STATEMENTS

E. Chipimo

By Elias C. Chipimo

National Restoration Party Press Statement – Issued on the eve of Zambia’s 50th Independence Anniversary

Chipimo
Chipimo

Ladies and gentlemen, we are less than 24 hours away from a momentous time in our history that will never come again. Zambia turns 50 tomorrow. Whatever we may feel about our nation, whatever we may feel about each other, whatever difficulty or challenges we may be experiencing, we must surely all acknowledge that we are standing on the edge of a truly historic moment.

For the first time in our history, we have the opportunity to look back at 50 years of progress and pitfalls, 50 years of sacrifice and selfishness, 50 years of high expectations and unrequited hope.

Five decades ago, our country rose from the ashes of colonialism to become a model of freedom, inspiring liberation movements within Africa and beyond. We did not take our responsibility lightly. Under the leadership of our first president, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, we determined that we would only truly be free if all our neighbours fighting for their own liberation, were also free. We determined that our freedom could not be enjoyed in isolation and that humanity demanded a sacrifice beyond our own comfort.

Because of that sense of humanity, we will not be celebrating this event alone. Africa will celebrate it with us, particularly those nations for whom Zambia became a home-away-from-home as they battled to control their own destinies. As we prepare to commemorate our milestone independence, we need to ask ourselves: What should our history teach us? What lessons will we be sending to future generations if we downplay and disregard the importance of an opportunity to reach out to one another with the spirit of unity that enabled us to take control of our destiny 50 years ago?

Let us not forget that the most symbolic demonstrations of our humanity have often occurred during times of great violence and turmoil. In December 1914, during the first World War, German and British soldiers who had killed each others colleagues days before, temporarily declared a truce, laid down their guns, left their trenches and ventured into a neutral space where they exchanged gifts and souvenirs, sang songs together and played a game of football. We see this same spirit when we consider matters closer to home. During bereavements we put aside our enmity and political differences and we mourn and celebrate the lives of loved ones as members of the same human family.

As leaders who want to build a better Zambia, now is the time when we should demonstrate an example of this same humanity to the generations that will succeed us. We should be exemplary examples of peacemakers who seek a harvest of righteousness for our nation.

While in opposition, the Patriotic Front set an unfortunate trend of not attending state functions even during important national events such as commemoration gatherings during independence anniversaries. Now that they are in power, they seem surprised and dismayed that their own time in government has been characterised by similar opposition boycotts of national events.

Whatever one feels about the Patriotic Front administration, however, Zambia’s Golden Jubilee is not about them – it is about something far greater. It would be a grave mistake to turn our backs on the sacrifice of those who went before us just because we are not the ones that happen to be in power or because we do not approve of the way we have been governed. We should not turn our backs on the national events that will be lined up because we feel that somehow this will enhance our credentials of concern for the poor and vulnerable. Our celebration of such an important milestone of independence is about the freedoms that were secured on our behalf by countless heroes and heroines, many of whom – in spite of their total dedication to the struggle – would never have imagined that we would be free to make the choices available to us today.

When – as Zambians – we take part in the official and unofficial events that will be lined up as a way of marking this important milestone, we are acknowledging the sacrifice made by our forebears that set in motion our ability to take control of our own destiny as a nation. Just as importantly, we are also providing a crucial reference point for future generations to set their own goals by, when they are entrusted to manage the nation’s affairs.

Let us not deprive those that are yet to be born, of the chance to cherish their history through our commemoration and celebration of it, no matter how unpleasant certain aspects of our past may be. We celebrate the good that was done and the hope that our future presents us with, while acknowledging the mistakes that were made in order that we can learn from them. For without knowing where we came from, we shall not completely understand where we are going and why. We are as much a product of our past as we are a product of the hope we have for our future. This should be a time to remind ourselves of how far we have come and the work that still lies ahead. This is a time to re-dedicate ourselves to the spirit that spawned the struggle for our freedom in the first place.

Let the lessons of our history not be lost on us or on future generations. Let us stand together with the heroes and heroines of our struggle in thankful unity for the platform they have provided to the post-independence generations. Let us both commemorate and celebrate our 50th Independence Day in the way that best suits our ability to do so. So whether you will dance tomorrow, share a meal with a friend, engage in community work, attend a party, pray or simply sit in silent contemplation, be a positive part of this historic moment.

