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Government to compel mining firms to set up processing plants in Zambia

Government says it will soon pass a policy to compel mining firms to engage importers of their copper to set up processing plants for finished products in Zambia. Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma says it is unacceptable that Zambia continues importing finished products of copper mined in Zambia instead of manufacturing them from within the country. Addressing a business delegation from South Africa’s Gauteng Province at his office today, Mr. Yaluma said adding value to copper will create a lot of jobs and contribute to revenue earnings. He said exporting copper blisters denies Zambia revenue because it contains a lot of minerals which are disintegrated in the foreign processing plants. The Minister adds that most small-scale miners are exploited by large firms who buy them off at low prices because they lack machinery for mining. He is however delighted that the South African delegation which includes SA Capital Equipment is looking at Zambia as a potential market. Mr. Yaluma not…

Zambian made shoes?

As shoe brands go, it’s not exactly up there with the major high-street labels; but CLCs – pronounced “Clicks” – are slowly gaining a reputation on the Copperbelt as good-quality, hand-made shoes that won’t break the bank.
CLC is an acronym for Chingola Leather Cluster, a small cottage industry that produces handmade leather shoes, thanks to a K120 000 grant by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The money has funded training, the purchase of leather, and the installation of shoe-making equipment and machinery. “We noticed many people in the townships were repairing shoes, but not making them,” says local entrepreneur Preston Viswamo, who came up with the idea for the business. “It was just the skills that were lacking, so we set about teaching them the skills.” CLC is part of the larger CLIC (Copperbelt Leather Industry Cluster), which was founded by Viswamo. As we take a tour of the Chingola workshop, one can’t h…

Zambian Company - Yellow Umbrella Designs - Business Profile

Yellow Umbrella Designs is a design collective that is focused on but not limited to designing cards for any and all occasions. We mainly design A6 greeting cards with a creative quirky touch, customers can pick from an ever growing collection of designs or can come with an idea that we will gladly untake and bring to life. For further information contact our Lead Designer ; Itati Dzekedzeke at 0978983449 Or Our Facebook page : Yellow Umbrella Designs (link:

China’s Gansu Province puts Zambia on list of preferred investment destination

China’s Gansu Province has prioritised Zambia on its list of preferred investment destinations in Africa because of the country’s stable political, economic and social environment the Province’s Governor Tang Renjian has said.
The Governor said he is happy that Jinchuan Group Limited, one of the State owned enterprises in Gansu has invested in Chibuluma Mines and Munali Nickel Mine in Zambia. He said the company’s investments in Zambia are bearing fruit so far mainly due to the conducive environment. “Jinchuan Group plans to expand its investment portfolio in Zambia because of the prevailing favourable climate in the country,” Mr Tang said when he met Minister of Mines and Mineral Development Christopher Yaluma at the second Silk Road International Expo and Conference in Dunhuang last week. Mr Tang said Gansu Province is ready to explore other investment opportunities in Zambia and urged Mr Yaluma to identify key sectors which should be considered for joint ventures in the agriculture…

ZABS calls for re-examination of existing rules that govern global trade

The International Body for Standardization has called for a re-examination of existing rules that govern global trade to ascertain whether they add value or unnecessarily restrict trade between and among nations. Held under the theme “Open Minded, Open for Change”, the weeklong Annual General Assembly that took place in the German capital of Berlin and ended Friday, challenged national bodies responsible for standardization to find ways of reacting in good time to the needs of industry and the business community. During a courtesy call paid on the Zambian embassy in Berlin, Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) Director Manuel Mutale said the rules governing standards’ bodies tend to be heavily bureaucratic thereby failing the needs and demands of today’s business. “For instance, if Kenya wanted to import maize from Zambia and the latter has produced excess maize, our conformity assessment system must be quick enough to react and provide test results which can be used for these business …

