Monthly Archives: May 2018

ZAMBIA SCOOPS BEST SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria- Sunday 27th May 2018

Zambia Under 20 team has scooped the Regional Annual Sports Award for best sports team of the year 2018.

The award was received on behalf of the team by Solomon Sakala of ZESCO who is the captain of the Zambia Under 20 national soccer team.

The prestigious event was held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg South Africa.

Zambia were run-up in the category for coach of the year, where Beston “Quicksilver” Chambeshi was nominated for winning the Under-20 Africa Cup and for taking the Zambia Under-20 to the world cup in South Korea as quarter finalist.

Zambia also had Kennedy Luchembe as run-up. Luchembe is a gold medalist from the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bahamas.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba, said he was pleased that Zambia has began to regain its past glory in sports.

He urged corporate institutions to invest in sports to complement what government was doing.

He said more companies beyond mining and financial institutions should partner with government in investing in sports.

He stated quoting Nelson Mandela that “Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to unite and to speak to the youth in a language they understand”.

The regional sports awards started with nine countries that included South Africa, Botswana, Namibia Zimbabwe and others.

Meanwhile South Africa’s Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said sports bring Unity OF Africans

She said unity would guarantee prosperity of African countries.

She added that sports will be one of the pillars that will help achieve the African Union 2063 development agenda.

The regional awards are held by the sports arm of the African Union, the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) which is divided in five regions.

Naomi Nyawali First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
Press@zambiapretoria.net

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT ASSURES ZAMBIAN TRUCK DRIVERS SAFETY

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria- Wednesday 16th May 2018

The South African Government has assured the Zambian Truck Drivers and Transporters travelling to South Africa of Safety.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba was assured in a meeting held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation DIRCO in Pretoria.

Mr Mwamba said, safety Measures have been put in place at highways, borders and Toll Plazas have been secured and have now been given a higher security presence.

He said the roads and high-ways international truck drivers use will also benefit from increased police patrols.

In the meeting Mr. Mwamba also expressed concern that the perceived rising feelings against foreign nationals, especially Africans in South Africa required urgent attention and coordinated efforts by all to avoid loss of life and property.

Mr. Mwamba said he was comforted to learn that suspected perpetrators who burnt the trucks have been arrested in both incidences and have been arraigned before courts.

On two separate incidences, protesters burnt trucks in Kwazulu Natal and Limpopo province in which 6 Zambian trucks were caught up and burnt to ashes.

The most serious incidence occurred when over 30 foreign trucks were burnt or damaged, near the Mooi River Toll Plaza on the N3 Freeway in Kwazulu Natal.

In this incidence, the South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested 54 people involved in the violent protest.

Another incident occurred near Groblersbrug near Bostwana- South African border where 3 Zambian trucks were burnt by angry protesters five people have since been arrested by the Police.

The five suspects appeared in the Phalala Magistrate court on charges of Assault and Malicious damage to property

Mr Mwamba Further Confirmed that the attempt by the Five suspects to appeal for release from Custody on bail was denied by the Polokwane High court and are expected to appear back in court on 31st May 2018.

He has advised however, that truck drivers should endeavour to avoid routes or areas where protests or demonstrations are reported or occurring.

He Mentioned that his office will continue to monitor the situation.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali First Secretary
Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
Press@zambiapretoria.net

PROF CHIBALE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO INVEST IN SCIENTIFIC INFRASTRUCTURE

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria Saturday 19th May 2018

Zambia’s award Winning scientific researcher Professor Kelly Chibale has called on government to invest in scientific infrastructure to enable Zambian scientists realise their potential.

Professor Chibale who was recently recognised as one of 50 greatest leaders in the world for the year 2018 says infrastructure development is the basis on which ground breaking research would flourish.

Speaking at the University of Capetown in South Africa, Prof Chibale observed that Zambia has the potential and talent to produce world class researchers.

He says networking and globally aligned scientific projects were important as science was universal.There needs to be focus on world class research that addresses local problems and challenges with attendant training in the Zambian context and environment.

He observed that Zambian scientists need global partnerships in order to tap into other networks for the things they didn’t at home .

Prof Chibale noted that a dedicated team of Scientists with integrated skills was also important in the field of scientific research as it complemented the needs of the project.

He has since urged Zambian Scientists to come up with globally aligned projects in order to attract global funding as financial resources were competitive world over.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has commended Prof Chibale for the good humanitarian work his doing in improving the lives of people.

He says Zambia was happy that his positive contribution to human lives was recognised globally, hence, flying Zambia’s Flag High.

Prof Chibale is currently leading a team of over 90 researchers in the fields of chemistry biology and pharmacology with a focus discovery of potential medicines to treat Malaria TB and resistant infections of bacterial origin in efforst to combat antimicrobial resistance. This reasrch is happening at H3D Africa’s First Integrated drug discovery and research Centre at the university of Cape town

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa
Press@zambiapretoria.net
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