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Vol.19, No. 02, 2013

KR10 / K10,000


0965 821-290

A New Dawn


Mole In The Hole


Lions on the Line


Our Man at Le Dakar


Mother Tongue


What’s Happening


Star Gazer




In the Garden


Employment Sought


Staying Out


Small Adverts


Fool On The Hill


Biz Zone


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A New Dawn

The long awaited New Years Day arrived and the new dawn heralded the revalued Kwacha. KR was finally here and overnight Zambia’s billion and millionaires disappeared, their bank account balances becoming easily readable numbers. The run-up tp KR-Day was only slightly chaotic with the likes of Zesco being closed for the last few days of December and ATM machines being offline as well. Certainly the daily press carried adverts that this was going to be the case although I am sure that there were still a number of households who found themselves relying on candles and mbaulas because they had not recharged their accounts. With, I imagine, most people sporting hangovers or merely suffering from a lack of sleep, 1 January was quiet in the shops that were open. I dropped into Pick n Pay for a few items. The prices of most of their goods were showing up as KR at the till, but there was a problem at the meat department. They had a glitch with the system and were turning away customers who were buying anything but pre-packed meat. Their staff did a good job of explaining to customers and assured us that this was being worked on. Most customers were happy until along

came an unreasonable customer (me) who insisted that I must have the cut of meat that I wanted. Well done to Ali who spoke with the supervisor and between them they figured out a way to solve the problem. 2 January was a different story for some. I understand one of the banks had a power failure over the previous weekend which resulted in them losing or corrupting a major database. Clients who were trying to transact business were unable to do so. Commercial banks seemed to have very low stocks of KR 100, KR 50 and KR 20 notes (or perhaps it was just my branch). I was not enamoured with the pile of KR 5 notes that I was given when cashing a cheque! There are also stories of ZESCO cashiers being grabbed over the counter because the voucher they issued said KR 300 insteasd of K 300,000 and then the inevitable rip offs – people in Siavonga paying K3,000 for KR 1. The novelty of a new currency. But overall the rebasing seems to have gone fairly smoothly, the flow of money has not ground to a halt and it is so nice not to have to deal with all those zeroes!!


Lions on the Line

Every once in awhile we all like to get away, get some good old R&R. Rest and Relaxation, with maybe a hint of adventure was my intention when I jumped in the van and drove the 7 hours from Lusaka to Livingstone. It seems I was given more than I bargained for when I arrived and my lodge manager organised some last minute activities for the next day, I knew I could not opt out of the experience. Being woken up at dawn (what type of holiday is this?!) to get ready for my day, I was picked up shortly afterward by staff from the Mukuni Big 5 Safari, 15 minutes later I was listening to “the do’s and the don’ts” and then 10 minutes after that I was face to face with an ... Elephant! Yes, you read that correctly. An Elephant. I had signed up for an Elephant ride and a Lion walk combination for the morning’s activities. Let me tell you, TV and photographs do not do these humongous mammals justice. I was in complete awe of these animals, their sheer size and power


was breathtaking and a little frightening! That was until one reached up and touched my hand with it’s trunk in what I can only assume was an act of cheekiness looking for a snack, and I realised two things; 1. how gentle this creature was and; 2. this Elephant and I were going to be friends. After awkwardly making my way onto the Elephant’s back with a guide in front, we proceeded through the bush for the next two hours. We then got to feed and interact with the Elephants, them knowing instructions such as “Open mouth” and “Trunk down”. It was a nice surprise when at the end of the experience the Elephants all put their trunks and left front leg up in a salute to say goodbye. I must say there is only one thing better than riding an Elephant ... and that is

sitting on top of an Elephant, on the top of the hill overlooking the town of Livingstone, seeing the spray of Victoria Falls in the distance. Not all is fun and games though. All six of the Elephants were orphaned while young, due to poaching. Without organisations and conservations such as Mukuni Big 5, Elephants like the ones there would be left to their own defences, and would surely not survive in the wild. You may think “It’s cruel to make Elephants take humans for a ride”. Well, the Elephants are only taken on 3 walks a day, and they seem to enjoy the social interactions. The rest of the time they are maintained in a free roaming environment. Once departing from the Elephants (I didn’t want to go!) we made our way over to the side of the park and were greeted in the bush by two big but young lionesses, one brown and one white lion, who were part of a pride of four that called the park home. It is an unbelievable experience being so close to such a feared, powerful, and cunning predator. Goose-bumps pop up all over when the lion is less than a metre away and looks you directly in the eyes. That is when you realise just how defenceless as a human you are. We were able to walk up behind the animals and pat their backs and rub their bellies, plus walk with them through the bush and hold their tails. The experience was amazing and one of a kind, although maybe a little discomforting


depending on your view of lion/human interactions. Lions are endangered, and the white Lion very rare, but I’m not sure if I truly believe the intentions of the park will workout. My brother loved the experience and despite my few reservations I had a thoroughly exciting time. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do the Cheetah walk. We were told on this walk you get to interact on a personal level with the Cheetahs. I did however get a lot of information on the parks long term intentions for these magnificent creatures. The Mukuni Research Centre has an ongoing programme for conserving and breeding this threatened and endangered animal. They aim at breeding captive Cheetahs, and for their young to be released into appropriate National Parks and conservancies around Zambia. Be sure to book ahead of time, and check if there are any others going on the walk. Or you can just do it with your own friends/

family. My brother and I were lucky enough to be the only people on our lion walk at the time, and I’m sure our time there would have been a lot different, even disappointing, if there were many other people. Throughout this whole experience I was very impressed with the local Zambian guides and helpers, they were all very kind, professional, alert, and gave clear directions when needed. They had an excellent knowledge of the animals and showed a real love for their job and the animals they care for. This trip has been one the most amazing experiences, and most memorable. I would highly recommend any animals lovers out there to give this place a visit. The activities are a bit pricey (around US$260) but well worth the money. I am already looking forward to my next visit to Livingstone and the memories, experiences and adventures that I may find!


