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RDA DONATES LABORATORY EQUIPMENT TO COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

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RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape delivering his speech at the official handover of Laboratory equipment to

CBU. Looking on to his right is CBU Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Shadreck Chama.


The RDA has officially handed over laboratory equipment to the Copperbelt University School of Engineering valued at K 1 million.
RDA Chief Executive officer Eng. Elias Mwape who handed over the equipment to the University on January 6, said  that the donation would equip the CBU Civil Engineering laboratory and assist trainee Engineers in their academic programmes. The equipment is part of equipment that was used in the construction of the Mufuchani Bridge across the Kafue River.
Eng. Mwape said, the donation was is in line with RDA's Corporate Social Responsibility Policy which included among other initiatives offering educational support to institutions of learning such as CBU. The donated equipment will mainly be used for academic purposes and partially for commercial ventures. The equipment will also enable CBU to provide independent laboratory tests for the Construction Industry in the country.

And Eng. Mwape has assured the CBU that RDA would continue to work with the University through provision of necessary support whenever possible. The RDA he said, attached great Importance to the role that CBU played in developing critical human resource that was required by Industry. He added that the RDA was one of the major Institutions in the country that employed graduate Engineers and Technicians from Universities such as CBU and UNZA. The Chief Executive officer also disclosed that the two institutions had collaborated on various projects such as the Mufuchani Bridge Project where students from CBU had provided input into the design of the Bridge in the initial stages of the project.

(From left- right) RDA CEO Eng.  Mwape, RDA Manager World Bank Funded Projects Eng.  Nicholas Mulenga

and CBU Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Shadreck Chama during the handover of the equipment.


And CBU Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Shadreck Chama thanked the RDA for the partnership with the Copperbelt University which was assisting CBU in the training of engineering students. Dr Chama said the University was delighted to receive equipment from the Road Development Agency. He said that the donation would go a long way in uplifting standards of teaching at the University particularly in the school of Engineering.
The donation comprised equipment for various specialised tests such as: Sieve Analysis equipment, Atierberg limit equipment, Maximum dry density/CBR equipment, Field density equipment, Concrete equipment and Asphalt testing equipment.

Eng. Mwape and Dr. Chama during the donation of  the equipment .


 


 

NEW KAFUE WEIGHBRIDGE COMMISSIONED

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Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Hon. Ronald Chitotela cutting the ribbon while, British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane - Dyet and RDA Acting CEO Elias Mwape look on.

The Government through the Road Development Agency has commissioned the ZMK30.8 million New Kafue Weighbridge with the capacity of weighing super abnormal loads of up to 200 tonnes. The weighbridge also has the capacity to weigh up to 1,100 vehicles per day.


The new Kafue weighbridge which also has an additional multi deck platform to weigh all vehicles above 6.5 tonnes has been constructed with financial support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).


Speaking during the commissioning of the weighbridge in Kafue yesterday, Hon. Chitotela thanked the British government for financial support to the project. He said the weighbridge would go a long way in enhancing axle load control activities and thereby preserving roads. He cautioned the public against vandalizing the infrastructure which had been built at a huge cost.  The Minister also warned weighbridge operators not to engage in any corrupt practices that would compromise their worth ethics and careers.


Speaking at the same event, British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane - Dyet said that the construction of the weighbridge was one way of the British’s support to boost trade and develop key transport infrastructure in Southern Africa. He said the weighbridge would help reduce overloading and damage caused to roads by overloaded vehicles. He further disclosed that his Government was also financing the rehabilitation of Lusaka Chirundu Road link 4.


And RDA Board Chairman Samuel Mukupa speaking in a speech read on his behalf by the RDA Vice Chairperson Phildelia Mwaba said the construction of the Kafue Weighbridge was a major achievement and that the Agency remained committed to provide a good network through upgrading and maintenance of roads throughout the country.

Hon. Chitotela (Right) unveiling the plaque signifying the official opening of the Weighbridge

 

 

 

 

RDA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KALABO-SIKONGO-ANGOLA BORDERGATE ROAD IN WESTERN PROVINCE

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The Road Development Agency has signed a ZMK959.182, 051.33 contract with Messrs. Stefanutti Stocks of South Africa and Consolidated Contractors Company of Kuwait as a Joint Venture for the upgrading to bituminous standard of the Kalabo to Sikongo Road Project in Western Province.
The construction of the road to be executed within 24 months from contract signing is being financed jointly by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), and the Government of the Republic of Zambia.


Speaking at the signing ceremony of the contract at RDA headquarters in Lusaka today, RDA Acting Chief Executive Officer Engineer Elias Mwape said the project covered a stretch of 85Km of gravel/earth road from Kalabo to Angola Border, through Sikongo. The road traverses the highlands adjacent to the Zambezi flood plains running in a westerly direction through the highland and crossing a number of small streams and flood plains after Sikongo before reaching the Angola border.

RDA Acting CEO Eng. Elias Mwape with Steffanuti Country Manager George Chammas after signing of the Kalabo - Sikongo Contract.

Engineer Mwape said the Scope of works for the project would include but not limited to the following:
•    Earthworks;
•    Construction of pavement layers;
•    Surfacing of the carriageway;
•    Construction of drainage related works;
•    Ancillary works.

Immense economic benefits are expected to be realized from the construction of the Kalabo-Sikongo road. Engineer Mwape noted that benefits included:  the opening of a frontier with Angola and improvement of communication between the two countries, and thus enhancing regional trade and commerce, provision of access to the Sea Ports on the Atlantic Ocean through Kalabo via Ninda and Luena in Angola to Lobito and Luanda Ports. Other benefits include: the enhancement and support of national efforts to stimulate economic growth in the area; and the provision of a route of movement and easy access by local people to schools, clinics, markets, clinics and for inputs.

Engineer Mwape empahasised that the award and signing of contract for this project and subsequent construction works now completed the missing Link of the Kalabo- Sikongo Road following the construction and commissioning of the 34 kilometer section of the Mongu - Kalabo road between Mongu and Tapo in June this year. “The full economic benefits of the Mongu - Kalabo Road will now be fully realised with the upgrading of the Kalabo- Sikongo Angola Border Road”. Engineer Mwape said.

The RDA Acting CEO advised the contractor Messers Stefanutti Stocks and Consolidated Contractors and supervising Engineers Wanjohi Consulting Engineers of Kenya in association with Wanjohi Consulting Engineers (Zambia) and Industrial Engineering Consultations Officer (INCO) of Kuwait to ensure that the road was delivered to the prescribed standard and quality given the challenging terrain in which the road would be built.

“The Agency is pleased that the long standing project will soon be under implementation”. Engineer Mwape added.

 


 

 

 

 

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)

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