Zambeef creates 1300 jobs countrywide

Zambeef PLC Zambeef PLC Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan says his company will create about 1300 new jobs countrywide through its expansion program. Mr., Grogan says ZAMBEEF is currently implementing a three year project to construct new macro structures, which will result in 1300 new jobs created countrywide by the end of the project. Mr. Grogan was speaking to ZANIS in an interview after the opening of a new macro structure in Mufulira District, constructed at a cost of one thousand united states dollars. “Zambeef has this year invested about 21 million United States dollars countrywide in a bid to expand its operations, “ he said. Mr.Grogan said the expansion program includes expansion of the hatchery and farm in Mpongwe District , as well as construction of new macro retail outlets. He said the move will see jobs created in the company’s processing plants, the Mpongwe Farm, as well as the retail outlets countrywide. So far, Zambeef has employed 7000 people countrywide in th…

Religious body opens Tomato Processing Plant in Chibombo

New Apostolic Church Relief Organization has launched a tomato processing plant in Chibombo, funded by NAK-KARITATIV, a faith based organization based in Germany.

The launch was done by District Apostle Charles Ndandula on 20 th September in Shamputa village where the organization has 18.5 hectares of farm land. The District Apostle urged farmers to take advantage of the plant and diversify into tomato production seeing that there is ready market for the product. The launch was attended by various stakeholders in the district among them the ZNFU, the District Commissioners and Council Secretary’s offices, to mention but a few. The land is dedicated for use by NACRO for humanitarian services and economic empowerment of the members of the community, which will be attained through skills training for vulnerable youths, local farmers’ demonstration for horticulture and small livestock, and farmer empowerment through value addition. The plant will be processing tomatoes into tomato paste, …

Government to set up fruit (mango, Palm oil & cashew nut) processing plants in Eastern, Luapula, North-western and Western Provinces

Government says Zambian farmers will benefit from the three fruit processing plants to be constructed in Eastern, Luapula, western and North-western Provinces , respectively.
ZANIS Business news reports that Ministry of Agriculture acting Permanent Secretary, Peter Lungu says the three fruit processing plants would provide direct market for the local fruits farmers.

Mr. Lungu said the move to construct the fruit processing plants was a good move as it would add value to the products which will be processed at these plants.
Government had carried out a feasibility study which revealed that Zambian farmers had the capacity to supply fruits which could be processed into various products, he said.
“Our farmers in Zambia grow a lot of fruits such as cashew nuts, pineapples and mangoes but have no market for them. Through the feasibility studies which were carried out, we found out that constructing fruit processing plants will help our farmers because they will have a ready market for the…

Zamtel, Barclays Plc partner to launch online payment solution

Zamtel and Barclays Bank Zambia Plc today announced the launch of online payment solution to enable Zamtel customers pay for various communication products and services.
In a statement released to the media today the two companies said that together they bring together years of experience and unique expertise in telecommunication and financial services to deliver a payment solution that is safe, secure, reliable and efficient and is consistent with provisions of the National Payment Systems Act (2007).
"Through this partnership, Zamtel customers will be able to pay for their data accounts on ADSL as well as purchase credit for pre-paid mobile and fixedline numbers from the comfort of their homes or offices using an e-Commerce platform,” read the statement.
Using the e-Commerce solution, users will be able to purchase credit, data bundles on ADSL, check credit balance and view payment history.
Commenting on the partnership, Barclays Bank Zambia said in line with its strategy, its…

Zambia Weights and Measures Agency worried with unlabeled and underweight products

The Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) has expressed concern at the growing number of unlabeled and underweight products on the market.
ZWMA Public Relations Officer Mutale Chileshe says his the Agency has for this reason intensified its inspection of products on the market throughout the country.
He said it is only right for consumers to get the right quantity of the products they purchase adding that traders should make sure that the products they stock measure to the weight indicated on the package.
“We will not only hold the traders responsible for stocking underweight products, but we will trace these products back to the manufacturers and hold them liable,” said Mr. Chileshe.
Mr. Chileshe stated that the Agency is currently sensitizing both consumers and traders to educate them on regulations pertaining to weights and measures.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has urged Zambians to demand for quality products.
ZANIS News, reports that ZABS Public Relation…

Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

by Taonga Clifford Mitimingi and Matthew Hill

Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile-network license to take on operators including market leader MTN Group Ltd. in the southern African country, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said.
The ministry last week gave the go-ahead to the telecommunications regulator to start the process, he said in a recorded response to questions on Monday. The new carrier could be in place over the next six to 12 months and the country may even have capacity for a fifth operator, he said. The local unit of India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd. and state-owned Zamtel make up the current trio.
Communication costs in Zambia have been “rather on the high side,” Mushimba said from Lusaka, the capital. “The market analysis that we have done supports the fact that we can have a fourth licensee and possibly a fifth and still the market will be profitable.”
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Tourists continue shunning Zambia for Zimbabwe owing to state of emergency

The Livingstone Tourism Association says international tourist arrivals have slumped in Zambia because of the  threatened state of emergency declared by  President Edgar Lungu. Meanwhile the neighbouring Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Town is boasting of an increase with advance bookings well into 2019. LTA chairperson Alexander Mutali revealed that despite it being a peak period, tourists have been cancelling their bookings into Zambia owing to the threatened  State of Emergency. Mutali also blamed the low international arrivals on the shortage of the univisa stickers at Kenneth Kaunda, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula international airports, Kazungula and Victoria Falls border posts. According to African Travel News (ATQ), international tourism arrivals in Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe were equivalent to those recorded in 1999. “Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy said room occupancies in Victoria Falls for the six months ended June 30, 2017 had seen an increase of 25.4 per cent over t…

Zambia’s economy continues powering forward as it records first trade surplus in 2 years

ZAMBIA recorded a trade surplus valued at K410.6 million in July after about two years of being in deficits as the inflation rate dropped further to 6.3 percent.
The trade surplus entails that the country exported more than it imported in July. Central Statistical Office (CSO) attributes the increase to the improved copper price on the London Metal Exchange (LME) trading at US$6,808.50 a tonne and increased production by the mines. CSO director of census and statistics John Kalumbi said Zambia’s copper exports significantly increased from 81,489 tonnes in June to 94,851tonnes in July. Speaking at a CSO monthly briefing, Mr Kalumbi said the positive trend has also been boosted by copper prices, which went up from US$5,699 per tonnes in June to US$5,978 in July, representing a 4.9 percent rise. “Since copper accounts for the largest weight/proportion of traditional exports, any change in the volume and price has a direct bearing on the performance of traditional exports. “In July 2017, Zambia…

Zambian Company - M'simbi Dolls Profile

by Namukolo Siyumbwa

M'simbi Dolls is a registered toy business entity with a mission to influence young girls to embrace their inherent beauty and encourage them to dream, believe, achieve and in turn inspire other African girls.

​In reaching out to its customers, M'simbi Dolls is partnering with reputable distributors and retailers in Zambia and in the near future Zambia's neighbouring countries.

Our aim is to be a leading organisation that encourages girls and women to embrace their natural beauty and the release of their full potential.
We currently have five beautiful dolls depicting the diverse natural African skin tones and hair texture. These are Mapalo, Kondwani, Limpo, Towela and Luyando. They are 45cm and are made out of vinyl plastic giving them durability and are safe for children.

Retail price K299.
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Webpage: Mobile: 260955805626 Facebook: IG: @msimbidolls
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ZRA pays out K 4 billion in VAT refunds

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has paid out over K4 billion in value added tax (VAT) refunds to mines and other sectors in the last six months.

Meanwhile, the authority has in the first 100 days of the amnesty programme collected over K700 million. ZRA commissioner-general Kingsley Chanda said out of the K4.1 billion that has been refunded, K329 million relates to long outstanding VAT Rule 18 refund arrears, while K3.7 billion relates to the current period.