Zambia will only ever be 50 once. Let us commemorate and celebrate the day in whatever way we deem appropriate and fitting in line with our means and aspirations. And as we do so, let us remember the fallen heroes and heroines that dedicated lives to bring our nation peace. Let us remember those that are living in abject poverty and for whom the dream of true freedom seems but a shallow hope. Let us also remember our republican president, Mr. Michael Sata as he faces his toughest challenge yet. Our prayers go out to him and his family at this time and we pray for his safe return. And finally but most importantly, let us remember God, our Creator, without whom, all this would otherwise be meaningless.

I thank you and may God’s grace be with you all.

Elias C. Chipimo
President
National Restoration Party
Thursday 23 October 2014

Road Safety

ZRST’s partnership with PUMA and Amend to protect school-going children from road traffic injury

 Road Safety
Road Safety

Lusaka, Zambia – Monday, 20th October 2014 – The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST) will on Friday, 31st October 2014 launch a road safety programme aimed at improving child road safety at the New Kanyama Primary School in Kanyama township in Lusaka. The Trust is working in partnership with the PUMA Energy Foundation and the international road safety NGO – Amend, on this project and will jointly launch it with them. PUMA Energy Zambia is in support of this initiative and will actively participate in the campaign.
The Minister of Transport, Works, Supply & Communication, Honourable Yamfwa Mukanga, MP, officially launched ZRST on 26th April 2014. The Trust’s vision is to match and exceed international Road Safety excellence consistent with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advocated Safe System Approach, to free Zambia’s roads from deaths and serious injury.

The global rate of deaths and injuries resulting from road traffic crashes is increasing at an alarming rate. The WHO estimates that each year, almost 1.24 million people die in road crashes worldwide and as many as 50 million are injured or disabled. Every month a silent tsunami wave of road traffic accidents sweeps away 100,000 lives.

In Zambia, road traffic deaths and injuries represent a serious and rapidly worsening public health crisis. According to the WHO, with almost 2,000 fatalities in road accidents per year, Zambia is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. Last year, 1,853 people were killed on the country’s roads. Among these were vulnerable children who face grave risks as they walk to and from school every day.
The rapidly escalating road traffic injuries in Zambia can be attributed to the recent unprecedented high levels and rates of motorisation in the country. Zambia has less than 0.02% of the world’s registered vehicles, but almost 14 times the proportion of fatalities from road traffic crashes. These injuries occur predominantly to vulnerable road users and economically active males.

ZRST’s partnership with PUMA Energy Foundation and Amend will strive to change unsafe behaviour on the roads and to protect school-going children from road traffic injury. It will implement vital road safety activities in Zambia including co-ordinating road safety education programmes and conducting government and media advocacy.

The organisations chose New Kanyama Primary School as their first project because of its location in one of the most deprived urban areas in Lusaka and because four pupils have been injured in road traffic in the last year alone.

ZRST Chairman, Daniel Mwamba said: “Zambian roads can be a challenging place for drivers. Poorly maintained and overloaded vehicles are commonplace and in recent years the number of vehicles on the road has swelled dramatically, resulting in an alarming increase in the rate road traffic injuries. We believe this project will save lives and protect young children who are at a great risk of road traffic injury.”
PUMA Energy Zambia trusts that its involvement in this project will save lives on the roads as well as demonstrate the company’s commitment to road safety worldwide.
Vincent Faber, Executive Director PUMA Energy Foundation commented: “Young children do not understand or react to complex traffic situations in the same way as adults and this increases their risk to road traffic crashes. Thanks to Amend’s expertise in successfully delivering road safety programmes in Africa and ZRST’s local expertise, this joint initiative is taking the right approach to educating Zambian children to the dangers of the road and getting important safety message across. As a company and as a foundation, we are proud to be part of this life-saving programme.”
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Notes for Editors:
The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST)
The Zambian Road Safety Trust (ZRST), a not for profit organisation, seeks to create awareness on road safety and contribute towards reduction in road traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. Zambia, with almost 2,000 deaths in road crashes per year, is one of the worst performing countries, as far as road safety is concerned. The trust has a particular role to play in terms of personalising the Road Safety Issue, creating a sense of urgency and generating a demand for safety from the public. www.zambianroadsafety.org

