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Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata inspects the butchery counter, run by Zambeef, at the new Shoprite store in Twin Palm, Lusaka, assisted by Butchery Manager David Malunga and Butchery Assistant Elly Shindelele.
Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata inspects the butchery counter, run by Zambeef, at the new Shoprite store in Twin Palm, Lusaka, assisted by Butchery Manager David Malunga and Butchery Assistant Elly Shindelele.

Clean, modern facilities attract discerning customers

Zambeef Products plc has opened its 122nd butchery in Zambia with the inauguration of its latest outlet at the new Shoprite store in Twin Palm, Lusaka.

Lusaka City Mayor Mulenga Sata officially opened the new supermarket in the up-and-coming suburb, praising the US$10 million investment in the mall, which has created 200 construction jobs in the past two years.

The new Shoprite store is the 22nd in the country for the company, and the sixth within Lusaka. Some 65 percent of the items on sale are sourced from local suppliers, noted Mr Sata.

Zambeef is among those suppliers, operating the butcheries in all of Shoprite’s outlets countrywide, as well as its own retail and wholesale outlets. In addition to 122 retail outlets, Zambeef has three wholesale depots across the country.

Commenting on the growth of the company’s retail division, Zambeef Products Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan said: “Consumers are demanding higher quality meat, better hygiene standards and more value for money. For these reasons Zambeef has become the supplier of choice for households throughout the country, who recognise the benefits brought by Zambeef’s international standards of food hygiene and meat handling procedures.”

In addition to convenient purchase of quality meat, dairy and egg products, shoppers are able to buy Zambeef’s range of refreshments including Zamjuice milk blends, ZamSip drinking yoghurts, fresh milk and Zamanita cooking oil in Shoprite supermarkets.

Zambeef’s commitment to working with local suppliers means consumers are assured of fresh, quality products that also benefit Zambia’s economy and help support rural livelihoods, added Mr Grogan.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 17,000 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.

It slaughters more than 80,000 beef cattle and 6 million chickens, and processes 8 million litres of milk per year. The company has 122 retail outlets throughout the country, along with three wholesale depots.

More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com

Proflight Zambia managing Director Tony Irwin and Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba with staff, celebrating moving into the airline’s new head office in Kamloops Road, Lusaka.
Proflight Zambia staff, celebrating moving into the airline’s new head office in Kamloops Road, Lusaka.

Airline marks latest milestone in 23-year history

Proflight Zambia has moved into a new head office in Lusaka in the latest phase of its strategy to grow the aviation sector.

The company’s spacious new offices in Kamloops, near the Munali Roundabout off the Great East Road, brings the airline’s commercial, finance and administrative functions closer to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, while maximising convenience for customers and suppliers.

“Proflight Zambia’s new office provides us with a large, well-designed base from which to continue providing our friendly service, and enables us to expand our capacity as we grow,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba.

“This move demonstrates Proflight Zambia’s long-term commitment to growing the aviation sector and putting Zambia on the regional and international map,” he added.

The airline, which celebrates 23 years of operation this year, has relocated from its previous head office in Addis Ababa Drive. Ticket sales are available from the airline’s office next to the South Sun Ridgeway Hotel in Church Road, and the airline also has sales and reservation offices at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, and at the airports in Livingstone, Ndola, Kasama, Chipata, Mansa, Mfuwe and Solwezi.

Bookings are also available online at www.flyzambia.com where payment can be made using any Visa, MasterCard or American Express debit or credit card as well as using Airtel Money or PayPal.

About Proflight Zambia

Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka its domestic routes include, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa and Kasama, and one regional route, Lilongwe in Malawi.

The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.

The airline operates three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft; four 18-seater Jetstream 32; and two 12-seater Cessna Caravan C208 aircraft.

More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.

Zambeef Head of Corporate and Public affairs Felix Lupindula (second left), with visiting farmers from Argentina and Uruguay, Zambia national Farmers’ nion Head of Outreach and membership Colliard Hamusimbi (left) and Zambeef Crop Manager Kelvin Zulu (right).
Zambeef Head of Corporate and Public affairs Felix Lupindula (second left), with visiting farmers from Argentina and Uruguay, Zambia national Farmers’ nion Head of Outreach and membership Colliard Hamusimbi (left) and Zambeef Crop Manager Kelvin Zulu (right).