Mother Tongue

We have long and often expressed our concerns at the English language skills and especially the English comprehension skills of many of our citizens. Thus, we were interested to read recent press reports that language tuition should be in local languages as English is a colonial hangover. The first question to ask is why English is the official language? Undoubtedly this is because we were an English Protectorate and the question of the official language being anything other than English was probably not even considered. But if it had been considered, which language would have been chosen – 73 tribes, 73 dialects and 7 major languages. Can you imagine that the Bembas would have been happy if, say, Tonga was made the official language or the Lozi if Nyanja was the official language? English as the official language had a way of unifying us as a people rather than something that divided us along tribal lines. The next question is to ask what exactly is being planned? Is the plan to do away with the teaching of English altogether or is the plan to teach in the vernacular for the first few years and then to introduce English as a second language. Or perhaps it is to start off with the vernacular and then to transition over to English completely in the upper grades. Teaching in the vernacular in the schools is indeed important. Our Grade 1’s will get more benefit from their lessons if they can understand them rather than having to try to grasp the concepts of addition, subtraction and multiplication in a language that is unknown to them. But which language is to be chosen as the main language of tuition? One sensible way will be to do this province – Tonga in Southern, Nyanja in Eastern and so on. But what about the cities such as Lusaka and Kitwe which are a melting pot of tribes. To try to impose any one language may turn them into a boiling cauldron. 8

And how do we handle text books? Are we going to have text books written and printed for each subject in each of the languages? If the plan is to teach only in the vernacular for the full twelve years do we have words in each of the languages for the technical terms? What is the Bemba word for sulphuric acid or the Nyanja word for onomatopoeia or the Lunda word for hypotenuse or isosceles? It follows that when our children leave school they are going to attend a university or college. If they don’t have a good grasp of the English (or any other mainstream) language, that means a Zambian institution. Does this mean computer programmes and operating systems written in one of our vernacular languages, libraries for research filled with books written in the vernacular and the service manual for their first car written in the vernacular. Somehow, I think not. As we are continually reminded, Zambia is now part of the global village that the world has become. If our children and our country are to take their rightful place in the years to come, it is our responsibility to ensure that they have a good command of the English language as it is English that has become the almost universal language. To do anything other, will be to condemn future generations to a life in a Zambian village with no way to improve their lot in life. I cannot believe that anyone can be so shortsighted.

Star Gazer The Sky in February

by Gwyn Thomas

South Circum Polar constellations

Unlike the Northern hemisphere there is no one very bright star to point us to the South Pole so we have to calculate how to find South by using what few stars are visible in the Southern Skies. When Abbe Nicolas Louis Lacaille, the French Astronomer, lived in the Cape he named many constellations that are only visible from the Southern Hemisphere. Chameleon Chameleon is a small constellation named after a small lizard by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. There are four bright stars in Chamaeleon: Alpha Chamaeleontis is a white-hued star of magnitude 4.1, 63 lightyears from Earth. Beta Chamaeleontis is a blue-white hued star of magnitude 4.2, 27 light-years from Earth.

dimmer component, is an orange-hued giant star of magnitude 5.5, 354 light-years away

Gamma Chamaeleontis is a red-hued giant star of magnitude 4.1, 413 light-years from Earth.

Octans Octans is a faint constellation but is the location of the Southern Celestial Pole which was previously discussed in September

Delta Chamaeleontis is a wide double star. The brighter star is Delta2 Chamaeleontis, a blue-hued star of magnitude 4.4, 364 lightyears from Earth. Delta1 Chamaeleontis, the

Hydrus Hydrus is a small constellation named after the water Snake by Petrus Plancius from 9

the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. There are no particularly bright stars and Beta Hydri, the brightest star in Hydrus, is a yellow star of magnitude 2.8, 24 light-years from Earth. Alpha Hydri is a white main-sequence star of magnitude 2.9, 71 light-years from Earth. Gamma Hydri is a red giant of magnitude 3.2, 214 light-years from Earth

Houtman. The brightest star of Dorado, Alpha Doradus is a blue-white star of magnitude 3.3, 176 light-years from Earth. Beta Doradus is a notably bright variable star, a yellow-tinged supergiant star that has a minimum magnitude of 4.1 and a maximum magnitude of 3.5. 1040 light-years from Earth, Beta Doradus has a period of 9 days and 20 hours.

Mensa Mensa is named in honour of Table mountain by Abbe Lacaille. The constellation stars are dim and are visible only in darks skies with a maximum magnitude of 5.09 making this the darkest constellation in the sky. The Large Magellanic Cloud overlaps into Octans from Dorado.

Because Dorado contains part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, it is rich in deep sky objects.

Dorado or Sailfish Dorado was named after the sailfish by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de

The Large Magellanic Cloud is visible in dark skies and with its sister the Small Magellanic Clouds are satellite galaxies of our large Milky Way galaxy.

Supernova 1987A was the closest supernova to occur since the invention of the telescope. SNR 0509-67.5 is the remnant of an unusually energetic Type 1a supernova from about 400 years ago.


Glossary: Some astronomical terms Right Ascension: Right ascension (abbreviated RA; symbol α) is the astronomical term for one of the two direction coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere in the equatorial coordinate system, usually combined with declination. Right ascension’s angular distance is measured eastward along the celestial equator from the vernal equinox to the hour circle of the point in question. Declination: (abbreviated dec; symbol δ) is one of the two direction coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere in the equatorial coordinate system, the other being either right ascension or hour angle. Declination’s angular distance is measured north or south of the celestial equator, along the hour circle passing through the point in question. The apparent magnitude (m) of a celestial body is a measure of its brightness as seen by an observer on Earth, adjusted to the value it would have in the absence of the atmosphere. The brighter the object appears, the lower the value of its magnitude. Main Sequence Stars: The main sequence is a continuous and distinctive band of stars that appears on plots of stellar color versus brightness. These color-magnitude plots are known as Hertzsprung–Russell diagrams after their co-developers, Ejnar Hertzsprung and Henry Norris Russell. Stars on this band are known as main-sequence stars or “dwarf” stars.

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

On 15 February 2013 Near Earth Asteroid 2012/DA14 will be passing within .09 Lunar Distance from the Earth. According to astronomers it may be visible from much of Africa passing to the East of Africa over the Indian Ocean in the early evening. It is about 58m across and was discovered in February 2012. It is one of those asteroids which travels a similar orbit to Earth and periodically comes close to us but is unlikely to impact the Earth until about 2078. However, should it hit the Earth it produce the equivalent of 2.4 megatons of TNT.

