The Best of Zambia magazine (December 2011)

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the magazine Issue 5 >> December 2011

showcasing our members’ news

House of Couture gown modelled at the Sparkle on Ice Fashion show at Rhapsody’s

New members on >> Cee Cee Freight & Suppliers Ltd

Mezza Lebanese Restaurant

Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project

MICA Zambia Ltd

Chimfule Lodge

Motorland Ltd

Country Lodges Lusaka

Strong Technologies Zambia

Country Lodges Mongu

ZK Advertising Zambia

House of Cakes Zambia

www.facebook. com/



From the editor >> Welcome to the December issue! Wishing you all a fantastic Xmas and blessed New Year! Our cover celebrates the Sparkle on Ice Fashion show that was hosted by Rhapsody’s in November.

The dress shown was designed by our client The House of Couture of whom we’re very proud!

This issue has New Year resolutions covered (page 8); tips on wedding planning (page 14); an article on investing in the Zambian food and agricultural sector (page 20) as well as part 1 of doing business in Zambia (page 24). And there’s loads more. Enjoy! Sara Drawwater, Managing Editor

Contents >> — Travel and Leisure >> 4 Articles, events, offers and news on products and services for people travelling in Zambia. Also relevant to those living in Zambia who are looking for exciting and interesting things to do, places to visit and events to attend.

— Living and Lifestyle >> 8 Articles, events, offers and news on products, services and lifestyle choices for people living in Zambia.

— Industry and Agriculture >> 20 Articles, events, offers and news on product and service providers for the Zambian industrial, agricultural and retail sectors.

— Business and Services >> 23 Articles, events, offers and news on enterprises in Zambia that help create the environment within which businesses operate and grow.

— Staff news and opinions >> 30 Every month we share the latest news and opinions from the Best of Zambia team Nambeye Katebe, Assistant Editor

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— Travel and Leisure: EVENTS Christmas Eve party with Pansupa Restaurant and Lounge!

Christmas and New Year events at Plates Restaurant & Wine Bar

Pansupa is organising what will be a fantastic Christmas Eve party! This is fine dining African style! Evelyn Ndawa Kasonkomona, owner of Pansupa in Lusaka is using traditional African dishes and transforming them into a sophisticated menu.

As usual there’s lots going on at Plates!

Tickets for this Christmas Eve event are just K250,000 each and include a candle lit dinner and entertainment. With less than 20 days to go, better get in touch to bag those tickets! Evelyn has designed the restaurant successfully, creating cosy spaces with comfortable furnishings and ethnic décor. She also actively promotes African art and has many pieces of interest in the restaurant.


In addition to key dates below, Plates is hosting numerous Christmas dinners and parties, so make sure you book ahead to ensure they have the tables you want. Wine tasting event — December 17th, 18.00 to 20.00 Sample a great range of wines among friends. Christmas Eve dinner — December 24th An extra special menu of spiced pumpkin soup, roast duck with figs and vanilla souffles. New Year’s Eve celebration — December 31st Count down to 2012 in style with live music, champagne, and a luxurious set menu. Plates will be closed on the 25th, 26th December and on the 1st, 2nd January. Merry Christmas from Plates!


+260 (0) 211 841 015

+260 (0) 222 230 279

A hassle free Christmas at Roma House Fancy a fantastic Christmas lunch without all the hassle of preparing it? Well Roma House are putting on a sumptuous all you can eat buffet for a stress free Christmas! Relax around the pool, sipping martinis and let the kids run around enjoying the bouncy castle. This meal will blow your socks off with dishes like pear, blue cheese and walnut salad, roast beef and yorkshire pudding and hazelnut praline torte. Booking is essential.

Information +260 (0) 977 846 689


Smashing events by Pansupa Restaurant and Lounge


Pansupa Lounge and Kaan have partnered to bring you fabulous festive seasons events with top DJ’s and entertainment. Christmas Carnival On the 17th-18th of December Pansupa and Kaan Entertainment celebrates the first ever Christmas Carnival. Entry is absolutely free! There will be plenty to eat and drink from the nine provinces of Zambia and around Africa.

Dress code for this Christmas Carnival is African Glamour. Think masks, leather and hide, chitenge and hessian outfits. The best dressed lady and gentleman will become the faces of Pansupa and Kaan Entertainment. So, if you fancy yourself as a model, you’d better be there. Parental Fridays Fridays at Pansupa are specifically for the older folk. It’s all about bringing back old school entertainment. Kaan’d Out Saturdays Pansupa’s Saturday nights are all about bringing back

into our lives with this Saturday chill out session! The best of hip hop and RnB, house, rhumba as well as local tunes from the 80’s and right bang up to date. Saturday entertainment is by the “Awesome Foursome” DJ Nano, PJ the Honorebel, Veejeezy Breath Easy and Mr Kelz Do Not Tell. A great selection of traditional cuisine set on the braai stands ranging from goat meat aka Michopo, Vimbombo, Gizzards, Kebabs, Chicken and T-bone. Pansupa’s signature Fish Bowl cocktail has been created by their very own First Lady Gabby of Kaan Entertainment. This special cocktail can be shared among five people and is truly a work of art. Shady Sundays Shady Sunday is about having a good time with friends and family whilst catching up on weekly happenings over a few drinks, listening to great music, whilst indulging in sumptuous cuisine in a warm and cosy environment. Entertainment features none other than your favourite MC’s Veejeezy Breath Easy and Mr Kelz Do Not Tell with music played by Kaan Entertainment as well as News Café resident DJ Nano.

Information +260 (0) 222 230 279


— Travel and Leisure: OFFERS Accommodation specials at Chrismar Hotel Livingstone

New Year’s eve bash at Chrismar Hotel Livingstone

Book three consecutive nights’ stay at Chrismar Hotel Livingstone and get the fourth night free.

DJ’s Craig White and Mac’E from

Book three consecutive nights’ stay at Chrismar Hotel Livingstone and get the fourth night free. Offer available from the 1st of December through to the 28th of December 2011. Enjoy a Christmas break at this excellent and affordable Livingstone accommodation with a broad range of facilities and services.

Information +260 (0) 213 323 141 guestrelations@livingstone.

South Africa will be playing their music in the Cattleman’s Grill Restaurant whilst the No Parking Band will be performing in the Conference Hall.

DJ’s Craig White and Mac’E from South Africa will be playing their music in the Cattleman’s Grill Restaurant whilst the No Parking Band will be performing in the Conference Hall. »» Four bars open »» Two beer gardens »» Two shooter bars »» Shooter girls

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»» Fireworks countdown »» Food and drink specials

All of this is just K100,000 when you prebook or K150,000 at the door on the night. Rooms are currently available, so make this a weekend of celebrations to welcome in 2012. Like the Chrismar Hotel Lusaka it aims to offer affordable luxury accommodation in Zambia within a world class environment to travellers.


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Green season discounts from Taita Falcon Lodge

Taita Falcon Lodge in Livingstone is a definite must visit this time of year. Experience the extraordinary accommodation that this delightful lodge has to offer, perched on the very edge of the Batoka Gorge with superb views of the raging waters 200 metres below. Taita Falcon has launched its popular “green season” rates. Green season is Zambia is another way of describing the rainy season when all things turn green — ok, not literally! Taita Falcon’s green season started at the beginning of November and goes on right up to the end of March 2012. As the rainy season comes on, most people have the misguided belief that they should not visit the Victoria Falls. However, this is one of the best times of the year to visit! It’s the time when all the migratory birds return, the bush becomes a spectacular, lush and green forest, the Zambezi River starts rising and the Victoria Falls shows off its true splendour. Game viewing is still fantastic at this time as well.

