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400 Women to be Trained in Cobblestone Technology

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Women trainees at the NCC Training School in Lusaka showing their newly acquired chiseling skills.

The Road development Agency (RDA) in partnership with National Council for Construction (NCC) and Ubutala Ubwa Bumi (UUB) have partnered to train over 400 women in cobblestone technology from selected parts of Lusaka.
NCC Executive Director Eng. Charles Mushota said it was not a new thing for the women as they had been crushing stones for some time now on the road sides in various compounds everyday.
“These woman you see here, have been crushing stone for many years and we see them doing their work at the roads sides. What we are doing now is just giving them some additional skills and training them in what we call cobblestone chiseling,” he said.
Mr. Mushota further said this is part of the Pave Zambia 2000 Road Project and the RDA would buy the cobblestone from the women. He added that as part of the partnership, NCC had provided the classrooms and accommodations for the women while RDA had provided the tools and transportation for the women from Ubutala Ubwa Bumi. “So we are training 400 women in groups of 50. We expect to train 20,000 in the next 5 years,” said Mr. Mushota.
And Ms. Judith Anna Mwila, Ubutala Ubwa Bumi Technoical Advisor – Projects said the women and the children are the most vulnerable in societies hence the need to train and empower them with skills that would help them earn a better life.
“Women and children are the most vulnerable in our communities, as a result we opted to train these women in cobblestone chiseling. You find that the same women are the main victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and mostly it is due to lack of employment,” said Ms. Mwila.
Ms. Mwila also said the women were in business but not doing very well due to lack of market for the stones. At times the women sustain injuries during their work.
“You find that these women do encounter a number of injuries whilst crushing those stone because they have no protective attire and some skills needed to do their work properly, “said Ms. Mwila.  
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala said RDA was running a project called Pave Zambia 2000 Road Project where the Agency was constructing roads using cobblestones.
“The whole idea of constructing some selected roads using cobblestones is to reduce on the dust that the other roads have and the roads will last longer,” said Mr. Chiwala. He said that the trainings that would last for 10 days and have two sessions, the theory and Practical. He said although the women came from Chazanga, Kalingalinga, Kuku and Zingalume Compounds in Lusaka, the project would be extended to all parts of the country.
One of the beneficiaries, Kolina Mumba of Kuku compound mother of seven (7) Children said she is very happy with what she has learnt saying it was a good aidea to gain some skills that she would use in life to better her living and take her children to school.
“I am happy that I have been trained in cobblestones chiseling and that RDA will be buying our products, we started losing business because the Chinese brought modern equipment to crushing stone, “said Mumba.

Rda Signs Road Contracts for Chingola Urban and Solwezi-Mwinilunga Road Works

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Eng. Dave Brown, Chief Executive Officer Asphalt Worx & RDA Director & Chief Executive Officer Bernard Chiwala signing the contract.


The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed contracts for the completion of rehabilitation of 23.35 kilometers of selected urban roads in Chingola on the Copperbelt province and the periodic maintenance of 151.8km of the Solwezi-Mwinilunga (Lot 2) in North Western Rrovince all valued at K 228,139,813.94.
And RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala has disclosed that an additional 15 kilometers of selected urban roads will be rehabilitated in Chingola. This in addition to the 23.35km that have been awareded to Asphalt Worx Limited following the termination of contract that was awarded to Mivami.
Eng. Chiwala said the additional 15km was being undertaken by Sino Hydro Zambia Limited, the Company that was constructing the Chingola - Kitwe Dual Carriageway adding that works had since commenced on the Chingola roads.
He was speaking in Lusaka when RDA signed a contract with Asphalt Worx to complete all outstanding works on the 23.35 km project has not been completed by Mivami.
“This contract will be executed within eight months from the date of signing at a cost of K 68,154,655.57 and a total of fifteen selected urban roads are earmarked for rehabilitation under this project” said Eng. Chiwala.
He also noted that the state of urban roads in Chingola has remained poor following the failure by three appointed contractors to successfully implement the project. He however said RDA remained committed to ensuring that the works were completed as originally planned.
“Furthermore, the Agency has awarded a contract to Inyatsi Roads Zambia for the periodic maintenance of 151.8km of the (T5) Solwezi –Mwinilunga road (Lot 2) in North Western Province at a contract sum of K159, 985,158.37,” he said.
And RDA Board Chairman Willie Nsanda thanked the contractors for signining the contracts and was quick to state that that there had been very bad road works done in the past by some contractors. He further urged the contractors to do a good job and monitor their materials such as cement as they risked being stolen by workers. He urged the contractors to finish the works in good time.
Speaking at the same event, Chingola Member of Parliament Dr. Joseph Katema, who is also Information and Broadcasting Minister thanked RDA for signing the contract for the road works for Chingola urban roads.
“Chingola has had its roads not worked on for a very long time as all contracting companies have failed the people of Chingola” said Dr Katema adding that there had been evaluation of the roads since 2009 and he therefore did not expect Asphalt Worx to waste time in evaluating the roads.
“People expect you to hit the ground running and deliver good road works. I also want to thank RDA for the additional fifteen kilometers which will be done by Sino Hydro, “ he said.
Meanwhile asphalt Worx Limited Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dave Brown thanked RDA for according them the opportunity to work on the Chingola urban roads. He gave his assurance to RDA and the people of Chingola that his company would deliver good works. He explained that asphalt Worx limited had been on the Copperbelt for a long time and done a good job on a number of projects they had carried out and had promised to do the same for Chingola.
And Inyatsi (Z) Roads General Manager, Adrian De Koning expressed gratitude to RDA for giving them the opportunity to work on the Solwezi-Mwinilunga road. “We will endeavor to do the best we can and give you a good job within the expected time frame,” He said.
RDA is therefore confident that the improvement of these important road links will ease the movement of people living in those areas as well as facilitate trade and commerce.

