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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 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).
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.
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

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 (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

 

Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.
Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.
Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.

Emirates, a connector of people and their passions, and Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Benfica), Portugal’s most successful football club, have signed a three-year agreement. Emirates is now the Official Airline Partner of the club until 2016.

The deal comes just two years after Emirates began flights to Portugal, and highlights the airline’s on-going commitment to expand its presence in the country. Lisbon joined the Emirates network in July 2012.

The announcement was unveiled today by Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West, and CEO of Benfica, Domingos Soares de Oliveira, during a press conference held in Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.  Please click here for a message from Luisão, captain of Benfica Football Club

Hubert Frach said: “We see our partnership with Benfica as an opportunity to connect with football fans in Portugal as well as the 14 million fans of the club spread across the world.  Benefica has a growing international reputation as one of the most successful clubs in European football history, and fits in perfectly with our own rapidly expanding worldwide network.”

Domingos Soares de Oliveira said: “This day represents a new milestone for Sport Lisboa e Benfica because we celebrate new relationship with Emirates that allows us to partner with one of the most innovative brands in the world. Together, we share the same passion for what we do and I am confident that this partnership with Emirates will help us further connect with all of our passionate supporters around the globe.”

The sponsorship deal gives Emirates brand visibility at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, as well as promotional rights. Emirates will also be able to capitalize on advertising opportunities on Benfica’s media platforms, which will include digital activations.  The airline will also receive player access and interactive hospitality rights.

Benfica is one of the most successful clubs in the world, having conquered several domestic titles, and is the only club to have won all Portuguese competitions. Internationally, Benfica holds two European Champion Club Cups.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300 flies daily to Lisbon. The Emirates Benfica sponsorship is yet another example of significant investment in Portugal. The airline has carried over 330,000 passengers in the last two years, fostering trade and tourism connections between the UAE, Portugal and beyond. In 2013, trade volumes between the two countries surged 23% to €4.8 billion with Portugal’s exports accounting for almost €1.5 billion.

Benfica will play a key role in Emirates’ sponsorship portfolio made of top sporting clubs, tournaments and high profile cultural events worldwide.

Emirates’ football sponsorship portfolio includes: FIFA, Arsenal FC, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC, Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai, The Emirates Cup and the Saudi Professional League.

Emirates is also the Official Airline and Partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the governing body of Asian football, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Challenge Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events.

Emirates is also sponsoring the Portugal Masters golf tournament this year, which forms part of the 48 tournament series on the European Tour schedule, called the The Race to Dubai. The tournament lays the groundwork to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.
Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.
Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.

Carl Irwin receives honorary doctorate

Zambeef Products Plc founding director Carl Irwin has urged graduates to consider becoming entrepreneurs in order to contribute to Zambia’s economic growth.

Dr Irwin, who is Director of Strategy and Business Development at Zambeef, was speaking during the graduation ceremony at Copperbelt University this week, at which he was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Entrepreneurship.

“As new graduates of the Copperbelt University you could walk into a job almost anywhere in the world; you could work in the public sector; or take you pick of the multinational companies eager to hire dynamic, well-qualified young men and women,” he told them. “However I urge some of you to take the difficult road of following a path of entrepreneurship and set up new Zambian companies that are going to continue to drive long-term sustainable growth in our country and make us an economic powerhouse on the continent.”

Local enterprises form the bedrock of the Zambian economy, contributing to job creation, driving economic growth, and providing a springboard for expanding into markets elsewhere in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and beyond, said Dr Irwin, who accepted his degree at a colourful graduation ceremony in Kitwe this week, at which veteran politician and diplomat Vernon Mwaanga also received an honorary doctorate, along with the First President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma.

The doctorate set a new corporate benchmark, being the second honorary doctorate to be conferred on a Zambeef director in the space of a month, following the award of an honorary doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management to Non-Executive Director Lawrence Sikutwa by the University of Lusaka.

In accepting his award, Dr Irwin explained the importance of local business to the Zambian economy, and the need to strike a balance between foreign multinationals and home-grown companies in order to ensure long-term sustainable growth.

“According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), ten of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world are African, and the Economist Intelligence Unit expects Zambia to be the tenth fastest growing economy globally in 2014. There is no doubt you are in the right place at the right time,” Dr Irwin told assembled graduates.

“In order to maintain this growth, our country needs Zambian entrepreneurs. This is something I believe passionately about. We cannot rely on large foreign multinationals to develop our economy or continue to rely on mining to drive the economy. While multinational investment is appreciated, and has an important role to play, this has to be balanced by growth driven by Zambian companies,” he added.

In citing the experiences and challenges of setting up Zambeef, Dr Irwin advised aspiring entrepreneurs to find and create their own luck; never give up; and inject fun and passion into their businesses.

Dr Irwin also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, while Mr Sikutwa has a Master of Business Administration degree from ESAMI / Maastricht University.

The honours add to the Zambeef board’s impressive list of qualifications, including a PhD in economics from Cornell University obtained by chairman Dr Jacob Mwanza, a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture earned by Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan, and a Master of Science degree in economics held by Executive Director Yusuf Koya. Mr Grogan was also awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 accolade at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards last year.

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

Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli
Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli
Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli

Airline marks first A380 service connecting Dubai and India

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai.
EK500 took off from Dubai International airport at 21:55 hours on 21st July, arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai at 02:30, covering the approximate 2,222kms at an average cruising speed of 822kms per hour.

