The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) was formed in 1974 as an Umbrella of Zambian Civil Society Organisations. Our main goal of the organisation is promoting a vibrant, independent and well-coordinated civil society organisation in Zambia.
In 2009 government enacted the Non-Governmental Act No. 16 of 2009 to regulate and register Non-Governmental Organisations. The enactment of the Law was not well received by a large section of Civil Society in the country who felt that the law infringed on fundamental freedoms and the constitution of Zambia.
Against this background, civil society including Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), started pursuing the Repeal and Replacement of the NGO Act. In 2019, government, through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS) contracted the Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) to draft the NGO Bill.
Working through a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprising of civil society, government ministries and partners, consultative meetings were held in provinces to get submissions to the NGO Bill. With the outbreak of the corona virus, these countrywide consultative meetings were put on hold. Instead, the ZLDC issued an online submission plan to enable NGOs contribute to the NGO Draft Bill.
In an effort to ensure that the NGO Bill promotes the flourishing of the civil society, Zambia Council for Social Development is now calling on all its members and other well-meaning Zambian Organizations and Individuals alike to make submissions to the process of repealing and replacing of the NGO Act of 2009. All submissions should be made to the Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) at Plot No. 26F Cheetah Road Kabulonga, Lusaka or the Registrar of NGOs at the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services. Soft copies should be sent to Mr Mwiba Mwenda at email@example.com and Ms Lina Jere at firstname.lastname@example.org and ZCSD to email@example.com
Our Goal is to see a vibrant, well-coordinated and Independent Civil Society Sector in Zambia
Lusaka City Council closes an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has warned all persons involved in illegal brewing and distribution of certified wines to stop operations before they are visited by the local authority. This comes in the wake of the LCC closing an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said in a statement that this follows a complaint from the institution administration after it noticed a fermentation smell coming from the school canteen.
He said acting on the tip, a team of LCC Public health inspectors moved to the scene and found a wine Factory running and all process involved in the making and packaging of the product was been done in one place.
“Workers at the factory manually packaged the wine into bottles without any protective equipment and no measures were in place to allow for safe food handling. The factory was making wines labeled Zikomo, Chibe Pakapaka, Natotela, Zambezi, Sansamukeni and Banana Wine. At the time of Inspection, the owner of the factory was unable to produce any permits that allows them to manufacture and distribute the wine.” he said.
LCC has since Seized on Premise all goods that were in the factory until investigations are concluded.
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.