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Strong signal on the block & Kanyama residents love it!

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The streets of Kanyama got a fresh coat of paint. It is evident the excitement expressed by the residents has been engendered by some recent developments in the area which are quite apparent as you walk or even drive along Los Angeles road. A bold statement of green unapologetically dominates the streets of Kanyama breathing new life into the community with it.

Success stories abound in the community of Kanyama as residents take entrepreneurship in their own hands. The astonishing thing about the development of these events is that some admirable Kanyama residents simply refuse to complain about rampant issues affecting the community such as unemployment or poverty and taking matters in their own hands. These residents from Kanyama have taken it upon themselves to set-up innovative e-commerce ecosystem almost by accident within the community.

Recent statistics released by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) indicate that Zambia is home to 13.4 million mobile network subscribers from an estimated population of 16 million, representing a penetration rate of 81.92%. Meanwhile, the number of people registered for Digital Financial Services is pegged at approximately 17% according to the UNCDF. While interoperability has often been a glaring challenge faced by Service Providers in the past, Kanyama residents seem to have found a way to conquer this hurdle by strategically signing up to deal in services that interconnect and keep the business thriving.

For instance, Mr. and Mrs. Yanika own a talktime wholesale shop along Los Angeles road and also sell phone chargers from the same premises. Under the same roof, Mrs. Yanika is able to not only sell talktime in bulk to other talktime dealers, but also utilises Zamtel Kwacha to accept payments electronically just in case the customer forgot their wallet. Their business which started by selling talktime eventually graduated to wholesale. The economic benefits have resulted in the family operating another talktime booth which is run by Mr. Yanika at City Market anchored on Zamtel products and services.

Another resident, Emmanuel Shikabwe, was quick to reveal that while his talktime booth carries all three mobile network operators’ talktime, when it comes to Zamtel “ichi ni chatu” directly translated as “this is ours.”
“It makes me very happy to see that the youth of our ward here in Kanyama have been engaged by Zamtel through their increased efforts to empower our community with their products and services,” said Councillor Sakala. “As area councillor of Harry Mwanga Nkumbula ward it makes me proud to see Zamtel come and sensitize the community on its network. People have a choice and the very fact that Zamtel is more affordable makes it more appealing.”

About #Chatu
#Chatu is a community initiative driven by the residents of a high density residential area highlighting compelling stories of innovation, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. The first in this series is the community of Kanyama. These stories are being primarily shared on social media to demonstrate the positive impact of internet accessibility in Zambia.

For more media inquiries, please contact:
Imanga Kayama
Phone: 0971100689 Email: ​hello@manic.co.zm

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Amb. Anthony Mukwita Reflects on Zambia´s 56th anniversary under the cloud of the bug

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THE complexion, colour and feel of our beloved country Zambia’s 56th independence anniversary is different in more ways than one this year due to the Coronavirus that has brought the world to its knees.

The bug has shut down business in Zambia—big and small—left many jobless and drastically slashed revenue collection for the government of President Edgar Lungu, making it difficult for the country to meet its social and foreign financial obligations.
Scanning the above, you get the felling of gloom and doom with no hope in the horizon, as the bug continues to stamp its deadly force and wrath on our beloved Zambia.

At the Embassy of Zambia in Berlin, however, and in line with the theme dictated by our government under H.E President Edgar Lungu, we like to look at the glass as half full and not half empty.

We like to search deep into the doctrines of our Christian roots and find a strand of hope instead of sinking into a state of deep despair.

We reckon the same way the God of Moses and Israel continues to feed the sparrows and the squirrels of the wild and indeed all animals big and small, he shall shine his kind face on us too tomorrow.

This calamity shall not last forever, albeit, we shall feel it´s devastating effects as our brothers and sisters wake up without the job, they had in January for a long time to come.

We shall recall this independence as the one Auntie Agatha and Uncle Joe woke up to closed doors of their barber shop and hair salons because regulations required them to prioritise their health over wealth.

We shall recall it as the anniversary Zambia beseeched both local and foreign lenders to ease the call on repayments of debt due to a drastic drop in revenue and FDI beyond our leaderships control.

Above all we shall recall it as an anniversary we recorded more than 3000 infections of covid and lost about 340 lives needlessly.
But because we are a country of faith, we shall also find strength in the good book which says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

We believe at our mission that, since pressure makes diamonds that are much harder than stones, Zambia too under the leadership of our Chief Diplomat H.E Lungu shall will soar on wings like an eagle, run and not grow weary, and will walk and not be faint as prophesised in Isiah 40:31 because we shall work towards that.

We know prayer alone is not enough to get us out of a tough spot, we must complement it with action, with work so therefore this is no time for laziness.

This means picking a post and using every tool we have to get out of the hard rock the bug has placed us in and make progress.
Our job here is well cut out for us in the area of economic diplomacy and this means we must find and direct more German business to come to Zambia and grow food to feed Europe like Amatheon Agri Holdings is already doing.

We must find automobile companies to partner with and produce components for Electric Vehicles or EV´s. We must find ways of earning money for the government so that we stop using taxpayers money to pay rentals and fund projects from own resources.

This is the challenge that the COVID-19 style independence anniversary presents to us in addition to the many projects we have already directed towards our beloved country thus far.

Zambia German economic ties tip the scale at about US$1 billion over the last 56 years to the favour of Zambia according to records.

Pandemics such as Ebola, Swine and Spanish flu have come and gone but humanity always prevails because it is the way God engineered us—to rise above adversity.

On behalf of all staff, allow me to join our President H.E Edgar Lungu and his good administration in toasting Zambia´s anniversary themed, “One Land, One Nation-Building Our Future, Proud and Free.”

We love our country of 365 days of sunshine but still ask you to commemorate this important day in a safe environment.