Amend
Amend is a non-governmental organisation that works to reduce the incidence of road traffic injury via the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based programmes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that “the interventions promoted by Amend are perfectly in line” with those being promoted by the WHO. Amend is a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, the coordinating body for road safety issues across the United Nations system. http://www.amend.org
PUMA Energy Foundation
The PUMA Energy Foundation supports worthwhile initiatives to improve people’s livelihoods in the countries where Puma Energy operates. We partner with local NGOs that run development programmes that achieve lasting change in the areas of education & training, health & safety, and the environment. http://www.pumaenergyfoundation.org
PUMA Energy
PUMA Energy is expanding its retail activities across Africa and worldwide. Recognizing that the low and middle-income countries where PUMA Energy operates often have extraordinarily high rates of road traffic injury, PUMA Energy is committed to undertaking activities to make roads safer. http://www.pumaenergy.com/en

Global figures on road accidents:
• 1.24 million road deaths occur every year
• More than 50 million people are seriously injured every year
• There are 3,500 deaths a day or 150 every hour, and nearly three people get killed on the road every minute
• US$3 trillion is the cost of road crashes every year

For queries contact:
Email: info@zambianroadsafety.org
Tel: +260 953 736461 / +260 974 091763

Nevers Mumba
Nevers Mumba
Nevers Mumba

First and foremost, it is with deep sadness and forbearance that I am compelled to make a detailed comment on the unusual events that transpired before and during the opening of the Fourth Session of the Eleventh National Assembly on Friday the 19th of September 2014.

I note with great concern the fact that the private media and other international news agencies were not allowed to cover the opening of parliament in preference to Government and pro-Government media. This is an unacceptable infringement on the freedoms of the media that they have enjoyed in our country for the past 23 years.

Clearly, this is proof that President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front government have no belief in freedom of media nor are they interested in freedom of information. This behavior also creates room for speculation, given the fact that a shroud of secrecy seems to be the intended objective of excluding the private media. We condemn this action in the strongest words possible.

Secondly, I wish to point out what was so painfully clear in the minds of all of us who gathered to listen to a policy direction to be given by the President. It is indisputable that the President failed to give the policy direction to the National Assembly and the nation as a whole. We, the citizens are unaware what policy issues will be debated by the members of parliament since no such direction was given.

The contents of what was laid on the table are unknown to the country and the manner in which the affairs at parliament were conducted was bizarre and unbecoming of a country celebrating fifty years of its independence. This appears to be the first time in our country’s fifty years in which parliament has been opened without setting the policy agenda of that life of parliament. This is unacceptable in a jubilee year. We strongly urge all members of parliament to seriously reflect on the short-comings of what transpired in our country.

Thirdly, it is with a very heavy heart that I now express concern with what appears to be a lack of good health by our Republican President. Clearly, all is not well with our head of state. He and the first lady need our sympathies and prayers at this critical time that the first family is going through. The actions taken by those who handle presidential matters were totally inappropriate and raise serious questions of professional competence, negligence and unethical conduct.

It is not right, nor is it a proper display of concern to expose the president in the manner he was exposed during the opening of Parliament. We wish to advise that greater concern, care and courage needs to be exercised by those closest to the president, both for his sake as an individual, as well as for his family and the country at large.

Earlier in the year, we had advised the PF to demystify the sickness of the president and be accountable to the Zambian people by giving regular briefs on the condition of the President. This is the normal practice all over the world. Unfortunately, the PF government decided to shroud the condition of the president in secrecy.

Vice-President Dr Guy Scott went further to state that the President was in perfect health and discharging his duties normally, and that anyone who asked about his condition was being malicious. By this act alone, Dr Scott has shown high levels of immorality and irresponsibility and has once again lied to the Zambian people.

We are unaware of the reasons why the PF chose the path of insincerity when Zambians are a Christian people with compassion. If the state of the President’s health had been explained, the Zambian people would have rallied in concerted prayer all over the nation to petition God to heal the President.

Unfortunately, PF denied the President this opportunity. The result of this action is what we saw during the opening of Parliament where the President was pushed to perform a duty that clearly outstripped his strength. This was a cruel act by Dr Scott and his cohorts.

Resulting from the above, serious questions regarding the health of the president have to be raised. An honest explanation of the current state of affairs needs to be given to the nation and necessary precautions taken thereafter. Questions as to how the affairs of the nation are being conducted by implication have to be raised and answers provided for. We all have to ensure that the intent of the constitution and the rules that govern the process of the governed are being strictly adhered to.

We have to insure that no room for instability and dislocation will result from careless lapses and failure for the whole country to acknowledge what is being discussed in whispers. The leadership of the PF has to be bold, the churches of our country have to exercise moral intuition and all the political players must show selfless leadership as we attempt to face the realities of our situation.