It’s the time when all the migratory birds return, the bush becomes a spectacular, lush and green forest, the Zambezi River starts rising and the Victoria Falls shows off its true splendour. Taita Lodge’s green season rates comes with some amazing discounts starting from as low as $120, inclusive of bed and breakfast.

Enjoy free nights at Taita, valid only up to the end of the green season on 31st March 2012. Book for three nights and pay for two. Spend the third night at Taita for absolutely no charge at all! The free night includes all meals, tea, coffee and snacks, Livingstone town tour or village tour, guided bush and bird tour and airport transfers. So, visit Taita Falcon and enjoy the Victoria Falls in all its glory together with the activities the area has to offer. Indulge in the spectacular views. Oh, and did we mention the bird life, 240 bird species including a wide variety of raptors?

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— Living and Lifestyle: THE CHOICE SELECTION Resolution solutions: five pages of support to make it happen in 2012! The New Year comes with an exciting opportunity to either start afresh, or finally tie up all the loose ends that have been hanging over your head through 2011. Sitting down to write a list of resolutions is sometimes hard. We often end up mentally saying we will do this and that, and then forget everything halfway through the year.

Owning a house of your own is one of the greatest assets you can have. If you have embarked on building a house then you know that it takes time, money and a lot of planning. For those who have already made it halfway through their building project, we encourage you to make 2012 the year you finish off that house.

We decided to make it easier for you this year. Here are five great resolutions we are recommending, and that are totally achievable!

Here are some great suggestions for the home you decided to build.

1. Finish off that house

A Rapid Aluminium building



Rapid Aluminium Building a house is no easy feat and to make sure that everything is on track, it is always useful to have a little expert help. Rapid Aluminium offers construction consultancy services throughout Zambia. They have provided quality, cost effective services to residents and businesses in Lusaka and other parts of the country for more than 15 years. They work in the Zambian construction industry offering high standards in design, advice, fabrication and installation. They also offer building interior design services and building supplies. Nemerit Enterprises One sure way to give your building project a boost is to hand it over to the professionals. Why not sit back and let your house get done by people who have experience in that field. If this is a route you want to take Nemerit Enterprises is a well-established company with considerable experience in a wide array of building projects including construction, technical and management consultancy, property maintenance and building contracting. They are an excellent team to work with.

Mica Zambia Ltd Once your house is up, you will need to put your mind to the finer details. We recommend Mica Zambia Ltd for all your homeware and hardware, tools and paint, plumbing and fittings and even electricals and lighting! With over 12, 000 items in store, Mica is your one stop shop for all you could possibly need to put those finishing touches to your house. Backed by the worldwide Mica brand and support network, Mica is able to provide a large range of products with stock levels that ensure you can find what you need. Best Buy Lighting Enjoy the thrill of finishing off a worthwhile project by turning on the lights! Best Buy Lighting distributes genuine Philips Lighting equipment. For a professional finish to a housing project, visit their showroom in Lusaka for lighting and general electrical accessories as well as valuable technical advice. Best Buy Lighting can provide all the lighting and electrical products your project may need. Strobe Electronics A house is not a home until you feel secure in it; make sure you put in that finishing touch by protecting your house. Strobe Electronics in Lusaka is a manufacturer and wholesaler of a wide range of security products from recognised brands. They provide unmatched technical support and can be relied on to deliver, install and maintain any equipment they supply. Among their impressive range of products, Strobe Electronics have their own in-house range of electric fence energizers that they have been manufacturing for the last 11 years.

2. Get your health on track The New Year is a great opportunity to make changes in your lifestyle that can improve your health and get you feeling fit and well. We all have different health related resolutions that we aspire to such as to lose a little weight, eat healthier, quit smoking, or give your body a break and get some rest. And we would all agree that it is often very difficult to stay with it and achieve our goals. In fact, a little help goes a long way so why try and do it all on your own?

Here are a few ideas so you can get help sticking with that new and healthier you!

A healthy and fresh juice by Umoyo

Umoyo Natural Health The New Year is all about new beginnings, so why not give your body a fresh start by signing up for a detox treatment. Umoyo is a natural health centre in Zambia that specialises in quality detox treatments. It offers a range of alternative therapies and health training programs. The focus is on producing a genuine and significant improvement in health rather than only treating the symptoms of disease. Treatments and therapies at Umoyo include a 7-day detox program, weight loss programs, anti-smoking programs, therapeutic massage and more. Unified Chemicals for healthy oil Eating healthier food is a good step in the right direction if you want to turn your health around. Why not throw out fatty oils and opt for Unified Chemicals’ healthy Olé brand of edible oil. Olé oil is edible oil produced in Zambia to an exceptionally high standard in terms of health benefits, purity, colour and odour. This triple refined oil is rich in two essential fatty acids for maintaining well balanced health. It contains Omega 3 fatty acids necessary for keeping a healthy heart, and Omega 6 fatty acids which help to develop a healthy immune system. Olé cooking oil is 100% cholesterol free and is also free of palm oil. As a result it does not solidify. Vera’s Salon and Spa Sometimes the best health tip you can get is to slow down and get some well deserved rest. Vera’s Salon and Spa provides a welcome respite from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. Situated within the luxurious and serene environment of the five star Taj Pamodzi Hotel,

Vera’s Salon and Spa presents a dazzling array of rejuvenating treatments. They combine the best of ancient and modern techniques catering for both women and men. Internationally recognised products containing effective, naturally sourced ingredients and using technologically advanced formulas, are used to deliver remarkable and highly visible results.

3. Explore more Why not make the decision to get around more in this coming year? Why not discover new and exciting places with friends and family? One concern about exploring more is the cost of travel. But, it doesn’t always have to be expensive!

A Shalom coach


— Living and Lifestyle: THE CHOICE SELECTION So, we are giving you the heads up on affordable transport services that will get you to your destination in comfort and without breaking the bank! Shalom Bus Services Operating between Lusaka and Livingstone, Shalom offers quality coach services to the business traveller and the explorer. Shalom recognises the importance of punctuality and reliability and follows a strict schedule. In addition, Shalom runs a loyalty program. When you accumulate 10 Shalom bus tickets, you are entitled to either a 25Kg bag of breakfast mealie meal, 2.5L of cooking oil and a 4Kg bag of sugar or a free return trip on any Shalom Bus Services route to or from Lusaka. In addition, you become a Shalom member and enjoy 10% discount on all fares! Mazhandu Family Bus Services Mazhandu provides a wellestablished coach service along the Southern Province route, running from Lusaka to Livingstone, Kazungula, Sesheke and Katima Mulilo. Key standards they adhere to are the importance of time management, quality of service, high levels of safety and dependable travel packages. The ability to pre-book a day in advance is one of the value-added services that make Mazhandu one of the leaders in the coach travel industry in Zambia. Mazhandu also runs a loyalty program to reward their regular passengers. With every ten tickets a passenger accumulates, they qualify for one complimentary ticket. Remember to keep all your tickets in order to claim your free ride!



