TAZARA Boss Wants More Capital Injection

The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Thursday appealed to member states to inject more funds to improve the railway line’s operations and performance. TAZARA deputy managing director Bentram Kiswaga said in a statement that additional investments will go a … Continued

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The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Thursday appealed to member states to inject more funds to improve the railway line’s operations and performance. TAZARA deputy managing director Bentram Kiswaga said in a statement that additional investments will go a long way in ensuring the performance of the railway is improved. Kiswaga said the bi-national railway needs to procure 20 reliable locomotives to increase carriage capacity. Currently, the Chinese-funded and -built railway has only seven reliable locomotives used for passengers and wagons with each one carrying 30,000 tonnes annually. Citing achievements scored for three years (2014/2015 up to May 2018), the official noted that TAZARA freight volumes had increased from 88,000 tonnes to 208,000 tonnes. Other scores were the improvement of transit time from 20-30 days to 5-7 days consistently and almost zero theft in the last three years. Kiswaga said despite the achievements, it was unable to pay salaries as it is not making profits. TAZARA needs to transport 600,000 tonnes annually to be profitable. The post TAZARA Boss Wants More Capital Injection appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Chuck Out Opposition Leader from Chikankata Agric Show

An opposition political party has announced intentions to start a fertilizer manufacturing company in the wake of fermers struggling to access one of the key inputs in agriculture. United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) party leader Charles Chanda said this … Continued

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An opposition political party has announced intentions to start a fertilizer manufacturing company in the wake of fermers struggling to access one of the key inputs in agriculture. United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) party leader Charles Chanda said this when he joined farmers at the at Chikankata Agriculture show. He said that the delay in the supply of fertilizer among farming communities was affecting the agriculture activities in the area. He clarified that the fertilizer making business should not be seen to competing with companies but a business venture that needed to be appreciated by all well-meaning Zambian. “If others people can be allowed to import fertilizer from abroad and distribute in Zambia, I see no reason why UPPZ can be stopped from putting up a plant in Zambia to manufacture fertilizer,†he said. Meanwhile a Police officer forced UPPZ president to abandon his tour of the stands at the Chikankata Agriculture Show after accusing him of bringing politics in the show arena. The Cop told Chanda that he was under instruction to stop touring the stand until the guest of honour left. Chanda however advised the cop not to be used by politicians to bent frustrating of the good will of citizens. “Like any other citizens, I am entitled to visit stands and associate with other show goers but for the sake of peace, I will leave the Chikankata Agriculture show,†he said. The post Police Chuck Out Opposition Leader from Chikankata Agric Show appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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10 Confirmed Dead in Black Mountain Accident

A mine accident at Kitwe’s slag dump commonly known as the Black mountain has claimed 10 lives while 7 others have sustained serious injuries. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga and Kitwe Teaching Hospital Acting Medical Superintendent Dr Chileshe Mboni … Continued

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A mine accident at Kitwe’s slag dump commonly known as the Black mountain has claimed 10 lives while 7 others have sustained serious injuries. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga and Kitwe Teaching Hospital Acting Medical Superintendent Dr Chileshe Mboni have confirmed the sad development. Katanga said a machine that was working uphill dropped a slag which buried the small scale miners commonly known as Jerabos who were working under. Meanwhile, Dr Mboni said of the 7 injured one is in a critical condition and is admitted to the intensive care unit at the Kitwe Teaching Hospital. The post 10 Confirmed Dead in Black Mountain Accident appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipata to get a Thermal Power Station

Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo says government has intervened in the alleged problems between Paramount Chief Mpezeni and the institution that wants to put up a thermal plant in Chipata. Addressing journalists recently,  Kasolo said he was very happy … Continued

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Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo says government has intervened in the alleged problems between Paramount Chief Mpezeni and the institution that wants to put up a thermal plant in Chipata. Addressing journalists recently,  Kasolo said he was very happy with the project. “I was being asked that there were some problems between the Paramount Chief and the people who want to develop (a thermal plant), now we did the necessary intervention and the Paramount chief has given a great blessing to these projects,†he said. Kasolo said there were two pieces of land had been identified with one from government which is about 74 hectares and another which was between 110 to 115 hectares from Paramount Chief Mpezeni. He said consultants had already done the topography testing on the same land which is earmarked for the plant. Kasolo said the project would help create employment for local people. The post Chipata to get a Thermal Power Station appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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KCM Miner Blasts Accidentally Himself to Death

