EIGHTEEN Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers have been summoned by the Road Transport and safety Agency (RTSA) to show cause why their driving licenses should not be revoked for exceeding speed limits contrary to the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002.
RTSA Head of Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga said according to the Global Position System (GPS) installed, over 500 long distance buses monitored by the Agency show continued increase in drivers violating speed limits with impunity on several occasions to an extent of driving at the ranges of 120 km/h to 220 km/h against the prescribed speed limit for PSV buses on highways which is 100 km/h, hence, posing serious danger to the travelling public.
Mr Mubanga noted that the affected drivers are Richard Chirwa, Francis Banda, Shepherd Ganya all of FM Transport, Prince Hamuyundu, Cleaver Sasa all of Green Point Minibuses, Nsangu Tembo, and James Chiwuwi all of Power Tools Motors.
“The Agency is of the view that PSV drivers are expected to drive with due care bearing in mind the level of responsibility they assume,” he noted.
Mr Mubanga named others as Boyd Chewe of Scorpion Bus services, Oliver Kapasa, Emmanuel Chanda, Sanalami Mwanza all of Mbwe Motors, David Mwansa, Matanda Lungu, Wilibesi Lungu all of Zambia-Malawi Buses, Richard Kabwe of Peace Soldier, Lazarous Katota of Automends and Webby Siame of Vida Logistics.
He further said the Agency, is exercising section 68(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 which empowers RTSA to revoke a driving licence, if in the opinion of the Director, the conduct or character of the holder of such a licence is rendered to be unfit to drive such a vehicle from the point of view of the safety of the public.
“The RTSA is taking a proactive approach to monitor the speed of PSV buses through GPS in bid to mitigate the risk of road traffic crashes on Zambian roads,”.
Six vehicles hit into each other in RTA along the Chirundu-Kafue road, police say
SIX vehicles have been involved in a road traffic accident after one of the drivers failed to keep to their lane along the Chirundu-Kafue road.
The accident occurred yesterday, Sunday December 3rd around 12:00 hours.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said police have recorded a serious Road Traffic Accident involving six vehicles.
“Involved was Joe Hansi aged 48 of City Frontier transport Ndola who was driving a Sino Howo truck Registration Number BCE 9743 ZM, Trailer number BCF 9872 ZM and BCF 988 ZM loaded with Copper cathodes who was driving from West to East. The driver sustained minor injuries and the horse extensively damaged while the copper load spread on the road,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said also involved was Peter Zulu aged 39 of Chirundu Police Station who was driving a Toyota Axio Registration Number AEB 3895 ZM who was driving from East to west along Chirundu- Kafue Road who sustained general body pains and his motor vehicle was extensively damaged.
“Also involved were three juveniles aged three, five and 12 who were passengers on a Toyota Axio who sustained serious body injuries, Mutavesu Henry aged 33 of house number 861 Dvli Beti bridge South Africa who had parked his motor vehicle Registration number FLR 966 a Volvo truck, trailer number FPF 901L and FPF 094L.The driver sustained painful waist and the front part of the horse was extensively damaged.”
“Naomi Lusambo aged 30 of who was driving a Toyota Vitz Registration number BAV 7770 from East to West who escaped unhurt, a passenger in a Toyota Vitz Sherry Mwale aged 20 sustained a big cut on the forehead, Jackson Siabasimbi aged 32 of Chirundu who was driving a Mitsubishi Canter Registration number AEB 3868 ZM, escaped unhurt ,but had his motor vehicle damaged on the right side of the trailer,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga explained that further involved was Shepherd Chinyama a Zimbabwean National aged 34 of house number 445 Wood Park Gweru, Zimbabwe who was driving a Scania Registration number FPP941L, trailer FLG Registration number 523L and FLG566L, he escaped unhurt but had his three tyres from the right side his trailer damaged.
He said all victims who sustained serious injuries were rushed are admitted at Mutendere Mission Hospital in Chirundu District.
Mr Hamoonga added that the accident occurred when the first driver Joe Hansi, failed to keep to his lane in the process he went to the right side of the lane and hit into five other motor vehicles which were in the queue.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th December, 2023)
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)