CR Holdings CR Holdings provides quality travel in Southern Africa with regular bus services to over 20 towns in Zambia, and to Johannesburg in South Africa. All coaches are equipped with television sets, music system and fridges for refreshments (served free of charge!) The Johannesburg route is serviced six days a week. CR Holdings also offers travel and loyalty incentives such as: local travellers who accumulate five tickets within six months earn a free ticket to any local destination of their choice, while regional travellers who accumulate ten tickets in six months earn a free ticket to Johannesburg!

Learning with Riverside Farm Institute

4. Empower yourself A great idea for any time of year is to develop yourself and the first step to achieving this is by equipping yourself with the right knowledge and skills. The New Year is the perfect time to take this important leap, as most institutions open up for applications during this time. If you have not achieved much in terms of education so far, it is never too late to start.

If you want to equip yourself with more skills here are two ideas. Riverside Farm Institute Riverside Farm Institute is a well established Christian training centre just outside Kafue and along the Kafue River. The institute offers five adult education programmes which are ideal for Christian school leavers interested in learning practical ways of earning a living or reaching out to people in their communities. These programs are scientific gardening, tailoring, lifestyle educator, evangelism and nutrition. Except for the nutrition seminar which lasts one week, all programmes are four month courses. Separate dormitories are available for male and female students, and there is a clinic and a library on campus. Pumulani Renewable Energy Centre Pumulani is Zambia’s main centre for education and training on renewable energy. Based in Kafue, this training centre teaches local, national and regional groups about renewable energy and how to install, maintain and troubleshoot solar systems. The centre provides hands on tailor-made courses for technicians and entrepreneurs. Pumulani uses trainers with full

experience in the production, installation and maintenance of solar installations. The aim, subject and length of each course are geared to the particular group in training. Courses range from one to 10 days. The centre also offers after-training support to newly established solar entrepreneurs.

5. Make time for you All year long you may have been making time for others and forgetting one important person. Yourself. So why not make a plan to take some time off and relax, surrounded by nothing but peace?

What better way to do this than indulge in a game of golf or go fishing? We picked some perfect places for you to sneak off and get some serious “me time”.

to sit back, on land or a boat, and silently enjoy some time to yourself while takin in this calming sport in some of the most luxurious places in Zambia. Kariba Bush Club Kariba Bush Club provides the ultimate fishing opportunity, on the shores of Lake Kariba, one of the largest man-made dams in the world. An added bonus is that your catch could include the infamous tiger fish! Half and full day fishing trips are available with rods tackle and a packed meal supplied. For those who want a less ‘serious’ fishing experience, pond fishing for various species of bream is available. A catch-and-release

Golf... Drop your busy schedule and take the day off. Enjoy a game of golf. This relaxing sport, could be exactly what you need to relax.

Kalimba Reptile Park One of the most popular activities at Kalimba Reptile Park in Lusaka is a full day of fishing in the ponds that are open to the public. You can hire fishing tackle including rod, line, hooks and bait, and then braii (bbq) your catch for a quiet picnic on the farm. Bliss! Barotse Tiger Camp Barotse Tiger Camp is a fishing safari paradise in the remote Barotse flood plains. Just the place for a perfect getaway. It offers fishing enthusiasts luxury tented accommodation and guided fly fishing adventures on the Zambezi River, in one of the most remote freshwater fishing locations on earth. The camp is operated by Angle Zambia, a company that offers some of the best charter fishing trips available in Zambia. Here, you can experience the thrill of a truly unique and exhilarating fishing experience. Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge Tamarindtree offers excellent fishing opportunities on a remote stretch of the Zambezi River. Guests at Tamarindtree usually spend most of their time out on the Zambezi River. The team enjoy fishing and are good at showing guests how and where to fish. This means you are more likely to experience the thrill of having a ‘tiger on the line’ — the tiger is after all one of the fastest and strongest fresh water game fish one can catch. Ever!

Lusaka Golf Club The Lusaka Golf Club is probably Zambia’s most prestigious sporting facility, boasting an 18 hole, par 73, 6608 meter course that is intricately incorporated into a parkland setting. The Lusaka golf course features an undulating manicured terrain, dotted with swamps and dams. And don’t think for a moment it will be a long, hungry and thirsty day of golf. The club has a restaurant, lounge and members bar. Fishing... Fishing takes patience and time, and you can use this opportunity

policy operates on all fishing trips although if you fish from the pond you can keep enough for a meal.

Fishing: Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge

Turn the page for those all important contacts... —


— Living and Lifestyle: THE CHOICE SELECTION Resolution solutions: those all important contacts, A - Z information Mazhandu Family Bus Services 1. Finish off that house Best Buy Lighting +260 (0) 211 286 820

+260 (0) 977 806 060 +260 (0) 977 489 414

+260 (0) 955 544 487

Mica Zambia Ltd

Shalom Bus Services +260 (0) 977 186 241

+260 (0) 211 257 040

Nemerit Enterprises +260 (0) 211 224 174 +260 (0) 211 224 053

4. Empower yourself Pumulani Renewable Energy Centre +260 (0) 977 772 290

Rapid Aluminium

Riverside Farm Institute

+260 (0) 211 292 366 +260 (0) 967 791 236

+260 (0) 211 212 415 +260 (0) 977 668 924

Strobe Electronics +260 (0) 211 286 676

5. Make time for you

+260 (0) 977 849 764

Barotse Tiger Camp

+260 (0) 213 327 489 +260 (0) 213 327 090

2. Get your health on track Umoyo Natural Health +260 (0) 955 800 601 +260 (0) 966 800 600

Kalimba Reptile Park +260 (0) 211 213 272 +260 (0) 967 213 272

Unified Chemicals

Kariba Bush club

+260 (0) 211 286 292

+260 (0) 979 493 980

Vera’s Salon and Spa

Lusaka Golf Club

+260 (0) 211 254 455 ext 1198

+260 (0) 211 251 598 +260 (0) 211 255 192

3. Explore more CR Holdings

Tamarindtree Zambezi River Lodge +260 (0) 978 070 186

+260 (0) 979 476 479



— Living and Lifestyle: THE CHOICE SELECTION Wonderful weddings! The all important dress, venue and co-ordinators sorted! Weddings are great right?! A time of celebration of two souls uniting in If the wedding is to be in marriage. A time of getting together with family you haven’t seen for ages. A or around Lusaka, you are time of feasting and dancing, and making new acquaintances. spoilt for choice as far as venues go. But organising a family wedding can seem overwhelming. Here are answers to four ‘frequently Wayside asked questions’ to guide you through the maze that Guesthouse can be wedding organisation so that, as far as possible, Based in Makeni the day goes completely smoothly. which is far When’s a good time to have a family wedding? December is a good month for weddings because it’s the festive season! Scenery is lush and green. But it’s also a challenge because the rain may pour down at a crucial moment! Every season has its good and bad aspects. When setting the wedding date, we recommend you think about the pros and cons of each season and what is important for you. Whatever the date you decide, remember to give enough time to book and prepare everything – allow at least three months, and preferably longer. What about the all-important wedding dress? It’s the bride’s day and the dress MUST be stunning! Here are three great wedding dress companies. The House of Couture They specialise in exactly that - couture gowns. They handmake exquisite bespoke wedding dresses that will fit like a glove and can create perfectly co-ordinated bridesmaids’ dresses. Sydney’s Elegant Bridal They offer a wide range of bridal attire that can be bought or hired, including designer wedding dresses, veils, gloves, tiaras, head pieces, jewellery, lingerie and other accessories. Christine’s Bridal A range of affordable dream dresses together with a range of accessories. Budgetting is easy as all wedding dresses come at the same price for all sizes, whether they are a simple classic style or more complicated. And the venue? We’ve got possibilities in four regions! Many hotels and lodges have special areas set aside for weddings. You can go for one in town or one out in the country. The Best of Zambia venues section features places in Lusaka but also in other areas.

