By CHRISTINE MWAABA,
“I AM very happy to have the opportunity to fly an aircraft. For me, it’s not about being male or female; it’s about making it happen.”
This is how 19- year-old Luyando Sianyeuka describes her achievement, as something that has to be done regardless of her gender.
The teenager is one of Zambia’s youngest trainee pilots. Speaking to this author, Luyando described the experience of flying an aircraft as spectacular.
She said she loves being a pilot.
With so much passion about her career, Luyando said she enjoys conquering the skies, a job that was traditionally male dominated, but not anymore.
Luyando has joined women who are breaking traditional barriers and stereotypes about what society thinks about women.
She has already acquired a Private Pilot License (PPL) and looks forward to climbing her way up to the dizzy heights of acquiring a commercial pilot license one day so that she can fly larger aircraft.
But venturing into the career of flying planes has not been an easy feat for Luyando.
She has battled traditions that dictate that women’s place is in the kitchen. As the only child in the family, born in 2000 from Godfrey Sianyeuka and Alvina Sianyeuka, Luyando completed her junior secondary school at Golden Hill Academy and later finished her secondary school at Lwengu International School in Monze in 2017.
Luyando’s childhood fantasy became a reality in 2018 when she enrolled at Sunquest Aviation in South Africa.
Through that enrolment, her life took a new twist that was not an easy thing for her to handle and at the same time, everything was happening at supersonic speed.
“When I was accepted at Sunquest Aviation, it was a dream come true and it felt like my journey of becoming a pilot was finally starting,” she said.
It was not easy to learn how to fly but the teenager worked hard to master the technical aspects of aircraft flying until she managed to fly a plane.
(Story Courtesy of Times of Zambia)
Zamtel revamps Cheza4Eva, introduces affordable All Network Offers
ZAMTEL has today announced that it has relaunched the all popular Cheza 4Eva package that will now allow its customers to enjoy affordable All Network calling and data packs.
Cheza4Eva minutes are now available for ALL-NETWORK calls making it possible for Zamtel customers with Cheza4Eva minutes to make both on-net and off-net calls under this exciting offer.
With all the Cheza4Eva voice packages now having ALL-NETWORK calling minutes, customers can now enjoy non-stop calling at any time of day plus data allocations of up to 22GB with a validity period of up to one month.
Announcing the new offer, Zamtel Acting Chief Commercial Officer Keith Banda said Cheza 4Eva is in line with the company’s One Zambia, One Nation, One Network campaign which encourages the spirit of togetherness among Zambians.
Mr Banda said through the revamped Cheza4Eva, Zamtel customers will now be able to call other networks at more affordable rates which helps unite families and increase connectivity.
“In line with the campaign theme of One Zambia, One Nation, One Network, we are encouraging families and friends to stay connected using the Zamtel network by calling other networks more affordably. We have also added exciting data packs on Cheza4Eva offers to further encourage digital connectivity,” Mr Banda added.
He said as a customer-centric organization, Zamtel will continue rolling out packages that respond to the needs of the customer by delivering more personalized offers such as Cheza4Eva.
“With this revamped offer, we are helping our subscribers to plan and accommodate their usage that fits into their lifestyles and budget and this is particularly good for businesses especially the SMEs,” he said.
Cheza4Eva offers are accessible on the short code *422# under option 2.
This is according to a statement issued by Zamtel Corporate Communications Manager Changwe Kabwe.
Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, to present National Budget Next Week Friday
FINANCE and National Planning Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane says the 2022 National Budget will be presented to Parliament next week Friday.
Dr Musokotwane made the announcement in Lusaka yesterday , during a wrapup budget consultative meeting with various stakeholders.
He told the meeting that the new administration has set poverty reduction, employment creation, and creation of a conducive environment for investment in all sectors as some of the priority areas.
And the stakeholders who attended the consultative meeting and made submissions are Zambia Chamber of Mines, Zambia Association of Manufacturers, Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and
Industry, Bankers Association of Zambia, Truckers Association of
Zambia, Indaba Agriculture Policy and Research Institute, Center for
Trade Policy and Dialogue, and Caritas Zambia.
The distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season starts tomorrow, says President Hakainde Hichilema
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has announced that the distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season to all farmers across the country will start tomorrow the 18th of October, 2021.
And the Head of State has appealed to traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of Zambians.
In his Facebook post,President Hichilema has assured farmers across the country that they will receive their fertilizer tomorrow.
“This afternoon we held a meeting with His Royal Highness, Chief Liteta of the Lenje speaking people in Central Province.
During the meeting, through His royal highness, we appealed to all traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of you, Zambians,” he said.
He said land as a matter of ownership and empowerment, must first be given to Zambians and Zambians first and that those Zambians without capital and out of their own volition can get into joint ventures with citizens from other countries.
The Head of State said in order to ensure that service delivery is prompt, more funding for constituencies will be allocated and for the first time in the history of the country, local people will be deciding on how to use the funds as this will help curtail corruption that has been unprecedented at National level.
“And later we thanked the people of Liteta for voting for us but also stated that we are aware of the people’s hopes in us and that come this December, the current budget will be shut and ours will begin in January, 2022 and once we start using our own budget, all Zambians will start seeing the benefits of voting for change,” President Hichilema said.
He said government understand the challenges that the Agriculture is facing which were mainly induced by the previous regime’s awarding of Fertilizer contracts to suppliers for two years without due diligence.
President Hichilema said his administration is but on track and will ensure that agriculture sector does not die in the Country.
“Dear Zambians. Take your pens and notebooks and start taking down what we are delivering as per our vision.
So far, we have kicked out caderism and this led to freedoms in public places with only a few cases of not accepting change remaining currently but we will manage this. It is a process and let’s all get involved and get it solved,” he said.
He has further urged people of Chisamba to vote for UPND Council Chairperson candidate Fred Choongo.
(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)