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Zambia calls for Increased Regional Dialogue among Political, Religious and Traditional leaders to achieve reduction of new HIV infections and AIDS

Pretoria -Tuesday 20th June, 2017

Zambia has called for increased regional dialogue among political, religious and traditional leaders to achieve the goals of reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among key population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Zambia’s representative at the SAFAIDS regional consultative meeting being held in Pretoria, South Africa, Sydney Mushanga who is also Central Province Minister said increased involvement of leadership from political, religious and traditional sectors will serve to address stigma and discriminatory practices in society.
Mr Mushanga says increased collaboration among influential members of society will improve access by key population to HIV prevention,testing and treatment Services among citizens of different government in the SADC region.
He noted that Zambia had shown political will in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues by rolling out health facilities in different parts of the country as well as upgrading some clinics to hospital level to ensure that its citizens had easy access to HIV prevention and treatment services.

He added that Zambia’s participation at the regional Consortium and consultative meeting stands to benefit the country through exchange of information and strategies that various member countries are using to new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among their population.

Zambia is among eight other countries that include Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia that have formed a consortium, funded by Global Fund to implement the objective of reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among key population.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria
South Africa.
Email : kayulachulu@yahoo.com
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ZAMBIA SHOULD SET UP ROAD ACCIDENT COMPENSATION FUND-AMB MWAMBA

Pretoria –Wednesday 14th June, 2017
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba has encouraged the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to consider setting up a Road Fund for road traffic accident victims
Mr Mwamba, says the establishment of the Road Traffic accident Compensation Fund will ensure that accident victims were adequately compensated in Zambia
Mr. Mwamba, who was speaking at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa when a delegation of Zambian officials from the Road Transport and Safety Agency and Zambia Law Development Commission paid a courtesy call on him said Zambia, should study the South African road safety and management system as it was impressive
He observed that South Africa had established a separate road fund system to compensate road accident victims and that there was urgent need for Zambia to emulate the system following the increase in the number of road accident victims that the country was experiencing
Mr. Mwamba further urged the Road Transport and Safety Agency to ensure that the designs of new roads had emergency lanes among other safety features as was the case with the South African roads.
He said effective study of the South African road management and safety system presented an opportunity to Zambia to ensure that road accident victims were adequately compensated
And delegation leader of the Review of the Road Transport Legal Institutional and Policy Framework, Samuel Nyirongo said the review of Road Transport and Safety in Zambia has become necessary following the increased number of accidents the country was experiencing
He said once legislation concerning road safety and management were harmonised, enforcement agencies would become more effective and relevant to the changing needs of society.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria
South Africa.
Email : kayulachulu@yahoo.com
Tell : +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX : +27(0)12326-2140

Foreign Affairs Minister of Madagascar Arrives in Zambia ahead of State Visit

Lusaka- Tuesday 06th June 2017

Madagascar Minister of Foreign Affairs Beatrice Atallah has arrived in Zambia ahead of the State visit.

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina is expected to arrive on Wednesday for a two state visit to Zambia.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba who is also accredited to Madagascar received Hon. Attalah at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA).

On hand also to receive Hon. Attalah was, Ambasador Lombe Chalwe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry ofForeign Affairs in Lusaka.

Hon. Attalah was accompanied by Chief of Protocal

President Rajaonarimampianina will visit Zambia from the 7th June- 8th June 2017

H:E Rajaonarimampianina will visit President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and also tour COMESA Head office as he is the current chairperson of the 19 member states body.

He will also visit a bottling plant and a commercial farm.