Regional agribusiness giant hosts visiting Argentinian and Uruguayan farmers

“Zambia is the future of African agriculture” – that’s the message from a group of visiting South American commercial farmers who toured operations at Zambeef Products’ Huntley Farm in Chisamba at the weekend.

Zambeef hosted some 16 farmers from Argentina and Uruquay, who inspected the company’s meat processing plant, feedlot and cropping operations as part of a wider tour of South Africa and Zambia.

“We are impressed with Zambeef. It is very good,” said group leader Prof. Enrique Erize. “We think that Africa is the future of agriculture in the world; and Zambia is the future inside Africa.”

“We think that the future is Zambia because of the location, because of the kind of soil, and because of the rain,” he added, pointing out that Zambia is home to 40 percent of the water resources in Southern Africa, and that globally, 80 percent of water is used for agriculture.

The South American visitors – who farm a variety of crops such as wheat, soybeans and maize in their home counties – were particularly interested to hear about Zambeef’s cropping operations.

Zambeef does not use genetically modified (GMO) seed in its soya and maize production or indeed any other grain crop, explained Huntley Farm General Manager Francis Mondomona. Despite our colleagues in advanced agricultural economies like Argentina and Brazil that have GMO soya and maize, our yields per hectare  are still very competitive with non-GMO seed.

He emphasised that Zambia is the only country in the region with a wheat surplus, and that Zambeef is the largest single producer of wheat and soybeans in the country.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 17,000 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.

It slaughters more than 80,000 beef cattle and 6 million chickens, and processes 8 million litres of milk per year. The company has 121 retail outlets throughout the country, along with three wholesale depots.

More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com

Zambeef Group Head of Marketing Perry Siame presents a cheque for K15,000 to Haroon Ghumra, chairman of the local organising committee of the Zambia cricket Union.
Zambeef Group Head of Marketing Perry Siame presents a cheque for K15,000 to Haroon Ghumra, chairman of the local organising committee of the Zambia cricket Union.

Agribusiness giant supports growth of community sports

Zambeef Products has put its weight behind one of the largest cricket tournaments ever to be held in Zambia with a K15,000 sponsorship deal signed with the Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) today.

The company – which is known for supporting grassroots sports – took up the challenge when approached to help the ZCU raise K180,000 to host the Under 19’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifying tournament in Lusaka starting this weekend (August 9) until August 17.

Seventeen countries are participating in the tournament – Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Ghana, and hosts Zambia.

“We are delighted to be in partnership with the Zambia Cricket Union. We strongly believe in sports such as this and as a company we see it as an opportunity to work with the union, not only at this level, but also for the development of these sports throughout Zambia,” said Zambeef’s Group Head of Marketing, Perry Siame, who presented a cheque for K15,000 on behalf of the company.

In accepting the sponsorship, Haroon Ghumra, chairman of the local organising committee of the Zambia Cricket Union, thanked Zambeef and said: “This is definitely a shot in the arm for us and I am optimistic that come Friday we will have made our K180,000 target, and we look forward to hosting the tournament.

The event is being held at three venues in Lusaka: The Metropolitan Sports Club in Burma Road, the Lotus Sports Club in Obote Road, and the Leopards Hill Polocrosse and Cricket Club.

The International Cricket Council has also provided US$280,000 to support the costs of hosting the tournament, including airfares and accommodation for players, medals and a gala dinner.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 17,000 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.

It slaughters more than 80,000 beef cattle and 6 million chickens, and processes 8 million litres of milk per year. The company has 121 retail outlets throughout the country, along with three wholesale depots.

More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com

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Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda (left) inspects a Kagem emerald with Kagem Sort House Supervisor Jackson Mtonga.
Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda (left) inspects a Kagem emerald with Kagem Sort House Supervisor Jackson Mtonga.

Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda has flagged off the fifth auction of emeralds to be held in Lusaka by Kagem Mining Ltd and Gemfields plc.

Some 25 gemstone buyers from India, the US and Germany are expected to participate in the auction, spending four days appraising 21 lots of Kagem emeralds – 922kg of lower-grade emeralds and 1,500kg of beryl – before submitting their sealed bids on Friday afternoon. The winning bidders will be announced at a closing ceremony overseen by government representatives.

