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What is Top Zed Brands About?

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For a while now, you and some curious bodies have asked these questions. So, with this short blog post, I hope I can remove the cobwebs and set you on the path to everlasting knowledge and light. Hopefully, you grasp what this project is about.
#TopZedBrands was born on social media via a weekly chat on Twitter known as 'Insaka Chat'. Where a wide range of social issues relating to Zambia are discussed. That was in 2013. To day we have a modest following on our twitter (@TopZedBrands) and Facebook accounts. Check out our twitter handle and interact with us. We are keen to know your views re quality Zambian products and services.
We have been around for four years now. By now we hope you know or at least have an idea who we are. If not please take a few minuets to have a look at  our 1,2,3...
1. #TopZedBrands Background
Explains to you, where we came from, what and who we are. Where we hope to go.
2. In simple terms we want to promote quality Zambian brands (for free).
Tells you exac…

Women in Business - Zambia

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Are you keen to see women thrive and excel in business? Not sure, which Zambian companies are run and owned by women in Zambia? See the list below. Explore, the goods and services that you can buy , while you support Zambian Women in Business



1. Monica Musonda - Manager and CEO of JAVA Foods





2. Towani Clark - Owner/Founder of Kutowa Designs





3. Kaajal.C.Vaghela - Owner and DesignerKC VAGHELA Brand




4. Kamanga Wear - Clothing Brand (see more at http://kamanga.fwika.com/

5. Namala Liebenthal - ZOCADANCE.COM 





6. ShopZed.com









7. Mafashio



8. ZedHair.com




Top Zed Brands 2014 Winner

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Is Belleza Models






Who was picked from your nominations and votes via our Nomination and Voting Tool/Form* on Social Media. Belleza Models recived the most nominations under the fashion ccategory 

We got more participants (during nominations and voting) this year than in 2013. We are grateful for your continued support, publicly and privately. This project is for you and yours. We need to think beyond Zambia, when it comes to our products and services in all industries. We hope companies and business consider the impact of a social media powered ranking of the Top '10' Zambian Brands as a positive step in the right direction. 

Social Media is increasingly important in todays business industry. A strong brand, that is easily recognized has become even more important. The company that successfully uses these tools is most likely to have a wider reach. 

So, for the 2014 edition of Top Zed Brands the runners up for Top Zed Brands 2014, who each represent a different category, from Ag…

10 reasons why you should BUY quality LOCAL products & services

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1.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS JOB CREATION IN ZAMBIA. LOCAL COMPANIES, PRODUCING LOCALLY, NEED STAFF TO MANUFACTURE THEIR PRODUCTS AND THIS IN TURN IMPACTS ON SALES AND DISTRIBUTION. JUST ONE OF THE AREAS THAT IS MOST LIKELY LEADS TO JOBS.
2. WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS JOB RETENTION IN ZAMBIA. ALL THE SKILLED LABOUR, THAT IS NEEDED TO GET A LOCAL BIZ OFF THE GROUND AND UP AND RUNNING COMES FROM OUR LOCAL COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INFORMAL LEARNING INSTITUTIONS (SKOOL OF LIFE). THIS SOURCE OF SKILLED LABOUR HELPS TO KEEP TALENT ENGAGED AND INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL JOB MARKET INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR GREENER PASTURE OVERSEAS/ABROAD.
3.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU HELP PROTECT ZAMBIA'S REVENUE BASE. THE COMPANIES AND ITS STAFF CONTRIBUTE TAXES. THEY LATER SALE THESE PRODUCTS LOCALLY AND IN SOME CASES INTERNATIONALLY.
4.      WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL, YOU CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS POVERTY REDUCTION IN ZAMBIA. VIA THE MANY JOBS THAT ARE CREATED BY THE LOCAL COMP…

Trade Kings voted among Africa’s most admired brands

Zambia’s largest consumer goods (FMCG) company Trade Kings has been ranked No 49 on the list of Africa’s 100 most admired brands.
Trade Kings has largest media spend in Zambia. The ranking is based on the Top 100 best brands in Africa from Brand Africa’s 6th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands based on a survey among consumers 18 years and older, conducted in 23 countries across Africa. The countries, representing all African economic regions, collectively account for 75% of the population and the 74% of the GDP of Africa. Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, ranked No6 on the list, up from No9 in 2016/17; food giant Tiger Brands ranked 32, Shoprite 38 and DStv 56. US sports apparel company Nike took the No1 spot, followed by South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung at No2 and German sports apparel company Adidas at No3. Brand Africa Chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng, who released the list at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Friday, said their survey received more than 15…