Meteor Showers alpha Centaurids gamma Normids

Visible Peak 28/01 - 21/02 07/02 25/02 - 22/03 13/03

Viewing possibilities are good for the Centaurids however the Normids may be overshadowed by the New moon. During February the 5 major planets: • Mercury will move through the constellations Capricorn, Aquarius and into Pisces and is visible in the early evening sky • Venus will move from Sagittarius through Capricorn and into Aquarius and is visible in the early morning. • Mars will be moving through Aquarius and is visible in the evening sky and will be very close to Mercury • Jupiter is moving through Taurus and is visible in the evening sky • Saturn is moving through Libra and is visible in the early morning. d 2 3 3 4 4 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 11 11 13 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 22 25 25 26 28

h 2 9 15 23 2 2 13 18 12 9 3 12 15 15 19 22 13 8 12 15 9 21 8 22 9 15

Event Moon occults Spica Saturn near the Moon Last Quarter Ceres stationary Mars near Neptune Moon furthest south Mercury near Neptune Moon at perigee near Pluto Mercury near Mars Venus near the Moon New Moon Neptune near the Moon Mars near the Moon Mercury near the Moon Uranus near the Moon Mercury at max. elongation First Quarter Jupiter & Aldebaran near Moon Moon at apogee Saturn stationary Moon furthest north Neptune at conjunction Mercury stationary Regulus near the Moon Full Moon Mercury near Mars Venus near Neptune 11

In The Garden

It’s totally amazing what a dramatic change there is in the garden with all this rain. The plants love it. They are shouting “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Even with generous watering in the long dry months, it’s not the same. What they enjoy is the humid air as well as the abundance of water. If you have pot plants indoors or on your verandah, a weekly misting with water will pay dividends. For orchids I suggest a daily misting and in the hot dry season make that twice daily! You don’t need to buy a special mister - just use the empty container from any of the common cleaning materials at the supermarket that come as a hand spray. You can add a foliar feed to the water once a fortnight. Ideally use rain or borehole water. If you have to use tap water, stand it in the sun for two or three days to lose the chlorine. My vegetable garden is looking lush with huge carrots and beetroot. Add extra river sand before sowing root crops to improve drainage. The eggplants and okra are flourishing but not yet giving their produce. I harvested all the sweetcorn and it was delicious. The Swiss chard is surviving although it tends to give up towards the end of the rains. Watercress is obviously happy and so are most of the herbs. Sweet basil however does not like the rain so let them flower and save some seeds to replant in April. I explored a couple of nurseries recently. The LCC nursery on Mwatusanga Road (runs between Leopard’s Hill and Independence Avenue) shall I say this....well, it leaves much to be desired. The best thing is the price and most plants sell for KR5, including flamboyant trees, bauhinia, red mahogany and a variety of shrubs. If you do go there, ask for Mr. George Mwale, who knows plant names and will give you good advice. Nalishebo’s Garden Nursery is at the end of Parirenyatwa Road near the 5-point junction not far from St. Ignatius Church. They have flamboyant trees at KR20 and a big variety of plants with many shrubs and ornamentals. Many plants were KR5 - 10. They sell small but healthy cycads at KR100. Worth taking a look. Rose Garden is still way ahead of the competition. Their plants are always healthy and the owner introduces new plants from SA like the invaluable “Diamond Frost” euphorbia and the leopard tree as well as propagating all our favourites. I do wish it were easier to find simple garden tools, small pots and black plastic bags in various sizes. Polythene Products make the latter but are situated in the heart of the industrial area where traffic congestion is a nightmare. They also sell in large quantities only (1000). Game seems to have lost interest in their gardening section since Walmart took over and have a dismal selection of products at high prices. Check Arcades Market on a Sunday for plants. The strange epiphyllum cactus with its flattened green stems, often mistaken for leaves, finally rewarded my patience with no less then 9 exquisite blooms one night. The white flowers are 15cms across and open at night at about 8.30 pm. They die before the morning. But they are so beautiful I highly recommend them. Although a cactus, the epiphyllum originated in forests. So it needs light but not full direct sun, and plenty of moisture. Never let the soil dry out completely. Keep it in a pot where you will notice the tiny pink and white buds appear on the edge of the stem. They grow rapidly to about 15 cms and then you need to check every evening or you may miss a feast for the eyes.


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is willing to be up at dawn to help plan and organise last minute activities, offer advice on the best places to see, where to find an adventure, and will organise transport to and from your destination, making your day as easy as can be! Andrew having 15 years experience in England and South Africa as a commercial chef guarantees that any meal you choose off the lodge’s extensive menu is of exquisite quality, willing to cater to personal needs, preferences and allergies. I was fortunate enough to try his fish and veggie combination, and I can tell you, it’s the best I’ve tasted from here to Australia! With reasonably cheap prices, and excellent quality, you can’t go wrong. The dinning area is located in the main house’s back veranda, decorated with local art, has a decent bar, and a nice lounge and table combination to kick back and enjoy the atmosphere, with soft music playing in the background, the smell of amazing food, and chatter of friends or family. There has been a noticeable improvement of the grounds since the new management has stepped up to the plate, creating the perfect haven for peace and quiet, for some rest and relaxation. Picture this ... walking down a paved path, to an incredibly green garden, bursting with fruit trees and colourful flowers, butterflies lazing about, sun shining down on the bluest of blue pool water, the only disturbance is the sound of guinea fowl enjoying the freedom of this perfect little paradise. The site is completely surrounded by secure electric fencing, with 24 hour surveillance, and staff manning the front gate at all times, so you get quick access, secure parking, and a safe environment.

There are 5 chalets which are small but homey, all with their own en-suites. Each have their own front veranda, with chairs and a table to sit around, have a coffee and enjoy the sunset! There is the option of two singles or a double bed, and if you have small children an additional bed can be brought in. You have the option of a mosquito net over your bed, while the beds are clean, comfy and soft. Each room has a mini fridge, coffee and tea facilities, wireless internet, table, chairs, DSTV, aircon and a fan. The bathrooms are neat and clean, with not only running water, but actual hot water too! Imagine! The site is located in a residential area of Livingstone, but is only 15 minutes away from Victoria Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya game park, and only 10 minutes away from the airport. You’re far enough away that you’re not in the hustle of the main town, but you’re not far enough away to be out of the loop. If you want to avoid over-the-top, impersonal, tourist-y chain company type of accommodation, the Green Tree Lodge is the place for you. With excellent staff, a committed and passionate owner like Andrew, safe and secure grounds, and neat and clean rooms, here you are welcomed like family. The lodge ranks high in my books; as a place with mid-range accommodation the Green Tree Lodge stands out. With great-forvalue extras, like pick ups from the airport, and a full English breakfast included in the price, what more could you want? I will definitely be back (there is no competition!) and I highly recommend anyone heading to Livingstone for a little time away to make this lodge your first and only option. I could not praise this place more! Rates: Double or Twin (2 sharing) Double or Twin (single person) Extra single added to room Average meal cost (lunch/dinner)