Construction of the Kazungula Bridge launched

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•	Vice President Dr. Guy Scott operating an excavator to signify the launch of construction works of the Kazungula Bridge on Friday, 12th September, 2014 in Kasane, Botswana. Looking on is Transport, Work, Supply and Communications Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga.

Republican Vice - President Dr. Guy Scott and his Botswana Counterpart, Dr. Ponatshego Kedikilwe have jointly commissioned the construction of the 923m Kazungula Bridge across the Zambezi River to include the construction of the one stop border post on both the Zambian side and the Botswana side at the total cost of US$259.3 million. 
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in Kazungula on the Botswana side last Friday, Dr. Scott said the construction of the bridge would promote trade and enhance regional integration in the North-South Corridor. He said the bridge will ease the movement of goods and services not only between Zambia and Botswana but the whole SADC region.
“Kazungula Bridge construction shall reverse the negative trends such as the reduction in transit time from the current one half days to two hours. At present, traffic flow across the Zambezi River with the two ferries is restricted to approximately 30 trucks per day per ferry in each direction. The Border facilities in both Zambia and Botswana sides of the river are inadequate,” he said.
The Vice President noted with concern that the current facilities at the border where out dated and unable to provide the quality service required for an efficient transport system. He said the direct benefits of the project included but not limited to job creation during construction and after the construction phase, facilitation and easy movement of products within the region including agriculture and mining equipment, increased opportunities for intra and regional trade activities.
And speaking at the same, Botswana Vice President Dr. Kedikilwe said the Bridge was envisaged to become a hive of commercial activity that would bring together Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana to form what he termed the ZIZANABO Upper Zambezi Development Zone. He said the bridge was a good omen for the four countries adding that the project would coincide with the agreements between Botswana and South Africa to construct bridges at the Limpompo River at Ramtoswa and one at Platjan near Bobonong.
Dr. Kedikilwe said the Project was a demonstration of the common resolve to advance issues of sustainable development that would open up the avenues of sustainable development, improved trade and economic diversification. He said the two countries had overcome huddles to come to the ground breaking stage of the project which was worth celebrating.
“Today’s competitive market calls for faster and higher service delivery and the challenge is to ensure traffic traversing the corridors remained equally competitive. I therefore commend the SADC leaders for their visionary, transformative leadership and commitment to grow economies, trade, job creation and well-being of the people,” he said.
He said the bridge and accompanying facilities which where estimated at US$259.3 million  had been financed by the Japanese International  Cooperation Agency (JICA) which had contributed 57.5 per cent, the African Development Bank, 31.5 per cent with the governments of Zambia and Botswana contributing 9.2 per cent each and the European Union under the ITF grant 1.8 per cent.
In moving a vote of thanks, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga  said despite the feasibility studies  and design having been completed in 2001 and the review in 2008 it was only at this time when construction of the bridge was being advanced.
The ground breaking ceremony took place in the Botswana border town of Kazungula approximately 200 meters away from the bank of the Zambezi River. The event was attended by Chiefs and other traditional leaders from both countries, the Speaker of Botswana, the Minister of Transport and Communications from Botswana, Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Lands from Zambia, Hon. Mwansa Kapeya and several dignitaries and heads of government departments from both countries.
Hon. Mukanga had on the previous day officially handed over 40 houses that where newly constructed for the people of Lumbo village who will be displaced during the construction of the Kazungula Bridge. The housing project also included a two by three classroom school with water borne toilets and Ventilated Improved Pitlatrines (VIP).

Vice President launches the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge.

