades over the years. “With the resort's location within both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the onus is on us to ensure that we are environmentally conscious. Furthermore as a trusted partner in the economic empowerment of our community through varied environmental, social welfare and entrepreneurship initiatives, we are committed to ensure that our business success is reflected in the communities in which we operate” says Selby. In an effort to bring about positive change to the Livingstone education system, Sun International united with the government and other cooperative partners have improved the facilities at Zambezi Basic School, Mukuni Basic School, Kazungula GRZ Primary School, Siyanalumba Basic School, Nakatindi Community School and Christ the King Basic School. About the World Travel Awards World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 by Graham E. Cooke to seek out and reward the very best travel organisations in the world – those brands pushing the boundaries of excellence and implementing ground-breaking ideas.
ROYAL LIVINGSTONE MAKES IT EIGHT WITH 2012 WORLD TRAVEL AWARD THE Sun International’s Royal Livingstone has continued to assert itself as a market leader in the tourism and hospitality industry with the hotel recently scooping the prestigious 2012 World Travel Award. BY SOLWEZI TODAY WRITER
According to a statement released by the hotel’s Sales and Public Relations Manager, Joyce Sikabbubba, the award came barely months after the Royal Livingstone was voted Zambia’s leading hotel in the country. It was the eighth time that the hotel was winning the award, and the latest accolade followed the hotel’s topping a global poll in the travel and leisure’s top 500 hotels. The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 by Graham E. Cooke to seek out and reward the very best travel organisations in the world.
Joyce Sikabbubba ble tourism for which it has received numerous accolades.” She says with the resort’s location within the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the onus is on management to ensure all the staff are environment-conscious at all times.
Royal Livingstone Hotel General Manager Joanne Selby is thrilled at winning the global award, which is one of the highest recognitions in the travel and tourism industry.
Selby discloses that the hotel has also stepped up its corporate social responsibility programmes to ensure its business success is reflected in the host community.
Selby describes the award as a testament to the hotel’s hard work and commitment to excellence in a tourism and hospitality industry which is highly competitive.
“In an effort to bring about positive change to the Livingstone education system, Sun International entered into a partnership with Government and other co-operating partners and through this, we have improved infrastructure at a number of schools,” Selby says.
“Each year, we continue to strive for excellence and seek ways to better improve our service offering to keep up with global trends,” she says. “Over the years, the Royal Livingstone has made a real, measurable and sustainable contribution to responsi-
Some schools that recently had their facilities improved were Zambezi Basic, Mukuni Basic, Kazungula Primary, Syanalumba Basic, Nakatindi Community and Christ the King Basic. S O LW E Z I
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CAN BUSINESS HOUSES FUND HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT? IN most business meetings, capacity-building is perceived and discussed only in terms of the performance of assignments, duties, jobs and programmes with little regard given to any other components. But is this how it should be? GADFLY ponders… In raising the capacity of employees, the imperatives are pretty obvious—education and training. Education and training, however, require resources and opportunities. For example, a trained person without tools or facilities cannot perform. In other words, although personally the individual may be equipped with education, skills and experience, if there are no tools or facilities for that person to use, nothing will be done. The business community knows this very well. Let us assume that basic education has been attained, that is, up to the point where an individual needs to acquire skills and experience, technical education and apprenticeships. In many countries, it is the business community, as future employers, who play significant roles in determining the curriculum development, quality of training institutions, examination results and utilisation of the output from the institutions. In Zambia, the establishment of the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVETA) has included entrepreneurship development. Higher up in the universities, the degree courses need to be supplemented by practical exposure: work attachments, industrial visits, talks from the business community, vocational employment and, of course, practical training after graduation. All this is one side of the exer28
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cise. Another concerns tangible contributions towards ensuring that the instructors (lecturers), equipment, laboratories and new ideas are available at all times. CIVIC INSTITUTIONS In other countries such as the United Kingdom, a number of universities are considered as “civic institutions.” This is because they were initially set up following the pressure from the local communities — especially manufacturers, service providers and exporters — who wanted to have more trained personnel in their companies. Over time, these universities have been closely identified with commerce and industry and have grown to the extent that they are well known all over the world. They still operate as independent academic institutions and maintain the standards and quality which are updated from time to time to keep abreast with new trends. As a former British colony, Zambia has had very close relationships with the British industry and academia. In fact, in founding the University of Zambia (UNZA), the schools or departments at the university were established with support from such universities as Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Newcastle, London and others who made specialised input. There was little input from the local business community at the time (from 1965 to 1966). The concept of civic universities could be implemented through covenanting and bonding. In
covenanting, a business group commits itself to providing funding to an emergent institution for an agreed period. This covenant is registered with the tax authorities to facilitate tax exemption. FUNDING Yet in Zambia, apart from the MINDECO Fellowship, former ZCCM and the Bank of Zambia lecturerships, there has been little activity by the business community in funding these covenant arrangements. (MINDECO was an acronym for the Mining and Industrial Development Corporation; and ZCCM stood for the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines.) It is accepted that in present times, individual companies may have difficulties in maintaining covenant funding for long periods. Nonetheless funding the establishment of learning institutions to serve one’s sector surely is an obligation which would pay off immensely towards developing capacity within Zambia.
