SOUTH Africans have gone to the polls to elect provincial and national leaders.
The SADC Electoral Observer Mission led by Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Joseph Malanji observed the process from Hartfield Polling Station in Pretoria.
Polling stations opened at 07hrs country-wide and are expected to close at 21hrs.
And Hon Malanji has commended the people of South Africa for carrying out peaceful campaigns without reports of incidences of violence or intimidation.
He has also commended the South African government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for preparing adequately and for ensuring that the process went on smoothly.
He cited the case of the political rallies that were held on Sunday at Ellis Park and Orlando Stadiums.
Although the stadium are in a radius of 15km and drew thousands of supporters, there were no reports of violence between competing members of the parties.
The polls have attracted 48 political parties with the leading contenders being the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance(DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF).
This is according to statement issued by Mrs. Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press & Public Relations at Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
Zambians traveling to Dubai urged to check their travel documents
THE Zambian Consulate in Dubai says it is concerned with the increased number of nationals travelling to other countries via Dubai being denied passage due to lack of Travel Permits.
And the Consulate has has advised all Zambian travelers wishing to transit through Dubai to ensure that they carry with them all the necessary travel documents in the country of destination such as travel Visa, valid passports, COVID-19 negative tests and pre-approval Travel Permits.
In a statement, Consulate second Secretary for Accounts Musonda Chella said cautioned that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries around the world have introduced special permits which need approval before one travels. Sometimes this application has to be submitted 24 hours to 14 days prior to the date of travel.
He observed that some Zambians have travelled without special travel permits via Dubai where the airlines from the United Arab Emirates prevented them from proceeding further to the countries of destination.
“This has caused panic and inconvenience as the nationals have incurred extra costs on tickets, spent nights in the airports, and in other cases sent back to Zambia,” Chella said.
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.