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In what, despite any amount of cynicism, can only be interpreted as a victory for conservation, Zambia has suspended all Safari Hunting (SH) in Game Management Areas (GMA’s) for 2013 and has placed an indefinite ban on the SH of Lion and Leopard. At the end of December 2012, scant hours before the results of the SH Concession Tender were to be publicly announced, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia T. Masebo, surprised the industry by swooping in and cancelling the tender procedure and firing five top ZAWA (Zambia Wildlife Authority) executives including Edwin Matokwane, the Director General, over allegations of corruption. Reports in the press which suggested that Mrs. Masebo’s actions were illegal and unconstitutional and born of PF’s failure to have their own best interests and favoured applicants chosen have been dismissed by the Minister and the Vice President as everything from “Mafia style” to simply a “smear campaign”. At the Consultative Workshop on SH called on the 9th January to clarify the Minister’s actions and find a way forward she stated that the cancellation of the tender process was not illegal since no tenders had been awarded and no contracts signed and that furthermore she had allowed the tender process to proceed only until she was satisfied that it “was not inclusive, not transparent and was corrupt”. One rumoured explanation for the action is that one applicant whose tenders were unsuccessful divulged corrupt practices between another applicant and the DG of ZAWA to the VP and that is why the tender was suspended. At the consultative workshop on the 9th it was made very clear by the VP and Minister that there was nothing to be gained by pointing fingers or questioning the legality of, or motives for, cancelling the tender and that PF was not interested in running an “antiquated colonial wildlife system in order to rip it off”. The VP said that PF had promised jobs and income to ordinary people and asked the question in relation to

Safari Hunting (SH) “What’s in it for the people of Nabwalya’s area?” Presentations were made by representatives from the Professional Hunters Association of Zambia, The Safari Hunters and Outfitters Association of Zambia, the Hunters Association of Zambia (resident hunters) and Black Indigenous Zambians in the SH Industry. All these were in favour of SH being reinstated and espoused the industry’s positive effects of generating income for the economy and for local communities pointing out that USD$3 million a year is earned through SH of which 50% (plus 50% of the meat harvested) goes directly to local communities where the industry also provides employment and an informal law enforcement presence in areas where ZAWA is often ineffective. This is the theory, but as the VP noted, most Village Scouts in remote areas are not paid for months at a time and ZAWA owes the CRB’s a great deal of money. Zambian Wildlife Producers Association noted that SH complements ranch hunting which itself is a viable, sustainable and profitable form of consumptive wildlife utilisation more easily controlled and regulated than hunting wild animals and which in South Africa generates enormous economic benefits and ensures a growing wildlife resource. These arguments were countered by several speakers including James Chungu of the Lusenga Trust, an oft quoted wildlife activist who had organised an anti-hunting, pro-photographic demonstration outside the meeting and who made a credible appeal denouncing the lack of solid data on actual wildlife numbers which negates any quotas that ZAWA issues as viable. He did display (in my opinion) great naïveté in suggesting that in any vacuum created by the destabilisation of ZAWA, the army could be sent into GMA’s and Parks to protect the 17

wildlife estate. If ZAWA does not have the manpower or technical skills to protect the wildlife resource, why assume that the armed forces do? Many speakers both for and against SH were united in the opinion that one of the industry’s biggest flaws was the lack of participation by indigenous Zambians at an ownership and management level. This is a complaint often levelled at the Photographic Tourism industry as well which is habitually accused of being run by an elite of foreigners. Sadly this argument, however popular, ignores the fact that for almost half a century there has been no hurdle other than willingness and competence preventing any Zambian from participating in either of these industries. Historically, the profit margins have never been high enough to attract those indigenous businessman possessing the expertise and funds required to enter an industry that has always been more of a lifestyle choice than the golden-egg-laying goose that it is perceived as. In the last decade SH and tourism have undeniably become more profitable, with


Zambia’s position as a safari destination finally bearing the fruit of decades of marketing. Now the wildlife industries are seen as a cornucopia, and despite the fact that there have been no bureaucratic barriers preventing indigenous involvement, those now wishing to jump on what they see as a gravy train want the playing field not to be level but to be sloped precipitously in their favour, even if in a transparent comparison of suitability they may not yet be the best men for the job. Certainly PPP’s with communities and an increased indigenous equity in both SH and Photographic operations are the way forward as both these will build capacity in an eager pool of rightful stakeholders, who through no fault of the existing operators have not taken much interest in being players in the game until now. However many facts are presented to support hunting as one of the most useful tools in the wildlife management arsenal, it relies for its effectiveness on a stable, surplus producing and well managed wildlife resource. All agree that ZAWA has lost the plot and that as a nation we have no idea of what our wildlife inventory is, and therefore are unwise to be selling off it off to the highest bidder. What was not discussed with sufficient vigour is that the illegal off-take and loss of wildlife (especially the iconic species that put Zambia on the map as a destination for both consumptive and non-consumptive tourism) and habitat at the hands of indigenous people and foreigners alike, will seal the fate of wildlife in the Parks and GMA’s in a few years, regardless of stopping the relatively small off-take by licensed hunters of any colour. Stopping licensed lion hunting and removing from remote GMA’s the very people who have a fiscal interest in them (however callous and self-serving that might be) and NOT replacing them with a well trained, well paid and motivated law enforcement presence (until such as time as communities are willing and able to protect their own resources) will lead to many more lions falling to the poachers as by-catch to snares or for body parts to buyers from the Far East. As more disposable income is available in Zambia the trade in bushmeat, which is considered a cultural birthright, escalates. Ivory poaching is resurging to never before experienced levels in countries

like Kenya where SH is long banished and it is happening in the Parks, despite the KWS having an annual budget of around USD$20M from central government. What chance does our wildlife have with ZAWA managing 30% of the country’s land area on a budget of less than USD$1M from treasury? I stand to be corrected, but I do not know of a single National Park Authority in the world that is entirely self funding and does not rely, at least in part, on a budget from central government. Why do we imagine that Zambia will be the first and only one to do this when it doesn’t work, even in countries with a longer history of sustainable wildlife utilisation? Raising photographic and hunting concession fees to a level where we are priced out of the market just to bankroll ZAWA’s exorbitant requirements is not the answer. A technical committee was formed at the end of the Consultative Workshop and the following day it was announced in addition to the ban on hunting cats, a suspension of “hunting of any kind except in fenced game farms for at least one year and not before inventory of the wildlife is taken upon which

long term management decisions may be taken. Ministry of Finance has approved with immediacy extra money to pay CRB’s and scouts in GMA’s so conservation activity will continue.” The VP said attempts to interpret GRZ policy are “futile” so let us assume that the suspension of safari hunting in Zambia and the banning of hunting lion and leopard has been implemented for the best possible reasons and is motivated by sound conservation ethics. Let us assume that despite the absence of the long promised wildlife tourism management plan, the flawed tender process forced GRZ to make this decision in haste. And let us hope that now, hailed as the new heroine of African wildlife conservation, Mrs. Masebo hunts down donors to provide enough money to payroll the reformation and rebuilding of the nation’s wildlife managers and policies and to bridge the yawning gap in law enforcement needs and available funds to curb the real threat to Zambia wildlife; poaching and loss of habitat. “Nature abhors a vacuum” – Aristotle.


our destination, the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel, best kindly described as rustic, but at least the sheets were clean, the water hot and the beer cold.

