THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has reached a 95% completion stage in the construction of a teaching and learning complex housing two lecture theatres with a cumulative sitting capacity of 700 students.
The two lecture theatres erected at the UNZA main campus in the space between the Confucius Institute and Population Studies teaching building, is made possible with funds internally generated by UNZA through the partnership with Graduare Property Development Zambia Limited, the proprietors of East Park Mall.
The state-of-the-art project to be commissioned in a months’ time, is comprised of two state-of-art lecture theatres with a sitting capacity of 350 each, two conference facilities with cumulative sitting capacity of 120 people, office spaces, computer laboratories, ablution blocks and kitchens.
The project will also provide ultra-modern office and ICT support equipment and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, government through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Council and PPP Unit Staff led by Hon. Ronald Chitotela in his capacity as Vice Chairperson of the PPP Council and Chairperson of the sub-committee responsible for private development and investment promotion, inspected the investment projects that included the teaching and learning complex and the Printing Press housed under UNZA Printer.
Hon. Chitotela expressed happiness with the development projects made possible through the partnership with Graduare Property Development Limited the owners of East Park Mall.
And UNZA Vice Chancellor Prof. Luke. E. Mumba reaffirmed Management’s commitment to addressing infrastructure challenges as well as achieving financial sustainability through venturing in business enterprises.
The Vice Chancellor adds, that the partnership between UNZA and East Park Mall has realised fruits that have seen the construction of the two lecture theatres and the purchase of the state-of-the-art Industrial Printing Machine under UNZA Printer valued at Euros 800,000.
The Vice Chancellor also adds that the university has made some note -worthy achievements in infrastructure development that include:
• the construction and refurbishment of the Special Needs Education Centre at the School of Education with the financial support of the Christian Blind Mission in Germany;
• the construction of the Confucius Institute with support from the Chinese Government;
• the construction of the Population Studies teaching building with support from the American Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR);
• the construction of the School of Public Health Lecture theatre with the financial support from the United States Government through the Department of Defence and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC);
• the construction of two ultra-modern lecture theatres at the School of Engineering with a cumulative sitting capacity of 800 with financial support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), and the;
• the construction of a learning complex under the Graduate School of Business (GSB) to house a library, computer room, four 60-seater tutorial rooms and a 350 capacity lecture theatre to be funded using internally generated resources.
Meanwhile, UNZA Management is committed to investing in infrastructure development projects at its two campuses (Great East Road Main and Ridgeway campuses) to promote the highest quality of teaching and learning, research and community service for its Staff, Students and the general public.
This according to a press statement issued by
Dr. Brenda Bukowa, Acting Head – Communication and Marketing at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
Zambian truck driver who was shot in South Africa dies
Zambia is one of the most attractive agricultural investment destination on the African continent, AFGRI says
AFGRI, a leading South African agriculture service company says Zambia is one of the most attractive agricultural investment destination on the African continent.
Company Chief Executive Officer Norman Celliers said Zambia has an advanced agriculture sector which made it the best investment destination in the region.
He was speaking at the AFGRI offices in Centurion,South Africa when he held a meeting with Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country Major General Jackson Miti.
Mr. Celliers said Zambia had unique capacity to grow and supply the SADC region with various foods owing to her rich soils and central geographical location.
He mentioned that his company was in the process of concentrating more on agriculture development in Zambia
And Major General Miti said government was engaging various stakeholders to ensure improved productivity and competitiveness in the agriculture sector.
He said government had embarked on a process of developing a crop marketing and export policy.
Major General Miti thanked AFGRI for its contribution to the growth of Zambia’s agriculture sector.
This is according to a press statement issued Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa.
It’s a WRAP! Congratulations to the MTF Academy Class of 2020
DESPITE the challenging year that was 2020, MultiChoice is thrilled to congratulate the MTF Academy Class of 2020 on their graduation!
2020 was undoubtedly tough due to COVID-19, but the ability for all the 60 students from the Lusaka, Nairobi and Lagos academy hubs to quickly adapt and transition from physical to virtual learning speaks to the world-class nature of the academy’s course, says Mrs Leah Kooma, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Zambia.
“The MultiChoice Talent Factory is very close to my heart. It speaks to who we are as Africans, natural-born storytellers. Today we are here to celebrate the second cohort who were dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic but the challenge seems to have brought on even greater opportunities,” Mrs Kooma adds.
The students’ academic course was extended from 12 month to 18 months due to the pandemic. This additional time translated to the students today walking away with not one but two qualifications, making them even more sought-after as they re-enter their respective local film and TV sectors as highly qualified industry professionals. Alongside their MTF qualification, the students also walk away with an equally illustrious qualification from the prestigious New York Film Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA).
Africa’s creative industries are custodians of the continent’s cultural heritage, and as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, MultiChoice has always put to use its burning desire to develop and invest in African talent through initiatives such as MTF. And like the previous cohort, the skills gained by the Class of 2020 once again shone through during their course.
The students completed an intensive 3-week online NYFA course on the production of micro-documentaries, PSAs and music videos and also worked with the United Nations on the global #PledgeToPause campaign, exposing the young creatives to global networks. In addition, MTF graduates are now part of the MTF alumni network and connected to industry professionals from across the continent through the MTF Portal-
The continued success of the MTF initiative since its start in 2018 is also rooted in its illustrious partnerships, namely with NYFA, the Henley Business School Africa, Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria, Kenyatta University in Kenya and the University of Zambia in Zambia. MTF also has partnerships with internationally acclaimed organisations Dolby, Jasco Broadcast Solutions and Nihilent.
MTF’s partners have further contributed to the initiative by offering awards to this year’s graduates. The awards and lucky recipients are:
The NYFA 8-week scholarship, which goes to the top performing graduate per region.
This year’s recipients are; Abisola Aboaba (Nigeria), Daisy Masembe (Uganda) and Maira Tauacale (Mozambique).
An 8-week scriptwriting internship on an animation series from global consulting and solutions integration company Nihilent Technologies. The winners are; Julie Ako (Nigeria), Kefa Igilo (Tanzania) and Hilma Sheehama (Namibia).
Jasco Broadcast Solutions will provide one AVID media composer licence to the most-promising film video editor per region. The recipients are Gbenga Gomes (Nigeria), Isiko Abubaker (Uganda) and Abel Ngoma (Zambia). The AVID Pro Tools license for the most-promising sound engineer per region was awarded to Igho Arusi Avuirovarie (Nigeria), Maurice Muendo (Kenya) and Reijhaart Wolhuter (Namibia).
MultiChoice’s platforms will be giving students an amazing opportunity to work at M-Net local productions. Each winner will take part in a 4-week internship on M-Net productions equipping them with the skills they need to tell authentic and original African stories. Well done to Joshua Tsotso (Nigeria), Hanigun Kwenya (Kenya) and Masuzyo Mwale (Zambia).
“This is a proud moment for everyone involved in ensuring that the students became graduates. It’s also been fulfilling to see just how in-tune this next generation of African storytellers are with the importance of being multi-skilled and intuitive creatives,” Mrs Kooma continues “All this would not have been possible without the collaboration and commitment of our fantastic partners.”
The graduates from Zambia include; Abel Ngoma, Kaluba Mayowe, Masuzyo Mwale, Christine Mulemeli, Tasha Chitika, Edward Sakala and Cosmas Ng’andwe.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 who are now alumni of the exceptional MTF Academy programme. The future of Africa’s creative industries looks bright!