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Speech by PS Danny Mfune from Ministry of Housing & Infrastructure on the Launch of the NCC Act No.10 of 2020

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Speech by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing & Infrastructure on the launch of the National Council for Construction Act No. 10 of 2020.  The event took place at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka on the 26th of April 2021…

Ladies and gentlemen.

On behalf of the minister of housing and infrastructure development, Honourable Vincent Mwale MP, who has sent his apologies for not joining us this morning due to other pressing commitments, i would like to welcome you to this important media briefing on the national council for construction act no.10 of 2020.

As you may all be aware, the government has in the last 10 years heavily invested in infrastructure development aimed at creating a robust foundation for economic growth and transformation of the country.

In line with the seventh national development plan, government has invested in infrastructure to support actualization of the pillars on economic diversification and job creation, poverty reduction as well as the pillar on reduction of developmental inequalities, particularly between rural and urban areas.

The last 10 years have seen investment in new health facilities such as the Kalindawalo and Chinsali general hospitals, and the Lusaka specialized hospitals. Government has also expanded and modernized the university teaching hospital, the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University and the Maina Soko Medical Centre. Government has upgraded several health centres to level one hospitals and is currently building the King Salman Abdulazzi hospital in Lusaka, among many other health facilities across the country.

 

Distinguished members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

Government has invested in road and bridge infrastructure through the Link Zambia 8000, the rehabilitation of the great east road, the turnpike-Mazabuka road, the Mongu-Kalabo road, township roads under the l400 road project and the Zambia township road projects, the Lusaka de-congest project, the construction of the Kazungula bridge, and feeder roads under the improved rural connectivity project. Further, government has constructed toll stations across the country to enhance revenue collection for continued investment in road rehabilitation, maintenance and construction.

Government has also invested in infrastructure projects in the education, agriculture, telecommunication, defence and security, trade facilitation, and energy among many other economic and social sectors in line with the seventh national development plan. Government has also invested in infrastructure development in newly created districts in order to increase access to social services provided by government and bring development closer to the people.

To support local participation in the construction industry and build the capacity of local contractors, his excellency Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu issued a policy directive to compel all foreign contractors to subcontract 20% of the total contract value of works to local contractors. This is aimed at ensuring knowledge, skills and technological transfers and sustainable development of the local construction industry. This policy directive required the support of relevant legal frameworks, and to this effect, government made amendments to the public procurement act and the national council for construction act.

 

Distinguished members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

Allow me to give a few highlights from the national council for construction act no.10 of 2020.

 

Under the new act, it is now mandatory for foreign contractors, or large scale contractors awarded public works contracts, to subcontract a prescribed value of the works to local small or medium scale contractors. This legal provision is in line with the government policy of subcontracting, and will enhance the sustained growth of the local construction industry as envisioned by government. The cry of the local small and medium scale contractors has now been answered by the passage of this law.

Further, under the new act, foreign contractors are now mandated to partner with Zambian contractors to form joint ventures when tendering for public works in order to encourage advanced technological know-how and skills transfers to local contractors.

 

Distinguished members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

Under the new act, the powers of inspectors from the national council for construction have been enhanced with adequate and effective instruments to monitor construction industry players on adherence to legal requirements the act.

To discourage the detrimental act of fronting in the industry, the new act has enhanced definitions relating to Zambian and foreign contractors, and enhanced punitive measures for any practice of fronting by industry players, especially foreign players.

 

Distinguished members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

The new act now requires manufacturers and suppliers of construction materials to register with the national council for construction, this is aimed at ensuring effective monitoring of adherence to prescribed standards for construction materials supplied to the industry. This is aimed at safeguarding the quality of infrastructure developed in the country and ensure value for money from the investment in infrastructure.

The new act has also revised upwards, penalties for contraventions of the provisions of the act. This is meant as a deterrence and a tool for promoting adherence to the provisions of the new law by all industry players.

 

Distinguished members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen.

 

In conclusion, allow me to add that it is important for stakeholders and industry players to view the new act as in the best interest of the construction industry.

Government wants a well-developed, coordinated, transparent and sustainable construction industry, that delivers quality and value for money infrastructure for the country. Hence, as government, we shall ensure a supportive policy and legal environment for the growth and sustainability of the industry.

I would like to also mention that the new act was developed, through a very consultative and transparent process, and the bill was effectively interrogated at all stages of the development process, including at parliament. It is now law and now in effect, following the issuance of the commencement order by the minister on 26th February 2021. I therefore encourage all industry players and stakeholders to familiarize yourselves with the new act.

I thank you.

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President Edgar Lungu officially opens Lusaka Business Expo

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says government remains steadfast in its quest to transforming the country’s social and economic landscape, as outlined in the Seventh National Development Plan.
He has since assured Zambians of his resolve to make the country better.