The Holiday from Hell

A few weeks ago a group of enthusiastic bridge players decided to enter the annual Manicaland Bridge Contest held at Nyanga in the Zimbabwean Eastern Highlands.

To get there it was decided to hire a bus for, as someone pointed out, you cannot fly there unless you have your own helicopter, and the roads being what they are we might as well travel together rather than in separate cars. The bus proved to be a trifle problematic, the air con did not work and for some of us large cripples there was no room to sit down. The former was sorted by having opened windows, the latter by removing a row of seats. Away we went but the excitement was so much that the ladies had to have a pee break in Kafue. At Chirundu there was a problem with the bus and driver’s papers and we were held up in the bus for a couple of hours where, open windows or not, we roasted. There is a new “One Stop System at the border. Going south you cross over the Zambezi on a new bridge and enter a building in which both Zambian and Zimbabwean officials are housed. It all looks very efficient until one sees, on both sides of the border, serried ranks of trucks, awaiting clearance. Eventually we managed to carry on with lots of road blocks and immigration checks, only to arrive in Harare after dark with but the faintest idea as to how to get to our lodgings. These turned out to be in Borrowdale at a posh guest house, all very nice, but, be warned, all very expensive. The following day saw us intrepid travelers reach 20

The following morning saw 30 pairs of bridge players get started on the competition, at the end of the morning one pair from Zambia was ahead. To my shame we were in 23rd position. The afternoon session saw us improve our position by but one place and it was a relief to retire to the bar, to provide my long suffering partner with a glass of wine, myself a beer and sit by the log fire. October it might be but in them there hills it was cold. It was during dinner that it was noticed that a large group of bold eyed ladies from Harare, freed from husbands, children and other earthly cares for the bridge weekend were hell bent on a party. I was accosted by one lass, clutching a bottle of tequila in one hand, salt and a slice of lemon in the other, who insisted on me having a shot, “Mexican Style”. The evening took on an interesting slant, one that I was very wisely removed from by the Madam before any further damage to my faculties could occur. Breakfast in the morning was a very quiet affair and saw many players a trifle worse for wear. My sobriety did not help my play one jot and our position relapsed back to 23rd. We concluded the competition by lunch time so that the afternoon could be spent at the Troutbeck Hotel where some of us played golf and others took a long walk round the lake ready for a celebration dinner. How the hotel keeps going, heaven only knows, it is beautiful but expensive and empty! The following day saw us retreat, back to Harare, to witness the obscene wealth displayed at Sam Levy’s village, a shopping mall where only the really affluent can shop, in direct contrast to the poverty and wrecked agricultural economy in the rural areas. In times gone past the rural occupants of Rhodesia were always much better dressed than our own people. No longer is this the case and it is yet another indicator of how the economy has been wrecked. The next day we continued homewards, our journey

enlivened by Toll Gates and road blocks, all looking for an excuse to be authoritive. Through Karoi we went and stopped on its outskirts at the Twin Rivers motel for yet another pee and stretch your legs break and that is when the memories of the holiday experienced 40 years ago came flooding back. It had all started so well; I had booked rooms with the Meikles group of hotels in Fort Victoria, Umtali, Salisbury and on Lake Kariba for a grand tour round Rhodesia just after Christmas. My Austin Westminster was in perfect condition and there was plenty of room to take the Madam and the three girls, the youngest of which was but 6 months old. Funds awaited me at Barclays Bank in Salisbury. We were to escort the wife and children of a friend on the way down. We left Kalulushi at “Sparrowfart� and before we really knew it had arrived at the Makuti motel in time for a late breakfast and a long swim whilst it was being prepared. This took a bit of time but was well worth waiting for. A large elliptical plate was covered with eggs, bacon, steak, mushrooms etc and it


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was just the job for a hungry long distance traveler. This used to be the preferred stop for all Copperbelt Miners on their way down to Durban for their Christmas holidays. After leaving the Copperbelt at midnight a stop was made here for breakfast before roaring down the road through and out of Rhodesia to get to the night stop at the Lala Panzi motel down toward Pietersburg. The dawn would then see them push on down to the sundry delights of the Rydallmount Hotel on the Durban beachfront. We were not so adventurous and when all were fed, watered and done with the pool we drove down to stay at the Sinoia Caves motel for the night. The following day we went on down through Salisbury, a minor aggravation occurred at the bank but the holiday spirit prevailed and we reached Fort Victoria without incident. The hotel there was really nice, they were forever feeding us and it was a pleasure to sit on the stoop to watch the world pass by whilst having a cold sundowner beer or two. Cold beer was the order of the day because it was very hot. The rains were late and we had been asked by the farmers manning the road blocks on the way down whether we had seen any. Alas, we had not.

was to a dentist. Luckily a sadist was found and the tooth pulled, leaving a big gap in the front upper jaw. It turned out to be handy as you could jam a cigarette there when you needed both hands for other tasks. The Meikles group of hotels was very understanding, we stayed the night in isolation, the next in isolation at the old Meikles Hotel where our meals were served in the rooms. We were then dispatched, like plague carriers on our way to Karoi where we were allowed to stay at the Twin Rivers Motel. We got there, unpacked, the kids were in for a swim and I, the pain from the tooth gone at last, could relax by the pool. Stupid me, I fell asleep and got the most horrendous case of sunburn! As such I was not in a good mood when the Madam came to tell me that the bedroom was flooded because the toilet had been jammed up by disposable nappies. It was a couple of days later when all the hassle had died down and we were actually starting to enjoy the holiday that a police motorcyclist drove up to the Motel. He

The following day we went out to the Kyle Dam and to see the White Rhinos there. Our enjoyment began to be affected then by two things, the baby got sick and I got toothache. Over the New Year period there was no dentist available which did not really matter because all our time was taken up by dunking the baby in basins of cold water trying to get her temperature down. The crisis was over in the New Year and we set off for Umtali with a cheerful baby but the driver still with his throbbing tooth. A word of warning here, there is one thing worse than toothache and that is a hangover with toothache. As we drove along the Madam noticed something, the baby had come out in a wonderful rash. A doctor was the first port of call; he confirmed that the morsel had got German Measles and should be quarantined. A plea made and it was agreed that we should remove ourselves to somewhere on the way home where there was no risk of the baby coming into contact with pregnant ladies! The next port of call 23

informed me that Ian Smith had just shut the border. No one was allowed in but they were still allowing people to leave. His advice was to go as soon as possible because, for sure, Zambia will shut its border in retaliation. I took his advice, packed Madam and kids into the car and headed out, crossing the border without trouble. The next day Zambia did indeed shut the border and a lot of people were trapped for a considerable time before a Red Cross amnesty was arranged to repatriate them. It was to be another 5 years or so before the border was reopened. Kalulushi had changed upon our return. The rains had come and the whole town had gone lush and green and the temperature had dropped a lot. I was so glad to get home and put the whole holiday experience behind me. What a mess, but it could have been so much worse. If the quack in Umtali had insisted on the baby staying in quarantine in Umtali we would have been caught up in the border closure fracas. Upon mature reflection it was not a good idea to take a touring holiday with small kids,