The private functions and weddings and honeymoons sections also have ideas on where to book.


enough outside Lusaka to have plenty of space and inspiring landscaping but still easily accessible for guests. Mint Leaf Lodge They offer a venue option for up to 300 guests in Chudleigh, with its terrace restaurant serving à la carte or buffet meals. Roma Lodge A special venue with a great view of the gardens which offer a great backdrop for photographs. There’s also good accommodation available. Exclusive House Just five minutes from Lusaka International Airport, this venue has landscaped gardens, sophisticated outside event catering and marquee hire, for up to 500 guests. Lafe Hotel Based in Olympia Extension in Lusaka this venue offers a marquee and special wedding packages, for up to 300 guests. Renowned as experts in venue dressing!

Melsim Lodge A newly opened, central venue in Lusaka. Gives a complimentary room for the bride and groom as part of its wedding package.

Looking for somewhere with a safari flavour... Mushroom Lodge Based in South Luangwa National Park, they specialise in weddings and honeymoons with planning assistance. They have an office in Lusaka so communication is not a problem. Chimfule Lodge Also in South Luangwa. It even offers a luxury 13 seater shuttle to give guests a comfortable, cool and stress-free journey from Lusaka with a break for lunch en route.

If the Copperbelt is where you wish to wed... Mukuyu Camp If your base is the Copperbelt, consider Mukuyu Camp which specialises in weddings and honeymoons, hidden in beautiful untouched forest, in a privately owned 1,500 hectare game farm! Shamilimo Lodge A more affordable option on the Ndola, Kapiri Mposhi road. A great venue for up to 80 guests with on site accommodation.

For Western Province... Country Lodge Mongu This venue offers a quality venue for up to 300 wedding guests, with restaurant catering and a range of rooms available for guests. And when it all gets too much? Hand things over to a professional event management team!

A — Z Information

Chimfule Lodge +260 (0) 211 245 129

Christine’s Bridal +260 (0) 966 712 111

Country Lodge Mongu +260 (0) 217 221 707

Events in Tents +260 (0) 211 272 864

Exclusive House +260 (0) 211 282 654

Glitter & Sparkle An experienced event planning company in Lusaka. A team with design and planning skills, together with a flair for creativity making them great for weddings! Events in Tents Turns ordinary events into unforgettable experiences with a range of marquees, gazebos, furniture and lighting and crockery - all available for hire. Provide everything you need to create the ultimate event through a diverse range of quality equipment, expert staff and competitive pricing. Plan It Designs Ltd For Plan It Designs, it’s all about you! Based in Lusaka, they offer a personalised service specialising in quality events management, interior design and décor consultation, landscaping, exquisite flora and handmade gifts all perfect for weddings. Can be customised to suit varying environments and budgets.

Glitter & Sparkle +260 (0) 211 228 817

House of Couture +260 (0) 979 967 970

Lafe Hotel +260 (0) 211 292 212

Melsim Lodge +260 (0) 979 193 452

Mint Leaf Lodge +260 (0) 211 294 962

Mukuyu Camp +260 (0) 212 671 008

Mushroom Lodge +260 (0) 211 258 184

Plan It Designs +260 (0) 211 236 406

Roma Lodge +260 (0) 211 290 618

Shamilimo Lodge +260 (0) 977 306 099

Sydney’s Elegant Bridal +260 (0) 977 806 149

Wayside Guest House +260 (0) 211 273 439


— Living and lifestyle: NEWS & OFFERS Riverside Farm Institute celebrate a big win! Juanita, and Board Treasurer, Jones Hachombwa with is wife Leah.

The Riverside Farm Institute team have something to celebrate! They are pictured having just received a cheque from Standard Chartered Bank for K50 million! Pictured is Executive Director, Meiring Pretorius with his wife


This institute that trains young people in farming techniques, sells Christian books and offers natural health vacations won second prize in the bank’s latest competition open to their corporate clients.

Information +260 (0) 211 212 415

A-grade granite Christmas special offer!

Hom-trends Innovations Ltd are offering assorted A-grade granite stone work tops for as low as K1,100,000 per metre squared. Use them for kitchen worktops, bar counters, reception counters, bathroom vanities and tombstones.


+260 (0) 211 227 619 hom-trends

Are you sick? Or just thirsty?

I want you to imagine that I came to your house today and we had a wonderful breakfast together. Afterward we put the dishes aside. We continued catching up, then had a lovely lunch together. Again we put the dishes aside. After spending the afternoon together we had supper together. Once more we put the dishes aside. Now at the end of the day I come to you with one cup of water and ask you to wash the accumulated dishes from the entire day. Could you do it? With one cup of water?

We cannot even clean our dishes for the day with one cup of water. How do we expect to keep the inside of this wonderful machinery, the human body, functioning with so little water? In one study the risk of colon cancer was reduced by 45% in woman and 32% in men who drank 4-5 glasses of water per day. Two other studies showed a protective effect against rectal cancer of 92% and colon rectal of 42%. It was shown that an intake of 2.5 litres or more of water per day was associated with a 51% reduction in the risk of bladder cancer. But it is not only cancer that can be reduced. Even blood pressure. One of the manifestations of dehydration is hypertension and as explained by Dr Batmanghelidy in his study, 8-10 glasses of water per day are the minimum requirement. There is a lot more that can be mentioned about the healing properties of water. The Riverview Wellness Centre would like to encourage you, if you would like to know more, or if you have a specific problem, to contact them for assistance and advice.

References of studies: »» Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention 1996;5;495-502 »» International Journal of Cancer 1999;89;484-9 »» International Journal of Cancer 1999;81:199-204 »» Dr Batmanghelidy, Founder of the National Association for Honesty in Medicine