DotComZambia Review Part 1

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Watch Part 2 HERE

CEEC APPLAUDS FAY FABRICS’ STRATEGY FOR PROMOTING THE FABRIC VALUE CHAIN

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The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has applauded Fay Fabrics’ commitment to diversifying from just producing ready-to-wear fashion into textile sourcing, as this will lead to improving the competitiveness of local fashion products by lowering the price point of final pieces. Speaking during a monitoring tour of various CEEC-funded projects in Lusaka province, CEEC Acting Director General, Nchimunya Monde has observed that the installation of the fabric-printing machinery in Lusaka District will make it easier for Fay Fabrics and other competing fashion enthusiasts to have locally-produced textiles at lower costs. Gwendolyn Mulenga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fay Fabrics pointed out that public subsidies for local textile producers and other upstream players (i.e. cotton growers, spinners, weavers, producers of zippers, buttons, etc.) could help ease trading. In 2017, Fay Fabrics obtained a loan of K250, 000.00 from CEEC to acquire a fabric printing machin…

Proflight to hit Zimbabwean skies

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Zambia’s leading airline, Proflight Zambia is set to introduce flights between Lusaka and Harare beginning the first week of July.

Civil Aviation of Zimbabwe Public Relations and Communications Manager Mrs Anna Hungwe said Proflight will be flying ino Harare four times a week. The airline will be flying on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using a 29-seater Jetstream 4100 (J41),” she said. Mrs. Hungwe said the arrival of Proflight underlines that the Harere route is a viable and lucrative route and a culmination of the Authority’s marketing efforts. “There is improved perception of the Zimbabwean destination and our collaborative marketing efforts continue to bear fruit,” she said. Proflight will have to contend with competition from Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, Emirates and Namibia. Proflight was established in 1991 and operates over 200 flights a week with an on time performance of over 80 percent. It services domestic routes in Zambia and regional routes in Lilongwe in Malawi and …

SMEs to participate in Economic growth

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Government says there is need to lift the financial platform of Small Medium Enterprises(SMEs) to boost their ability to manage businesses in order to take part in economic growth.


Works and Supply Minister Felix Mutati said this in Mongu district yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Western Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Sibanze Simuchoba ahead of the ACCA Accountants’ clinics to be held in the Provincial capital. Mr. Mutati said that supporting SMEs in financial and leadership responsibilities is important to bring order to the management of their businesses. He said SMEs have the capacity to initiate economic growth if they have financial knowledge hence, the need to close the gap between financial knowledge and support for SMEs. The Minister said the programme embarked on by ACCA is to supplement others being undertaken by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) and other Government institutions. He said the financial literacy for SMEs will not only help in economic…

Mining customs audit has concluded-ZRA

The Zambia Revenue Authority says it has concluded the customs audit of all major mining companies in Zambia. ZRA Spokesman Topsy Sikalinda said the results have of the customs audit have since been communicated in writing to the tax payers. “Some of them are responding, while others have asked for more time which we have since granted,” Mr Sikalinda said. He added, “Please note that this is a normal audit process and that the authority is not targeting any particular company. As soon as this process with the industry is finalised, ZRA will update the nation accordingly.” Earlier today, Centre for Trade Policy and Development Executive Director Isaac Mwaipopo urged the ZRA to update the nation on the progress regarding the tax audit of all mining companies. - Lusaka Times

Japan commits to constructing a bridge across the Luangwa river

The Japanese government has committed to construct a bridge across the Luangwa river on the Great East road to replace the existing suspended bridge. Japan is also willing to give Zambia a grant to construct the bridge. Japanese Deputy Minister of Lands Infrastructure Transport and Tourism Yoshiyuki Aoki revealed this when he met Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela in Johannesburg, South Africa. And Mr. Chitotela says a team of experts from Japan will be visiting Zambia to carry out an assessment on the type of bridge to put up and how much it will cost. Mr. Chitotela says the Japanese government has since directed the Japanese Ambassador to Zambia to write a formal letter to the Zambian government on his country’s commitment to construct the bridge. And Mr. Chitotela said the Luangwa bridge is important to Zambia as it is a gateway to the Port of Nacala in Mozambique. He added that the suspended bridge has a disadvantage as it only allows one vehicle …