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especially when it was so hot. Rooms and motor cars did not have air conditioning in those days. I suppose you have to do it to learn by your mistakes, sometimes it is necessary but I always feel sorry for parents travelling by air (or anywhere else for that matter)with small children. Now, 40 years on, I spent a few moments, checking the rooms at the back of the Motel. The pool was gone, all was very dusty and shabby, time has not been kind to the motel and the bar, which had been very pleasant, now had a pool table stuck in the middle of it. No one had any knowledge of Rufus, the previous owner in a long gone age. The bus bore us away from the motel but I spent much of the remainder of the journey home reflecting on all the changes that have occurred in the time that we have been in Zambia. This helped me to retain my patience when, after a long drive from Harare we arrived, just in time to partake in the evening traffic jam at the South End roundabout , the negotiation of which added the best part of another hour to get to where we had parked our own cars in Kabulonga.

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Our Man at Le Dakar

Over the past few months we have been reporting on the progress of David Reeve, our man at Le Dakar. ‘The Team’ consisting of David, his riding mate, Ingo, from Namibia and the mechanics and support persons left at the end of December, arriving in Lima in good time to get the bikes unpacked and prepared for the race. Thanks to the internet and satellite phones, we were able to receive daily reports of David’s performance and progress on a daily basis as well as the trials and tribulations of the support team such as altitude sickness and the drag of having to put up and take down tents every day. David obviously took things slowly on Day 1, coming in at position 170-something. But on the days that followed it was clear that he was feeling comfortable and was sitting at 29th when bag luck struck. The full details are not clear but it resulted in a broken leg and David out of the race. His followers were devastated. Our man was down!

But this incident also restored our faith in the innate goodness of mankind. A fellow rider, Norwegian Pål Anders Ullevålseter (PAL) who was riding behind David saw that David was in a state of shock so PAL stopped to press the red button installed on each bike which would summon help for David. That a fellow rider would stop and help you is not necessarily a given at Dakar and PAL lost valuable time through this kind act. Thank you, PAL, not only from David but from his family, friends and all his supporters. David was evacuated to South Africa where he received the necessary medical attention and will be home in the next few days. But it doesn’t end there. David’s supporters, to show their appreciation, are clubbing together to raise money to bring PAL to Zambia later this year to ride in one of the MSA Enduro’s. Any additional funds raised will be used for any outstanding expenses from David’s Dakar 2013 attempt and to encourage participation by more Zambians in Motorcross. If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact David;


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Friday 8 March: International Women’s Day Tuesday 12 March: Public Holiday. Youth Day Friday 5 April – Sunday 7 April: The Green Expo Zambia 2013.Venue: Lusaka National Museum. A unique opportunity for organizations and individuals to showcase products and services offering a sustainable greener lifestyle choice for all eco-conscience consumers and businesses in Zambia. Contact 0977 842-934 or email greenexpo.zambia@ for more information/participation. ‘Craft Markets & Markets’ Dutch Reformed Craft Market. Venue: Dutch Reformed Church, Kabulonga. Time: Last Saturday of the month. Foxdale Court Farmer’s Market: Venue: Foxdale Court, 609 Zambezi Road, Roma. Time: Sundays; 7 am – 5 pm. Locally grown fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, plants, fresh and dried vegetables. Support your small scale farmers. INFO: 0973 315-185, 0211 295-793,, www.foxdalecourt. com St Columba’s Craft Market. Venue: St Columba’s Presbyterian Church, Nangwenya Rd. Time: First Saturday of the month. Come

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Baptist Mission of Zambia: Venue: Baptist Guesthouse, Corner of Nangwena Rd, Margrat Tembo. Bible Study. Time: Sunday 4.30 pm. Times are tough, Life doesn’t seem to be getting easier, troubles everywhere you look - But there is hope. Classes for all ages. Come join us as we study God’s Word - the only hope for our daily lives! INFO: 0211 292-143 Eternal Life Fellowship: Venue: Old Black Velvet Building, The Groove. Time: Sunday 9 am. INFO: 0211 294-430 or 0977 853-298. Gospel Outreach Fellowship: Venue: GO Centre, Nangwenya Road. Time: Sunday 8.30 am or 11.30 am. INFO: 0211 255-234, 0955 451-271 Greek Orthodox Mass: Venue: Hellenic Association Club, Kafue Road. Time: Sunday 10 am - 12 pm. Ladies Interdenominational Bible Study Group: Venue: St. Columbas’ Church, Nangwenya Road. Time: Wednesday 10 am. INFO: 0977 799-623.


Lusaka Family Church: Venue: Mulungushi Conference Hall, Mulungushi Village. Time: Sunday 9am - 11am. Children’s Church: 6 -12 yrs, Toddlers Zone: up to 5 yrs. Youth Life: Sunday 11am - 1pm, Life Groups: Thursday 7pm. INFO: Arnold 0211 293-367, 0978 090-982, Gisela 0976 722-892, www. Miracle Life Family Church: Venue: Miracle Life Family Church, Zambezi Road, Roma. Time: Sunday 8 am or 10.30 am. Dynamic children’s program for ages 3 - 12. INFO: 0211 292-286, Ngombe Family Church: Venue: Flying Angels Academy, Zambezi Rd. Sunday 5.30 pm – 7 pm. Wednesday evening Pastors Bible Study 6 pm – 7 pm. INFO: 0978 090-982, 0977 607087, 0978 959-571 Quakers who would like to contact other Quakers in Lusaka call 0966 761-754. Redeemed Christian Church of God: Sunday Service: Venue: Chrismar Hotel - Sable Conference Room, Longacres. Time: Sunday 8 am – 10.30 am. Bible Study. Time: Wednesday 5.30 pm - 6.45 pm. INFO: 0977 866066