The President needs to rest. If any one claims to love the President, they will agree with us that he needs to be given enough time to recover form his illness. We therefore advise that the President be allowed to take medical leave and rest until he recovers. This is his constitutional right and it is provided for in the laws of Zambia.

God bless Zambia.

Nevers Mumba

Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba is the president of the MMD.

Some fellow citizens, for reasons best known to themselves; with no moral reference whatsoever; but almost as long as I have been at the Ministry of Finance; have carried out an insidious slander campaign against me. The last spate has been over VAT General Administration Rule 18, premised on distortion arising from a classified letter which talked about the uncertainty on the VAT Rule, a measure which has inadvertently undermined confidence in the economy. This rule affects not only the mining sector, but all exporters across industry.

The Mining sector was mentioned as an example because it has the largest accumulated backlog of refunds, which under the law have to be refunded. The delays on the refunds is largely on account of the rule requiring among other things, documentation from importers outside our country’s jurisdiction. Government has a duty to revisit practices which impinge negatively on the efficient functioning of the economy. The Mining Sector is critical to the economy.

Over the years, past government administrations and the current PF regime has diversified the revenue base to the extent that the mining sector now accounts for less than 10% of internally generated revenues. The sector, however, is the largest employer of labor outside government. To this extent, more than 60,000 people are directly employed by the mines and a larger number by industries which service the mines. Notwithstanding, the sector generates 70% of the country’s foreign exchange, which we need to sustain imports and service external loan obligations incurred by government, and even the private sector.

Mining is hard business. The gestations are long between the start of the mine processes from exploration to when a mine comes on stream, let alone to when investors have returns which are a fair recompense for their risks. An enabling environment for this sector is an inescapable imperative. The disposition of the current government is that while a restructuring of things is necessary to enable the country to optimize benefits from the minerals which are non-renewable and not replenishable there should be adequate incentives to keep the mines operational and fellow Zambians in employment.

Government has the capacity to take measures which have the effect of pre-empting tax evasion and all forms of fraudulence without embarking on crusades of demonizing investors. This course of action is being pursued.

I have desisted from pouring scorn on individuals used by some media operatives to indulge in obscenities and falsehoods against me, to avoid giving legitimacy to their insinuations, and credibility to their unconstrained enthusiasm to slander other citizens. Some media practitioners have unassailable advantages of perpetuating crusades against individuals who are perceived as inconveniences to them, shamefully, at the behest of political allies whose mission may have crash landed. The media is a very potent channel of communication. Therefore, those who have the power to manage it need to act not only in an objective manner, but with moral constraint.

In 2011, I opted to accept the call from President Michael Chilufya Sata to reinforce him in pushing forward his bold development agenda which is already transforming Zambia in ways not seen before. We are on course in making an impact on reducing or better even eradicating pervasive poverty that engulfs our nation. I hasten to say, material trappings have never been and will not be a thrust in my life.

I am head of an institution that is entrusted with the onerous task to spearhead the management of the economy. The Ministry of Finance has diligent young men and women who work exceedingly hard in an environment that has a poor work culture. Senior Treasury officials and those in lower echelons work closely together and everything is totally above board. It is gratifying that all of us inspire each other and exchange ideas through the management meetings which are always on course every week. The Good Lord has been kind in guiding us. We are family as we grapple with the enormous challenge of an economy that has to acquire a sustainable momentum.

Because we have a huge backlog of development arrears, the process of enhanced welfare for our people will be slow. There is, thus, a compelling need to ensure that we build a solid foundation and put a stop to resource misuse or misdirection. This is why today, we have launched the Public Financial Management Reform Programme.

In Zambia the spirit of togetherness and fellowship is very entrenched. Having been to many parts of our country in recent times, I am persuaded beyond any shade of doubt that, fraternity is here to stay, and our country will never experience the agony and emotional upheavals that have bedeviled parts of our continent. The space for ardent apostles and high priests of hatred and malice will get increasingly narrower.

I have been touched by the kind gestures of fellow citizens who have been grieved by the brutalities directed at me. They have, on a non-attribution basis, sent me a series of electronic mails in which an array of compatriots exchange views shrouded in malice. It is interesting to be acquainted not only with the intentions of those men but have a glimpse of their fantasy infrastructure!

I leave to people to make their judgments about the schemes of our fellow citizens who I hope God will guide to embrace fellowship and charity to others.

ALEXANDER B. CHIKWANDA, MP
MINISTER OF FINANCE

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