Mr Chanda said of the total amount refunded, 76 percent was made to mining companies, while the remainder was made to other sectors of the economy. “I wish to inform the nation that our vigilant audit teams discovered some fraudulent refund claims. This discovery prompted us to take a more cautious approach when paying refunds,” he said. Mr Chanda said all tax-payers who could have been refunded on fake documents are earmarked for a forensic audit to be launched soon. “I must emphasise, however, that VAT Rule 18 withheld refunds in 2…

Dispute over power tariffs forces Mopani to shutdown some operations

August 2017 - Mopani Copper Mines Plc has confirmed that the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) has restricted power supply to its mines in both Kitwe and Mufulira.
Mopani says the decision has arisen from a dispute over the implementation of new electricity tariffs, which the firm and other mining companies have contested in court and the courts of law are yet to resolve the matter.

It said while awaiting the determination of the matter in court, Mopani Copper Mines Plc has continued to consistently pay the tariffs as stipulated in the existing legal contract with CEC. “In the interest of safety, Mopani has with immediate effect suspended operations in certain areas, and all our miners who were underground at the time of restricting power supply, have successfully returned to the surface,” it said in a statement released on Saturday.

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Leagal issues with Tullow Zambia’s Oil and Gas Exploration in Northern Zambia?

The Lusaka High Court has dismissed a restraining order it granted to RAE Zambia Limited preventing Tullow Zambia from conducting oil exploration works.
According to a new court order obtained by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, the injunction has been withdrawn. “Upon hearing Counsel for the Respondent and upon reading the affidavit of Francis Kondwelani Mwale filed into court in support of the application, it is hereby ordered and directed that the ex-parte order of interim injunction granted to the appellant herein on 8th August, 2017 be and is hereby discharged.

Costs for this application are for the respondent,” read the court order. According to an earlier ex-parte court order seen, the inter partes hearing was set for August 25. “It is hereby ordered that Tullow Zambia BV by itself, servants, employee, agents, contractors or workmen, subsidiary or associated entity or otherwise is hereby strictly enjoined and restrained from undertaking or engaging in any petroleum explor…

Nkana water ends the distribution of paper bills after launching e-billing system

NKANA Water and Sewerage Company has stopped the physical distribution of bills to its customers and introduced E-Billing.
Company Public Relations Manager Mr. Bivan Saluseki yesterday disclosed that from June this year, bills are being sent to customers through emails and mobile phones.
Mr. Saluseki explained that the decision to introduce E-Billing was arrived at after wide consultations with customers and stakeholders who thought it would be much more convenient to embrace technology in the delivery of bills.
He said E-Billing would address the complaints from customer concerning non delivery of bills.
“Nkana water is asking all of its more than 60,000 customers to register their mobile phone numbers and those with e-mail addresses to do the same so that they receive their bills electronically. Our company website has features and links for people to check their water balances,” he said.
Mr. Saluseki said Nkana Water becomes the first water utility to introduce such a feature.
He …

150 Zambians lose jobs after Atlas Mara buys off Finance Bank

About 150 workers at BancABC and Finance Bank have been laid off after Atlas Mara bought off Finance Bank.

On Friday, Atlas Mara and the Zambia Union of Finance and Allied Workers signed a redundancy agreement for workers at African Banking Corporation (BancABC) and Finance Bank which is part of Atlas Mara.

Atlas Mara Limited, the owners of BankABC last year acquired a controlling stake in Finance Bank Zambia and merged the two institutions.
Under new management, the institution immediately set itself on re-organisation process of which downsizing on the workforce was part.
About 150 workers comprising management and unionized have been affected by the development though ZUFIAW is still actively engaging management to reduce the number of unionized staff who have lost employment.
ZUFIAW General Secretary Chingati Msiska said the job losses were inevitable.
Mr Msiska urged the retrenched workers to. Invest their money in projects which add value to their lives so that they live longer…

Data service providers in Zambia should support 'everyone'

Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba has implored data service providers in Zambia to support the small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector as it is the engine of Zambia’s economic growth.

Speaking during the launch of Vodacom Zambia’s Enterprise at Lusaka’s Society House on Thursday, Mayor Kalumba said data services companies should consider providing free space and Internet to young innovators to encourage them to work harder.