Mr Chanda said: “We are very much proud of you, Kagem, for the way you have handled your business and for being transparent, and we just hope other mining companies will emulate you. We know what you are making and what you are spending; we know what the government deserves. We are really proud of you as government.”

Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda thanked the buyers and the government for their support and said: “We take pride in the quality of the stones that we offer to our customers and we take pride in the manner of the production of those stones, and we are passionate about the colour and the quality of those stones.”

Gemfields operates the Kagem emerald mine Lufwanyama, in which the Zambian government is a 25 per cent shareholder. All the emeralds on offer at the auction were mined at Kagem’s mine in Lufwanyama, the single largest producing emerald mine in the world.

Gemfields and Kagem are at the forefront of developing the international market for Zambian emeralds by investing in sales and marketing in order to develop a competitive, reliable and trusted source of ethically produced gemstones. Transparency and accountability are key to winning that trust in order to enhance the integrity of the industry.

This long-term strategy to place Zambian gemstones on the international map is aimed at optimising sales value by assuring buyers of the quality and consistency of supply, thus maximising profitability and hence tax revenue, employment and economic and social benefit for Zambia.

About Gemfields

Gemfields plc is a leading gemstone miner listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: ‘GEM’). The company’s principal asset is the 75 percent owned Kagem emerald mine in Zambia, the world’s single largest emerald mine.

The company also owns controlling stakes in a highly prospective ruby deposit in Mozambique and emerald, ruby and sapphire exploration licences in Madagascar.

In July 2009 Gemfields commenced a formal auction programme for its Zambian emeralds. To date, Gemfields has held 15 auctions of emerald and beryl produced from Kagem which have generated revenues totaling US$260 million.

Pic 1  Ambassador (Dr) Mike G. Omotosho, Nigeria’s Consul General in the UAE (left - Copy

Abuja becomes Emirates’ 2nd destination in Nigeria with start of daily flights

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has now connected Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to its worldwide network. Abuja is Emirates 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide.

Emirates flight EK785 landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on 1st August, marking the start of the airline’s daily service to its second destination in Nigeria. Services to Lagos were launched just over 10 years ago.

“This new daily flight provides a convenient point to point service for our customers between Abuja and Dubai, and it will meet and further stimulate a vibrant market demand between the two cities. It will also serve our customers in Nigeria and around the network with additional connectivity and daily frequency. Our leisure and business passengers from Nigeria can now better connect to the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Asia via our hub in Dubai. Customers in Abuja can experience our A380 flagship aircraft to 29 destinations around the world, including popular ones like Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, Jeddah and London,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Vice President Commercial Operations, Northern and Western Africa.

“With a fast growing economy, Nigeria is a key market for Emirates. We started operations to Nigeria on 2nd January 2004, with four flights a week from Dubai to Lagos. Since then, our operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Lagos and Dubai. Today, we fly twice daily to Lagos and now we have added Abuja, giving us a total of more than 12,200 seats a week, which will further stimulate business and leisure travel, as well as trade,” he added.

Emirates’ Dubai-Abuja route is served by an Airbus A340-300 which offers 267 seats in a three-class configuration – 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 213 Economy Class seats. Customers on the route experience Emirates’ award-winning hospitality – from multi-national cabin crew and gourmet cuisine to the ice entertainment system, which offers hundreds of channels of audio and visual entertainment. Customers also enjoy Emirates’ generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of the airline, offers over 180 tonnes of cargo capacity a week on the route. The main imports into Abuja are expected to be machinery, chemicals, transport equipment and manufactured goods, while exports include leather, vegetables and foodstuffs. The additional cargo capacity on the new service will see a further strengthening of the bilateral trade between Nigeria and the UAE. According to the UAE Ministry of Economy, the value of bilateral trade stood at US$ 106 million at the start of Emirates’ services in 2004. This increased to US$ 857 million in 2009 – a 710 % increase in a five-year period.

Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 1050hrs and arrives in Abuja at 1510hrs. The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 1935hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0550hrs the next morning.

About Emirates

Emirates connects people and places around the globe. Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most recognised airline brands through its support of premier sports and cultural events. Emirates has been inspiring travel and facilitating trade between Zambia and the world since 2012. Its daily direct flights from Lusaka to Harare and Dubai connect Zambia to over 140 destinations across six continents. Exports carried out of Lusaka and Harare include fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables and copper mining industry by-products.

On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 218 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. For more information see www.emirates.com

 

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