Information Article by Juanita Pretorius +260 (0) 977 788 472


— Living and Lifestyle: THE CHOICE SELECTION Three things to do with the kids this Christmas holiday! Christmas is the perfect opportunity for wholesome family time. As companies close up for a break, it is important that you grab this chance to lavish your family with some quality time. Kids will be excited to spend time with mum and dad. But what to do? Impress your kids with some of these fun ideas. Treat your taste buds to something new We recommend the Italian Lodge for a family day trip out. Sample Italian cuisine and the kids will love the excitement of trying something different. The lodge has a lovely restaurant that offers a good range of mouth-watering dishes with an Italian slant — lots of salads and pasta dishes. There’s a choice of three dining areas — a formal indoors setting, verandah and outdoor al fresco style. With the pool nearby, we reckon the outdoor al fresco style will be the most popular with the kids. Take the kids shopping! Everybody knows that kids enjoy shopping trip when it’s built round them. Take the day out with the kids at the popular Arcades Shopping Mall in Lusaka and enjoy the many great options available. Sunday is one of the best days to go to Arcades as it is set aside for the popular Pakati market. There’s a hive of activity, a blaze of vibrant colour and a plethora of beautiful handmade Zambian arts and crafts on show. Browse the shops the kids want to go to and maybe treat them to some ice-cream afterwards. Or even make an exception and eat some junk food. The kids will love it! Go backpacking for the weekend The energy and excitement of backpacking with your kids is unbeatable. It will also be a nice opportunity to stretch those muscles and help you get fit, so take it on with vigour. Be sure to go exploring and go with the kids’ imagination. We’re sure they have lots of it! We recommend these two in Lusaka and Livingstone: Eureka Camping Park Eureka! Camping Park is a spacious private game reserve that is a backpacker heaven, the kind of place for fun, friends, family and story-telling by camp fires! The


accommodation at Eureka! Camping Park includes a large bunkhouse, cottage and chalets perfect for those looking for really affordable travel. There are also excellent camping facilities in spectacular natural scenery. Jollyboys Backpackers Jollyboys is Zambia’s original backpackers lodge in Livingstone and has been catering to budget travellers since 1995! Groups are most definitely welcome at this cheap hostel so you and your family get to meet a diverse group of travellers that are usually perpetually nomadic, moving from one experience to the next! This is a definite winner with the kids and there are lots of activities that can be arranged. A day trip of reptiles and fishing! If you are looking for a fun filled day that is great for a family day out, or group excursion then Kalimba Reptile Park is a popular Lusaka attraction offering lots of ‘scaly’ sites and activities including fishing. Kalimba Reptile Park is open every day of the year and specially trained guides are available to take you on informative tours.

A — Z Information Arcades Shopping Centre +260 (0) 211 256 729 + 260 (0) 211 252 379

Eureka Camping Park +260 (0) 211 272 351

Italian Lodge +260 (0) 211 272 610 +260 (0) 211 272 956

Jollyboys Backpackers +260 (0) 213 324 229

Kalimba Reptile Park +260 (0) 211 213 272

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Strong Zambia, in Lusaka is one of the leading providers of satellite hardware and all the items required for Pay TV and Free-to-Air systems. Strong is also the official wireless installation agent for all Africonnect services. The company is an associate of Strong Technologies of Dubai and the official supplier of the Strong brand in Zambia.

Here are their latest offers valid up until 15th January 2012, while stocks last. My TV subscription Pay one month K75,000 Pay two months K60,000 per month Pay three months K60,000 per month Get the fourth month free! Arisat gold receiver with card reader Was K390,000, now K350,000 Strong receiver with card reader (SRT 4622XII) Was K450,000, now K399,000 My TV Smart Card Was K75,000, now K60,000 90cm satellite dish Was K160,000, now K120,000 KB band LNBF Was K40,000, now K35,000 A My TV offer valid until 15th February 2012 Keep your smart card active for three consecutive months without interruption and get one free viewing month!

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— Industry and Agriculture: THE CHOICE SELECTION Investing in the Zambian food and agricultural sector Whether you’re a farmer or a potential investor, this is definitely a good time to enter the Zambian agricultural market or to expand operations in Zambia.

The country’s macroeconomic indicators are comparing extremely favourably with other African states, as well as globally. And the recent peaceful transition of political power promises of political stability for many years to come. Agriculture currently contributes about 20% of Zambia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides livelihoods for more than 60% of the population. Zambia enjoys medium to high rainfall and has a massive, 75 million hectares of land, the majority of which is suitable for agricultural production such as crops, fish and livestock. The country recorded a bumper harvests of 3 million metric tons of maize last season, with a maize surplus of 1.6 million metric tons. There was an increase in the harvest of other crops too, like soya beans, cotton, Irish potatoes and tobacco. Livestock and fish farming are also showing improved yields. Strategies to reduce the cost of farm inputs and imported equipment could well create an environment conducive for exponential growth in this sector! Suppliers of farm inputs and equipment already established in Zambia have created a number of business networks and form a strong foundation for growth. Here are details of some of these enterprises and what they offer. Livestock and livestock products Fringilla Farm in Chisamba has a variety of livestock for sale including dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. It connects livestock farmers with buyers through its bull sale which is fast becoming a popular annual event. Fringilla Farm also offers quality meat products for wholesale or retail through its established Farm Pride brand, with outlets in Lusaka as well as on the farm. Farm and irrigation equipment Saro Agro together with its sister companies, has branches in Lusaka, Mkushi and Kitwe. They offer an extensive range of reliable tractors and implements, including the popular Landini 7865 and 8865 tractors, Tafe and Farmtrac tractors, Baldan implements, Jacto crop srayers and Kuhn fertiliser spreaders. With a full back-up service, where necessary in the field, they provide technical expertise as well as parts and spares. Saro Agro supplies farmers across Zambia and also exports to Congo DR, Angola, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Saro Agro provides irrigation and borehole equipment including Caprari and Kiloskar water pumps, Speroni and Mono models, and Rotrix Rainmaker and Agrinet irrigation systems. Pumps are installed and commissioned by qualified Saro staff.


To satisfy the growing demand for small holder and conservation farming equipment, Saro Agro stocks grinding mills, ox-drawn ploughs, rippers, hand and foot operated pumps and small-scale food processing units. In terms of available stock and the technical back-up provided, Saro Agro provides a unique service to the small and medium scale farming community in Zambia. Saro Engineering also offers custombuilt trailers, as well as bowsers for carrying large volumes of water or chemicals. The Saro engineering workshop also fabricates quality fuel tanks in a variety of designs, as well as other metal products ordered by customers. Jialing and Lifan motorcycles, ideal for getting around the farm or into town, are also on offer. Saro stocks a good range of these motorbikes for immediate purchase. And Saro has a complete maintenance package at its various workshops for virtually all of the products they market. Saro regards this support service as one of its strongest and unique selling points. This service is backed by a good stock of spares, which can be purchased individually, and used for servicing at Saro workshops or at your farm. For a complete range of irrigation and agricultural equipment, go to Big Red Machines located just off Mumbwa Road in Lusaka. You’ll be able to purchase many of the most well-known brands

in the industry: Case IH tractors, Andrag implements and irrigation, TCM forklifts, and more, with parts supplied by Northmec. The company offers motorised water pumps and piping for centre pivots and other systems, as well as irrigation installation. And for farm transport, consider their Puzey motor bikes and Boland quads.

dips and sprays, dewormers, antimicrobials, biologicals, dairy hygiene, feed enhancers and a host of stock remedies such as wound oils and feed additives. The company also has exclusive distribution rights for the Hipra range of poultry vaccines.

Keegy Limited supply SAME and Deutz Fahr tractor brands which are acknowledged for their reliability, performance and service. For comfort and reliability in your daily agricultural work choose the no-nonsense functionality of a SAME tractor. And Deutz-Fahr tractors have been at the forefront of the development of intelligent tractors and combine harvesters since the 1930s.

Afrivet Zambia also markets a range of environmental health products for cleaning, disinfection, public health and pest control, as well as grain protection and malaria vector control. Technical expertise is provided by qualified environmental health workers, locally based field staff and by Afrivet’s international partners, Bayer Environmental Science in South Africa and EcoMed in Zimbabwe.

