IT has been an exciting week for Proflight Zambia and the local aviation sector, as the airline took successful delivery of two additional Bombardier CRJ jets, bringing its total to five.
The latest additions to the airline’s expanding fleet are a parcel freighter which touched down on Sunday, and was followed by the arrival of its fourth passenger jet on Saturday, September 9.
Captain Josias Walubita, Director of Flight Operations at Proflight Zambia, expressed his delight, saying: “This development means a lot to Proflight’s growth and the development of the nation’s aviation industry.”
Proflight’s continuous expansion efforts underscore its dedication to contributing to the growth of the local aviation sector. The addition of the aircraft marks an exciting chapter in the airline’s growth and promises increased passenger capacity and enhanced cargo transportation services both locally and regionally. It also comes at an opportune time and aligns with the direction of government to prioritize the upgrade of provincial airport services and facilities as indicated by President Hakainde Hichilema in his opening remarks at the third session of the 13th Parliament yesterday.
The first aircraft, the CRJ100 Parcel Freighter, commenced its journey from Calgary – under the command of Captain Frederik Host-Madsen of MOVE, with assistance from Captain Johan Oredsson, on September 1, 2023, at 16:00 local time. It was ferried from Calgary to Goose Bay on the East Coast of Canada, then across the North Atlantic to Keflavik, Iceland. The aircraft continued its journey to Ljubljana, Slovenia, before departing for Jedda, Saudi Arabia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Finally, it landed in Lusaka, Zambia, at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Sunday.
The second aircraft, a CRJ200 passenger jet equipped with a spacious baggage bay, departed from Calgary on Wednesday, September 6th, following the same routing as the previous aircraft and arrived at KKIA in Lusaka on Friday, September 8. This brings Proflight’s total seating capacity to 460 – a significant increase from 205 in 2022 and 137 in the 2019 pre-COVID-19 period.
As Zambia seeks to enhance its capacity in the aviation sector, the increased passenger capacity and cargo facilities being introduced by airlines such as Proflight are a sign of the commitment that private sector players have in creating a thriving airline industry in Zambia. The benefits from such sustained growth can have a long-term positive impact on job creation, tourism, and international trade connections among others.
(Credit: Langmead & Baker Ltd)
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)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)