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RDA CONSTRUCTS FIRST EVER FIXED WEIGHBRIDGE FOR SUPER ABNORMAL LOADS

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The Road Development Agency has constructed the first ever fixed weigh bridge for weighing of super abnormal loads in Chikankata District at the junction of T001 and T002 near Kafue River.
And Infrastructure and Housing Minister Honourable Ronald Chitotela yesterday toured the newly constructed weighbridge with all call to RDA to ensure that the newly built infrastructure is opened to the public soon to ensure the preservation of road infrastructure that Government was building at a huge cost.
The Minister who was accompanied by RDA Acting CEO Elias Mwape on tour of the old Kafue and New Kafue Weighbridges said that the Agency should expedite all outstanding processes such as testing of newly installed software and recruitment or transfer of staff to the new weighbridge. He said the Government was spending huge sums of money to build roads thus the urgent need to ensure that the roads were protected from premature damage arising from overloading.

The new Minister was taken round the two weighbridges and shown how the weighing of vehicles is done. Engineers from the Axle Load Unit and weighbridge operators were on hand to explain Axle Load Operations to the Minsiter. Honourbale Chitotela who has recently been moved to the newly created Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing was keen to learn what the Agency was doing in the area of Axle Load Control. He expressed satisfaction with the work that had been done at the New Kafue Weighbridge and looked forward to the opening of the facility before the end of the year.


RDA Acting CEO Eng. Elias Mwape ( Black T-shirt) Briefing Infrastructure  & Housing Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela at the newly constructed Kafue Weighbridge.

 

NRFA officials briefing Hon. Chitotela at the Kafue Toll Site.

And Acting CEO Eng. Elias Mwape assured the Minister that the Agency would speed up processes to ensure that all outstanding issues were dealt with. He said that the Agency was keen to ensure that the weighbridge was operating efficiently before it could be officially commissioned.
The construction of the new Kafue weighbridge is virtually complete. The new facility has one scale for weighing super abnormal loads of up to 200 tonnes and another multi deck platform for weighing heavy trucks and public service vehicles above 6.5 tonnes.

The weighbridge has been constructed at a cost of approximately K21.8 million by Wakong Enterprises Limited supervised by LASCO Engineering Limited.  The scope of work included but was not limited to:  Construction of pit and installation of weighing scale, construction of weighbridge office, and construction of access roads including driveways and parking areas, sinking of boreholes, area lighting and construction of site drainage.
The new weighbridge which will service North and South Bound traffic has a high capacity and is expected to enhance efficiency in the weighing of abnormal and heavy vehicles. The new weighbridge has the capacity to weigh approximately 1,100 vehicles per day.

And Honourable Chitotela also took time to visit the newly commissioned Toll Booths at Chikankata near the Kafue Bridge. The Toll Booths commissioned barely a week ago are aimed at increasing the number of Toll sites on Zambian Roads with a view of ultimately increasing collection of Toll fees. Funds raised from Tolling will be used for maintenance and construction of new roads.

National Road Fund Agency Acting Chief Executive Officer Eng. Wallace Mumba informed the Minister that his Agency was collecting about K55, 000 from the toll site every day. He added that the Agency was also in the process of installing an additional two booths to bring the number to four in order to improve efficiency. Motorists had earlier complained that congestion was being experienced at the site particularly at peak hours because the two booths were not adequate to cope with the high levels of traffic on the road.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia launched the National Tolling Programme in November 2013 after appointing the RDA as the Tolls Authority.  This followed the earlier enactment of the Tolls Act No. 14 of 2011. Following some policy reforms in 2015, RDA appointed the National Road Fund Agency as the lead Toll Agent to collect Toll fees in September 2015. The Construction of the Toll Plazas is however still the mandate of the RDA.

Eng. Douglas Tutu from the Axle Load Unit ( in checked shirt) accompanied Hon. Chitotela on tour of the new Kafue Weighbridge, looking on is Senior Manager Axle Load Mr Teofile Chembo ( in RDA khaki shirt)

ZAMBIA AND BOTSWANA SIGN CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ONE STOP BORDER POST AT KAZUNGULA IN ZAMBIA

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The Governments of the Republic of Zambia and Botswana as parties to the Kazungula Bridge Project have signed a contract with Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group Company Limited (China) for the construction of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Kazungula in Zambia.