Power Equipment is the sole distributor of Massey Ferguson tractors, combine harvesters, generators and implements in Zambia. It also supplies Yamaha motor bikes, focussing on bikes suitable for Zambian terrain. Serving the Zambian people since 1966, Power Equipment Ltd offers country wide servicing and parts supply. Power Equipment has experience in tendering for Government and NGOs. Using hi-tech engineering, Zamcapitol Enterprises in Lusaka manufactures durable and affordable agricultural equipment including hammer mills, walking tractors, harrows, generator sets, feed mixers, maize shellers, milk buckets and cages and feeding buckets. They also offer windmills, treadle pumps, water pumps, irrigation pipes, water tank stands and poly tanks, catering for all kinds of water supply needs. The company has partnered with the National Savings Bank for hammer mill loans with the mills qualifying as collateral. Agrochemicals, animal health, environmental health Afrivet Zambia imports and distributes Makhteshim Agan and Avima agricultural chemicals, offering a full range of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides to Zambian farmers. Based in Lusaka, Afrivet also offers a full range of livestock health items. They have field staff available throughout Zambia to give technical advice and after sales service. They provide high quality, environmentally friendly

Processing and distribution In terms of processed farm produce, there are a number of companies that support, market and distribute for the food industry, connecting suppliers and manufacturers to retailers and consumers. These include Metmin Ltd who offer food grade chemicals to the food and beverage industry in Zambia, including the dairy, sugar processing and distilling sectors. Their range of products includes Citric Acid Monohydrate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Guar gum, Pectin and a variety of flavours, colours and perfumes. With over 1,200 square meters of storage, Capital Fisheries is a onestop wholesaler for all types of fish and sea food at competitive prices, with over 240 different product lines. Customers



— Industry and Agriculture: THE CHOICE SELECTION include major supermarkets chains and other retail shops, restaurants, hotels and lodges throughout Zambia and the region. Its major product lines include tilapia, buka buka, horse mackerel, red dentex, kapenta (fresh, frozen or dried), ice cubes and frozen potato chips. New additions to the range of products they distribute are the Ola, Rich’s, Sun Quick and Del Monte brands. Freshpikt is a manufacturer of wholesome and affordable canned fruit and vegetables, primarily grown in Zambia. Products include mixed beans, baked beans, tomato paste, sun dried tomato, mixed fruit jam, dried packed beans, dried packed ground nuts and peanut butter. Freshpikt has a strong distribution network in both local and international markets. In 2008 Freshpikt began exporting to Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Freshpikt products are available locally in Spar, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, other supermarkets and through several wholesalers.

A — Z Information Afrivet Zambia Ltd +260 (0) 211 287 071

Big Red Machines +260 (0) 965 517 768

Capital Fisheries +260 (0) 211 287 935

Freshpikt +260 (0) 211 240 107

Lynx Zambia Ltd based in Ndola, manufactures and supplies refreshing fruit drinks, including Vitamin C enriched orange, pineapple and guava juice, raspberry and cream soda flavoured syrups, low calorie sweetened orange drink for diabetics and Metsi mineral water. Lynx only use natural ingredients, and no artificial sweeteners. All Lynx products are true to the original Lyons orange juice which inspires them. Most major supermarkets and retail outlets in Zambia stock Lynx products. Unified Chemicals are a manufacturing and refining facility in Zambia. They are proud producers of the Olé brand of edible oil, refined in Zambia to an exceptionally high standard in terms of health benefits, purity, colour and odour. Olé oil is sold by quality supermarkets and wholesale outlets such as Spar, Pick n Pay, Melissa Supermarkets and Paza Trading. Unified Chemicals also has its own outlet in Ndola. Olé oil is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which helps to develop a healthy heart and immune system. Olé cooking oil is 100% cholesterol free and contains no palm oil. Last but not least, Majoru Investments produces and distributes superior meat and meat products for Zambian and international markets. Majoru’s meats include a variety of fresh meat, hams, bacons, polonies, sausages and other uncooked meat products. Buying from farmers who rear livestock in a healthy environment, Majoru currently operates three sales and retail outlets around Lusaka and one in Solwezi. Majoru’s customers include Sun International Hotel, All Terrain Service catering for Kansanshi and Lumwana mines in DRC, Intercontinental Hotel, Mfuwe Lodge and Anvil Mining. Majoru’s refrigerated trucks guarantee a cold chain distribution system from factory to customers’ premises. This article gives you an all round feel for the Zambian food and agricultural sector, relfecting the opportunities and partnerships available.


Fringilla Farm +260 (0) 211 213 885

Keegy Limited +260 (0) 211 286 181

Lynx Zambia Ltd +260 (0) 211 240 107

Majoru Investments Ltd +260 (0) 211 273 592

Metmin Limited +260 (0) 211 846 312

Power Equipment Limited +260 (0) 211 238 861

Saro Agro +260 (0) 211 241 477

Saro Engineering +260 (0) 211 250 920

Unified Chemicals Company +260 (0) 211 286 292

Zamcapitol Enterprises +260 (0) 211 226 265

Business and Services: NEWS — Get more than you bargained for at Fig Tree Café

If you are on business and driving on the Great North Road towards Kabwe you’ll come to the Fig Tree Café on the left as you take a right hand bend just seven kilometres south of Kabwe.

This is a travel break with probably the finest toasted cheese sandwich and coffee on the road. Phone in your order and it’ll be waiting on arrival! Delightful food for travelers The Fig Tree menu includes full English breakfast, toasted cheese and tomato, chicken mayo, ham and tomato, egg and bacon, burgers and there is always a selection of cakes and milk shakes (coffee, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate or banana). The helpings here are generous and the food, made from locally grown fresh produce, is delicious! Recent additions to the menu include freshly squeezed orange juice and pineapple juice, smoothies (banana and muesli, strawberry or mango flavour), and slush (mango, strawberry, water melon in season).

The menu now offers new milkshake flavours including peanut butter, lime, and chai. And if weight loss is on your mind then try their apple nutty smoothie or home made muesli and yoghurt.

Coffee lover? Only the best Zambian coffee, freshly ground and filtered, is used to make the richest of cappuccino, cape mocha, latté and iced coffee. This is great coffee made by experts. But, wait, there’s more! Fig Tree is not just a handy travel break!

They currently have a good selection of sweets and toys that make wonderful Christmas stockings. There’s also original art work in the dining room for sale together with a range of creatively-designed hand made crafts. Quality local produce from the Kabwe farming community, such as home made jams, honey, a selection of cheeses, and Fringilla sausages, as well as sun dried fruit including tomato, guava, mango, banana are on offer here. Fig Tree also stocks fresh meats that include braai packs, boerewors and peri peri spatchcock chickens.

Information +260 (0) 976 234 923


— Business and services: THE CHOICE SELECTION Doing business in Zambia: Part 1 — four pages on how to getting started! How do you start a business in Zambia? What legislation do you need to be aware of? How do you recruit and how much should you pay? Can you easily send business profits out of the country? What services are available to help you get going? These questions and many others play on the mind of any would-be entrepreneur. The whole process may seem so daunting that it may put you off the whole idea. But don’t be disheartened! Help is on the way.