*The Author H.E Anthony Mukwita is the Ambassador of Zambia to Germany based in the capital, Berlin. This was his annual message to embassy staff on 24th October 2020. The statement is issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations Kellys Kaunda.*

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The Blue water phenomenon awaits you at Tiffany’s Canyon this Independence weekend

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#Mwebantu, The BLUE WATER PHENOMENON IS HERE AGAIN THIS YEAR…ENJOY A FUN FILLED INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND @ TIFFANY’S CANYON!

For all of you that have visited Tiffany’s Canyon before or planning to visit the place…This is the best time of year! Every year in October/November the water turns blue for about 3 weeks as you can see in the pictures. It is truly an amazing site!

The change of colour to the water is caused by a reaction with the algae and lime at the hottest time of the year, which actually purifies the water, creating a natural wonder and a beautiful sky blue colour to the water.

Tiffany’s Canyon Lodge is set in a beautiful and quiet environment overlooking stunning blue waters. The lodge provides quality affordable accommodation, with a restaurant serving good food and a fully stocked bar.

Things to do include a variety of water-based activities as well as bird-watching, with many different bird species in the area. The conference centre has the capacity to cater for a variety of different functions including weddings. Tiffany’s is located just 20 km south of Lusaka.

Frequently Asked Questions:
– When is Tiffanys Canyon Open?
Tiffanys Canyon is open from 8AM – 6PM, EVERYDAY of the Week.

– How much is entrance?
Kids (Age 5-13): k50
Adults: K100
Once entrance is paid, guests are free to swim. We have two pools, which includes a kids pool.

– Is there a corkage fee?
No, Tiffanys do not charge a corkage for food and drinks that are brought in from outside, however when we have ‘special events’, food from outside is not permitted. We also have braii stands available.

– Where is Tiffanys Canyon located?
Off Kafue Road, 22km from Makeni Mall, close to the toll gate.

– Prices for Tiffanys Canyon Lodge?
We have two types of rooms: Executive Room: k1200 / Standard Room: k850

Please call us if you would like to make a booking. Or send us a message for more info.

What Activities does Tiffanys Canyon offer?
– Kayaking: K50 an hour, K25 half an hour
– Paddle Boat: K120 an hour, K60 half an hour
– Speed Boats: K100 Per Round (Max.5 People)
– Water Trampoline
– Paintballing
– Go Karts
– Pool Table
– Foosball Table
– Kid’s playgrounds

Weddings at Tiffanys Canyon?

Tiffanys is the perfect venue for your special day!! We would love for you to share your special day with us. For more details about Weddings at Tiffany’s contact us on 0976380097 or 0961664215, and we can give you a quote.

To make a reservation or have any questions to ask call +26 0976 380 097 or 0961 664 215.

Facebook: Tiffany’s Canyon
Website: http://www.tiffanyscanyonlodge.com

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Zambia 🇿🇲 beats Ethiopia 🇪🇹 3:2

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THE Zambia National Soccer Team this afternoon completed a remarkable comeback against Ethiopia in an international friendly match against Ethiopia.

The Chipolopolo Boys had to come from behind to beat Ethiopia 3-2 courtesy of a goal by Kelvin Kampamba and two goals from Albert Kangwanda.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has taken time encourage players of the Zambia National Soccer Team.

Mr. Mwamba urged the player to be disciplined if they were to have a successful footballing career.

Speaking when he addressed the Zambia National Soccer team at Jupiter International hotel in Addis Ababa ahead of the Chipolopolo Boys’ international friendly match against Ethiopia this afternoon, Ambassador Mwamba said he was delighted to see young and promising players in the current national team setup.

Ambassador Mwamba said football is a mass supporters’ sport and was highly lucrative to the players.

He said if the boys used their opportunity properly, it would help transform their lives and that of their families, and will help bring glory to Zambia.

He said the players should regard themselves as ambassadors of the country and soccer fans’ expectations were high on their performance.

“Talent is nothing without discipline. Probably your coaches and leaders have talked to you about it, but it needs to be emphasized. You can be a great player but without discipline, that (talent) will take you nowhere,” ambassador Mwamba said.

“You have been blessed to have been picked to represent our national team. Don’t spoil or squander the chance; this chance might not come again. You are not the best, the most blessed but the Lord has picked you to play for our national team, regard it as a privilege.” he said.

Ambassador Mwamba urged the players to give a listening ear to the football administration and the Chipolopolo technical bench led by Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic.

“We have seen wonderful talent go to waste just because the players lacked discipline. Everyone starts small like that. You have left a lot of people behind because you are now playing for the national team,” he said.

“We want you to play at the world stage and watch you on TV wherever you are; so regard it as a blessing and God bless you all.”

Team Delegation Leader Lee Kawanu thanked Ambassador Mwamba for taking time to encourage the boys, describing it as a comforting experience to be welcomed by Zambians in foreign land.

“You can see that we have a lot of young new faces that are trying to break into the main team, this is a clear indication of what the FA (Football Association of Zambia) is trying to do which is to build something for the future,” Kawanu said.

Head Coach, Micho, disclosed that the team is in the country to play a series of friendly matches in order to get a competitive momentum before the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifier matches against Botswana in November.

“We are representing 18 million of Zambians and fully aware of that, we want to give everything against a great team coached by a great coach on the other side of a great nation that during the match, we are like sport enemies; after the match and before that we are sport friends.

The match will kick-off at 16:00hours (15:00hours Zambian time) and will be played at Addis Ababa stadium.

The Chipolopolo Boys are also expected to play three more international matches while in Ethiopia.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Oct 2020, 1:23 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

16,117 Total Cases
348 Deaths
15,179 Recovered

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