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Posts published in February 2024

Barbra to the rescue!

By SANDRA MWILA at the Levy Mwananwasa Stadium – Zambia 3-3 Ghana (4-3 aggregate)“IT was war, total war, the type with blood,” were the words of Zambia skipper Barbra Banda after scoring deep into stoppage time against Ghana to secure the Copper Queens’ passage to the last qualifying round of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games […]

Implementation of SI number 35 of 2021 elates CB truckers

By CHATULA KANGALI – THE Copperbelt Open Truckers Association has commended the government on its pronouncement to fully implement Statutory Instrument (SI) number 35 of 2021 on bulk transportation of commodities by road by local transporters.Association president Benson Tembo says the pronouncement by the ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise Development would empower local businesses.Mr […]

Stanchart in $1.5bn income, $900m profit

By ANDREW MULENGA – STANDARD Chartered Bank Zambia last year posted $1.5 billion in income representing a 27-per cent growth increase in year on year with a profit before tax of $918 million or 145 per cent rise.Stanchart Zambia chief executive officer Sonny Zulu also said that the returns for tangible equity in 2023 was […]

Drones coming to transport drugs – Masebo

By JAMES KUNDA – THE Government has commenced the process of introducing the use of drones to transport medicines to difficult to access parts of the country by road.Health Minister Sylvia Masebo said this would be key in reducing the turnaround time for the distribution of medicines and medical supplies, vaccines, blood and blood products.Ms […]

Stop lying on nshima – M’membe told

By ESTHER NG’ANDU – THE Government has dispelled Socialist Party president Fred M’membe’s assertions that a bag of mealie -meal in Milenge district of Luapula Province is fetching at K850.Milenge District Commissioner Allan Mutale said claims by Mr M’membe were false as a bag of mealie -meal in the district was fetching between K350 and […]

‘Lungu was brutal!’ …as Chiefs tell him to retract comment

By JAMES KUNDA, SHARON KALIMBULA and JULIUS PHIRI – FORMER President Edgar Lungu led the most brutal regime this country has ever known and is not the right person to claim alleged police brutality he alone has seen, former vice President Never a Mumba has charged.And Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has directed […]

HH to address nation on El Niño impact

By SHARON KALIMBULA – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is today expected to address the nation on the impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon, its effects and the actions planned by the Government to mitigate against the observed and expected adverse effectsZambia’s weather pattern had been impacted by a climate phenomenon known as El Niño which […]

Copper Queens aim to shine on!

By SANDRA MWILA – QUALIFICATION to the last round of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be at stake today when Zambia tackles Ghana in the return leg at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, enjoying a 1-0 lead with coach Bruce Mwape cautious ahead of the match.Mwape said in a pre-match conference that the Copper Queens […]

Prolonged Droughts – Need for Water Harvesting

[Times of Zambia] The current devastating drought has put crop production in the southern half of Zambia in limbo which calls for radical policy measures to increase irrigation activities in the country.

Modern mining: Meeting the green agenda

As the world navigates towards cleaner energy solutions, Africa’s mining industry has ascended to the forefront of the global energy transition, argues HELEN LUBAMBA of Stanbic Bank.With advancements in technology, health and safety, environment and exploration, the mining industry now finds itself in the early onset of disruption. However, along with the disruption there are […]

Prolonged droughts: Need for water harvesting

THE current devastating drought has put crop production in the southern half of Zambia in limbo which calls for radical policy measures to increase irrigation activities in the country.This is a time to implement the country’s blueprint on irrigation and water harvesting facilities as climate change seems to be here to stay.It is encouraging that […]

OMCAZ hails ERB for acting on Puma

By HELLEN MWANDILA – THE OIL Marketing Companies Association of Zambia (OMCAZ) has welcomed the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) move to suspend Puma Central Service Station in Kabwe for alleged contamination of fuel.OMCAZ president Kafula Mubanga notes that ERB has directed the immediate suspension of all retailing petroleum products at Puma Service Station pending investigations, […]

Dollar still trading below K25

By ANDREW MULENGA – THE Kwacha has for the third consecutive week continued to put up a good fight against the United States (US) dollar to still trade below the K25 psychological mark.According to the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) daily exchange rate updates, the local currency opened this week’s trading session buying at an average […]

Immigration Department collected K824m in 2023

By KELVIN MUDENDA – AS one of the highest non-tax revenue collectors for the treasury, the Immigration Department collected revenue totalling K 824 million last year.Immigration Department Director General Japhet Lishomwa said the revenue collected for 2023 represented a 12.5 percent increase from K732 million collected in 2022.Dr Lishomwa said more importantly, the department managed […]

Export framework: $100m flows into BoZ

By KETRA KALUNGA – THE Export Proceeds Tracking Framework (EPTF) has recorded tremendous progress of US$100 million worth of inflows received in the system, Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Deputy Governor of Operations Francis Chipimo has said.Dr Chipimo said before implementation of the tracking framework on January 1 this year, there were significant gaps between trade […]

‘Buy-back option would’ve killed NHIMA’

By JAMES KUNDA – THE Government has clarified that the decision to remove the buyback option from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) is aimed at saving the fund from bankruptcy.Labour and Social Security Minister Brenda Tambatamba said the option placed a huge stress on the scheme’s […]

Nkoyas back HH on BRE

By BUSIKU MOOBELA – THE Nkoya Royal Establishment (NRE) has supported President Hakainde Hichilema’s position that Zambia is a unitary state and castigated those calling for secession of Western Province, saying it was treasonous and that they cannot speak for the entire region.Nkoya Royal Establishment prime minister Ntanda Ngwelela said that there was no entity […]

‘ECL statement reckless’…it is irresponsible for Lungu to suggest people will rise against UPND

By SHARON KALIMBULA and JOSEPH BANDA – THE Government says it is irresponsible for former President Edgar Lungu to recklessly state that the people will rise against the United Party for National Development and President Hakainde Hichilema over the alleged unruly conduct of the police.And police in Lusaka are studying the implications of Mr Lungu’s […]

We’re ready for your investment, HH woos Saudis

By JOSEPH BANDA – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has said that Zambia is ready for Saudi Arabian investment in mining and agriculture especially in water harvesting and irrigation through joint ventures.The President said that Zambia knew that Saudi Arabia had a big economy and wanted to do big things and Zambia was ready.He said yesterday when […]

Musokotwane calls for more investment in mining sector

By JAMES KUNDA – FINANCE and National Planning Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has called for continued investment in the country’s mining industry to enhance the sector’s contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Dr Musokotwane said this was also key in ensuring that Zambia leveraged on the opportunities from its endowments with energy transition minerals such […]