A 35-year old underground miner at Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) has died after he accidentally blasted himself. KCM Corporate Affairs Manager Eugene Chungu has identified the deceased as Ezekiel Mwape a scraper driver. He has explained that the deceased accidentally … Continued

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A 35-year old underground miner at Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) has died after he accidentally blasted himself. KCM Corporate Affairs Manager Eugene Chungu has identified the deceased as Ezekiel Mwape a scraper driver. He has explained that the deceased accidentally blasted himself at 970 metres deep at 12 West, 6B drift and had his hand cut off with his stomach ripped. “I can confirm the incident happened in the early hours of today where Ezekiel Mwape accidentally blasted himself, the body of the victim is in Nchanga South Mine Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem and police have opened a docket of inquiry,†Chungu said. “The accident that has happened today has claimed the life of a KCM employee, no other employees were injured and all works at Nchanga Underground Mine have been halted while investigations are underway,†he added The post KCM Miner Blasts Accidentally Himself to Death appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mushimba Highlights Zambia’s Land-Linked Agenda

Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba has reaffirmed Zambia’s vision to become a land-linked country at the on-going United Unions Meeting in Mongolia. “We have realised that being landlocked, after all can be used to our advantage as we transform … Continued

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Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba has reaffirmed Zambia’s vision to become a land-linked country at the on-going United Unions Meeting in Mongolia. “We have realised that being landlocked, after all can be used to our advantage as we transform ourselves into being land-linked with all our eight neighbouring countries†said Mushimba. Mushimba said Zambia was in the process of assenting to the Multilateral Agreement establishing the International Think Tank for the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). “The delay has been due to a change in our Constitution which has brought in changes with regard to the procedure for the ratification or accession to multilateral agreements. Nonetheless, I am confident that we will soon meet these requirements and be part of the International think tank for LLDCs,†he said. He noted that the establishment of the International think tank for LLDCs was a major achievement as it brings into being the first ever inter-governmental body specifically dedicated to the cause of our countries. The International think tank is therefore, poised to offer informed solutions and aid in the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Minister commended Mongolia, Lao PDR, Armenia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Nepal, Ethiopia and Bhutan for ratifying the multilateral agreement establishing the international think tank for LLDCs. “As immediate past chair for the LLDCs, I wish to appreciate the work already being carried out by the International think tank. There is need to promote country specific research, bringing on board transit countries as well as the fact that the International think tank should complement the work of others such as the United Nations Agencies,†Mushimba said. The post Mushimba Highlights Zambia’s Land-Linked Agenda appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zambia Railways Cashes in on SI Directing Heavy Cargo to be Ferried Rail

Zambia Railways Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda has disclosed that the Company has increased its volume since the enactment of a Statutory Instrument to move 30% of heavy cargo from road to Railway network. And Musonda has announced that Zambia … Continued

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Zambia Railways Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda has disclosed that the Company has increased its volume since the enactment of a Statutory Instrument to move 30% of heavy cargo from road to Railway network. And Musonda has announced that Zambia Railways has signed agreements with major mines for the transportation of its cargo on railway. He has stated that the Company has also reached agreements with Dangote Cement, Zambia Sugar and Lafarge for the transportation of bulk cargo on railway. Musonda said Zambia Railways is currently transporting over 10,000 tonnes of core for Dangote from Batoka in Southern Province to Ndola on the Copperbelt Province at a cost of over US$ 30,000 in a month. He further stated that in order to meet international standards, Zambia Railways is overhauling infrastructure and has started rebranding to foster trade between Zambia and other neighbouring countries as well as China. The post Zambia Railways Cashes in on SI Directing Heavy Cargo to be Ferried Rail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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COMESA, IOM Pen Mega Cross Border Deal

The Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa Comesa and the International Organization for Migration have signed a four millions euro co-delegation agreement for cross border trade initiative aimed at facilitating small scale trade across borders. Speaking at the signing … Continued

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The Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa Comesa and the International Organization for Migration have signed a four millions euro co-delegation agreement for cross border trade initiative aimed at facilitating small scale trade across borders. Speaking at the signing ceremony, IOM regional director for Southern Africa, Charles Kwenin, said that the agreement which is under the 11th European Development Fund aims to increase formal small scale cross border trade flow in the Comesa tripartite region. “The facility will support institutional capacity building, improved border management and infrastructure and better data collection and monitoring,†said Kwenin. Kwenin said that the agreement is critical for facilitating not only the movement of goods but also the movement of people that carry those goods across borders. Small scale cross traders have a special role in this regard. “Good migration governance ensures that the protection, health, and security dimensions of human mobility across borders are addressed in an adequate, effective and timely manner†Kwenin said. KWENIN. Speaking at the same event, Comesa Secretary General, Sindiso Ngwenya, said that the programme aims at increasing the formalization of informal cross border trade and enhancing trade flows leading to higher incomes for Small scale cross border traders. “The agreement will support the construction of border markets, cross border traders association and the address the challenges that small scale traders face at the borders,†Ngwenya said. He said that the Comesa Secretariat has mobilized the best expertise available to be used in the efficient implementation modalities and co-delegated the implementation of some activities under the program. The post COMESA, IOM Pen Mega Cross Border Deal appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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TAZARA Seeks US$250 Million Injection

The financial troubles of the continent famed Tanzania – Zambia Railway (TAZARA) were on the spot with Deputy Managing Director Betram Kiswaga saying the company needs US$250 million. And Mines Minister Richard Musukwa has challenged TAZARA to ensure it is … Continued

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The financial troubles of the continent famed Tanzania – Zambia Railway (TAZARA) were on the spot with Deputy Managing Director Betram Kiswaga saying the company needs US$250 million. And Mines Minister Richard Musukwa has challenged TAZARA to ensure it is ready to implement government’s directive to move heavy cargo from roads to railway. Musukwa said government has put in place an enabling environment to support the growth of the railway system in Zambia and will not allow excuses of failure to operate effectively. He said the recently announced statutory instrument is aimed at preserving the road infrastructure which is costly to maintain. Meanwhile, Kiswaga said the railway firm is challenged with adequate finances to operate effectively. He said TAZARA is currently targeting to transport over 600,000 tonnes of cargo per annum but need more resources to recapitalize. Kiswaga has further disclosed that the railway company is struggling to keep its skilled labour that has either decided to enter retirement or joining other companies for greener pasture. He said once the amount is injected into the Company it will be easy to address issues of infrastructure and sustaining human resource to provide desired results. The post TAZARA Seeks US$250 Million Injection appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Black Mountain Fuels Illegal Trade Activity

The legalized mining of the infamous Black Mountain has brought fresh challenges to the Kitwe City Council with an illegal market springing up within the mining areas. Following the commencement of mining activities by a group of small scale miners … Continued

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The legalized mining of the infamous Black Mountain has brought fresh challenges to the Kitwe City Council with an illegal market springing up within the mining areas. Following the commencement of mining activities by a group of small scale miners under a company called Chapamo Mineral Processing Limited, a market has started coming up on site. Traders from different parts of Kitwe have taken advantage of the activities at the Black Mountain to open up a Market. Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe has directed the Director of Public Health to quickly move in and see how best the traders and be engaged and explain to them dangers of undertaking business at the site. Chapamo Mineral Processing Limited Spokesperson Samson Mpembwe has said the group will work with the Kitwe City Council to stop the illegal trading which has mushroomed around the mining site as it is a health and safety hazard. He said Chapamo Mineral Processing Limited will, as corporate social responsibility, join the Kitwe City Council and residents of Kitwe every last Saturday of the month in cleaning the city as a way of promoting cleanliness. Black Mountain Fuels Illegal Trade Activity The post Black Mountain Fuels Illegal Trade Activity appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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