PACRA MOVE WRONG……
The recommendation by Pacra that certain business should be reserved for Zambians only is wrong. The problem of some non Zambians involved in low level businesses is a result of illegal immigration caused by a system that grants investors licenses to non Zambians who don’t qualify to be in this country. It is practically impossible to find a non Zambian who has invested a minimum amount of thousands of dollars in Zambia to engage in chicken rearing costing some hundreds of dollars.
Once granted investment license non Zambians should be engaged in any business activity they have applied for. It is economically suicidal to restrict entry of any business player if the country has to address the huge unemployment problem. The focus should be reduction of unemployment levels not the increase of profits for Zambian businessmen.
And The recommendation by Pacra that non Zambians should partner Zambians in doing business that will be reserved for Zambians is also unrealistic .Business partnership can never be made by decree it is a result of trust that two or more people will have. The few countries that have adopted this retrogressive policy of reserving certain sectors of the economy Or forcing partnerships in business have not performed well. Zimbabwe is a glaring example.
…ROAD ACCIDENTS CAN BE MINIMISED….
The recent accident on the Kabwe road involving a bus and a truck claiming more than 50 lives is Saddening. And the unfortunate thing more accidents will follow if we don’t address the root cause of the problem.
The present road a single carriageway is unsuitable in view of the heavy traffic that use our roads. Especially on a highway. Most countries in the developed world have dual carriageways. like the Ndola- Kitwe road.
It should be a matter of urgency by the government to have all major highways in the country have dual carriageways. From Livingstone all the way to Solwezi and all other highways.
The mushrooming of road obstacles such as buildings built so close to the highway should be stopped. The RDA should sensitize the people on road safety .Designated selling points on highways should be set and pedestrians not allowed to walk alongside a highway.
WHY TAKEOVER A GOLF CLUB…
The reported takeover by the government though the ministry of sport of Roan golf club is surprising and unfortunate. Certainly the government has more pressing needs to attend to like the supply of clean water and sanitation among other things than concentrate on the acquisition of a golf club. Spending Kr1.2 million of tax payers money.. Just what are our priorities? To make matters worse give a management role to the council with no knowledge of running a golf club.
The members of that golf club are Zambians and have every right to public property .The ministers act is ultra vires. Promoting unbudgeted expenditure in the form of a golf club and the usage of unpalatable language reminiscent of ministers in the first republic; the minister warned “you’re playing with fire” Let us have fair play please we are all Zambians.
200 NDOLA MARKETERS CRY FOR MARKET …
The need for markets will ever be there in the country. If we have to address the perennial problem of street vending there is need to construct more markets
The government like what they did with Soweto market should invite private operators to build and operate .It is the only solution as the government will never have sufficient funds to cope with the ever increasing problem of marketeers and other business persons.The same concept of private developers should be applied to the planned industrial clusters to be build around the country.
TIMBER INDUSTRY NEEDS A BREAK…
The cry by timber merchants at a recent conference in Mongu for the government to lift the ban on timber trade should be addressed in national interest .Since independence we have had more than twenty timber banning orders. On average the banning orders have been effected every after two years or more. No wonder the industry is not developed .No investor will go into an industry that is closed every now and then .And for wrong reasons….
Timber logging is very much a misunderstood industry .The cutting of timber is not indiscriminate like in food growing. In a square kilometer of forest a tree cutter might find one or two trees suitable for timber cutting large width of the tree and the tree must be straight is required before it is felled. Note a plank cannot be obtained from a bent tree. This selective cutting of mainly old trees helps in tree regeneration. In thick vegetation like in most forests in the country the cut trees will allow sunlight to penetrate and help the smaller trees grow.
The real cause of deforestation is the indiscriminate cutting of trees for food growing, the uncontrolled bush fires and charcoal burning.
It is within the rights of the min.of natural resources Hon. Wilbur Simuusa to change course and desist from knee jerk solutions that has for so long throttled the timber industry.