27 ZAMBIAN NATIONALS IN PRISON IN SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria 1st June , 2017
Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has disclosed that 27 Zambian nationals are serving different jail sentences in the country’s correctional services.
He said of the 27,15 have been already been convicted and are serving various sentences.
Mr Mwamba says 12 Zambians have been remanded in different prison facilities across the country awaiting conclusion of their court cases.
This came to light after the Mission engaged the Department of International Relations and Corporation of the Republic of South Africa (DIRCO)on the status of Zambian Nationals in conflict with the law in the country.
Among the prisoners is Peter Saveka, 34, holder of NRC 201632166.who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder.
Others are identified as Thembo Sadik, 45, NRC number 207558050 Kennedy Ngulube, 40, NRC number 2132292994 and Christopher Ngando, 32, NRC 216393777 all convicted of Rape cases and serving jail terms ranging from 7 to 20 years.
Mr Mwamba added that Louis Banda, 28, NRC 213289710 was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Those awaiting conclusion of their trials include Eric muladuba 28, Patricia Kazembe 45 ,Watson Kahona 32 ,Daniel Phiri 37,Andrew Nawa 33,Owen Ndlovu 40, and joseph Mwape Phiri 30
Mr Mwamba has since advised the Zambian Community living in South Africa to refrain from activities that would find them in conflict with the law.
However, he said he was proud that an estimated number of 11,000 Zambians that are living in South Africa have maintained good behavior and are law abiding citizens.
He urged them to be good citizens, adding that the are representing Zambia abroad.
He has since called on family members to come forward and identify the people serving jail sentence in South Africa.
He also pledged to engage authorities on a possible prisoner exchange program so that nationals serving sentences can complete their sentences in Zambia.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
South Africa.
Email kayulachulu@yahoo.com
press@zambiapretoria.net
TEll : +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX : +27 (0)12326-2140

ZAMBIAN FASHION DESIGNER APPOINTED AS SOUTHERN AFRICAN FASHION COORDINATOR

A Zambian Fashion Designer has been Appointed as Southern Africa Fashion Coordinator by the African Fashion Reception legendary Gold of Nigeria.
Speaking at the Africa Month Celebration Fashion Experience pop up in Johannesburg South Africa Chisoma Lombe who is the president of creative Designs says she feels proud to take up that position as it will expose more of Zambian couture.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa ,His Excellency Mr.Emmanuel Mwamba congratulated Ms lombe for her achievement.
He said government recognized the value of arts and culture and included it at ministry level.
And Ms lombe said her role would be to mobilize and promote African and local designers to expose them to participate in advanced fashion shows ,adding that it will help them display African dress cultures.
she says Zambia will benefit immensely, as upcoming designers will be given a chance to show case their product on the international market which in return will add value to Zambian’s Economy.
Ms Lombe who was also taking part in the fashion show run way displayed Zambian native designs and dress.
she says Zambia was among the nine African Countries which took part in the prestigious event adding that it was a good platform and exposure to exchange ideas.
she called on government to invest and support the local designers
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria
South Africa.
Email : kayulachulu@yahoo.com
Tell : +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX : +27(0)12326-2140

MAIMANE’S PRESENCE WAS GOING TO UNDERMINE INTEGRITY OF THE JUDICIARY

PRETORIA- Friday 26th May 2017
The Zambia High Commission to South Africa has informed the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) that Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane was turned away from Zambia as his presence was going to undermine the sanctity, integrity and independence of the Judiciary.
During the meeting between DIRCO officials and His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia stated that the matters regarding Mr. Hichilema were in court and it was imperative that the due process of the law was respected without undue pressure or interference.
Government was concerned with Mr. Maimane’s and the DA’s media statements prior to his visit to Zambia that stated that his party would pressure the Courts of the Law to release Zambia’s opposition leader, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema who is currently undergoing a treason trial.
Mr. Maimane alleged that Mr. Hichilema was facing trumped up charges and therefore he would mobilize fellow regional opposition sister parties and leaders to pressure the Zambian courts to release Mr. Hichilema.
The Zambian High Commission had earlier advised Mr. Maimane to reschedule his visit until this and other concerns were resolved but clearly turned down such an advise.
And the High Commission has informed DIRCO that Zambian authorities advised Mr. Maimane to return to Johannesburg upon landing at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA)at 17:40hrs.
Zambia as a sovereign state, can determine persons to allow entry into the country.
Zambia continues to have mutual and admirable diplomatic relations and cooperations with South Africa based on the historical, economic and social ties between the two countries.
And His Excellency Mr. Mwamba said that this is demonstrated by factors as: Zambia was South Africa’s top ten trading partner and the volume of movement of people, goods and services between the the two states was one of the highest in the region.
his is also demonstrated by South African Airways that takes about 35 flights a week to Zambia, besides other carriers.
Zambia’s democratic credentials and processes remain admirable in Africa and the respect for the rule of the law is at the heart of its democratic growth.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary for Press& Public Relations
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria
South Africa
Email kayulachulu@yahoo.com
press@zambiapretoria.net
TEll: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

LETS DEVELOP REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE CORRIDORS

Cape town- Thursday 25th May 2017

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has called on Africa to accelerate infrastructure development corridors to promote regional trade and integration.

Ambassador Mwamba was speaking in Cape Town where he was among those that participated in a high level dialogue to commemorate Africa Freedom Day in South Africa.