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Republican Vice President Dr. Guy Scott jointly cuts the ribbon with Senior Chieftainess NKomeshya Mukamambo II (in hat) and Chieftainess Chiawa (in glasses) to signify the official opening of the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge in Chiawa on Friday, 22nd August, 2014. Below: Pictures of the Michael Sata Bridge.

Vice President Dr.Guy Scott has officially opened the completed K253.8million World Bank funded Bridge across the Kafue River and named it after Republican President, Michael Chilufya Sata.

Dr. Scott said the new bridge would be called Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge describing it as the President’s birthday present. He said the naming of the Bridge followed a proposal from Chieftainess Chiawa who had suggested that the bridge be named after the republican president as his birthday gift.



The Vice President said the construction of the Bridge was an achievement for the Government and yet another fulfillment of the Patriotic Front’s promise made during the run up to September, 2011 tripartite elections. He said the bridge would open up Chiawa and the Lower Zambezi to potential investments.

The purpose of this development is not to please the eyes but development meant to help the poor. Government deliberately constructed the bridge to help the people of Chiawa cross the river at any time they wanted. The Vice President said the only danger of having the bridge for the local people was that land would become expensive and therefore disadvantaging them from acquiring it.

Dr. Scott further ordered ZAWA officers to be alert and protect wildlife as the bridge would help boost tourism in the area with chances of increased levels of poaching. He said the boost in the tourism industry will help create employment for the local people.

Speaking at the same function, Transport ,Works, Supply and Communications Minister Hon. Yamfya Mukanga said there could be no better time to hand over the bridge to the people than now as the country prepared to celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

“For me this is the best Jubilee gift to the people of this area and the country as a whole. As a Ministry and government, we have continued to record success after success to deliver on the promise to improve Zambia’s infrastructure, particularly roads and crossing points”, he said.

Hon Mukanga added that credit should go to all stakeholders that made it possible to construct the Michael Chilufya Sata Bridge but expressed sorrow for the loss of Engineer Gerald Ngulube who tragically lost his life in an accident. The Bridge which has been constructed by the Road Development Agency (RDA) through China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) as the contractor and Arab Consulting Engineers as supervisors has been constructed within a period of two years starting November, 2012.

And Lusaka Province Minister Hon. Philip Kosamu expressed happiness on behalf of all the beneficiaries in Chiawa and Chirundu in particular and Lusaka Province in general   on the delivery of yet another huge government project. ”I am grateful to government for fulfilling its promise to build a bridge across the Kafue river”, he said.
He further thanked the Road Development Agency (RDA) for effectively implementing the project and all stake holders who include the contractor, the consultant and the local people.

“As a province ,we are grateful that we have been given a fair share of road projects which include the leopards Hill-Katoba basic school road, the Kasisi –Ngwerere, the Lusaka –Chirundu via Kafue, the Luangwa-Feira, Chongwe - Chalimbana and L400 road projects”,  said Hon Kosamu. He retaliated government’s efforts to improve the state of roads in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, World Bank Country Director Kundhavi Kadiresan has thanked government for the on-going collaboration in various sectors of the economy. She said the World Bank’s current support to Zambia amounts to US$570million covering many sectors including education, agriculture, energy, health and transport.
She further added that in 2007, the World Bank accepted Zambia’s request for additional financing to an existing project, the road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project. The purpose of this additional financing was to assist Zambia carry out repairs to bridges and other drainage structures that were damaged during the floods in 2005.

”The bridge is an addition to the ongoing efforts by government to realize the alternative route between Lusaka and Chirundu, which is part of SADCs north-south corridor, linking land locked Zambia to its neighbors”, said Kadiresan.

She said she believed that the Michael Chilufya Sata bridge  would make a positive contribution at both local and regional levels in terms of trade, movement of people and the quality of life.

And Seniors Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of the soli people urged the local residents of Chiawa to utilize the bridge to enhance their livelihood through businesses. She also urged the chiefs in the area to protect the poor.

At the same event, Chieftainess Chiawa commended government for building a bridge in her chiefdom. “The gap between the poor and the rich can not be narrowed by words but by action thus president Michael Chilufya Sata is an action oriented man”, she said.

She said her people had many difficulties moving from one place to the other saying they used to die on their way to the hospital due to lack of an ambulance and a bridge. She thanked government for donating an ambulance and building the people of chiawa a bridge.

The bridge has a total length of 140m and consists of three spans. The first and third are 40m in length and middle span 60m. In addition, the bridge has approach roads with a total length of 1600m translating into 10.4m with 1.5m pedestrian walkway on both sides and 7.4 carriageways. The bridge has been constructed with lighting poles on both bridge deck and approach roads.

With the successful completion of bridge, it will enhance development of agriculture, tourism, ease movement of people, boost businesses as well as enhance delivery of various services such as health and education. The bridge is also expected to save as a link between the lower Zambezi and Lusaka.

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