Speaking when he officiated at the Lusaka business expo dubbed, “Lusaka business expo, 2021, pioneered by Push Network, President Lungu said government is committed to ensuring that women, men, girls and boys are given equal value and opportunities in all areas of socio-economic development.

“My government through the ministry of commerce, trade, and industry has demonstrated its commitment to accelerating economic development by supporting events such as this, aimed at supporting female led enterprises. There is no doubt that women are the backbone of families, communities and the nation at large. I, therefore, consider support to female led businesses as cardinal building blocks to national development. a more inclusive society is ultimately more productive and prosperous,” he said.
The President said Lusaka business expo, therefore, provides vast opportunities for potential investors to take advantage of the enormous prospective that the push women network has to offer in all sectors of our economy.

“The Push Women Network is demonstrating its agility in driving the conversation on inclusivity in a way that is timely, feasible and able to create impact. If we are to steer ourselves into the new frontier of doing business, we must employ an inclusive approach where each one of us is able to be actively engaged and involved in determining the future of business,” President Lungu said.

He further called on the business community and citizens to
embrace the digital space in enhancing their trades.

President Lungu said government through the ministry of commerce, trade and industry will continue to render support to the push women network pioneered Lusaka business expo.

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Stop telling lies about KCM, Bloomberg told

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KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) PLC has dispelled an article by Bloomberg concerning operations of KCM and its two subsidiaries in which it suggested that KCM operations at the Konkola Deep mine have been shut down.
The mining firms has since demanded a retraction of the misleading article by Bloomberg.
In a media statement issued, general manager corporate affairs Shapi Shachinda says ever since the mine was placed under liquidation in May 2019, it has not been closed or put on care and maintenance.
He said the Bloomberg article is false and misleading.
Mr Shachinda said Konkola mine is currently operating and there are no plans to put it on care and maintenance now or in the future.
“Placing a mine under care and maintenance is a public and legally prescribed procedure. This procedure had not been invoked and we
have no plans to invoke it,” he said.
Mr Shachinda said to the contrary and in addition to current operations KCM is about to commence mining in a new area of Konkola known as Konkola East.
He said the favorable prices have made it economical to open up new areas.

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MultiChoice Zambia Supports Copper Queens with USD 20,000 for 2020 Olympic Games

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MultiChoice has donated 20,000 USD to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Organising Committee meant to support the Zambia Women’s National Footbal Team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, to be held in Japan.

Speaking when handing over the cheque to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Local organsing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, MultiChoice Zambia, Managing Director, Mr Kobus Bezuidenhout said the qualification of the Copper Queens to the 2020 Olympics would put Zambia on the world map of sport.

“As we celebrate the qualification of the Copper Queens to the 2020 Olympics, we are aware of the many challenges that the association faces in ensuring that our team not only succeed at the Olympics but that their time there is made as comfortable as possible allowing the team to only worry about their opponents and winning the cup. It is for this reason that we are heeding the call by the Football Association of Zambia to offer support to our Women’s National team with a cheque to the value of $20,000.”

Mr Bezuidenhout explained that MultiChoice through SuperSport has been a constant sponsor and supporter of Sports in Zambia having sponsored the local league through broadcast and training of local talent since 2007.

He further said through local sports investments, MultiChoice continued to help clubs develop supporters, skills, and businesses, sponsorships which have created notable growth of the Zambian football industry.

‘’We are very proud of the Copper Queens participation in the Tokyo Olympics as they are representing our country, as It is the first time that Zambia will have representation at the Olympics since 1988, when the men’s national team reached the quarterfinals. I am hopeful that our support will help them perform better, thereby, raising the Zambian flag even higher’’, said Mr Bezuidenhout.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics games will be held from Friday, 23 July to Sunday, 8 August 2021 with Zambia drawn in Group F alongside Brazil, Netherlands and China. The Copper Queens secured a place at the 2020 Olympics games, after beating Cameroon 2-1 and drawing 4-4 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, in receiving a Cheque, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Local Organising Committee Chairperson Ms Charity Lumpa thanked MultiChoice Zambia for the support.

“We are so thankful to MultiChoice Zambia for donating 20,000 USD and we believe that this will go a long way in helping the team prepare adequately for the games in Tokyo Japan.”

“It is not easy to raise funds in these times of COVID-19 because many businesses are facing financial challenges. Therefore, this donation from MultiChoice Zambia has come at the right time and will boost morale as we prepare for Olympics 2020.”

“This is a sign that MultiChoice has a strong gender focus and for us, it is a source of pride,” said Ms Lumpa.

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has set up a committee of eminent persons to mobilize  fundraising activities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games led by Ms Charity Lumpa.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

08 May 2021, 3:12 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

92,057 Total Cases
1,257 Deaths
90,363 Recovered

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