LAFARGE Zambia this morning handed over five cheques valued at K210,000 to help supplement the efforts of selected institutions that are established to help the community.
The beneficiaries of the cheques included Chilanga Mother of Mercy Hospice, Cheshire Home-Kabulonga, Cheshire Home- Chawama, Livingstone General Hospital, and Author Davison Children’s Hospital.
Lafarge Zambia PLC Board Chairman Mr Muna Hantuba disclosed that a sum of K230,000 was raised from the Lusaka Marathon that took place this year.
Each of the five institutions received a cheque worth K42,000 during a colorful handover ceremony held at Twangale Park in Lusaka’s Lilayi area.
Mr Hantuba also thanked all Zambians and international athletes that participated in the marathon saying their generous contribution has made the vision a reality.
And speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Peter White from Cheshire Home- Kabulonga, said it was gratifying that their plea for help was answered by an industrial giant such as Lafarge.
White hopes that other major companies in the country will follow suit.
He said the funds that are donated will go a long way in feeding, clothing and providing proper medical care for the children at the named organizations.
According to White, it has been difficult for his institution to provide all the needs for the children and that therefore it is discouraging when some companies refuse to render help.
White also stressed that there are so many children that need help and that if more firms came on board, more children in the country will be helped.
He however thanked Lafarge and other partners more sincerely for the gesture.
Earlier, Mr Hantuba commended the government through Zambia Amateur Athletics Association for being highly supportive.
He encouraged more people to participate in the forth coming marathon which takes place on 27 April, 2019 at Levy Mall under the theme “Cement your fitness”.
Lafarge Zambia has observed over the years, great willingness by most people to be fit hence the company has decided to maintain the same participation fees to promote wellness and contribution toward needy institutions in the community.
Participants in the full marathon are required to pay K350, the half marathon is also pegged at K 350, a 10 kilometer- race at K200 while 5kilometre walk is K100.
” We guarantee the runners of total safety and we have started engaging the Government authorities to have total road closure along the routes and in addition the traffic officers from RTSA to patrol the routes so that safety of the runners is not compromised. I also want to urge the motorists to take upon themselves and observe the traffic rules on that day and seek alternative routes to avoid roads marked for the race,” Hantuba added.
And Lafarge Zambia interim Country Chief Executive Officer, Mr Raphael Chipoma explained that the event was aimed at appreciating the work of those taking good care of orphans and the disabled in society.
Meanwhile, ZAAA President Elias Mpondela during the same event hailed Lafarge for the commitment of channeling proceeds of the Lusaka marathon to charitable organizations.
He said when Lafarge told him that they wanted to donate proceeds of the marathon to the needy a few years ago, he was touched.
And Dr Kaseya Chiyeng’u who is Clinical Care in-charge at Livingstone General Hospital said he would recommend to management to consider allocating the larger part of the funds received to the Children’s ward since most patients at the hospital are children.
The event was also attended by representatives from Madison General Insurance, and Standard Chartered Bank.
This year alone, the Lafarge Lusaka Marathon attracted 2500 participants. The sixth edition of the marathon will be held in April next year.
The annual event focuses on promoting wellness and social cohesion as well as supporting the spirit of marathon running in the country. The support rendered to the marathon is channeled towards helping the Lafarge Foundation which is the main vehicle through which it continues to address the needs within communities.
Lafarge Cement is one of the oldest and most enduring manufacturing companies in Zambia.
Its greatest corporate social responsibility to the country is provision of jobs for Zambians and comparable contribution to government tax revenue.
It has also contributed immensely to high standards of safety, health and environmental protection.
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) intercepts four trucks carrying assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the authority has seized 7, 030 x 50 Kg bags of maize, and 3,645 x 25 Kg of mealie meal which was smuggled in Chingola, Chipata, Chirundu, and Kasumbalesa.
And Sikalinda says the authority has also intercepted four (04) of assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million.
In a statement, Sikalinda said the consignments were declared at Chanida Border as cleaning materials by using an additional procedure code for Chipata General Hospital in order to enjoy an exemption from taxes.
He said alert ZRA officers intercepted the consignments in Katete and inspected the trucks.
Sikalinda said during the inspection, officers found that the trucks were loaded with assorted body lotions contrary to what was declared as cleaning materials for the hospital.
“Investigations have revealed that this is a pure case of smuggling through False Declaration, False Representation, Misclassifications, Document falsification and abuse of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) contrary to the customs and excise Act Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.
Meanwhile, Sikalinda said ZRA has further seized 1044 x 50 Kgs of Maize Bran, and 261 x 20 litres of Cooking oil, and another 1,176 x 6 x 2 litres of cooking oil which was smuggled through various border points.
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.
Liquid Telecom Zambia to sponsor the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards
THE PUSH Women Network is pleased to announce that Liquid Telecom Zambia is a sponsor of the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Liquid has supported The PUSH Women Network’s platform created to celebrate women who are defying the odds. Their continued support is testament of the company’s determination to rally behind the call for gender equity and equality as well as their resolve to support leading women who are achieving excellence in their respective fields.
Speaking when he met PUSH Executive Director Colonel Mwizukanji Namwawa and the Network Board Secretary Mutumu Nzala Mwape, Liquid Chief Executive Officer, Mark Townsend Said “Liquid Telecom is committed to elevating and highlighting women and more specifically the various roles they hold in the ICT sector. We are therefore proud to sponsor the ICT award at this year’s PUSH Women Awards because women in this field serve as role models for young girls who are considering a future in ICT and prove that women are capable of anything. Some of these women form key parts of Liquid Telecom Zambia’s operations, from Supply Chain Management to Enterprise and Legal to Customer Care. It is therefore a pleasure to be part of this progressive initiative.”
The PUSH Women Awards are the gold standard of award ceremonies in the country and showcase a premium class, signature styled event akin to no other. The PUSH Women Network is therefore pleased to have the support of corporate partners like Liquid Telecom Zambia in staging this occasion .