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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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'FQM training programme' for women

Training of the first ever all-women intake at First Quantum Minerals’ Kwambula centre at the Solwezi Trades Training Institute is underway as part of the mine’s long-term vision to address gender imbalance across the sector. The 42 women have started training in the mining firm’s four engineering artisan craft certificate programmes: fitting and turning, electrical, metal fabrication and heavy equipment repair. “We have had a small number of women who have successfully completed these courses already, but this is the first time that we have a 100 percent female intake,” said FQM’s Kansanshi Foundation manager Bruce Lewis, who explained that entry requirements were stringent and involve a difficult entry examination along with a minimum of grade 12 with mathematics and science. FQM has invested more than US$50 million in education and skills development in Zambia. The education package extends from early childhood education programmes, through all levels of schooling to its Kwambula …

Local manufacturers should obtain authorization before supplying certain products - ZABS

The Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) is calling on local manufacturers of products that fall under compulsory standards to obtain authorization from the Bureau to supply such products.Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) Head of Marketing and Public Relations Officer Hazel Zulu said this is in accordance with section 12 of the Standards Act, Cap 416 of the Laws of Zambia, which demands that only manufacturers with permission from the Bureau are allowed to supply products to which compulsory standards apply.“We make this call therefore, to remind local manufacturers to make sure that they operate within the law by ensuring that they are inspected and licensed by ZABS for as long as they are supplying products that fall under compulsory standards”. She saidMs. Zulu however disclosed that there are currently 50 products that falls under compulsory standards and that includes mealie meal, cooking oil, peanut butter, fruit-flavored drinks and bottled water, adding that other products are cem…