THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has with immediate effect revoked driving licences for ten passenger Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers for violating the provisions of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002.
This comes in the wake of the conclusion of the investigation process surrounding the conduct of the affected drivers, which in the view of the Agency, have proved that the drivers failed to advance reasonable causes or responses as to why their licences should not be revoked for putting the lives of the passengers and other road users in serious danger.
In a statement, RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga said the agency is exercising Section 68(1) (a) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002, which empowers the Agency 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.
He affected drivers include Timothy Shawa of Kalahari Trans Zambia Limited, who on 14th February 2022, while driving a fuel tanker truck along the Great North Road failed to stop at a railway crossing and collided with a goods train resulting in the loss of two lives.
Mr Mubanga said the agency has also revoked the driving licence for Andrew Musa for abrogating Statutory Instrument No.76 of 2016, which prohibits the movement of Public Service Vehicles at night, and subsequently causing a road traffic crash in which seven (07) people died.
“The other affected drivers are Shepherd Ganya, Webby Siame, Sanalami Mwanza, Boyd Chewe, Lazarus Katota, Matanda Lungu and David Mwansa all whose driving licenses have been revoked for being habitual offenders of the offence of exceeding speed limits contrary to the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002. According to the Global Position System (GPS), monitored by the RTSA, the affected drivers violated speed limits on several occasions driving at speeds of between 120 km/h to 220 km/h against the prescribed speed limit for PSV buses on highways which is 100 km/h, thus posing serious danger to the passengers and other road users,” he said.
And the RTSA has also revoked the PSV driving licence for Bwalya Mwansa for driving in a dangerous manner on 11th February 2022 by overtaking several trucks on a solid line on the Great North Road, a stretch that had heavy traffic, without regard to other road users, thereby risking the safety of the passengers.
Mr Mubanga said the Agency has given three passenger transport operators a 30 days ultimatum, effective 6th April 2022, to put in place effective measures for monitoring the movement of their buses, including the aspect of speed monitoring through GPS, adherence to SI No. 76 of 2016 and SI No. 51 of 2021 which restricts the movement PSVs at night, between 22:00 hours and 04:00 hours, ensure strict adherence to the RTSA’s Fleet Safety Management Policy and all the terms and conditions under which the Road Service Licenses were granted.
He said after 30 days, a team of RTSA officers will check compliance with the foregoing directive, failure to which, the Agency will have no option but to suspend the Road Service Licences.
Mr Mubanga said the affected operators include Nicpro Trading and Transport Services, P Mwansa Bus Services and Magodi Lodge Limited trading as FM Bus Services.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th April, 2022)
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)