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MultiChoice Announces Expansion of MultiChoice Talent Factory

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AS part of its ongoing commitment to grow the African film industry, MultiChoice announced the expansion of the MultiChoice Talent Factory. The announcement was made on Wednesday at an event attended by the Minister of Information and Media, Honourable Chushi Kasanda.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory will expand its skills development offering to practical, industry expert-led skills workshops outside of its academies. This affords local broadcasters as well as film and television professionals the opportunity to learn and upskill their film making abilities. This project which the organisation intends to roll out to the rest of Africa was launched in Malawi and now Zambia.

This expansion will formalise MultiChoice’s long-standing efforts to address concerns such as accessibility, opportunity, and quality in local productions. All training will be conducted by leading African and international industry experts and will offer holistic learning through online learning courses, masterclasses, and practical training which will focus on critical production skills such as production Management, sound, screenwriting, cinematography and 3D Annimation.

Speaking at the launch event, the Minister of Information and Media, Honourable Chushi Kasanda said: “Skills development is Key in unlocking Zambia’s immense potential in the film industry. In this regard, it is gratifying that MultiChoice has taken the initiative to invest in the growth of Zambia’s film industry through its Corporate Social Investment Initiative – the MultiChoice Talent Factory, an academy that trains young people in film making and production.”

Also speaking at this event MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Nwabisa Matyumza emphasized the company’s commitement to building Africa’s film industry.

“The MTF Expansion Programme is a new training initiative set to revolutionise the African TV sector, taking industry skills to a new level and boosting the quality of content for audiences across the continent. This initiative is a collaborative project between MultiChoice, local television channels in various African territories and the MultiChoice Talent Factory,” said Matyumza.

Ms Matyumza further emphasized the importance of working with local film broadcasters to further grow talent, create jobs and boost local content production

“Local broadcasters are the grassroots of the TV industry in every country. By investing and partnering to train and upskill the producers and filmmakers, we can make a direct, immediate impact. The training has been curated and will be presented by industry leaders with the focus on training that is fit for purpose and meet the needs of the television stations in Zambia,” said Ms Matzuma.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory is MultiChoice’s Corporate Social Responsibility. It is a shared-value initiative that provides a platform for the creative industries to develop their talent and engage with one another through their shared passions.

It has a multi-tiered approach namely the MTF Portal, the MTF Academies and MTF Industry Masterclasses.

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A former ZRA accounts assistant slapped three years imprisonment for stealing over K170,000

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Court has convicted and sentenced a former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) accounts assistant, Sami Sami to three years imprisonment with hard labour.

Magistrate Faides Hamaundu entered a statutory judgment and ordered the convict Sami to pay Zambia Revenue Authority the money that he had stolen.

Sami aged 43 was convicted on 18 counts of the offence of Theft by Public Servant contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The court heard that Sami an account assistant at ZRA on dates unknown but between the 16th day of August 2018 and the 31st day of July,2019, being a person employed in the Public Service namely ZRA stole K174,566.59 cash which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

And ZRA has sternly warned its members of staff that there are no sacred cows as any officers found wanting will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)

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ZRA dismisses fake social recruitment post.

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THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has dismissed reports circulating on social media platforms purporting that the authority has advertised for jobs.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said the social media reports are fake adding the general public should not be duped by unscrupulous people who are forging and coming up with fake ZRA documents in order to swindle unsuspecting people.

Mr Nzala said the fake recruitment adverts are a concern to the authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled.

He urged the public  to be on high alert concerning the scam, saying the unscrupulous people should be reported to the nearest police station or any ZRA office.

Mr Nzala also dispelled reports that the authority had set up a trust fund.

“The ZRA would like to warn and urge members of the public to strongly ignore and treat social media posts circulating, purporting that there is a Zambia Revenue Support Trust Fund Program and that the Authority has advertised for jobs, as fake. We have noted with great concern fake recruitment adverts circulating on social media purporting to have been issued by the ZRA. This is a big concern for the Authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled,”he said.

He said ZRA’s recruitment process is anchored on core values of transparency, professionalism and integrity.

Mr Nzala said that ZRA advertises job vacancies on their website and in the print media.

He said in the past the authority has received cases from some being swindled of hard-earned cash by unscrupulous people purporting to be recruitment agents for ZRA.

He explained the swindlers send fake messages inviting the unsuspecting general public to attend interviews or assessment tests, conduct police clearance, undergo medical examinations and report for work.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 22nd January, 2023)

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Tanzanian truck driver convicted for smuggling handbags and clothes

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THE smuggling of used handbags and second-hand clothes into Zambia has landed a Tanzanian truck driver in trouble.

The Ndola magistrate court has ordered Mamza Msengi to pay over K300,000 to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as a result of his actions that were deemed to defraud the Zambian Government.

Added to that, Msengi will have to part away with K10,000 after he was fined and given a default custodial sentence of nine months in prison.

Particulars of the offense were that on unknown dates but between November 20 and December 31, 2022, the convict defrauded the Zambian government of K304,223.00.

Msengi told border authorities at Nakonde Border that the consignment he was carrying was in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through, the Sakania border in Ndola.

“Seals for the transit goods were placed on the said truck by Zambia Revenue Authority and allowed to proceed. However, he removed the seals in Ndola and trans-shipped the consignment onto another unknown truck,” ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said in a statement.

After trans-shipping the consignment, the driver affixed fake seals on an empty container and proceeded to Sakania Border in order to acquit the transit bond under the pretext that the truck was laden with the consignment which was declared at the border.

“Alert ZRA Customs officers conducted a physical inspection of the truck and discovered that it was not carrying any goods as the goods had been trans-shipped onto another truck in Ndola,” Nzala said.

In court, Msengi pleaded guilty before Magistrate Jennipher Bwalya.

He was ordered to pay a fine of K10,000 while asking him to also remit the evaded tax which amounted to K304,223.00.

“The Zambia Revenue Authority strives to detect and disrupt tax evasion schemes and prosecute criminals who engage in smuggling of goods through our borders to ensure that all individuals pay their fair share of customs duty and the right amount of taxes are paid to the government,” Nzala said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 21st January, 2023)

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26 Jan 2023, 11:46 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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