ments to ensure relevant and acceptable standards of the graduates. The funding should, therefore, be sufficient to retain good personnel at the university with requisite equipment, material and research to see that courses can be run to the highest standards. AGREEMENT There should be an instance and agreement to bring in outside examiners—which is the normal practice in those universities whose graduates are accepted everywhere else in the world— and these outsiders should be able to talk to the local interest groups about the qualities of the establishments. Such agreements would in the long run see to lower costs of doing business: all going concerns linked to such arrangements would benefit greatly from graduates they will have helped train.
This is how it would work: A business group, for example, the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zambia Federation of Employers, Bankers Association of Zambia, Chamber of Mines, Zambia National Farmers Union or the Engineering Institute of Zambia could organise discussions with the universities to offer certain courses in their existing or even not yet existing schools.
Without question, built-in commitments would require graduates to serve in specific sectors whose entities would realise manifold profits to no small measure.
Such discussions could cover the funding of chairs, lecturerships and research appoint-
The production of specialised graduates should, therefore, not be left to Government alone.
It is high time commerce and industry at large began to think of capacity-building beyond brief in-house seminars which serve short-term goals.
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CRY FOR ZAMBIA’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION …. ZIMEC indaba: Looking back at the highlights FOR years now, the need to utilise Zambia’s resources as the engine for sustainable development and economic integration has been a resounding cry for many interest groups. At the centre of this push are the local people in communities where mining and exploration activities take place. They contend that they deserve a “fair” share of their natural resources. Such cries have arisen from the long-held notion that foreign investors have been carting away all the profits to their countries of origin and leaving the locals more impoverished. However, there are veritable arguments by many social and economic pundits that Zambia, and indeed other developing countries, cannot escape from foreign direct investment (FDI).
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What is desirable, it has been observed by the pundits, is a balancing act; a win-win situation for both investors and communities in the way resources
are utilised. FDI is cardinal to sustainable development. Zambia is endowed with rich mineral resources and the country has vast potential in the energy sector which, if properly applied, could attract better incentives for the people and translate into more job opportunities. The Zambian Government has shown commitment to encouraging private sector participation while rolling out a positive investment climate by formulating and implementing investor and citizen-friendly policies. This is in fact the primary reason for the overwhelming response from global investors of note who have continued to set their bases in the southern African country.
There are also progressive steps being taken to ensure FDI works to the advantage of the investors themselves, the Government and the local communities. A Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (ZIMEC) held at the New Government Complex in Lusaka from June 19 to June 22, 2012, highlighted the importance of such progressive steps.
