Meet Christabel Ronia Ndalama Kalyangile, Zambia’s budding Chinese language interpreter
By DERRICK SINJELA
CHRISTABEL Ronia Ndalama Kaliangile was born in 1999 at Shichobo clinic Shibuyunji District, Central Province.
24-year-old Ms. Kalyangile did her Primary and Junior Secondary education at Shibuyunji Primary and did her Senior Secondary at Kamakechi Secondary School in Kasempa District, North Western Province.
As education is an equaliser, Ms. Kalyangile, a vicenarian, enrolled at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road Campus in 2019 under School of Humanities and Social Sciences with Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Linguistics and Chinese, and was fortunate to graduate on Tuesday, 23rd May 2023.
Any one between the age of 20 and 29 years is called a vicenarian.
Her mother’s Name is Rose Kalyangile from Shibuyunji District, Central Province in Kalyangile village.
“My mother is a peasant farmer, though regrettably my father died in 2008. I am the fourth born in the family of five and I am the only one who knows or has learnt Chinese language,” says a calm Ms. Kalyangile.
Christabel Ronia Ndalama’s father’s name is Demoreen Ndalama, and her siblings are; Christine Kalyangile, Gibson Kalyangile, Constance Kalyangile and Mirriam Ndalama.
Christine Kalyangile is our first born she stays with mum in the village with three kids, Gibson Kalyangile did teaching at Rockview University, Constance Kalyangile did teaching at DALIS and Mirriam Ndalama completed her Grade 12 in 2021.
On her part, CRNK, did Senior Secondary Kamakechi Secondary School.
President Hakainde Sammy Hichilema (HSH7) officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the US$600 million Urea fertilizer and ammonia plant at the United Capital Fertilizer Zambia Company Limited in Lusaka’s Chilanga District.
The Plant is intended to help the country stop importation of fertiliser in the next two-years.
Mr. Hichilema reiterated the UPND government are resolved to ensure that Zambia is food secure and investment in areas such as this are most welcome.
“This is the enabling policy and business environment we wanted. One of our policies is positive discrimination, as long as the Zambian company meets the standards required. This will create jobs and keep money circulating locally,” Hichilema said.
The long-term strategy is for Zambia to progressively start importing lower quantities of fertilizer and other inputs used for food production. The President said his government are firm believers of buying Zambian products, to build the country.
“We call on citizens out there to adapt and join us in actioning this slogan.Producing our own fertilizer ensures predictability for the farmers that use this product. It will also be cheaper as we also strive to be net exporters of this highly sought after commodity. Our focus is on more production, more export, and less imports, and we are confident that Zambia will not only be exporting goods services but also skills. This is our focus,” Hichilema said.
Agriculture Minister Reuben Mtolo Phiri said once the plant is complete, Zambia will in the next two years be self-sufficient in fertiliser.
Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Chipoka Mulenga said the plant is a practical example of President Hichilema’s vision to get the economy back on track.
Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Robert Kamalata asked citizens in Chilanga to jealously guard the priceless United Capital Fertilizer plant.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Du Xiohui said China will support Zambia to contribute to global food security.
Meanwhile, Zhang Jinyue , Vice President for Wuhuan Engineering Company, the firm that will construct the fertiliser plant said local people will be trained to run the plant which will have modern technology that promotes environmental sustainability.
The plant which will be producing Urea fertiliser has already created 750 jobs.
Great, we had digressed, however, her (Ms. Kalyangile’s) lifetime achievement as a Chinese language interpreter was taking the state at a high-level meeting when President Hichilema and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Xiaohui, Ms. Kalyangile had the honour to interpret Hu Jianxun’s speech, as depicted below: “WUHUAN ENGINEERING COMPANY
尊敬的赞比亚总统HAKAINDE HICHILEMA 阁下，
尊敬的赞比亚商贸工部部长穆伦 CHIPOKA MULENGA 加阁下，
尊敬的卢萨卡省省长谢尔。穆利亚塔 SHEAL S. MULYATA 阁下
尊敬的赞比亚联合资本化肥有限公司懂事会主席卡巴伊 CHANCE KABANGA 先生，
众所周知， 赞比亚是个农业大国，一直以来，主要依靠进口化肥来满足农业生产的需要。本项目将充分利用赞比亚当地的煤矿资源，通过先进的工艺技术将其加工成高附加值的化肥产品，规模为30万吨/年，将是赞比亚乃至周边国家的第一个现代化的尿素工厂，本项目的上马将大大缓解赞比亚国内化肥紧缺的现象。项目建设期间预计可为当地提供2500余个就业岗位，建成后预计可提供1800余个长期间稳定的就业岗位，将极大地促进当地经济和社会发展。作为EPC 承包商，我们保证本项目采用成热，先进的技术，在保证产品质量的同时，还对环保要求产格，各项环保指标准，以保护赞比亚美丽的自然环境。
Your Excellency , Mr Hakainde Hichilema President of Zambia.
Your Royal Highnesses
Your Excellency, Mr du xiaohui, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia.
The minister of Commerce ,Trade and Industry , Honourable Chipoka Mulenga ,Mp.
Respected mr Chance kabayi Board Chairperson of United capital fertilizer zambia company.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, we are gathering in this coming harvest season , and holding the break-grounding ceremony for the Fambia UCF fertilizer project. First of all, I would like to express our special appreciation to friends of government , Banks and media for your kind attendance.Your gracious presence is a great support and inspiration for this project. On behalf of wuhuan engineering company , I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you all.
As we all know, Zambia is a big agriculture country and has been relying mainly on the import of chemical fertilizers to meet the domestic needs on agricultural production. This project will fully utilize the local coal mine resources in zambia and it will be processed into high value added fertilizer products through advanced process technology, the capacity is 300,000 tons/year. It will be the first modern urea plant in Zambia and even among the neighboring countries.The lauch of this significant project is going to greatly alleviate the shortage of fertilizers in Zambia.During its construction , the estimated to provide more than 2500 jobs for the local people , and once completed , more than 1800 stable long-term jobs could be expected, which will greatly boost the local economic and social development. As EPC contractor, we promise we will chose the mature and advanced technologies on this project to guarantee the product quality as well as the environmental protection requirements.Specifically all ennvironmental indicators will be kept in line with the standards of the world Bank to make sure the gorgeous natural environment of zambia is well protected.
Wuhuan Engineering is an international engineering company with a history of 65 years , mainly focuses on the construction of large scale chemical and petrochemical projects and we are one of the worlds top engieering companies in the fertilizer field. Up to now , wuhuan has delivered more than 3000 projects including 300 EPC projects both in China and oversea ,spreading our business presence all over southeast ,Asia, South Asia , Central Asia , Middle East , East Europe, Africa and South America.As a leading engineering company in China , we are committed to fully leveraging our comprehesive strength and injecting our premium resources into this project to ensure the timely completion of a high quality and high standard project. At the same time , wuhuan will provide comprehensive training to the local technical personnel , to build a skilful and capable local technical team as soon as possible so that the plant could be operated in an excellent and stable mannar by such local technical team independently in the future.
Thanks again for your kind attention”.