The Dialogue was held at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town and was broadcast live on SABC Channel 404 and various radio stations.

On the panel of the Africa Day Dialogue, Mr. Mwamba was with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Chairpersonof the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on International Relations, Siphosezwe Masango.

Mr. Mwamba discussed the importance of regional economic integration and need to develop Africa’s corridors of infrastructure related to roads, rail, waterways, aviation, ports and telecommunication.

Mr .Mwamba also urged Africa to localize and implement the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.

He also called on the decolonization of the education sector to ensure that it fostered entrepreneurship, skills and innovations

A ZAMBIAN DIES AT Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport Johannesburg South Africa

 

Pretoria- Sunday, 21st May 2017
A resident of Chingola on the Copperbelt province of Zambia has died at the Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg South Africa.

The man identified as Frank John Price, 76yrs old, died of suspected cardiac arrest at Oliver Reginald Tambo International (ORTI) Airport in transit from Australia to Zambia.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the sad development.

According to the Zambian government records, the deceased was an Australian national holding a permanent resident permit for Zambia and was an established resident of Chingola.

The late Mr Price was traveling with his spouse, a Zambian national Evelyn Kasonde Mubanga.

The Couple had gone for holiday to his home country.

The body is being held at a funeral parlour in Johannesburg and will be repatriated to Zambia when due formalities are completed.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.
Email kayulachulu@yahoo.com
press@zambiapretoria.net

ZAMBIA SCOOPS ‘BEST BUSINESS STAND’ AT CAPE TOWN TOURISM EXHIBITION

PRETORIA – 21ST APRIL, 2017 – ZAMBIA has scooped the ‘Best Stand for Doing Business’ award at the 2017 World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

The award was presented yesterday by event organisers, World Travel Market Africa to leader of the Zambian delegation, Mr. Mwabashike Nkulukusa, who is Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) Marketing Director.

Others in the delegation were First Secretary in charge of tourism at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, Mrs. Patricia Muyamwa, Ms. Jane Zindonga from the Livingstone ZTA office and Mr. Muzhinga Munengu from ZTA head office in Lusaka.

The presentation was made at this year’s event which runs from 19 – 21st April at Cape Town Convention Centre.

The stand comprises 14 companies drawn from different parts of Zambia and taking part under the ZTA umbrella.

World Travel Market Africa is one of the leading travel and tourism trade shows in Africa taking place annually in Cape Town.

Stakeholders in the South African tourism industry are invited to meet travel operators from around the world in order to create business relationships, launch products, enter new markets, promote brands, conduct market research, showcase destinations and interact with media professionals.

Around 5000 travel and tourism professionals, alongside 550 exhibitors, have attend this year’s leading global business-to-business expo that has been showcasing the inbound and outbound travel markets from over 45 countries.

Participants are guaranteed access to unique business opportunities and top quality contacts from around the world.

The Zambian companies that are participating in the exposition are All Seasons Travel & Tours, Kayube Estates/Wild Side Tours, Konkamoyo Lodge, Legacy Destination Zambia, Luciano Tours & Travel – Zambia, Mawimbi Bush Camp/Sikiliza and Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Others were Orion Car Rental & Travel Solutions; Pioneer Lodge, Camp & Safaris; Protea Hotels Zambia; Shenton Safaris; Sigo Adventures &Tours; Voyagers – Travel Partner in Zambia; Winning Travel & Tours, and Zigzag Town Lodge & Restaurant.

Zambia’s stand at the 2017 World Travel Markets Africa in Cape Town

Zambia’s stand at the 2017 World Travel Markets Africa in Cape Town

Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) Marketing Director, Mr. Mwabashike Nkulukusa and First Secretary in charge of tourism at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, Mrs. Patricia Muyamwa show off the trophy at Cape Town Convention Centre on 20th April, 2017

Issued by:

Nicky Shabolyo

PRESS SECRETARY

HIGH COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA

Mobile: 00 27 810027548 Email: press@zambiapretoria.net; nshabolyo@gmail.com

‘CURRENT EDUCATION CURRICULA DO NOT SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT CREATION’ – MINISTER NONDE-SIMUKOKO

PRETORIA – 28th FEBRUARY, 2017 – LABOUR and Social Security Minister, Mrs. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko has said that the structure of education curricula in most Southern African countries do not support employment creation.

Mrs. Nonde-Simukoko has said that education systems in most countries in the region were designed to equip learners with skills to enable them get employed, and neglected the inherent skills or talents that every human being had.