REPRESENTATION The conference and exhibition drew participants from key global players. Up to 30 countries were represented, including Australia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, South Africa, United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom. There were 652 participants and 72 exhibitors at the grand conference and exhibition that enjoyed the support of 12 sponsors and were organised by the Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC), Chamber of Mines of Zambia, and AMETrade. AMETrade is a UK-based organisation that specialises in trade promotion for the African and Middle Eastern regions, including organising businessto-business conferences, trade exhibitions, public relations travel and consultancy services. The conference was attended by key decision-makers, investors, mining and energy experts, development partners and other key stakeholders in the mining and energy industries. The conference and exhibition was sponsored by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), VALE, Mopani Copper Mines, Stanbic Bank, Barrick Lumwana Mining Company, Airtel Zambia, Atlas Copco and Ndola Lime Company, Blackthorn Resources, Rio Tonto with Lanyards completing the list of sponsors. Among the 72 exhibitors were Alfred Knight, Barloworld Equipment, Schenker, Sandvik, AZMEC, ZAMEFA, Golder Associates, First Quantum Minerals,
Fraser Alexander as well as Styria Stainless and Steel Fabrication. The conference attracted media partners that included The Africa Report, Global InfoMine, Jeune Afrique, Africa Mining Intelligence, Africa Monitor, Solwezi Today, Oil Review Africa, and African Mining Brief.
OBJECTIVE The conference, which was the second of its kind, was organised with the objective of exploring investment opportunities and potentials in Zambia’s mining and energy sectors. The conference also presented an opportunity to review progress and implementation of the first ZIMEC 2011 recommendations. In addition to the opening and closing sessions, it consisted of 10 substantive sessions and three workshops which included the presentation of 60 papers and a round-table discussion. During the opening session on the first day of the conference, AZMEC President Gilbert Temba praised Government for its commitment to creating an enabling environment for the mining and energy sectors. Jeyakumar Janakaraj, Chief Executive Officer of KCM, emphasised the importance of partnerships and collaboration among all stakeholders, stressing that conferences such as ZIMEC could move things forward in a sustainable way.
ENVIRONMENT Richard Musukwa, Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development discussed the Government’s commitment towards providing a positive environment in his paper titled Features of Mining and Petroleum Policy and Legal Framework in Zambia. He looked at key provisions of the Mines and Mineral Act of 1995 and 2008, alongside the guiding principles of Act 2008, which reflected Government’s commitment to the application of modern principles of
transparency, checks and balances and accountability in the administration of mining laws and regulations. Musukwa also briefed the conference on the oil and gas potential in Zambia and the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act 2008. Kundhavi Kadiresan, the World Bank Country Director, made a presentation on Developing Zambia’s Mining Sector towards a Win-Win for All and looked at the potential resources of Africa while giving an overview of major investment flows in the region.
ENERGY RESOURCES Michael J. Tarney, Managing Director-Corporate Development at Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) presented a paper on Zambia’s Untapped Electricity Generation Potential in which he highlighted CEC’s ongoing projects in hydropower, coal and renewable energy. Moses Banda, Director of Kalahari Geo-Energy Limited presented on Exploring for Geothermal Power in the East African Rift Valley: The Case of Zambia and discussed potential areas such as Zambia’s potential for geo-thermal power. Zambia’s economy has been growing steadily over the past 15 years driven chiefly by heavy investments into the mining sector. According to Christopher Mubemba of the power utility company, Zesco, only 26 per cent of Zambians have access to electricity, thereby exerting pressure on power generation. James Manda, Director of the Energy Regulation Board, presented on Unleashing the Potential of Zambia’s Energy Resources-The Regulator’s Role and looked at the energy sector reforms of 1990, which liberalised the energy sector investment, dismantled Zesco’s monopoly power and established a sector regulator.
