Category: Business

Jehovah’s Witnesses spearheads educational work

By Derrick Sinjela and Simon Banda According to the United Nations website, “education plays a key role in building sustainable and resilient societies.” The United Nations reports that 244 million children and youths are out of school and 771 million adults are illiterate. The International Day of Education, annually observed on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, will restate raising awareness on global need to strengthen access to learning opportunities. Jehovah’s Witnesses have long understood the importance of quality education. “We feel that learning should be taken very seriously,” said Albert Kwesa, local spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses based in Ndola, Copperbelt province....

FQM AND MINE UNIONS SIGN COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT FOR 2024 

FQM AND MINE UNIONS SIGN COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT FOR 2024 

By Derrick Sinjela and Simon Banda – Zambian Children Young People and Women in Development (ZCYPWD) First Quantum Minerals Ltd subsidiaries Kansanshi Mining and FQM Trident have signed a collective bargaining agreement with six unions that sees eligible employees receive an 8 percent increase in basic salary from January 1, 2024. The agreement was signed with the National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW), Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ), Miners and Allied Workers Union (MAWU), United Mine Workers Union of Zambia (UMUZ), Consolidated Miners and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CMAUZ), and Miners Technicians, Artisans and Allied Workers...

*ZCID COMMENDS POLITICAL PARTIES FOR PEACEFUL CAMPAIGNS IN THE MAYEMBE WARD BY-ELECTIONS*

By Derrick Sinjela Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) Executive Director Doreen Njovu-Kabwe is commending political parties for peaceful campaigns that have characterized Mayembe Ward by-election in Shiwang’andu District of Muching Province. In a Wednesday, 24th January, 2024 Press Statement, Ms. Njovu-Kabwe is hopeful that the peaceful environment exhibited during the campaign period will continue in future by-elections to enrich Zambia’s democratic credentials. “ZCID remains committed to promoting peace and stability in the country and wishes to call on all parties to engage in dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to any disputes that may arise during and after the...

Unleashing the Power of Innovation at ICRISAT: Advancing Crop Breeding with Breakthrough Technologies

  Unleashing the Power of Innovation at ICRISAT: Advancing Crop Breeding with Breakthrough Technologies A quantum leap in crop breeding speed, precision, and savings on labor costs is possible with the latest phenotyping technologies available at ICRISAT. Breeders can now aim for agile research pipelines that respond to a rapidly changing climate. Climate change has accelerated rapidly in the past decade, putting the survival of vulnerable communities in semi-arid tropics at risk.To support food sustainability for a growing global population, research organizations worldwide face the challenge of developing climate-adapted crops and doubling crop improvement rates by 2030.Developing crop varieties is...

ICRISAT Welcomes Dr Stanford Blade as New Deputy Director General-Research

  ICRISAT Welcomes Dr Stanford Blade as New Deputy Director General-Research Press Release The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Stanford Blade as the new Deputy Director General-Research. Dr Blade has an extensive background in agricultural research and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this critical leadership position.Prior to joining ICRISAT, Dr Blade served as the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has also served as the Deputy Director General-Research for the International Institute of...

KAWAMBWA TOWN COUNCIL GIVES OUT 7.3 MILLION KWACHA TO BENEFICIARIES UNDER THE 2023 LOANS EMPOWERMENT COMPONENT.

KAWAMBWA TOWN COUNCIL GIVES OUT 7.3 MILLION KWACHA TO BENEFICIARIES UNDER THE 2023 LOANS EMPOWERMENT COMPONENT By Kashi Joel Norman,                  Public Relations Officer,               Phone: 0977941841,                    Website: www.Kawambwacouncil@gov.zm 22/01/2024 Press Release Government through the Kawambwa Town Council has given out a total of Seven Million, Three Hundred Twenty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred Fifty Eight Kwacha (K7, 327,458.00) to 40 beneficiaries under the 2023 Constituency Development Fund (CDF) loans empowerment component. Kawambwa Central Constituency has seen 20 business groups...

FROM PICKING SCRAP, PETTY CRIMES TO A QUALIFIED TAILOR AND DESIGNER

…equipping vulnerable youths with skills for sustenance By Mwenya Mukuka He clanks on the pedal of his sewing machine in a rush against time to finish a piece of apparel for his client. In his eyes, a razor sharp focus on every stitch while his fingers so nimbly guides the Chitenge material along the machine in a symmetrical manner. Emmanuel Kangwa, 19 of Lusaka’s Kamanga Compound is steadily gaining the trust of his neighborhood to design elegant dresses and to creatively mend their torn clothes, locally known as “vigamba”. About five years ago, this could have simply been a farfetched...

CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF THE FIRST EVER GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL IN CHIEF TEMBWE, CHAMA DISTRICT, REACHES ADVANCED STAGE

By White Luhanga The Construction works of St Mary Anglican Girls Secondary Boarding School by Anglican Church in Chief Tembwe, Chama District of Eastern province, have advanced. Anglican Children’s Programme Project (ACPP) Director Father Jack Jones Katete says already a 1×4 classroom block and some offices for the administrators have been constructed at the school. Father Katete says so far works have reached above ninety percent (90%) completion and are ready to be used by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in partnership with the Anglican Church. Fr. Katete says the school will have hostels accommodating 1000 pupils with toilets for...

Ministry of Agriculture Urges Responsible Use of Government Agriculture Loans in Samfya District

Ministry of Agriculture Urges Responsible Use of Government Agriculture Loans in Samfya District

BY CEASAR MBEWE Samfya, Luapula Province— The Ministry of Agriculture in Samfya District, Luapula Province, has emphasized the importance of responsible utilization of government agriculture loans, known as the credit window, to benefit farmers in the area. He said this when he featured on Radio BANGWELA. Speaking on the matter, the District Marketing Development Officer (DMDO), Mr. Simon Sarenje, urged farmers to adhere to the correct procedures to access these crucial government support initiatives. Mr. Sarenje emphasized: “We advise all those interested in these government agriculture loans to follow the right process and to visit agriculture offices for further information”....

Chifunabuli District Strengthens Fight Against Fall Army Worms

Chifunabuli District Strengthens Fight Against Fall Army Worms

By Ceasar Mbewe In an effort to safeguard the agricultural landscape in Chifunabuli district, under the Ministry of Agriculture in Luapula province, officials have intensified fall army worm training for both officers and farmers. Speaking exclusively to NAIS, Chifunabuli Senior Agriculture Officer, Mr. Greenford Musonda, highlighted the training’s focus on crucial aspects such as identifying the larvae, proper handling of chemicals, and overall preparedness. “We are here to emphasize the importance of this training because army worms pose a serious threat to food security,” stressed the Senior Agriculture Officer. Ms Chimanda Prudence, one of the officers in attendance, deemed the...

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