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Rehoboth Assembly: (Redeemed Christian Church of God). Venue: Plot 7449 Cnr Katopola & Twikatane Roads, Rhodespark. Time: Sundays, 9 am - 11.30 am, Thursdays, 5.30 pm – 7 pm. INFO: 0955/ 0966/ 0977 710-440, South City Church, Venue: Baobab College Hall. Time: Sunday 9.30 am. Kids ministry during meeting. Small groups: Meetings during the week. Prayer Meeting: Wednesday 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. INFO: 0978 289-998, manie., www.southcitychurch. net Zambia Messianic Fellowship: Venue: 34285 Shantubu Road, Rock-field, Lusaka. Sabbath meeting. Time: Saturday 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. INFO: 0977 858-061 ‘Four-Footed, Feathered and Environment’ Lusaka Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). Donate KR100 / K100,000 to become a member of the only organization in Lusaka 31











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Counsellor / Therapist: For handling Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Drug or Alcohol abuse, quit smoking, etc - using Hypnotherapy and NLP. INFO: 0955 999-727, Cricket. Venue: Lusaka South Country Club, Mukwa Rd, Lilayi. Country & Districts cricket. Home and away matches, Kids coaching, tours and T20 tournaments. Time: Practice Wednesdays, Fridays 5 pm. Kids coaching, Saturdays. INFO: 0977 860-797, 0966 437808, 0966 751-643. In The Gym with Nikki – Strength Training is your watchword. However old or young you are but particularly after 25 you need to work on muscle tone. Neglecting this metabolically active tissue will result in a slowed metabolism which translates into calories being stored as fat, acceleration in the ageing process and making everyday tasks more difficult. Two months of a regular twice-a-week routine challenging the major muscle groups will leave you fitter, happier, heavier but slimmer! INFO: Inside Story. Ante-Natal Classes, Post-natal care and baby massage classes. INFO: 0977 446-054 / 0211 274-985, margotbham@gmail. com

Lusaka Hash House Harriers. Time: Saturdays, 3.30 pm for a walk or run in the bush, within a 25 km radius of Lusaka City Centre. INFO: Lothario 0967 790-808, Boy Blue 0966 766-249, Barrel Boy 0966 861-669 or Martial Arts. Karate Classes. Weapon classes for brown and black belts. Monthly self defence classes. INFO: Raymond (7th Dan) 0977 783-537, Mazabuka Tennis Club. Ladies tennis every Tuesday morning at 07:45. Mixed tennis every Saturday afternoon at 16:00. Meditation. Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation Centre. Opposite Northmead shops. Monday - Saturday 5.30 pm and Sundays 2 pm. Free introductory courses. INFO: 0211 250-685 / 254-518 bkrymc@ Motorbike lessons: Venue: Central Park, Cairo Road. Time: Sundays 9 am. Best of Bikes Academy is Zambia’s first motorbike school; you can learn to ride a motorbike safely in a controlled space, with experienced

Karate & Weapons Training. Venue: Lusaka Showgrounds. Luke 5th Dan. 0977 314-511 / 0978 710-102, Lusaka Dolphins at Lusaka Amateur Swimming Club. Venue: Olympic Pool. Group training for competitive swimmers; “learn to swim” for non swimmers; or “swim at my own pace”. INFO: 0966 761-547 35

instructors. INFO: 0211 236-912/3, 0964 584778, 0973 584-778 Mountain Biking Club Leopards Hill. Open to adults for Saturday morning fun mountain bike in the bush. INFO: Optimyze Kare Health. Time: Last Thursday of the month; 5 pm. Advice on all aspects of health (fitness, diseases, nutrition, mental health, beauty, lifestyle and wellness, and different alternative and complementary therapies) addresses by professional speakers. The purpose is to teach you to be ‘whole’ naturally. INFO: 0955 / 0966 847-777, Pilates with a View. Venue: Chilanga (20 mins from Lilayi). Fully equipped STOTT PILATES® Studio (including Matwork with Props, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel & Spine Corrector) For Private, Semi-Private & Group (min 3 – max 6) Classes. Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. All Classes are by appointment only, subject to availability & change. INFO: 0977 770840, or www. 36

Polo X. Venue: Lusaka South Country club, Mukwa Rd, Lilayi. All skill levels welcome. INFO: 0979 505-152. Qi-gong. Venue: French School. Time: Mondays 6 pm to 7 pm. Wednesdays 7 pm to 8 pm. Qi-gong is a system of stationary and moving physical meditations. Training includes fitness and self defence. Running Group. Time: Sunday 6.30 am. Trail & road. Mixed running ability. Options to modify distance (between 10 - 17km). INFO: 0977 801-463, Self-Defence (Short Courses): Practical, easy to learn for youths, women or security personnel. Children & adult Karate Classes also offered. The instructor is the All Japan Martial Arts Federation - Zambia President & Chief Representative. INFO: 0977 783-537, Skydive Zambia (ZUSC): Special offer on Tandem dives, no prior training required. INFO:, 0966 622-516,, 0977 790500,

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For Rent: Fully Furnished 3 bedroom house in Foxdale Residential Estate. 10 to 15 minutes drive from Arcades roundabout. Also Aircon fitted. Asking for KR 9,000 per month. Contact 0977 845730,

Social Bowls. Venue: Central Sports Club. Bowling section. Time: Saturdays. 2 pm. New bowlers welcome. Swimming Teacher. All Ages. Venue: Swedish Embassy School. INFO: 0955/0977 328115 Social tennis. Venue: Lusaka Club, Tennis courts. Time: Saturdays, 1 pm - 6 pm. INFO: 0977 415-269, Touch Rugby. Venue: Gymkhana Club, Showgrounds Time: Monday and Thursday. Yoga with Iyengar slant. Venue: 30G Sable Rd, Kabulonga. Time: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Tuesday/Thursday, 12.45 pm - 1.45 pm. Tuesday/Friday 9 am -

10 am. Venue: Body Temple Gym Central St Jesmondine. Time: Tuesday/Thursday, 6.45 pm - 7.45 pm. Mats available. INFO: 0966 728-911, Zambian Cancer Society. Venue: Independence Avenue. Time: Last Friday of the month. 6 pm - 7 pm. Female cancer survivors support group. Support offered via telephone or email. 0955 226237, / Zambia Taekwon-Do Association. Venue: Municipal Sports Club. Time: Saturday, Sunday: 10 am. Tuesday, Thursday: 5.30 pm. INFO: 0211 254-090.

The 7Habits of Highly Effective People Signature program!! We are delighted to announce that Mac Recruitment Ltd has become the sole licensee for FranklinCovey in Zambia. This expands FranklinCovey’s delivery capabilities in the region, providing discerning companies the opportunity to avail its services in the form of local expertise and currency. As a FranklinCovey international partner in the region, we are equipped to deliver and manage the entire FranklinCovey range of practices in personal productivity, execution, sales performance, and trust. In March 2013, we will be running public workshops.