GAP The whole workshop was facilitated by Mubanga Chileshe, the Managing Director for Mac Recruitment Limited who discussed local challenges in Zambia, including the huge gap between skill and qualification, and the lack of strong management and supervision skills. The presentation on Zambia’s Current Forecast Mineral Production: How Can Capacity Grow? came from Mukela Muyunda, CEO at ZCCM-Investment Holdings. He reiterated the importance of the mining sector to Zambia’s economy and emphasised the need to ensure sustainable production for continued growth and development. ZCCM-IH, the successor company to the parastatal ZCCM Limited, currently has minority shareholding in most of Zambia’s major mining companies. A presentation by Imasiku Nyambe of the University of Zambia School of Mines, addressed the issue of Education and Skills in the Development of the Mineral Sector in Zambia. The School of Mines has played a leading role in producing graduates for the Zambian mining industry and runs courses in geology, mining engineering, metallurgy and mineral processing. Zambia’s mining sector is dominated by copper mining and volatility in the world copper prices always affects Government revenues. The meeting thus emphasised the need to promote diversification in mineral exploration and production. The workshop in conclusion focused on tools to maximise effective communication. S O LW E Z I
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Masebo has contrived her roadmap with priority set-goals to run the Tourism and Arts Ministry well-driven with scientific management. She is dead-certain that, during her tenure, her ministry will turn tourism sector possibilities into realities—not only to become a positive alternative foreign exchange earner but a mass-creator of employment in Zambia. FORUM In the face of hosting the 20th United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Conference, jointly with Zimbabwe, in August next year, Sata had taken this supreme importance into consideration in appointing Masebo as Tourism and Arts Minister as first among her equals.
n actuality, quite in tune with this era of politics, the President is ruling through appointed cabinet ministers. The Presidential Office executes, in the main, overseeing and co-coordinating ministerial functions. Reposing state governance in ministers, therefore, entails and demands that the President does a great deal of consultations, considerations and merit-
findings before making appointments. This is so imperative because the presidential successes or failures will ensue from such appointments. The appointment of Sylvia Masebo as Minister of Tourism and Arts, however, was one of the few exceptions. President Sata has known, worked and associated with Masebo long enough; from the bag of empirical data on winsome Masebo, the President
directly appointed her to run the brain-storming ministry. In countable weeks upon her appointment, Masebo has demonstrated her canny ability and mind-toughness to take decisions and carry them out through difficult times. A good and timely appointment: she has been judged, by every measure, as ‘someone out of this world’ to assume the appointment.
As a positive starting point, Masebo applied her sense and power of influence to hold the first Tourism Investment Forum in Livingstone at which invited business minds, economists, civic leaders, politicians and non-governmental leaders converged to swamp the event with knowledge on logistics of holding the WTO general conference. Within a short spell of time, the minister galvanized all necessities to have the Copperbelt Tourism Investment Forum held in Kitwe at Moba Hotel on September 15. This forum was held with a specific intention and purpose: S O LW E Z I
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or vision, the promotion of an underground tourism brand by Zambian mining companies is potentially viable and tenable
The co-hosting of the WTO general conference, in the very words of Masebo, will afford Zambia, as a nation and individual entrepreneurs and investors, chances to kill many birds with only one stone. FAST TRACK Addressing the Copperbelt forum, Masebo let the cat out of the bag: “As Government, we have provided a fast-track modus operandi for proactive entrepreneurs and investors enabling them to venture into tourismbased business operations.”
