THIS year, 16 vibrant Zambians from various backgrounds and professions have been awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to study at different prestigious universities in the UK. The programme aims to complement Zambia’s developmental agenda by strategically selecting Zambians in specific disciplines and match them with appropriate universities in the UK. The programme will further provide skills in the key sectors which drive the country’s development and expose the beneficiaries to international networks.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships schemes for international study in the world. This year, the CSFP adds 16 scholars to over 700 Zambian commonwealth alumni who have been on this scholarship. On 1 September 2021, the British Council Zambia on behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) is hosting a pre-departure briefing to the newly awarded scholars to welcome them and prepare them for their study and stay in the UK.
Commonwealth Scholarships, which are open to citizens of the Commonwealth, have been running since 1959. The scholarships are targeted at individuals with intellectual ability, leadership potential and a personal commitment to development, providing them with study opportunities in other Commonwealth countries. The years cohort of 16 scholars includes nine PhD students and seven master’s students who will be joining a global community of 35,000 Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows who have been funded through the CSC programme.
Nicholas Woolley, British High Commissioner to Zambia said,
“The majority of scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), with the aim of fostering links and enhancing opportunities with Commonwealth partners like Zambia. The scheme offers education and cultural experiences to talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development. This year, we have scholars who will be studying at some of the world’s top universities and we believe they will gain the necessary skills to contribute to Zambia’s long-term development.”
David Pardoe, Country Director British Council said,
“Congratulations to this year’s cohort of commonwealth scholars from Zambia. They are going to study environment/climate change, economics, renewable energy and health, all themes of great importance to Zambia. Since 1962, we have supported over 700 scholars who have gone on to make major contributions to civil society, education, finance and infrastructure. This programme is an important part of cultural relations between Zambia and the UK. I wish all the scholars a great and successful experience”
The programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and is administered by the British Council and the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the UK (ACU).
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)