Pres. Lungu Lures Israeli Water Purification Firm

President Edgar Lungu has lured an Israeli water purification firm to help Zambia move towards providing clean and safe drinking water. President Lungu says no Zambia should walk long distances in search of water. The Head of State says providing … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has lured an Israeli water purification firm to help Zambia move towards providing clean and safe drinking water. President Lungu says no Zambia should walk long distances in search of water. The Head of State says providing safe and clean drinking water is the ruling party’s pledge to bettering the lives of Zambians. AFTER VISITING THE WATER PURIFICATION PLANT IN ISRAEL, PRESIDENT LUNGU WRITES In the PF manifesto, we pledged to provide clean and safe drinking water. Immediately after the election, I created a ministry to specifically deal with water affairs. Provision of safe and clean drinking water is a promise my administration is working on tirelessly to fulfil. In this regard, Ms Sari Eli, CEO of ODIS Filtering Of Israel walked me through the company that manufactures, installs and commissions treament plants that purifies ground water, surface water and waste water into quality consumable water. I want to reaffirm my commitment that no Zambian should walk long distances in search of water. With the use of new technology, my government will continue to build and maintain our water systems and ensure that every citizen has access to clean and safe drinking water. The beneficiaries of all these efforts will be the Zambian people. I have ensured that my delegation takes this mission to Israel very seriously. We have to deliver to our people. The post Pres. Lungu Lures Israeli Water Purification Firm appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Keep Calm, Focus On Under-20 AfCON Title

Sports journalist Augustine Mukoka has joined the chorus saluting Zambia’s Under-20 FIFA World Cup qualification, 10 years after the team last made the journey. The Zambian lads, who face Egypt tomorrow in the final Group A match, unleashed a six … Continued

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Sports journalist Augustine Mukoka has joined the chorus saluting Zambia’s Under-20 FIFA World Cup qualification, 10 years after the team last made the journey. The Zambian lads, who face Egypt tomorrow in the final Group A match, unleashed a six star performance on Wednesday to beat Mali 6-1 and qualify to the semi-finals, a result that automatically secured a World Cup qualification. A brace apiece for Man of the Match Fashion Sakala and Edward Chilufya with a goal each from Enock Mwepu and Emmanuel Banda gave Zambia a 6-1 win and seal a semi final place. Abdoul Dante had risen powerfully to head home the opener in the 5th minute to stun the home crowd into a deathly silence but Spartak Moscow striker Fashion Sakala was set up by Patson Daka. Mukoka urges the team to remain focused and target winning the title. BELOW IS MUKOKA’S WRITE-UP OUR WONDER BOYS A 6-1 score-line is no mean achievement. Our Junior Chipolopolo put up a master class show last night to book a place at the FIFA Youth World Cup in Korea. The tournament kicks off on May 20 to June 11, 2017. I’ve been engrossed in the highlights of last night’s marvelous display. What a goall! Emmanuel Banda’s 24th minute volley a few metres outside the 18-yard box was the highlight of the game. The youngster did not hesitate to punish the Malian defence for a poor clearance that fell on his left foot. He gave the ball no room, and connected with a ferocious effort. It’s undoubtedly headed for Goal of the Tournament. Now that’s a player with foresight and precision at goal. The last I saw a Zambian player score a beautiful goal as Emmanuel’s was Rainford Kalaba, again, at the Under-20 level during a Cosafa tournament in 2004. One of his tournament goals made the CAF list for Goal of The Year. He lost to South Africa’s Benni McCarthy. Johnston “One Man Cammando” would also unleash thunderbolts for goals. I remember the late Chaswe Nsofwa score a similar goal at Independence stadium. And now Emmanuel Banda. Going by the team’s performance, we can rest assured Zambia has a future depending on how the boys are nurtured. It’s not easy for a young home team that concedes as early as the 4th minute before a capacity crowd to immediately recover and go on to win big. There is a lot pressure playing at home. It’s even more pressure when you fall back as the case was last night, but not with our Junior Bullets. Three minutes after Mali pulled a quick one on us, the situation was back on level, thanks to the strike partnership of Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala. The team has a bright future with potential of becoming contender for AfCON title in 2019, an Olympic place at the Tokyo 2020 Games and a World Cup slot at the Qatar 2022 event. In the meantime, the boys should remain calm and target winning the country’s maiden Under-20 continental title. Well done Junior Chipolopolo. Congratulations technical advisor Wedson Nyirenda, head coach Beston Chambeshi, assistant Bilton Musonda and the rest of the technical bench. The post Opinion: Keep Calm, Focus On Under-20 AfCON Title appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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MyBucks: Charting the Roadmap to Financial Service Prosperity

An emerging financial technology firm has noted the thriving potential in Africa which provides growth opportunities capable of raising its value beyond a billion dollar business. Launched in 2011, MyBucks is currently operating in 11 African countries where it offers … Continued