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to promote the extensions of UNWTO general conference facilities and attractions on the Copperbelt. But, in terms of participation, the Copperbelt Investment Forum drew no less than 200 participants nationwide. The chief guests included Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge and a number of permanent secretaries and civic leaders. Masebo, speaking with all aplomb, stimulated the Copperbelt Tourism Investment Forum with a convincing reminder: “Get my wake-up call… the Copperbelt as a region abounds in tourism attractions, in some cases more attractive than the Victoria Falls. “You are sitting on wealth with inestimable possibilities of providing economic livelihood. Yet, you deep-rooted in debilitating unemployment,” she pleaded. Turning herself into a teacher of the art of Tourism Operational Dynamics, Masebo postulated in part: “You need to know that tourism is a multi-functional field, seeking to promote the assorted tourism brands Zambia offers.” 34
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MINES Zambian mining operations in themselves, Masebo gave as a good example, are not only highly valued for constituting the back-bone of Zambian economy but, additionally, they exist as another form of tourist attraction for foreigners from non-mining countries. Nchanga Mine Open Pits, once rated the deepest in the world, still keep attracting a good number of mining-minded tourists from different parts of the world. Masebo’s well-considered postulations come out of a deep, underlying conviction. Mining operations, specifically the underground work-place, is a kind of wonderland only comparable to taking a travel adventure from earth to another planet. The underground mining world is a marvel unbelievably: you will find underground trains, Landrover vehicles, railway stations, electrical installations, water reticulations and, above all, a peculiar mode of transportation or ferrying workers-skips running all directions. With purposeful determination
“My ministry, co-operatively in association with government institutions—such as Patents and Companies Registration agency (PACRA), Zambia Tourism Board, district councils, Road and Safety Development Agency and related other institutions—have agreed to make available whatever form of assistance is required by investors and entrepreneurs determined to play a part in the hosting of the WTO general conference .” Beneficiaries from the agreement include those business entities willing to provide transport services; catering and hospitality providers such as hotels, guest houses and lodges; toilet providers, swimming pools services and communication services among others. MONEY-SPINNING Towards Zambia co-hosting the WTO general conference, Masebo chiefly aims to facilitate and empower business-minded Zambians, expatriates inclusive, to earn more financially therefrom; beginning now until August next year, a period termed “ money-spinning time.” Not only that: the entrepreneurs and new investors, thereafter, would attain possibly life-long self-sufficiency from their respective business operations. Copperbelt Province Minister
Mwenya Musenge outlines the variety of tourism attractions the province offers: Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial site in Ndola, Nchanga Mine Open Pits, Chingola Hot-Springs, Ndola Slave Tree, Levy Mwanawasa International Stadium, Chilengwa Dam near Ndola, Copperbelt well-maintained good road network, Lubuto Cultural Village in Ndola and Copperbelt Museum based in Ndola. According to Felix Chaila, Zambia Tourism Board Managing Director, Zambia stands unrivalled in Africa judged from the country’s endowments of natural resources ranging from geographical features, countless rivers, good and sufficient rainfall, arable soils and three lakes all consummated with an enviable climate. From these endowments, Chaila cites the chief tourism attractions: no less than 234 waterfalls, 20 national parks, 34 game reserves or ranches. Kafue National park, he points out, is “rated the most gorgeous in Africa as a whole.” Chaila, in his forecast, rates the tourism industry as the fastest growing economy in Zambia and Southern Africa generally with all potential of becoming the fastest generator of jobs. The Copperbelt Tourism Investment Forum drew a good pack of Zambian business intellectuals who each acquitted themselves so well to make the forum the thorough success it turned out to be—held beyond the expectations of participants. A Tourism Investment Forum is planned to be held in Lusaka, Capital City. Zambians, Zambians and all Zambians, give Masebo due praise! Remindfully, take this in consideration: The WTO general conference presents the positive possibility of drawing well over 1,000 delegates from 186 world countries and around 4,000 uninvited individuals, locals, and foreigners.
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Lying sluggishly some eight hours away from Lusaka, Solwezi is one of those sites on the backside of Zambia that do not tell the accurate truth about themselves on a first date.
Especially so on its prospects with television and film. Approached from the east, the unassuming town greets its visitor with an impression of rural-ness that quickly gives way to crowdedness. But it is the presence of heavy trucking vehicles on its few roads that suggests more happens here than meets the eye. That is true. Because some 12 kilometres in the direction of its north-east lies Kansanshi Mining PLC, a large open-pit mining activity that employs a large part of the crowd one will find on the town’s streets up to very late in the night.
