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GOVERNMENT TRAINS 800 YOUTHS IN AQUACULTURE

Government says about 800 youths across the country have been trained in aquaculture skills as part of youth empowerment program.

Sports, Youth and Child Development Minister Mr Emmanuel Mulenga says about 400 out of 800 have since graduated from Mwekera training centre on the Copperbelt.

Mr Mulenga said government through his Ministry and Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock have set about 30 percent of project funds for youth empowerment.

He said fingerlings for graduated youths are ready for their fish farming.

Mr Mulenga noted that youth empowerment in the fisheries sector was cardinal as it would help facilitate economic development and job creation among the youths.

He mentioned that his Ministry was recruiting an average of 400 youths from across the country every quarter to be trained in various skills that included carpentry and aquaculture among others.

Mr. Mulenga, however bemoaned failure by some youths enterprises to pay back seed money given to them.

He said this was affecting expansion programs aimed at increasing the number of youth beneficiaries.

Mr. Mulenga was speaking in South Africa when he met staff from the Zambian Mission in Pretoria enroute to Lesotho where he was attending an African Union Sports Council conference for zone five games

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

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION WORKING WITH SMART ZAMBIA TO REMOVE GHOST WORKERS FROM PAYROLL

The Public Service Commission says it is working closely with Smart Zambia to ensure ghost workers are removed from the payroll.

Commission Secretary Geoffrey Kamfwa says the Commission has discovered that some civil servants on the Copperbelt are drawing more than one salary from different paypoints.

Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country Major General Jackson Miti, Mr. Kamfwa said the on-going payroll clean up for the Copperbelt province has revealed alot of anomalies.

He mentioned that further discoveries have shown that some civil servant were also drawing allowances such as rural hardship which they were not entitled to as they were serving in urban areas.

“Government would roll out a payroll clean up exercise countrywide to ensure it does not waste money” Mr Kamfwa said.

He said the 4000 salaries accounts that have been blocked on the Copperbelt would remain suspended until the owners were clearly identified and validated.

Mr. Kamfwa denied claims that the clean up exercise was meant to victimise some workers but clarified that it was meant to save money which government was losing.

He said the saved resources would be channeled towards the provision of social, health and economic services to members of the public in various parts of the country.

The Zambian Public Service Commission is in South Africa for the Association of African Public Service Commission (AAPSCOMS) consultative meetings.

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

ZAMBIA TO SHOWCASE ITS ECONOMIC POTENTIAL TO INVESTORS AT THE 2ND SOUTH AFRICAN INVESTMENT CONFERENCE

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria – 6th November,2019

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says the 2nd South African Investment Conference was a good platform to show case Zambia’s economic potential to investors.

Major General Miti said the investment conference provided a platform for exhange of information on how to improve and enhance economies among African countries.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the South African Investment conference officiated by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Johannesburg.

He mentioned that Zambia was making strides in improving her economy by attracting investments in various sectors.

Major General Miti noted that various South African companies and business entities have invested in the Zambian economy.

Zambia was among several African countries and business executives that took part in the 2nd South African investment conference.

The conference, which was officially opened by President Cyril Ramaphosa, allowed Heads of Mission accredited to that country to share information on existing investment opportunities in respective countries.

Over one thousand investors and business executives from across the globe attended the conference.

Among issues discussed were the fourth Industrial revolution in Africa as well as growth and funding of small and emerging businesses Others included innovators and entrepreneurs growing, and scaling- up small and medium businesses.

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

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ACCLAIMS NEWLY APPOINTED ZAMBIA HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SOUTH AFRICA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria, Wednesday, 16th October 2019.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has described Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti as an esteemed representative of the country whom he is looking forward to working with.

President Ramaphosa said the presence of Gen. Miti in South Africa was a clear confirmation that his country had friends that it would work with to consolidate peace and development in the world.

He was speaking at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria when he received letters of credence from Gen. Miti and 17 other Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to that country.

He said there was need for countries to closely work together to discourage any forms of unilateralism in matters of international security, human rights and trade investments.

