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SOUTH AFRICA DECLARES 10 Days OF NATIONAL MOURNING IN HONOUR OF KK

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRETORIA -Friday, 18th June, 2021

The South African government has declared 10 days of National Mourning with immediate effect in honour of Dr Kenneth Kaunda.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said flags would fly at half mast at all flag stations to pay tribute to the fallen leader.

In a statement made available to the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, last evening President Ramaphosa said South Africa was united with the Kaunda family and the people of Zambia in sadness and in mourning.
He said President Kaunda dedicated his 97 long years to the liberation and service of the people of Zambia.

“He devoted himself and the Zambian people to supporting liberation movements around our region in their quest for independence and freedom. Under his leadership, Zambia provided refuge, care and support to liberation fighters who had been forced to flee the countries of their birth,” President Ramaphosa said.

He added that he stood alongside the people of South Africa at the time of their greatest need and was unwavering in his desire for the achievement of their freedom.

“It was in honour of this remarkable contribution that the South African government bestowed on President Kaunda the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in 2002,” he said.

President Ramaphosa said Kaunda was a pioneering champion of a decolonised, united and prosperous Africa and represented his country and continent with distinction on global platforms.

‘’Today, we recommit ourselves to building the Africa of KK’s vision – an Africa of peace, justice, prosperity and innovation. Today, we place ourselves alongside Kenneth Kaunda’s family and the Zambian nation as they mourn this deep loss,” President Ramaphosa said.

“As the South African nation, we will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude that we owe to President Kaunda.”

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti has thanked President Ramaphosa and other leaders and organizations for sending wishes of condolences to the people of Zambia on the death of Dr. Kaunda.

He said the declaration of 10 days of national mourning was a humbling gesture to the people of Zambia and the family for late Dr Kaunda.

Maj Gen Miti described Dr Kaunda as a liberation icon who played an important role in the liberation struggle Southern Africa and Africa as a whole.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali

First secretary Press and public relations

Zambia High Commission South Africa

Press@zambiapreyoria.net

ZAMBIANS LOST OVER K2.5 MILLION IN TRADE RELATED ONLINE SCAMS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria- Thursday,11th March, 2021

The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, has expressed concern over the increasing number of Zambians losing huge sums of money reported to be over K2.5 million so far through online platforms.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says the Mission has in the recent months recorded several complaints of Zambians being scammed in trade related transactions.

He said the majority of victims were being scammed while trying to purchase agricultural implements, vehicle spare parts and home furniture from scammers posing as online suppliers.

Maj Gen Miti said it was important for Zambians wishing to purchase goods online from South Africa to verify the authenticity of the companies they were dealing with before making payment.

Maj Gen Miti said it was unfortunate that most victims of online scams had reported matters to the Mission after being swindled.

He has since encouraged Zambians to seek guidance from the Mission whenever they planned to purchase anything online from South Africa.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali

First Secretary Press and Public Relations

Zambia High Commission South Africa
press@zambiapretoria.net

 

IFRC Raises 1,500,000.00 Swiss Francs for Its Humanitarian Activities in Zambia

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies -IFRC- says it has raised over one point five (1.5) million Swiss francs for its humanitarian activities in Zambia.

Head of IFRC’s Southern Africa cluster office Michael Charles says the funds were raised after the Societies launched an international appeal for three point five (3.5) million Swiss francs to compliment government’s efforts in providing food aid to some affected parts of the country.

He was speaking at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria, South Africa when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to that country Major General Jackson Miti.

Dr. Charles said climate variability that Zambia was currently experiencing was affecting food security in the country.

He mentioned that his organization would work closely with government and the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit- DMMU- to improve food security in the affected communities.

Dr. Charles said beneficiaries would have a choice to either get cash grants or receive relief depending on their preferences.

He said that IFRC would continue complimenting government’s efforts through provision of humanitarian aid to improve food security in the country.

Dr Charles further expressed gratitude to the Zambian government for continued commitment and support given to his organisations in their humanitarian initiatives.

And Major General Miti appreciated the assistance that the organization was rendering to Zambia.
He mentioned that government has continued distributing relief food to the affected communities despite facing difficulties due to flooding in some parts of the country.

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

MINES MINISTER CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR COMMUNITY TO INVEST IN ZAMBIA’S LOCAL MINING VALUE CHAIN

Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa has called on the international investor community to invest in Zambia’s local mining value chain for the country to stimulate growth of the manufacturing industry.

Mr. Musukwa says Zambia’s current procurement value chain for the mining sector was between two and four billion United States dollars.

He was speaking at the Africa Mining Indaba in Cape town, South Africa, during a panel discussion.

He said localising content of mining input would foster business linkages in the sector as well as promote linkages between local and foreign enterprises

Mr. Musukwa mentioned that establishment of linkages between local and foreign enterprises was key in promoting Zambia’s industrialization and diversification agenda.

He said government , with support from Africa Development Bank has since developed a framework for strengthening local capacities and establishment of production technologies.

And Mr. Musukwa said Zambia would work closely and support genuine investors to ensure that they succeeded in their mining business

He expressed happiness that currently, a number of reputable international mining firms were operating in Zambia.

He, however, mentioned that government would not allow investors to break rules of engagement as well as
investment commitments.

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

OVER TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT MILLION USD TO BE INJECTED IN ZAMBIA”S ECONOMY

Over two hundred seventy eight million United States dollars is expected to be injected in the Zambian economy by different South African investors operating in Zambia.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says about one thousand jobs will be created once the investment portfolios are fully actualised.

He mentioned that twenty four investment certificates were granted to the investors through the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) in 2019 with six being renewed licences

The High Commissioner noted that agriculture and manufacturing sectors were leading the investment portfolios in terms of capital investment and jobs to be created.

Major General Miti added that other sectors that have attracted investments included tourism, transport and service sectors among others.

He has since expressed gratitude to the Zambia Development Agency for speedy and efficient facilitation of investment opportunities for the South African investors.

He said it was gratifying to note that Zambia has remained a country of choice for various investments owing to her stable economic and political environments.

Major General Miti mentioned that the Mission will enhance its engagements with various investors through the Zambia- South Africa Business Forum in order to attract more investments in different sectors of the Zambian economy.

Issued by:
Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97

RB Calls on Farmers to Fully Participate in Food Production in Order to Make Zambia Food Secure

Pretoria 22nd November 2019

Former Republican President His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda has called on farmers across the country to fully participate in food production in order to make Zambia food secure.

Mr. Banda says small scale farmers should take advantage of this year’s farming season to grow a variety of food crops as they were majority producers.

He mentioned that it was important for Zambia to be food secure by encouraging small scale farmers to fully participate in food production.

Mr. Banda said he was happy with the current farming input distribution strategies as most inputs were in-situ across the country.

He also called on young people to go into farming as there was available land for the activity.

Mr. Banda was speaking in South Africa when he transited to Republic of Mozambique where he has been invited by that country to attend former President Joaquim Alberto Chissano’s 80th birthday celebration.

He is also expected to attend a symposium under the theme “Mozambique’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy from the Origins to the Present”.

The purpose of the symposium is to pay tribute to President Chissano for the important role he played in the building of a new and independent Mozambique as a diplomat and as a statesman.

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

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