MultiChoice Zambia and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) have launched a first-ever intensive training programme designed to enhance the quality of work done by ZNBC staff.
The training, a collaborative initiative between MultiChoice and ZNBC seeks to grow talent and boost local content production through industry expert-led skills training. It will also emphasize the adoption of strategies that will increase revenue generation.
MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), Academy Director, Mr Christopher Puta said the training was meant to leverage partnership and improve production skills.
“The training we are launching today is part of our MTF Expansion program that was launched last year. The program is intended to leverage on the partnerships we have formed to enhance capabilities and skills,” said Mr Puta at the official opening of the training at ZNBC.
The training is conducted by leading African and international industry experts from Freshly Minced and offers holistic learning through courses with a focus on studio and on-location programme production. The program will also focus on areas cutting across marketing, sales, and engineering.
Speaking when he officially opened the training, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Media Mr Kennedy Kalunga, said: “Training is an integral part of every profession. In broadcasting, training should be continuous as the industry is faced with a large audience whose information needs are growing on a daily basis.”
‘The need to deliver or broadcast relevant news and current affairs to the public in an efficient manner becomes crucial, and covers not only the dissemination of news, but the quality in terms of balance, relevance to the audience as well as quality in audio and video content,” remarked Mr Kalunga.
Meanwhile, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC,) Board Chairperson, Mr Jack Kalala expressed his gratitude to MultiChoice Zambia for organising the training.
“For the next one week our staff will be undergoing intensive training on studio and on-location programme production, facilitated by the Multichoice Talent Factory. Let me thank Multichoice Zambia, who has facilitated this training for ZNBC staff.”
“The liberalisation of the media industry in the 1990’s witnessed the establishment of hundreds of media houses. This development has brought about competition that dictates that broadcasting institutions that want to stay afloat, be steps ahead in the manner they serve the public.”
The MultiChoice Talent Factory is MultiChoice’s Corporate Social Responsibility. It is a shared-value initiative that provides a platform for creative industries to develop their talent and engage with one another through their shared passions.
Zambia recalls metformin tablets due to non-compliance
THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has taken action to recall metformin tablets, a diabetes medication, after tests revealed non-compliance.
The Authority has since written to the director of Yash Pharmaceuticals Limited following the development.
In a letter written to the pharmaceutical company, the Authority has directed it to recall metformin tablets 500 milligrams batch number KBTO18 manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma PVT limited of India.
“Following routine post marketing surveillance of medicines by the Authority, the above-mentioned product manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma Limited, India was analysed at the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory.The product was found non-compliant with respect to Assay test,” reads the letter in parts.
The Authority said the pharmaceutical company should initiate a recall within 14 days of the receipt of the letter.
ZMRA further advised that the company is required to submit a detailed report of the recall process which should include all the relevant information.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
ZICTA directs Airtel to compensate subscribers for poor service
FOLLOWING the recent poor Airtel service experienced, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has directed the company to compensate it’s subscribers within five days.
The Authority has also directed the network provider to immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution.
In a statement, ZICTA Manager Corporate Communications Hanford Chaaba said the Authority is closely monitoring the service provider.
He said ZICTA is deeply concerned with the recent intermittent network and service outages on Airtel network.
“To this effect, the Authority has directed Airtel Networks Zambia Plc to compensate all subscribers in line with the approved compensation policy within five days from today December 8, 2023. The Authority has also directed the network provider to, using all available platforms, immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution,” he said.
Mr Chaaba said the network provider has further been directed to urgently put in place measures that will ensure that such outages are averted, and submit to the Authority a long- term plan to improve network resilience.
He added that the Authority will actively monitor network performances of all services providers to ensure that the Quality of Service (QoS) guidelines are strictly adhered to.
“We encourage members of the public to continue reporting any issues related to unavailability and quality of network or service,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
Trade Kings Foundation donates over Two million kwacha to local farmers
As the year draws to a close the Trade Kings Foundation not only looks at the year that was, but also looks to the future by donating over two million Kwacha, in the form of seed and fertilizers to 500 local farmers from the Nampundwe and Chaminuka communities.
The Trade Kings Foundation recognises the crucial role that small-scale farmers play in Zambia’s agricultural sector. In strengthening their capacity, one significantly contributes to food security in and around these communities. With this in mind, the Trade Kings Foundation continuously strives to support the sector, whether in the form of building structures, laying irrigation for water reticulation, drilling of boreholes and now – the donation of seeds and fertilizers.
As part of the donation, the farmers will attend several workshops to upskill them on topics such as soil health, crop rotation, water management, and pest and disease. The program will also focus on crop ustilisation: how to sell, give back to the local community and plan for the next crop.
During the handover of the donation, Trade Kings Group’s Public Relations Manager, Bridget Kambobe, said, “Small-scale and family farmers play a major role in food production of Zambia. Faced with numerous challenges that include everchanging weather patterns, competition from large industrial farms and a lack of access to reliable, up-to-date information and farming inputs, the drive to support local farmers forms part of the Trade Kings Foundation’s ethos of “Improving Lives” and in so doing we assist in ensuring much-needed food security.”
She concluded, “Our role as Trade Kings Group and Trade Kings Foundation is not only to serve our customers, but to instill hope during the economically uncertain times that we find ourselves in.”