Zambia’s private sector grows further

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey data for April signalled further improvement in the health of the Zambian private sector during the month. Business activity rose for the first time in 2018, as the negative impacts of the recent cholera outbreak continue to subside. Stronger customer demand enabled firms to win new business at a solid pace resulting in higher purchasing activities and stable employment. Meanwhile, input costs fell for the first time in 19 months on easing price pressures. There was a slight increase in the rate of output prices, culminating in the slowest rate observed under the current sequence of inflation. The headline figure for April was 51.2 up from 50.7 in March indicating an overall improvement in business conditions in Zambia’s private sector. The rate of growth was the strongest observed in 2018 after accelerating from March. [Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month, while readings below 50.0 show a …

Zambia holds a bilateral meeting with Japan at the Africa-Japan Investment Forum

Zambia has held a bilateral meeting with Japan at the Africa-Japan Investment Forum held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mines Minister Richard Musukwa led a delegation of Zambian government officials while the Japanese delegation was led by its Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko. Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Musukwa mentioned that government was promoting mineral exploration for the development of both small and large scale mining operations in order to increase employment generation and business opportunities for the local people. He said mining was at the center of Zambia’s industrialization and job creation strategy as reflected in the seventh National Development Plan, therefore, the provision of geological information was central to the growth of the sector. Mr. Musukwa expressed gratitude to the Japanese government for collaborating with Zambia to help generate geological information through a Japanese firm called JOGMEC,…

2017 Top Zed Brands

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You voted via Twitter and here are the 2017 Top Zed Brands. The brands you voted for were from 9 categories. Clink on link above. 

A big thank you to everyone that participated.

Find out what brands made the list in 2016, 2015 and 2014. In 2013 the winners was  @Media365Zambia.

Zambia threatens to revoke mining licenses given Mining companies that have remained idle

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Mines Minister Richard Musukwa has warned that idle licenses that were issued to either small or large-scale miners will be revoked.
And Musukwa says Government will implement a framework to facilitate market linkages to assist small-scale miners and prevent them from being continuously exploited.
Speaking during a four-day workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Zambia, Musukwa warned that licenses that Government had issued to both small and large-scale miners risked being revoked if they remained idle.
“Idle licenses, licenses that are being held for speculation, will be revoked so as to promote serious and credible Zambians, non-Zambians, investors who would like to invest in our country,” Musukwa warned when he officially opened the workshop at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka on March 19.
He explained that the issuance of mining licenses without adhering to the stipulated obligations was disadvantaging Zambia.
“When we give licenses, we also give obligations, and these…

Zambian Company Profile - Java Foods

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Java Foods is a proudly Zambian company founded in 2012 with the objective of providing convenient, affordable and nutritious foods made from local ingredients.






We began operations as a trading and distribution company selling our own brand of noodles – eeZee Instant Noodles, before going into manufacturing. Java Foods now manufactures cereal – eeZee Supa Cereal (a high energy protein cereal) and Num Num Snacks (corn puffs) from our factory in Lusaka.


We believe that buying local Zambian products first is very important because it builds our economy. By choosing to buy Zambian first, we make Zambia a priority simply by choosing to support one another. 
Why is this important? Zambia is a young nation and we believe that building a nation requires a diverse and sustainable local economy. Everybody has a different role to play in making Zambia a great place to live for all her people.
By buying Zambian first, we do not just help build up our economy and create employment for our people –…

36 Zambians expected to be at Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB)

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By STEPHANIE KUNDA  - 

THIRTY-SIX Zambian exhibitors are expected to participate at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB) in the German capital Berlin which starts tomorrow. The Zambian Government has coined a theme ‘Take Zambia With You’ to attract visitors to Zambia during the event.
Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany Anthony Mukwita said the Zambian government, with the participation of the private sector, would be exhibiting some of the best sites, sounds and cultural heritage the country has to offer and will be asking the visitors to ‘Take Zambia with them’.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by the embassy’s First Secretary for Press Kellys Kaunda.
“Every stand in the exhibition hall, every performance and every presentation in the convention hall along with the food to be served by The Manor, a Lusaka-based Zambian restaurant shall be designed to leave a lasting impression on the visitors to ITB who in turn shall take Zambia with them,” Mr Mukwita said.
M…