She said although most countries were emphasising on education, they overlooked the need to emphasise on the type of education that was relevant to help increase employment opportunities.

The minister said most countries, including Zambia, lacked vocational training institutions which were key to skills development.

“In life, it is all about the skills that we have to offer. We all have talents which should be harnessed for us to succeed in life and it has shown that talent-oriented jobs are usually successful,” Mrs. Nonde Simukoko said.

She bemoaned the demise of vocational training institutions in Zambia and the privatisation of state-owned enterprises saying these were some of the other major contributors to the high unemployment levels the country was grappling with.

Mrs. Nonde-Simukoko said Zambia consequently found herself with a huge population of its citizens in the informal sector who lacked well-nurtured skills or talents to effectively engage in their trade.

The minister was speaking yesterday during a panel discussion at the Jobs for Youths in Africa (JFYA) regional ministerial conference organised by the African Development Bank Group held at Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa.

She was speaking on the topic; ‘What skills do we need for the Southern African labour market.’

Mrs. Nonde-Simukoko said the Zambian Government was now working to reorganise the informal sector so as to enhance its role on the economic development scene.

She said 80 per cent of the working population in Zambia was in the informal sector, which meant that this group was not captured in the tax net.

“Only 20 per cent of Zambia’s working population pays tax. This is what is contributing to the running of the economy. If we had all those in the informal sector paying tax, we could have had enough resources to even put up facilities such vocational colleges to train them.”

“It will be easier for government of even financial institutions such as banks to find and work with them on projects once they are properly organised,” she said.

The minister cited the taxi and bus transportation business and small scale farmers as some of the informal sector areas where reorganisation had already started.

She said her ministry; the Ministry of Commerce, Trade & Industry, and the Ministry of Youth, Sport & Child Development were involved in the exercise.

Other panelists included Mozambican Minister of Labour, Employment & Social Security, Ms. Vitoria Diogo; Mr. Tshenolo Ratshosa, Coordinator of the Employment Bureau of Botswana, and Professor Nicholas Biekpe, Professor of Development Finance & Econometrics from the University of Cape Town.

And speaking during another panel discussion, Zimbabwe Minister of Finance, Mr. Patrick Chinamasa, said the region needed to grow its economy in order to have sustainable solutions to the problem of unemployment.

He said there was need for deliberate policies that would place women at the centre of programmes aimed at addressing the problem of unemployment because studies have shown that women were the largest employers in the informal sector.

Mr. Chinamasa was speaking on the topic; ‘Mainstreaming youth employment into macro and sectorial policies’.

And COMESA Secretary General, Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, said it would be a form of smart partnership for governments to consider whether they should tax private organisations that had developed and implemented programmes that helped with employment creation.

AfDB has realised that youth unemployment and underemployment were fundamental challenges around the globe and that 70 per cent of Africans were under 30 years and that 50 per cent of the world’s youth will be African in the next three decades.

In response to this crisis, AfDB has adopted a JFYA Strategy for the period of 2016 – 2025 during which plans to create 25 million jobs and equip at least 50 million youth to realise their full economic potential would be implemented.

Similar regional ministerial conferences have been held in north, west, east and central Africa.

COMESA Secretary General, Mr. Sindiso Nwenya (r) speaking during a panel discussion at the Jobs for Youths in Africa regional ministerial conference in Pretoria on 27th February, 2017. Listening in are South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Madala Masuku and Zimbabwe Minister of Finance, Mr. Patrick Chinamasa.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Mrs. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko (r) with Mozambican Minister of Labour, Employment & Social Security, Ms. Vitoria Diogo, and South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu during a break at the Jobs for Youths in Africa (JFYA) regional ministerial conference in Pretoria on 27th February, 2017

Labour and Social Security Minister, Mrs. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko at the Jobs for Youths in Africa (JFYA) regional ministerial conference in Pretoria on 27th February, 2017

Labour and Social Security Minister, Mrs. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko (r) with Mozambican Minister of Labour, Employment & Social Security, Ms. Vitoria Diogo, and South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development, Ms. Lindiwe Zulu during a break at the Jobs for Youths in Africa (JFYA) regional ministerial conference in Pretoria on 27th February, 2017

Issued by:

Nicky Shabolyo

Press Secretary

ZAMBIAN HIGH COMMISSION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cell: +27 (0) 810027548

Email: press@zambiapretoria.net or nshabolyo@gmail.com