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ZOCA Fitness. A fun dance workout that combines Caribbean and African dance music and styles. Ladies Class: Chrismar; Mon 6pm, Wed 6.30pm, Sat 11am. Olympia; Mon / Wed / Fri 9am, Tues / Wed / Thurs 6pm, Sat 10am. ZOCA Toning Class: Olympia; Mon 6pm. Ladies & Men Class: Chrismar; Sat 3pm. Kids Class: Chrismar; Mon 3pm. Teens (12-18yrs) Jazz Dance Class: Olympia; Wed 3pm. INFO: 0975 818-114, ‘Leisure’ Art Classes. Venue: Zebra Crossing Café, Ababa House, Twikatane Road. Time: Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm. All Mediums Sketching, Painting in oil, acrylics and more. Beginners welcome! Art supplies available at The Art Shop Zambia. INFO: 0974 279-107, Camera Chat Group. Meeting: Usually third Saturday of the month. Relaxed discussions for amateur photographers on improving your skills. We also organize monthly assignments and field trips as well as visits to Professional Photographer’s Studios. INFO: For exact date and venue. 0977 226-700 rosegarden@ French Storytelling Workshop. Reading to children. Venue: Alliance Française. Time: Wednesday, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm. Children aged 5 - 16. Helen O’Grady Drama Classes: Afternoons & Saturdays. Kiddy programmes Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings. Public speaking courses, Tuesday & Thursday evenings. INFO: or janet@ Informal Book Group (book swapping). Share the books you have been reading. INFO: 0977 630-108, 0977 878-826, Irish Wild Geese Society: would like to welcome anyone from Ireland who has arrived in Zambia. Fun monthly events and St Patrick’s ball in March, (proceeds to local charities). INFO: 0979 875-097 Lusaka Bridge Club. Venue: Main Lounge, Lusaka Golf Club. Time: Monday, 6.45 pm (to start 7 pm), Duplicate bridge. Monthly &

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international tournaments held. INFO: 0211 264-432, Lusaka Garden Club. Meetings: Second Saturday of the month. Members visit different gardens, Garden information and talks. Flower Shows in February for members only and during the Agricultural Show in August open to all. Subscription KR60 / K60,000 per year. INFO: 0977 775-744, 0979 428-003. Lusaka Road Bikers. Venue: La Mimosa, Arcades. Time: Sundays, 9 am. Meet for a chat, coffee/breakfast and a ride to various venues. INFO: 0966 766-896 gintym@seedco., 0955 801-954 murryfieldfarm@zamtel. zm, 0966 858-733 Serbian Buffet Lunch. Venue: Nena’s Restaurant. Time: First Sunday of the month. Treat Yourself. INFO: 0211 239-541. Sunday Lunch. Venue: Gerritz Restaurant. Time: 12 pm to 4 pm. Great German specialities, cold beer, modern German music, relaxed garden atmosphere. INFO: Siri 0211 253-639 / 0977 856-040. 39




Employment Sought: 3 years experience in the Mining, Landscaping, Farming, and also Security Guard. I am looking for a job in the same fields. Call 0971 896-216 or 0971 854-852. Employment Sought: 3 years experience, looking for a job as a Sales Assistant or Maid. Call 0971 896-216, 0968 110-960 Employment Sought: Professional Qualified Cost Accountant of India and residence permit holder is looking for a job. Twenty eight years of experience in accounts, tax, etc. Please contact on 0955 451-186 or 0978 260-586.Â

Employment Sought: Young lady with one year experience looking for a job as a Sales lady or as a Waitress. Call 0979 170-857 or 0969 929-568. For Sale: 2011 Jurgens Explorer 2 door offroad caravan. Fully equipped with extras. Zambia and SA registered, ready for the bush. R250,000. Phone Gabriel 0966 207133, visit Quick Sale: Salon Equipment; 2 massage beds, 2 manicure tables, pedicure chair, 5 hairdressing chairs, wash basins with chairs, mountable dryers, wooden shelving, metal trolleys, accessories and more. Call 0966 887-466 43

Luangwa Valley Private House for Rent Jake and Gillie’s Valley Retreat Large family home available for holiday let in Mfuwe. Sleeps 8 adults plus 4-6 kids. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, large upstairs area, nursery PLUS self contained cottage. Great Wildlife location. Private swimming pool, ZESCO, fully furnished, equipped and staffed for fantastic self-catering family holiday venue. Five minutes from Park Gate. Safari Activities and a la carte restaurant available at nearby Flatdogs camp by arrangement. Unbeatable value for families and groups. For more details contact Jake. | Tel: +260 211 213-841 Cell: +260 977 897-779

Small Ads (01 - 20 words): KR40 / K40,000 Small Ads (21 - 40 words): KR80 / K80,000 Small Ads (41 - 60 words): KR120 / K120,000 Biz Zone (Commercial): KR225 / K225,000 Property Prowl: KR400 / K400,000 Deadline: 10th of the month preceding publication

Compost & Manure: Quality guaranteed! Compost: 25kg bag for KR45 / K45,000. Manure: in 50kg bag for KR20 / K20,000. 10 bags free delivery in Lusaka. Shaun 0976 030-311.

Fitness and Personal Training – Ladies train in the comfort of your home at affordable prices. Contact 0976 062026 / 0965 392-496.

Make your wardrobe work for your lifestyle. Book a Group or Personal Colour, Style & Wardrobe Planning Consultation with a Certified CHATA ROMANO Image Consultant. Contact: +26 0974 044-850 or email:

Need Landscaping, Digital landscaping design, manure, compost, maintenance of private offices and parks. Design-agardens. Karin Monge 0977 716-954.

North Kafue National Park. Mayukuyuku Bush Camp offers full board, self-catering and camping. Excellent game viewing and fishing. Access for two-wheel drive vehicles, 3 ½ hours from Lusaka on good roads. |

Pet Travel - Import, Export and Microchipping. Pet Parlour - For all your grooming needs. Pet Boarding - In our country kennels. Contact 0211 265-197 / 0968 883-284 /

Showgrounds Vet Clinic - Dr. Lisa Oparaocha | For Veterinary / Grooming: 0977 770-940, showgroundsvet@gmail. com | For Pet Shop (Spoiled Pets): 0967 764-825,

Turn your kitchen scraps & garden trimmings into a rich organic compost in Five easy steps with a Green Genie Home Composter Bin. Contact: +26 0974 044-850 or email: for more details.

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For Rent: One fully furnished bed-sitter in Woodlands Extension. Self catering, short term / long term lease. Full DSTV Bouquet, 24/7 wireless Internet. Five minutes drive to Woodlands Pick N Pay, 3 minutes drive to Crossroads Shopping Centre. Readily available. Contact: 0211 260-216, 0955 773-065, 0976 203-399, Facebook: Fully Furnished Bed-sitter.

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Vol. 19, No. 02. February 2013.

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