President Ramaphosa has since congratulated Gen. Miti for being appointed Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country.

President Ramaphosa further wished Gen. Miti success in the execution of his duties and responsibilities as Zambia’s Envoy to that country.

And Gen. Miti pledged to work towards strengthening and expanding the bilateral relations that the two countries were enjoying.

He said he would work closely with the South African government to ensure that new horizons for cooperation and consultations were opened between the two countries at all levels.

Gen. Miti observed that Zambia and South Africa had a long standing history of mutual beneficial relationship in many areas of economic development, cultural ties and education, among others.

He called for the continuous development of the mutual relationship that exist between the two countries.

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

PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT PAID GLOWING TRIBUTE TO ZAMBIA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pretoria 21st June, 2019

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has paid glowing tribute to Zambia for being one of the hospitable countries to migrants on the African continent.
Vice President Honourable Chief Fortune Charumbira says Zambia has set good example of a country that practices ubuntu.
He said Zambia has provided equal employment and economic opportunities to migrants that have settled in the country from other countries.
Mr. Charumbira, who is also a Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe said Zambia has not given up on hosting migrant despite being a victim of hostile military attacks from neighbouring countries during the liberation struggle in the region.
He thanked Zambians for accommodating foreigners and living in harmony with its neighbours.
Mr. Charumbira further paid glowing to Zambia for being a pioneer of multi-party democracy on the continent.
He said the peaceful transition of power from the UNIP government in 1991 to date had set a good example to other countries.
Mr. Charumbira said Zambia has done well in her democratic dispension owing to the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the other.
He has since urged Zambians to continue doing the good work its known for.
Mr. Charumbira was speaking on the sidelines of the Commemoration of World Rufugee day held at the Pan African Parliament building in Midrand, South Africa.
And Zambia’s Acting High Commissioner to South Africa Maynard Misapa has called on Africans to find solutions to their problems.
He said there was need for leaders together with their followers to come together and find permanent solutions to the Continent’s problems.

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

PRESIDENT LUNGU TO ATTEND THE US-AFRICA BUSINESS SUMMIT

PRETORIA-TUESDAY ,18TH JUNE 2019

President Edgar Lungu is scheduled to attend this year’s US- Africa business summit to be held in Maputo, Mozambique.
Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji says President Lungu will have a one day working visit to Maputo on Wednesday to attend the 12th US-Africa business summit.

He said President Lungu will further hold bilateral talks with US government officials on the sidelines of the summit.

Mr. Malanji said the President was expected to return to Zambia on the same day.

He was speaking in Pretoria, South Africa enroute to Maputo, where he is leading a Zambian team comprising of government officials who include Commerce , Trade and Industry Minister Mr Christopher Yaluma.

Mr. Malanji said the US- Africa business forum was an important networking forum which needed to be strengthend through trade and investment policies.

He mentioned that Zambia has good support from the American government owing to the huge trade volumes between the two countries.

And Commerce ,Trade and Industry Minister Christopher Yaluma says Zambia would participate in the negotiations for the second phase of the AGOA agreement.

He noted that as the first phase of AGOA agreement was coming to an end, Zambia would be among countries that would negotiate for the second phase under the umbrella of the African Union.

He said that some Zambian companies have continued to export their products to the American market through AGOA

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

ZAMBIA CALLS ON AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO IMPROVE EDUCATION SYSTEMS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE
Maseru -Wednesday 15th May, 2019
Zambia has called on African countries to improve on their education systems in order to competent favorably worldwide.
General Education Minister David Mabumba says provision of quality education will make Africa better and stronger.
Mr. Mabumba was speaking in Maseru, Lesotho during the 10TH Conference for the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authority (AFTRA).
He said provision of quality education should be a shared aspiration to all African countries, as such, Zambia remained committed to ensuring that teachers delivered quality education.
Mr. Mabumba said that Zambia, under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu would support initiatives aimed at improving education.
He said aspirations for a developed Africa would only be realized once learners are taught by professionally qualified and productive teachers.
Mr. Mabumba urged AFTRA member countries to ensure that the teaching profession was adequately researched and well regulated.
He expressed happiness that Zambia has already operationalized the regulation of the teaching profession through the establishment of the Teaching Council of Zambia.
The Conference attracted the participation of over 10 African countries that included Nigeria, Cameroon Ghana and Kenya.
Other countries are Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, and Tanzania among others.
Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

