THE Lephalale Regional Court in Limpopo Province has sentenced Zambian national to pay a fine of R60,000.00 (K 55,000) or in default to serve four years in jail.
This is a matter in which George Kangwa, a truck driver was caught smuggling boxes of bleaching creams.
Kangwa 39 years old, was caught at Martins Drift Border Control at the Bostwana/South Africa border last month.
Kangwa will serve four years if he fails to pay the fine of R60,000.00 (K 55,000)
However the truck belonging to DMY International was NOT forfeited to the state as it was established that the driver carried these few boxes on his own and the owners have been advised to secure the release of the truck.
South Africa has banned the importation of bleaching creams that contain mercury, hydroquinone and other banned substances in the country.
Last month four Zambians among them two drivers were given similar sentences for the same offence.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed concern over the increasing number of cases Zambians are facing regarding banned skin creams, soaps and related products.
He warned that the consequences were severe and in many cases the importers besides facing long jail sentences, risked the forfeiture of the vessels they were travelling in such as buses or trucks.
He advised Bus Services and truck drivers to ensure that no passengers carry banned substances and that they follow the law especially on bleaching creams and other prohibited merchandise.
South Africa has banned the importation of such products.
According to the World Health Organisation, skin bleaching using soaps or creams containing chemicals such as mercury and hydroquinone can cause diverse health effects on the human body.
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs. Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations, Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
Beirut explosion kills New Horizons Printing Director
THE massive explosion that ripped through a port in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday has killed a Director of Zambia’s New Horizons Printing Press(NHPP)based in Lusaka.
A source close to the family has confirmed that his brother, Nehme was killed in the explosion as he lived near the area where it occurred.
A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 2,700 others.
Shawky and Nehme are Directors of NHPP and
Shawky represents Zambia as Honorary Consul General in Beirut.
NHPP was founded in February 2000. It employs over 300 people.
The business started commercial printing such as catalogues, magazines, brochures and books and since then we have been re-investing into this industry in various diversified sectors.
NHPP also introduced state-of-the-art machineries to print paper bags packaging for application like sugar, flour and mealie meal as well as other industries.
Videos showing smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city’s port have emerged.
Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years as the cause of the massive explosion.
Japan honours Dr. Joseph Mulenga
THE Government of Japan has conferred high honour on Dr. Joseph Mulenga for his contribution to promoting friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of Zambia. Dr. Mulenga is among 117 foreign nationals who have been conferred with 2020 Spring decorations of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.
Dr. Mulenga who is the director at the Zambia National Blood Transfusion has been the president of the Zambia JICA Fellowship Association (ZAJIFA) which has been instrumental in lobbying for support to the health sector in Zambia.
The Order of the Rising Sun is bestowed upon individuals of merit, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the nation or public.
This is also conferred upon foreign nationals who have made notable contributions to the promotion of relations between Japan and other countries in areas such as politics and diplomacy, research and education, medicine and social welfare, economy and industry, and culture and sports.
The ceremony awaits clearance following the outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (Covid19).
The conferment of decorations on foreign nationals has also been published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website https://www.mofa.go.jp/files/100049370.pdf.
This is according to press statement issued Yotamu Mugara, First Secretary- Press at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, Tokyo, Japan.
Calling all Zambian Entrepreneurs
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is now accepting applications for the 2020 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Zambian entrepreneurs seeking capital for their business have an opportunity to receive $5000 non-refundable seed capital, access to mentors, global networking opportunities and a 12 week business training programme.
The criteria by which the applicants are judged include feasibility of the business idea, market opportunity, financial understanding, scalability and leadership potential. The programme is open to entrepreneurs with new business ideas or startups under 3 years of existence in any sector.
Apply now on www.TEFConnect.com
For more information on the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme visit: https://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/programmes/faqs
Applications close on March 1, 2020.