And Mayor Kalumba disclosed that through the Lusaka City Council (LCC) his office will offer free office space and Internet at Civic Centre stating farther that Government has prioritized Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by coming up with the National ICT Policy, establishment of Secretariat for ICT and transforming the former Zamtel College into Zambia ICT College.

The Lusaka City Mayor underscored that part of the data service providers’ should be in lowering charges noting that data usage in Zambia was still low granting the recent remarkable progres…

Concern over Tax evasion by some companies in Zambia

Action Aid Acting Country Director Kijala Shako has expressed worry over tax evasion by some companies in Zambia’s financial sector. 

Speaking during a public discussion at Southern Sun Hotel today, Ms. Shako said once irregularities in taxation are controlled in the financial sector, the economy in Zambia will be stable, thus reduce cost of living.

And Ms. Kijala commended Bank of Zambia (BOZ), Bankers Association of Zambia (BAZ) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) for their commitment to regulate fund flow in Zambia and that which is taken outside the country. “We Are worried over tax evasion by some companies in Zambia’s financial sector” Shako said And Action Aid Economic Justice Officer Musonda Kabinga said the organization’s 2016 report indicates that Zambia lost K3 billion through corruptions and bribery in fraudulent procurement of mining and Government contracts in 2016. Kabinga said the report records that the loss incurred was more than the funds allocated to Social Protectio…

“Amnesty Initiative” gives ZRA K 384 Million

Zambia Revenue Authority “Amnesty Initiative” Scopes 384 Million in Collections and 267,707 in applications.

The exceptional program aimed at helping taxpayers put their liabilities behind them has collected 384 million kwacha and received 267, 707 applications as at 30th June 2017.

The Amnesty initiative gives individuals and businesses the opportunity to have 100 percent interests and penalties waived off by simply paying the principal taxes. Taxpayers have a great opportunity to start afresh and be compliant with the tax authority by applying for the tax amnesty. It is very important to reminisce that back taxes do not go away and that burden will continue to follow you and grow as long as you do not comply. Monday 31st July 2017 is the final opportunity for taxpayers to settle their tax debt and take advantage of tax amnesty which started on 24th April 2017. ZRA is cognizant that the liquidity of most taxpayers is not very good and those who are unable to settle the principal taxes…

4000 Lusaka City Market traders to be relocated - Wina

Vice President Inonge Wina has announced that the 4 000 marketeers that were operating at the gutted Lusaka City Market will be relocated to alternative trading places to pave way for the reconstruction of a new modern market. Mrs. Wina said that the two alternative pieces of land that have been identified are Simon Mwewa Lane and Soweto market. The Vice President said that a combined team of defense force and engineers have already started working on the alternative trading sites and is expected to be complete in six weeks. Mrs. Wina was speaking at a breakfast meeting in Lusaka to launch the fund for rehabilitation of markets in Zambia. She called on the corporate entities and individuals to assist in raising funds to help the affected families. The Vice President however called on well-wishers to Channel all funds to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit -DMMU and the office of the Vice President to promote transparency and accountability. Mrs. Wina explained that this will …

A very low 'K18, 500 fine for Pick n’ Pay in Zambia

The Lusaka Fast Track Court has fined Pick N’ Pay K18, 500 for selling expired food stuffs. This is according to a press statement issued to Mwebantu by LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager, Brenda Katongola.

Ms. Katongola says during judgement passed in Lusaka yesterday by Judge Brian Simachela, Pick N’ Pay was found guilty of selling red apple flavoured soft drinks 2 litres x 13 and ginger beer flavoured soft drinks 2 litres x 8. “In a case involving Pick N’ Pay vs Lusaka City Council and the people, Justice Simachela asked Pick N’ Pay to pay K18, 500 within 48 hours after the retail outlet pleaded guilty of the charge. Lusaka City Council has since warned food and retail outlets to adhere to the relevant Acts of the Laws of Zambia; among them the Local Government Act Cap 281, the Food and Drugs Act (Cap. 303) Legislation 2006 (1972).” Ms Katongola said.

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