The contract valued at K 263.6 million forms Package 3 of the Kazungula Bridge Project and is funded through a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB).  Road Development Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba signed on behalf of Zambia while Pius Seone from the Kazungula Bridge Project signed on behalf of Botswana.

Package 1 of the Kazungula Bridge Project is the construction of the Main Bridge, connecting the two sovereign states of Botswana and Zambia across the Zambezi/Chobe Rivers, and is one of the missing links in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional trunk road network and, particularly, on the North-South Corridor. The Bridge construction works are being undertaken by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd of South Korea.
Package 2 involves the construction of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) Facilities on the Botswana side. This project is also under implementation and is being executed by Zhon Gan Engineering and Construction Limited.

RDA CEO Eng. Kanyuka Mumba (red tie) with Anhui Deputy Director Ms. Chen Fengmei and Kazungula Bridge Project Manager (Botswana) Pius Seone sign the Contract as Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibaze Simuchoba looks on

 

Package 3, which was signed today at Livingstone’s David Livingstone’s Safari Loge and Spar consists of ten (10) Main Buildings, 800 metres of Circulation Roads, Parking Areas and 2.4 km of the Main Bridge approach road.

The Buildings to be constructed include the following, among others:

1. Passenger Control Buildings,
2. Scan Building,
3. Ablution Blocks,
4. Clearing Agencies Buildings,
5. Veterinary Building,
6. Freight Terminals,
7. Storage Buildings,
8. Police Buildings; and
9. Waste Disposal Buildings.

The project Intended Completion Date for the works is Thirty (30) months from the Commencement Date.

“The signing of this contract on the larger Kazungula Bridge Construction Project fulfills the final linkage in the implementation of all the Project Packages. The Kazungula Bridge Project is considered a priority by the Botswana and Zambian Governments, and is also supported by SADC”, said Engineer Mumba.

He added that the Main Bridge once completed, would provide the much-needed connection between the regional economic areas, and would also link regional ports which handle all exports and imports from and through Botswana and Zambia. The Bridge will also enhance transportation operations along the regional North-South Corridor, which link the mineral rich regions of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Botswana, Zimbabwe and the port of Durban in South Africa. This will especially be enhanced given that the Bridge also has a provision for a rail line.

The One Stop Border Post (OSBP) Concept and the construction of the modern border facilities is also expected to significantly reduce the border transit times from as much as five days to only one or two days. Border operations and border management are also generally expected to improve.

“In doing so, this development will help improve the regional competitiveness of Botswana and Zambia, in particular, which will in turn boost trade and improve the global competiveness of the entire SADC Region,” Engineer Mumba added.

The development of the OSBP is also expected to improve regional connectivity through the North-South Corridor and will also contribute to the Regional Integration of the economies in the SADC Region, thus bringing the much-needed economic development.

And Kazungula Bridge Project Manager from Botswana Eng. Pius Seone welcomed the signing of the contract for Package 3.  Mr. Seone urged the contractor to work round the clock and ensure that the project was completed within the contract duration period.  He said the two Governments were also expecting the Contractor to deliver quality work.

Speaking at the same ceremony, Anhui Deputy Director Ms. Shen Fengmei pledged that her company would deliver the project on time and to the prescribed quality and standard. She added that Anhui was honoured to have been awarded the contract to construct the One Stop Boarder Post on the Zambian side.

Meanwhile, Southern Province Permanent Secretary Mr. Sibanze Simuchoba has urged Anhui to use local materials and labour in order to empower Zambians. In welcoming the signing of the contract, Mr. Simuchoba said the contractor should also ensure that there was knowledge and skills transfer to Zambians. He said Southern Province was happy to host the Kazungula Bridge Project.

The Permanent Secretary was confident that the start of major construction works on the One Stop Border Post would trigger other economic activities in Kazungula, a  District  he said was still yearning for infrastructure development.

RDA CEO Eng. Kanyuka Mumba and Anhui Deputy Director Exchange signed contract

GOVERNMENT HAPPY WITH CONSTRUCTION OF TOLL PLAZAS AT SHIMABALA AND KATUBA TOLL SITES

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•	Hon. Ronald Chitotela (Pink Shirt) with RDA Director  Road Maintenance  Eng. William Mulusa, Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Loyce Saili and  AVIC International Deputy Projects Manager Ji Cui during the inspection of  Shimabala Toll Plaza.

 

Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development Ronald Chitotela has expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of construction works at Katuba and Shimabala toll sites.