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An emerging financial technology firm has noted the thriving potential in Africa which provides growth opportunities capable of raising its value beyond a billion dollar business. Launched in 2011, MyBucks is currently operating in 11 African countries where it offers financial services driven by technology. The company’s Deputy CEO Tim Nuy recently visited Chicago to attend The Economist Innovation Summit. He offered his thoughts on the prospects of business on the continent. Nuy is impressed with the development recorded in the last five years, saying the market provides a sufficient base for growth. “I think there is nothing that stops MyBucks from becoming a billion-dollar company in the next five years. You know the sky is the limit and what we do is we build a machine that can process credit efficiently and the more money it converts, the more we stimulate growth,†he says. Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are just some of the countries the company is operating within. Nuy says its current operation in sub-Sahara Africa is a deliberate effort in order to focus on a region with a similar regulatory regime that allows easier scalability of its platform. Outside the continent, MyBucks also hosts presence in Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe, with its headquarters housed in Luxembourg. Among its chief services include mobile banking, credit reports, credit education, income protection, financial budgeting and emergency coverage, which is provided through its insurance program. “Our scalability is up and right now, we plan to be the consumer bank of choice in emerging markets. We want to continue applying growth; MyBucks is as an emerging market digital bank, focused on consumers in the wider sense of the world, ranging from the private individual to the small hold farmer and the micro entrepreneur. We offer digital financial services through lending, banking and insurance. We’ve recently entered Australia with a long term view of Asian expansion venturing into the Philippines, Indonesia and similar countries. “I think the greatest thing about technology is that it is easily scalable and applicable throughout jurisdictions. Our vision is really to capture lifetime revenue and offer lifetime financial solutions to our customers,†he says. Nuy is delighted with the amount of expansion and growth the company has so far made, stressing this only goes to show the vision and dedication the team has committed to providing quality services is proving fruitful. “I think we have really done a tremendous job of creating a free and inclusive financial service space for our client. You will see a lot of things that focus on perfecting a selective service, well ahead of competition,†says Nuy. While thriving in its formative years, the terrain has not been without challenge, but MyBucks is overcoming these hurdles. “The biggest challenge in Africa is usually enhancing digital and financial literacy and making sure people understand that you don’t have to travel two hours to get to the ATM. “So, it is actually client education that will play the biggest factor in increasing our growth from our perspective. But then I think we are well ahead of our local competitors in all the African markets and have partnered with a U.S. enterprise, Opportunity International, to expand the reach of such relevant literacy programs,†he explains. Nuy says the Zambian market has also responded very well, with the enterprise having only had a presence for 24 months. “We are very excited about the potential in Zambia; the market is really ready for us and we really believe we can make a difference,†he says. With such potential and ability to expand in thriving African economies, MyBucks is hoping to deliver on its goal of providing a basket of financial products that meets the financial needs of its customers throughout all geographies, using technology matched with determination. The post MyBucks: Charting the Roadmap to Financial Service Prosperity appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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CAF Elections – Sierra Leone Declares for Ahmad?

[Concord] As the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) heats-up, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has allegedly officially declared their support for Ahmad Ahmad as a presidential candidate for the March 16, 2017 polls.

[Concord] As the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) heats-up, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has allegedly officially declared their support for Ahmad Ahmad as a presidential candidate for the March 16, 2017 polls.

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Tengbeh Town Murder Trialpathologist Outlines Causes of Death

[Concord] Government pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, yesterday testified and outlined the causes of death of one Daniel Salieu Kamara, an Operational Support Division (OSD) Officer, who was allegedly murderedbySolomon Bondi and Ector Sesayon Thur…

[Concord] Government pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma, yesterday testified and outlined the causes of death of one Daniel Salieu Kamara, an Operational Support Division (OSD) Officer, who was allegedly murderedbySolomon Bondi and Ector Sesayon Thursday, 1stJanuary, 2015, at No.9 OffBeckle Lane, Tengbeh Town, western Freetown.

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Volleyball – Sierra Leone to Face Guinea in Friendly

[Concord] Sierra Leone Beach Volleyball team will host neighboring Guinea in Freetown from March 4-6 in international friendly matches at the newly constructed beach volleyball court at Bishop House, Siaka Stevens Stadium.

[Concord] Sierra Leone Beach Volleyball team will host neighboring Guinea in Freetown from March 4-6 in international friendly matches at the newly constructed beach volleyball court at Bishop House, Siaka Stevens Stadium.

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Pupils Commend SLRTC’s School Bus Service

[Concord] Some pupils interviewed by Concord Times have commended the school bus service provided by the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC), thus thanking government for providing service.

[Concord] Some pupils interviewed by Concord Times have commended the school bus service provided by the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC), thus thanking government for providing service.

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10 Months Jail for Unlawful Possession of Small Arms

[Concord] Magistrate Dr. AbouBhakarrBinneh-Kamara yesterday convicted one FodayKargbo to ten (10) months imprisonment for being found in possession of eight(8) boxes of small arms containing 200 rounds of ammunition, marked “A(A’ 500 MM.

[Concord] Magistrate Dr. AbouBhakarrBinneh-Kamara yesterday convicted one FodayKargbo to ten (10) months imprisonment for being found in possession of eight(8) boxes of small arms containing 200 rounds of ammunition, marked "A(A' 500 MM.

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Speaker Says Justice Hamilton Is a Man of Honour

[Concord] As Members of the Appointment and Public Service yesterday approved Justice Patrick O. Hamilton as Chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission, Alpha MuctarrJalloh as chairman, National Revenue Authority, Speaker of Parliament descr…

[Concord] As Members of the Appointment and Public Service yesterday approved Justice Patrick O. Hamilton as Chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission, Alpha MuctarrJalloh as chairman, National Revenue Authority, Speaker of Parliament described the former as a man of honour.

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