The return flight EK501 took off from Terminal 2 in Mumbai at 04:30hrs and arrived back at Emirates Terminal 3 in Dubai, the airline’s home and hub for its specially designed A380 terminal – Concourse A, at 06.00 hours.

Emirates’ Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean said: “Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. Dubai and Mumbai share a rich tapestry of partnerships, business and culture. In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination. Now our customers on the route can experience the luxury, the quietness and the outstanding service onboard an Emirates A380, in addition to the other four daily services we will continue to operate to the city.”

Mr Naveen Chawla, Vice President – Aero marketing, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited said, “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-the-art Airbus A380. This is a momentous occasion for us as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport  (CSIA) Mumbai is now the only airport in India to handle A380 aircraft operations for more than one international airline. This is yet another milestone event to our continuous endeavour to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers travelling through CSIA and justifies our operational capabilities to handle bigger aircraft at T2.”

To mark these first flights passengers on board EK500 and EK501 from Dubai and Mumbai were given a special commemorative certificate and gift. In addition, a specially commissioned piece of artwork, a traditional Indian “Rangoli” was created by local Mumbai artists.

Emirates now has 50 A380s in its fleet of 224 wide-bodied aircraft and is the largest operator in the world of the double-decker with 90 more on order. Mumbai is the newest destination on its A380 network, and follows closely on the heels of Kuwait, which started on 16th July. The A380 offers passengers travelling to and from Mumbai a choice of 14 First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat Business Class seats on the upper deck and 399 comfortable Economy Class seats in four sections on the main deck.

Every seat on board is connected to ice,  which has just been voted the world’s best inflight entertainment system for the 10th year in a row by Skytrax, the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey of over 18 million passengers worldwide. ice Digital widescreen offers passengers up to 1,800 channels of multi-lingual entertainment including the latest movies, television programmes and podcasts, international music collections including the ability for passengers to build their own playlists for the journey, and in seat wi-fi to allow for a connected as well as entertaining flight.

Passengers in all cabins can enjoy Emirates’ recently launched Indian menu which features regionally themed dishes from across India, served by multilingual cabin crew.

A unique feature on the Emirates A380 is the onboard Shower Spas which allow First Class passengers to arrive revitalised and refreshed. Another is the onboard lounge where First and Business Class passengers can relax and connect over a range of specially selected beverages and hot and cold canapés, creating an exclusive social experience at 40,000 feet

For more information about Emirates’ services to India, to book flights or to have a virtual tour of an Emirates A380, please visit, www.emirates.com

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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Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.
Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.
Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.

Grant Thornton delegation visits agribusiness and food processing giant

Zambeef Products Plc received high-level endorsement of its business model this week when it hosted a tour of operations by the global leader of its accounting firm, Grant Thornton.

Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit, accompanied by Managing Partner for Zambia Edgar Hamuwele, Botswana Managing Partner Jay Ramesh, Zambia Deputy Managing Partner Christopher Mulenga and audit partner Wesley Beene, visited Zambeef’s Huntley Farm operations in Chisamba.

“I am really impressed – and looking at the history of Zambeef – that’s real dynamism. I am also impressed with the state-of-the art technology; with the quality control; and with the vertical integration from the start to the end customer,” said Dr Hebestreit.

The tour began at Kalundu Dairy farm, where Zambeef is milking 768 cows, producing 18,000 litres of milk per day. Its 2,158-strong herd also includes more than 200 in-calf heifers, helping the group’s strategy to build the milking herd to 1,500-2,000 in the next five years.

The visitors then moved to nearby Huntley Farm – the nerve centre of Zambeef’s operations, where they inspected the meat processing plant, including the company’s new gyro-freezer, as well as beef, chicken and sausage production.

The state-of-the-art ZamMilk dairy processing plant enabled the delegation to see at first-hand the production and packaging of drinking yoghurt, fermented milk and fresh milk products, of which some 60 percent are produced from milk supplied by the Kalundu herd, and the remainder from milk supplied by small-scale farmers.

A tour of the cattle feedlot area reinforced the importance of Zambeef’s model of vertical integration, in which the group works to add value at every step of the production chain, from crop production, animal feed production, milling, beef, chicken, dairy and pig farming, meat processing and packaging, and retailing through its network of 121 retail outlets countrywide.

“Zambeef recognises that it owes much of its success to the strength of the supporting team that it has built. This incudes its 5,500-strong workforce, a team of dedicated managers and directors, small-scale farmer suppliers, the regulatory agencies, and professional support services such as its bankers, and auditors. Grant Thornton has been an important long-term partner in that strategy,” said Zambeef Head of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Felix Lupindula, who led the tour with Huntley Farm General Manager Francis Mondomona.

Dr Hebestreit  said: “Everything is on a growth trajectory, with increases in cow capacity, chicken, milk and cropping. Everywhere they are expanding, and that is the best evidence of success, if you have the demand exceeding supply. As Grant Thornton, we are proud to be associated with a valued owner-managed agribusiness group that has grown into a multinational and is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, and we wish the group continued growth and success in the future.”

“It is a very good operation and we need more of such operations in the country to help grow the economy. When you look at Zambeef’s operations, covering all the ten provinces, you see they have taken development to different parts of the country, which is what we need,” said Grant Thornton Managing Partner in Zambia Edgar Hamuwele.

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

 

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.

In Zambia, Grant Thornton provides auditing, management consultancy, accounting, taxation, financial advisory and other services from its offices in Lusaka and Kitwe. The firm offers clients international quality services with a worldwide support group network coupled with over 59 years’ experience in Zambia. Currently the firm has seven partners / directors and 100 employees in its two offices.