Another 90 kilometres in the north-west of the town lies another mining activity—Lumwana—which, while not contributing substantially to the explanation of Solwezi’s ordinary mid-day and after-hours crowd, accounts for a large chunk of the cash that flows through the pockets of the townspeople. It is in this unlikely setting that three television broadcasting initiatives are currently underway. The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has been broadcasting to Solwezi from very early in the 1970s. North-West Television has been broadcasting for about two years now while the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS) has just laid the foundation stone for the provincial broadcaster. PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Clearly, the 30 or so years of terrestrial analogue transmission beamed by ZNBC is an illustrious story of the past. NorthWest Television’s analogue but digital-ready signal is the story of the present while the MIBS provincial broadcaster is the story of the future. ZNBC’s Solwezi signal is packaged and propagated in Lusaka. North-West TV is programmed and beamed right in Solwezi. The MIBS signal will be broadcast to the whole of North-Western Province from
Solwezi. Another player in this geographically tiny but commercially viable television market is Multi-Choice Zambia which offers a full bouquet of Digital Satellite Television (DStv) channels including international news, entertainment and sports programming. Another player, though rather small in traction, is Strong Zambia which offers a Nigerian-programmed bouquet of 20 channels, the most telling of which are BBC World, Al Jazeera, Manchester United TV and Sentanta Africa. This array of terrestrial and digital satellite television brings S O LW E Z I
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The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has been broadcasting to Solwezi from very early in the 1970s.
in the name of Monde Sichiza travelled to the town to locate a twenty-something bastard of his recently-deceased elder brother, Arnold Sichiza. Monde’s character was that of ignorant strength, often both susceptible and gullible to manipulation by his more learned brother Arnold’s widow. The trip was acknowledged nationally as a success and was followed by requests for drama filming visits in other ‘peripheral’ locales of the country.
to Solwezi that money-sapping fleeting feeling of modernity ever-present in the major cities of Zambia. On this ground, one misses nothing either national or international by being in Solwezi, television-wise. That is the one half of the story. The search for Zambia’s social self-image is also reflected deeply in Solwezi’s television audience. That is the other half of the story. ‘LOOSE ENDS’ This writer led a film production crew to Solwezi in 2006 in what became the first ‘meant-fornational television’ on-location drama filming event ever 38
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undertaken in the history of the settlement. From that date there is no record of another out-oftown ‘national’ crew doing any filming there. To show the significance of the visit, the Provincial Cultural Office of North-Western Province under the Department of Culture sought the crew out at the Catholic Guest House and expressed deep gratitude for the crew’s effort to ‘remember’ the town. The visit was made at the height of one of Zambia’s longestrunning TV drama series, Loose Ends. In an astute twist in the plot, a comic character
An important sentiment associated with this visit was a profound gratitude by the Kaonde audience both in Solwezi and in the rest of the country for being presented on the national platform of television entertainment. This sentiment is understood in audience research circles as an important social need which sensitive television programmers can attend to for the good of a broadcaster. This becomes an opportunity for television therapy which can lead to important financial dividends if properly placed. SELF-REFLECTION This need for self-reflection via television continues in Solwezi today. The fact that North-West Television is the only broadcaster with a real and current opportunity to reflect the town to itself means that the broadcaster can reap a critical market leadership if effort can be made to create a productive relationship with the local audience. This is possible because the
older competitor, ZNBC, is still centralised in Lusaka. And giving specific attention to Solwezi might shock the traditional tribal-balancing policy in a way that may cause ethnic misunderstandings, anyway. This means ZNBC is inherently limited by national policy from fully expressing Solwezi to itself and to the nation.
The fact that North-West Television is the only broadcaster with a real and current opportunity to reflect the town to itself means that the broadcaster can reap a critical market leadership if effort can be made to create a productive relationship with the local audience Similar policy limitations will bar the MIBS station when it comes so that North-West Television will remain in the pole position to harness and develop Solwezi’s local television potential to the hilt. But that is for the future. For now, the town has much to deal with. Its town-centre road network needs re-articulating to start with. A modern look in its architectural artistry is long overdue, together with the need for decongestion of the streets, which really sends a compromised message about what the town really is.
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new drivers coming onto the roads every month.
These are just a few examples among many.
The question is, where do these drivers get trained and how effective is their training? Where do these drivers get tested to obtain a driving permit and how effective is that system?
The majority of learner vehicles are in poor, if not unroadworthy, conditions. You see some of them with the wheels wobbling looking as if they are just about to fall off. Some of them have clouds of exhaust smoke coming
The level of initial driver training is poor; with incorrect information often given to the learner.
Zambia Transport Facts & Figures, December 2004 STATISTICS OF FATALITIES FROM REPORTED ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS Province
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