KASAMA ARTS CULTURE AND ZUBA-NI-MOTO LIGHT UP DURBAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL*

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria-Friday 3rd May, 2019

TWO Zambian arts and cultural groups are representing Zambia at the annual African Carnival being held in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa.

“Zuba Ni Moto” and “Kasama Arts Zambia” are among cultural groups that are participating at Africa’s biggest annual carnival and festival celebrations.

Group leader, Patrick Mphakateni says the two Zambian groups have taken advantage of the event to show case Zambian unique traditions, culture and tourism.

Speaking on the side-lines of the Carnival, Mr. Mphakateni said the Carnival provided an opportunity for the two cultural groups to promote Zambia’s tourism on the African continent.

He said art and culture was unifying not only to Zambia but to Africa as a whole as it transcended beyond race, religion and traditional beliefs.

Mr Mphakateni thanked government for giving them an opportunity to represent Zambia at Africa’s biggest cultural event, adding that his groups would remain committed to promoting Zambia’s tourism and arts industry beyond its borders.

The event which was officially launched by South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Tourism, Hon.Nathi Mthethua, attracted the participation of over ten African countries.

It was being held alongside Africa Travel Summit which has attracted over seventeen thousand delegates and exhibitors.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.

press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

VICE PRESIDENT MADAM INONGE WINA PRAISES DEMOCRATIC STRIDES MADE BY THE SADC REGION

Pretoria- Monday 30th April 2019.

Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Inonge Wina has commended the SADC region for growing its democracy.

Speaking when she received Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Joseph Malanji, Hon. Inonge Wina stated that she was hopeful that South Africa will hold a free, fair and peaceful elections.
She said a few SADC member states including Malawi, Bostwana and Madagscar elections in 2019.

And Hon Malanji who is also the Head of the SADC Elctoral Observer Mission for the 2019 National and Provincial elections in South Africa, said President Edgar Lungu appointed 48 election observers drawn from the SADC member states.

He also disclosed that President Lungu had appointed former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Kabinga Pande as his alternate as SADC Head of Electoral Observer Mission.

Meanwhile Hon. Wina said she missed the auspicious occasion held to celebrate the 95 Birthday of President kenneth Kaunda.

She wished Dr. Kaunda many more happy returns and good health.

Mrs. Wina is in South Africa to do her scheduled medical check up.

Issued by;

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria

ALL FOREIGNERS ARE SAFE ,LINDIWE SISULU ASSURES

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu says reports of alleged xenophobic attacks that have re-emerged in that country are a great concern to her government.

Ms Sisulu says her government is working closely with the Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that security is provided to people living in South Africa.

She said her government would work closely with members of the diplomatic corp to ensure that regular updates are given concerning reports of alleged xenophobia.

Ms. Sisulu was speaking at an urgent meeting with Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the SADC region held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria.

She noted that safety of people living in South Africa was a collective responsibility, as such, SADC member countries would be actively engaged to find a solution.

Ms. Sisulu however expressed that some members of the diplomatic corp accredited to that country were giving incorrect perspectives of the situation.

She has since called on Ambassadors and High Commissioners to adhere to the Geneva Convention when communicating in order to maintain good relations.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba said reports of alleged xenophobia were distressing.

He said some public remarks by identified civic leaders in that country were in bad faith.

He urged the governmnet to openly condemn remarks that against foreign nationals as they were fueling alleged xenophobic attacks.

Mr. Mwamba added that reports of re-emerging xenophobia in some parts of South Africa were working against the principles of free migration as championed by the African Union and SADC respectively.

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