World Investment News has just produced their latest eBiz Guide to Zambia. It gives extensive background information on Zambia and the main business resources that are available here. It is available through major bookshops in Zambia. With the eBiz Guide open in your hand, click into the Best of Zambia Business and Services section for a whole range of enterprises in Zambia that help create the environment for businesses to operate and grow. And away you go … Getting started Zambia is keen to attract investment from abroad and the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) Act of 2006 offers a range of allowances, exemptions and concessions for companies, with thresholds of investment to qualify for different incentives. It is the Zambia Development Agency that issues investment licences. For more information see the ZDA website and the eBiz Zambia Guide’s Investment and Legal Framework section. This section also covers taxation, licences, land acquisition and work permits. The eBiz Industry and Trade section discusses business development institutions, export development and priority investments, together with some of the major players in this sector. This background will help you get orientated. Company registration is carried out by the Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), PO Box 32020, Mwayi House, Haile Selassie Avenue, Longacres, Lusaka. There are PACRA branches in Ndola, Livingstone and Chipata. The fee structure and forms are on their website


Homenet Zambia, for commercial property

Getting established Recruitment is through newspaper advertisements, recruitment agencies and word-of-mouth. For employment purposes, companies have to be registered with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA). Other registrations and licences are dependent on the nature of the business. More details are available in the Investment and Legal Framework section of the Zambia eBiz Guide.

Companies in the Business and Services section of the Best of Zambia website provide a range of business support services from office supplies through to facilities management, and financial and legal services. If you are just starting your business you’re going to need communications, computers, furniture and consumables, asset and merchandise management, professional services like recruitment and research, media and marketing, cleaning services, safety and security management etc. Here’s where you can find them.

Office furniture from Printech Zambia

Office furniture from Agro-Fuel Investments

Commercial properties Unless you run a virtual business or a briefcase business, you’ll need office space. The environment and place from which you choose to conduct your business says a lot about your company. Therefore, it is important to weigh up all the options. You can either rent an office space or buy a commercial property. We suggest a visit to Homenet Zambia. Homenet Zambia is a locally registered company that specialises in commercial properties, residential properties, property management and property valuations. Homenet Zambia services include the selling, renting and management of various commercial and residential properties. They have a team of skilled and experienced agents that can handle all kinds of commercial property services in areas like industrial, agricultural, leisure and tourism and commercial services. Farming areas covered include Mkushi, Chisamba and Mazabuka. Homenet Zambia also covers game parks including Lower Zambezi, Luangwa and the Kafue National Park. Office furniture If you are starting your business from scratch, one of the first things that you will need will be office furniture. Here are some great options where you can get reliable and durable office furniture at competitive prices. Printech in Lusaka offers an impressive range of office furniture from reception chairs in fabric or leather, reception furniture, executive desks and chairs, office chairs in fabric or leather, tea cabinets, filing cabinets and display cabinets. Printech imports its furniture from recognised and trusted companies and can help you source the right furniture, deliver it and even make suggestions to help design your perfect

Telecommunications and IT from Precision Communications Ltd

office space. And that’s not all, in order to offer a comprehensive service to its customers, Printech also provides printing services and work place supplies. The company offers a wide range of office stationery to business offices and individual consumers. Agro-Fuel Investments runs AFIL Engineering Ltd, based in Lusaka which provides affordable furniture solutions such as tables, chairs, filing cabinets, desks and more, in several different designs. The furniture is all made on site to high specifications, using advanced equipment and machining tools. AFIL offers the added advantage of custom made products, allowing you to purchase furniture that meets your specific needs. Telecommunications, IT and Computer accessories Telecommunications and Information Technology play an important role in every business today. To run a successful business, you must be up to date with the latest technology and be in touch with the outside world. It is also almost impossible to operate a business without computers. Precision Communications Ltd offers a wide range of communication equipment and products, and competitively priced computers, together with



— Business and services: THE CHOICE SELECTION

Satellite hardware from Strong Zambia

experts, pest control officers, sanitary officers and a cleaning team of over 90, Rumphi Enterprises can train and dispatch cleaning personnel to any part of the country and are ready to take on any job, from long term service contracts to one off cleanup operations. The company offers office cleaning services that embrace all aspects of office cleaning from the basic daily tasks such as washroom hygiene, to periodical cleaning like care of floors, walls, ceilings, windows and telephones.

Part 2 of Doing business in Zambia will be in the next issue of the magazine. A — Z Information Agro Fuel Investments +260 (0) 211 288 836

Commercial cleaning services from Rumphi Enterprises Ltd

installation and repair support for computer hardware, associated software and networks. It is a leading telecommunications, IT and broadcasting company in Zambia, working with proven electronics brands. The company has specialised customer support to respond quickly and effectively to customers’ needs every day and anywhere.

eBiz Guide Zambia +003 (0) 491 787 3870

Homenet Zambia +260 (0) 211 250 920

Strong Zambia, in Lusaka, is one of the leading providers of satellite hardware. Strong has partnered with Africonnect Limited, one of the leading providers of Internet connectivity in Zambia, and is the official wireless installation agent for all Africonnect services. This partnership brought about the new ISPOT hotspots concept that enables Internet access within a three kilometre radius of each hotspot.

Precision Communications +260 (0) 211 228 274

Commercial cleaning services If you want to keep your new business premises clean, you can make use of commercial cleaning services that are available for business premises. In addition, you can find companies that offer specialist heavy duty domestic cleaning such as carpets, floors and furnishings.

Rumphi Enterprises Ltd is a dedicated cleaning company based in Lusaka but operateing nationally. They specialise in office cleaning. With floor care


Printech Ltd +260 (0) 211 224 282 +260 (0) 211 229 590

Rumphi Enterprises Ltd +260 (0) 211 287 795

Strong Zambia +260 (0) 211 227 489

Organisations and Development: NEWS — Orphan elephant appeal: Bezi the baby ele...

On 12th November, Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) was called to rescue a baby elephant, which had fallen into the swimming pool at nearby Baines River Camp.

Head guide, Leonard Kalio, reported that the ele had been alone and crying for 48 hours. After obtaining the Zambia Wildlife Authority’s (ZAWA) approval, CLZ transported the elephant, now christened Zambezi (Bezi for short), to CLZ. Emergency medical care has been provided by CLZ and the David Shepherd Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) with veterinary advice from ZAWA. Tests for Anthrax (a naturally occurring disease which has been present in the Lower Zambezi this year) were carried out by ZAWA vet, Dr. Kamboyi. The little one has been given the all clear. Bezi has been vaccinated against Anthrax and after a two week incubation period will relocate to EOP to join other orphaned eles. Hopefully one day Bezi will be reintegrated into the wild in Kafue National Park. Estimated to be one to two months old, and the youngest elephant ever rescued, Zambezi is now being fed every two hours with a customised formula, which includes baby formula, probiotics, vitamins and immune system supplements.

This team is being being supervised by volunteer Agathe Noguiera, and elephant keeper Lasick from the EOP. Bezi needs constant attention and care, accompanied by a keeper at all times. He needs somebody to mix his formula, feed him, sterilise his bottles and record his behaviour. Being so young, the team is aware that Bezi has a low immune system and without his mother is very vulnerable. However, they want to give the elephant the very best chance for survival… But this is expensive. CLZ runs its operations on a very tight budget, funded mainly by safari camps in the area. Its wildlife rehabilitation program relies on donations.

