Yango, an international service for ordering rides online has continued to empower drivers on its App by creating opportunities for them to pick more rides and make money within a short time. Some drivers on the App have shared their experience and commended Yango for creating an opportunity for drivers to have a sustainable income and take on the transport business on a full time basis.
Noah Banda a Lusaka based driver has explained that the Yango App is lucrative and advised drivers on the App to ensure that they position themselves strategically if they have to reap the full benefits. Mr Banda who will be clocking a year on the APP next month said some drivers are not able to make as much money as others because they have not taken time to study and understand how the APP operates.
“The App looks out for both the clients and the drivers, so as a driver you should be able to position you see correctly, for example in the morning people are going for work and there is always someone running late that is rush hour and if you are in areas like town center you know that is good for business,” Mr Banda said. He said that when he joined the App he underwent training and was entitled to bonuses that enabled him buy a car because initially he was using a friend’s car, he has thanked Government and the Yango management for the opportunity to operate on such an App.
Another Lusaka based driver Joseph Silavwe who has been on the App since December 2022 said Yango has changed his life tremendously and that he was now able to engage in other businesses through the income from the rides. Mr Silavwe said before joining the App he operated as a regular taxi driver at the rank where business was hard, because people were not always close by to book him but with the APP business was booming.
“I can testify that Yango has changed my life. Before I joined the App I had financial difficulties but now I am able to make ends meet. I was able to even marry because I have a stable income ,” Mr Silavwe said. He refuted social media stories that bad things happen on Yango rides Mr Silavwe said the security features on the App were tight enough to deter bad behaviour. And Daniel Katongo a driver from the Copperbelt Province said he was introduced to the App by a friend in December last year and has never looked back because his experience on the App has been satisfying.
“I am never broke at least I always have something throughout the month. Before I joined the App I used to work at a logistics company and after I downloaded the App, picked a few rides I decided it was time to work for myself,” Mr Katongo said. He said the App offers a lot of bonuses and that he was in the process of buying a second car adding that his experience with clients was satisfying especially when a client is impressed with service that they offer more than the ride fare.
Yango is operational in 20 countries across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. In Africa it operates in Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal and Angola. Unlike other online services available, Yango app uses its own mapping, routing, and navigation as well as smart order distribution
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.”