Speaking when he conducted an on the spot check of works at Katuba and Shimabala sites, the  Minister encouraged  the Road Development Agency (RDA) to provide effective supervision to all contractors in order to guarantee quality work. Hon. Chitotela assured road users and stakeholders that funds that would be collected from the toll fees would be for maintenance, construction and rehabilitation of roads.

Meanwhile RDA Director Road Maintenance Eng. William Mulusa said that the RDA was committed to ensuring that the Toll Plazas were delivered on time and to prescribed standard. He added that the Agency was working closely with NRFA to ensure that the contractor delivered quality work.

“We are working as a team with NRFA so that works here are of quality standard”, Eng. Mulusa said.

And AVIC International Deputy Projects Manager Ji Cui assured the Minister that they would work hard to deliver quality work. He further said that the works would be completed on schedule.

The Katuba Toll Plaza located approximately 30Km from Lusaka along the T2 road near Protea Safari Lodge is being implemented at a cost of USD 2,871, 263.00. The works commenced on September 26, 2016 and will be completed on February 8, 2017. The scope of work includes:  construction of buildings and other facilities, installation of the Tolling system, installation of power supply system, installation of permanent traffic signs and Installation of a Surveillance system.

 

So far, the contractor is progressing well with activities such as clearing and grubbing already completed. Other activities that are ongoing include: drilling of boreholes, erection of fence and construction of pavement layers for the in and out lanes including relocation of power lines.

 

 

In addition, the foundation for the toll booths has been completed while foundation works of the main control building and brick work is in progress.


Meanwhile works at the Shimabala Toll Plaza are progressing well. The Shimabala Toll Plaza is being constructed at a cost of USD 2,228,346.00 and is located approximately 25 Km from Lusaka on the Lusaka - Chirundu Road. The works commenced on September 26, 2016 and will be completed on February 8, 2017.


The scope of works at Shimabala includes but not limited to: the construction of buildings and other facilities, installation of the tolling system, installation power supply system, and installation of permanent traffic signs and installation of surveillance system.


•	Hon. Chitotela with his entourage inspecting the foundation of the main control building at Shimabala Toll Plaza

ZAMBIA TO HOST THE 8TH AFRICA TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CONFERENCE

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Ministry of Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota addressing Journalists at a media briefing

 

Zambia will next year host the 8th African Transportation Technology Transfer Conference under the theme: “Linking Africa through sustainable Transport Infrastructure Development’’.
Ministry of Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota announced this in Lusaka today. He said that the conference would be held under the auspices of the Association of Southern African National Road Agencies (ASANRA) in May next year. The event will be held at Avani Hotel in Livingstone, from 8th to 10th May 2017 and is expected to attract over 300 delegates from various continents namely Africa, Europe America and Asia.  The Ministry of Works and Supply will host the event through the Road Development Agency. 
The decision for Zambia to host the conference was made at the ASANRA Board meeting held on 26th March, 2015 in Livingstone. 
Engineer Mushota indicated that the role of ASANRA in road transport sector in the region was to harmonise policies, systems and procedures through preparation of guidelines and advocating for adoption of good asset management practices among member states in line with the SADC protocol on Transport, Communication and Meteorology. The association established the Regional Technology Transfer and Capacity Building programme with the objective of developing and sustaining active technology activities through effective Technology Transfer Centers and providing professional and technical capacity in the Region.
Eng. Mushota further said that the intention of holding the T2 Conference was to share, exchange and debate experiences, new technology and best practices in the provision, maintenance and management of all modes of transport. Further, the forum would be used for sharing and exchanging new approaches on technology transfer that enables countries to develop effective integrated transportation systems which are safe efficient, reliable and affordable.
He disclosed that the association had hosted seven bi- annual conferences in Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
And Road Development Agency Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer (RDA) Eng. Elias Mwape said that students in related technical disciplines were also eligible to attend the conference.  He added that the RDA was looking forward to hosting a successful conference.
The participation fees have been pegged as follows: 300 US dollars for foreign delegates, 3, 000 ZMW for Zambian Delegates, 150 ZMW for Zambian students and 150 US dollars foreign students.
The Association of Southern African National Road Agencies (ASANRA) through its sixth Standing Committee on Regional Technology Transfer Centre in collaboration with Ministries and Agencies responsible for the transport sector in the member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has been organizing Africa T2 Conferences over the years.

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