Already, they estimate that Bezi will cost about $2,700 for four weeks care. And that’s not including relocation and transport costs. Please donate to CLZ’s wildlife rehabilitation program. Email Sarah ( to find out how. CLZ take cash and cheques and transfers can be made to their bank or through their CAF America account.


+260 (0) 977 193 564,

CLZ have employed four carers who will look after Bezi 24 hours a day.


— Organisations and Development: THE CHOICE SELECTION A time to give... Give in time, money or kind Christmas is approaching and what better time than now to support a worthy cause! Apart from helping the recipients of our donations, giving brings with it numerous blessings such as a great sense of satisfaction, seed-sowing for a future harvest, and a better appreciation of what we have. You’ll also be setting a good example to others, especially children and young people.

Another thought. Money is not always the best gift! May we suggest you choose a charity to donate to and then take time to ask them what they need. Rather than Kwacha, it could just be bedding, transport or even a couple of hours a week as a volunteer. There’s details of how you can give on each of their Best of Zambia pages. We support and recommend several local not-for-profit organisations. Here are some of them: Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project (Lusaka)

Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project

This is a grassroots project in Ng’ombe township, Lusaka, providing an alternative lifestyle to the most vulnerable women and children in the area. Chikumbuso provides free schooling for the children, as well as adult training and capacity building, income generation activities and community building programs. The word Chikumbuso means remembrance. The people of Chikumbuso remember those who have died, remember where they have come from, and remember to do for others. Chikumbuso invites others to see where they join in and also remember to do for others!


Kabwata Cultural Village (Lusaka) Kabwata Visual Arts and Cultural Association (KAVICA), with 120 members, is a self-help association which runs Kabwata Cultural Village, where you can buy handmade Zambian gifts and souvenirs, experience traditional dance and sample local food. It is actually home to more than 70 woodcarvers, basket weavers and artists who showcase their products here and make a living from selling them. Kasanka Trust (Kasanka National Park) This is a wildlife charity based in Zambia, the UK and the Netherlands. Its income from tourism revenue and charitable funding goes towards conservation work in and around Kasanka National Park in northern Zambia. This is a beautiful wilderness of woodland, plains, lakes, rivers, swamps rich in Zambian wildlife which forms a valuable protected environment for many endangered species. All money raised is spent directly on conservation and community development. The Trust offers great volunteering opportunities for research, conservation work and education in a real wilderness but with good supportive infrastructure.

Mercy Fliers volunteer at work

Mercy Flyers (throughout Zambia) A not-for-profit organisation that takes specialist medical care to the poor and those living in remote areas in Zambia. It gives medical education in Lusaka and remote hospitals across Zambia and provides a consulting service to the Intensive Care Unit at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. Its aim is to support and enhance healthcare capabilities through relationships, education and shared experiences to help people irrespective of their religion or race. Always in need of financial support and volunteers.

Mukuni Park and Curios (Livingstone) This curio market at Mukuni Park in the centre of Livingstone is where you can shop for gifts and souvenirs from Zambia and in the process support industry at the grass-roots level. Shopper and vendor can interact over the perfect Zambian gift in the relatively new purpose-built market shopping mall which was created in appreciation of the cultural value of the site and the people that have used it over the years. This market provides livelihoods for hundreds of people from Livingstone and the surrounding areas. Village Water Village Water believes that everyone should have access to clean water. This local and international charity provides hygiene, education and sustainable water for villages in Western Zambia, installing protected shallow wells with manual water pumps. As well as Village Water Zambia’s head office in Lusaka, there are centres in Mongu and Kaoma in Western Province. Each centre has a professional team who go out to the villages to work with the local people. Village Water has worked with 319 communities and 14 schools, helping over 75,000 people in Zambia!

Clean water from a pump installed by Village Water

Conservation Lower Zambezi (Lower Zambezi National Park) Based just outside the Lower Zambezi National Park, Conservation Lower Zambezi was established in 1995 to protect the environment of the area as an asset for the people of Zambia. As well as providing logistical support to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, CLZ also runs an environmental education program for the local community. CLZ works closely with ZAWA to ensure the protection of Zambian wildlife in Lower Zambezi. CLZ plays an important role in

preserving wildlife by darting and treating injured wildlife and providing logistical support to ZAWA. Every donation, big or small, is appreciated and helps to keep CLZ running.

A — Z information Chikumbuso Women & Orphans Project +260 (0) 977 690 984

Conservation Lower Zambezi +260 (0) 977 193 564

Kabwata Cultural Village +260 (0) 979 291 049

Kasanka Trust +260 (0) 211 224 457

An environmental education program by CLZ

Mercy Flyers Zambia +260 (0) 211 262 669

Mukuni Park and Curios +260 (0) 976 088 967

Village Water +260 (0) 211 846 110


— Staff news and opinions Ordinary people doing extraordinary things We discovered that Percy had never touched a computer in her life. So we taught her to use a mouse. Very painfully she learnt to use the keyboard. So Percy learnt. And, whatever we asked, Percy said she could do it. The concept of the Best of Zambia was a whole new world to Percy, but she gradually caught on. She learnt our customer relations management (CRM) system. She became our admin assistant and you will have probably received an email from Percy. She handled all our enquiries until Hercules the robot took over. We reached a point where we had so many enquiries that we had to automate.

This month’s issue features Pestensam Lungu, our newly married administrative officer. We got our CEO, Mr. Joseph Brown to write this article. His ideas on the Best of Zambia team and vision and his genuine respect for Pestensam, all shone through.

The Best of Zambia considers its people as its most important resource. We firmly believe that people are made in the image of God and therefore have the capacity for infinite development. Pestensam, who we call Percy, was introduced to us by her cousin, Tina, in 2009. I am in fact a grandfather of Tina and Percy. In Africa we value family and we go to great lengths to prove who is a member of our family. Tina and Percy’s paternal grandmothers are my cousins which if you work it out makes me their grandfather — in an African kind of way! Percy started off by cleaning the office and cooking lunch for the team. It did not seem like such an important job but Percy managed to get our attention through this. She cleaned the office to perfection and cooked the most delicious meals from just basic stuff. We found out that she had completed grade 12 but could not get her results from Choma Secondary School because she had not managed to pay for the examination fees. She spoke good English and was extremely shy and nervous.


When we automated our system we wondered, “What now for Percy?” Our CRM needs constant development and maintenance and Percy took it on with zeal. Our Office Manager, Sally, went on maternity leave and we needed someone to take on our accounting system. Percy had a go and got it, fast. Percy was doing really well when suddenly she lost focus. She was present, but wasn’t there. I could not figure it out. It was like she was dreaming all the time. Then she gave me a card, neatly folded, with a ribbon tied in a knot around it. What’s this? A wedding invitation. I wondered whose wedding it was for. To Percy’s! Wow! No wonder she had been distracted! Wedding plans have a way of taking over...

As her grandfather I gave Percy away on November 5th 2011, to Kephas Lungu from Amazing Zambia. I don’t know if Kephas realises what he has got. Percy is one of the most brilliant people I have had the privilege to work with. All she needed was an opportunity. She is a simple girl really, but one of the most precious assets we have. I really wish her the best of life. I am praying that she will continue working with the Best of Zambia! The fundamental philosophy of the Best of Zambia is that we are looking for ‘ordinary’ people who are teachable, willing to learn, and disciplined. Together we will do extraordinary things. Written by Joseph Brown, CEO of

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