THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has appealed to the public to actively participate in revenue mobilisation efforts to realize the mission of making Zambia economically independent.
ZRA corporate communications manager Oliver Nzala said in a media report that the authority has noted that while it has made significant strides in improving revenue mobilization strategies, there are still areas where there are low levels of compliance from taxpayers.
“We will continuously improve in our actions towards the taxpayers, we will engage and we will listen. But we want to appeal to the taxpayers that they meet us halfway, be compliant, embrace the technologies that we have introduced, and don’t use them only when they choose to,” he said.
Mr Nzala said ZRA has further employed different initiatives to achieve the 93.6 billion target for the year 2023, including expansion of the tax register, enhanced taxpayer education and improved customer service.
He added that ZRA will increase taxpayer mobilization and sensitization, strengthen the taxpayer registration program, leverage technology, and boost tax education among others.
“ZRA has found it inevitable to initiate ways of creating enjoyable working relationships with its stakeholders as part of its total transformation drive. The ultimate objective is to position ZRA as customer centric to allow taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to tax.
Recently, we launched the Mobile Tax Offices (MTOs) as part of ZRA ’s tax education initiatives aimed at bringing services closer to taxpayers. Through MTOs, ZRA is also able to interest clients in paying tax through simplified tax education,” he said.
Mr Nzala said the task of collecting enough revenue calls for more productive partnerships for Zambia to realize full service delivery and economic independence.
“ZRA has been engaging various business players in different sectors countrywide to mobilise their support as influencers but also listen to the challenges they go through in the business environment as they ensure compliance.
Since one of the main challenges of compliance or tax morale today is lack of tax education, ZRA has understood the pains that affect taxpayer behaviour and attitudes and has tailored information according to the respective needs of segmented taxpayers,” he said.
Mr Nzala said taxpayers are therefore encouraged to partner with ZRA to augment avenues for continued engagement, feedback gathering and where necessary appropriate additional networks.
He said the information shared will support ZRA in designing solutions that will build business capacity and the ability for every taxpayer to contribute their fair share of revenue.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 11th July, 2023)
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)