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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.


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Hon. Ronald Chitotela unveiling the HIV/ AIDS and Wellness Policy

The Ministry of Works and Supply has launched its first ever HIV /AIDS and wellness Policy for the Construction sector aimed at addressing issues that are pertinent to the improvement of health for construction workers.
Speaking during the launch of the Policy at the Government Complex last evening, Minister of Works and Supply Honourable Ronald Chitotela, said one of the major objectives of the Policy was to present key priorities of the sector during the period 2016 – 2020 that would serve as a guide in achieving the vision of maintaining a well – informed and healthy workforce to facilitate and promote infrastructure development.

Hon. Chitotela said the Policy provided specific objectives and strategies required for preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS and promoting wellness through prevention of communicable and non – communicable diseases in the sector. The Minister urged all key institutions in the Ministry to make use of the Policy when planning and budgeting for HIV/AIDS and Wellness interventions in their respective organizations.
He directed newly appointed Works and Supply Permanent Secretary, Eng. Charles Mushota to ensure that environmental and social impact assessment which included the measures to mitigate HIV/AIDS were enforced and that resources on all major contracts were leveraged by all contractors.
Hon. Chitotela pledged to ensure that treatment, care, support and impact mitigation of HIV/AIDS and other communicable and non- communicable diseases were accessed by employees in the sector. He said stakeholders in the construction sector should develop frame works for dealing with issues related to HIV/AIDS.
“Let us embrace this policy and use it as a guide to implementing all programmes under our mandate”, he said.
Speaking at the same event, National Aids Council Director General Dr. Jabbin Mulwanda observed that that Zambia was among African countries with high HIV prevalence rate. Zambia was ranked 10th globally in terms of being one of the highest contributor to HIV/Aids prevalence. The country had approximately 792 thousand individuals on Anti-retroviral treatment as at June this year. Dr. Mulwanda added that about 42,000 new infections were recorded annually in Zambia with 19,000 deaths related to HIV/Aids being recorded every year.
“The statistics are alarming and as an institution we welcome every effort and initiative aimed at reversing this trend. We wish to commend the Ministry of Works for launching this Policy. I must warn you that the launch of this policy is merely the start of hard work to fight this disease.”  He said.
And giving a vote of thanks, Road Development Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba gave assurance that HIV and AIDS management at all construction sites was an established activity in the road sector. 
“In order to deal with the HIV and AIDS threat around the construction sites, insertion of an appropriate clause in all construction contracts between the RDA and Contractors became a necessity. Enforcement of this clause took effect and began in earnest in 2002”. Mr. Mumba said.

He said that the target groups for the activities under the HIV and AIDS management at construction sites were the construction workers and communities living in the vicinity of road projects.

Eng. Mumba disclosed that RDA had very useful collaboration in the past with key stakeholders such as the National Aids Council, National Road Fund Agency and the Ministry of Works. “ we are delighted with the initiative by the ministry to launch an HIV and AIDS wellness Policy  for the construction sector policy as it entrenches activities carried out by the sector in the past”,  Eng. Mumba said.
He assured the Ministry and stakeholders that the RDA was committed to implementing provisions of the policy through actionable and tangible strategies so that the construction sites are made safer for both construction workers and surrounding communities.

Hon.  Ronald Chitotela  ( pink shirt) with the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Works Charles Mushota and  RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Kanyuka Mumba  after the launch the policy.


RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Loyce Saili and Director Human Capital and Administration Andrew Chisala were among the invited guests




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Newly appointed Minister of Works and Supply Honourable Ronald Chitotela has urged the Board of Directors of the Road Development Agency to prioritise economically viable roads for rehabilitation and construction.

Speaking when he met the Board of Directors at RDA Headquarters in Lusaka this morning, Honourable Chitotela appealed to the Board of Directors to also prioritise roads that were about 20 per cent to completion and ensure that such roads were completed in order to facilitate the movement of critical goods and services. Honourable Chitotela said Government was aware of the financing challenges in the road sector but pledged that Government would do everything to ensure that economically viable roads and those that were near to completion were completed.

He said difficult times called for drastic measures and hence the need for the Board to prioritise its programmes. The Minister advised the Board to consider Contractor Financed Models and Public Private Partnerships in order to reduce pressure on the National Treasury. Honourable Chitotela pledged that he would support the Board, staff and Management of the RDA to ensure that the institution was efficient in its operations.  The Minister said roads like the Lusaka to Ndola and Kapiri to Nakonde Road should be prioritised for dualing as a matter of urgency.  Honourable Chitotela instructed the Board to ensure that the dualing of the Lusaka to Ndola Project was commissioned by the first quarter of 2017. He said that the dualing of critical and highly trafficked roads would also help to reduce the road carnage that was being witnessed on major highways.

Honourable Chitotela noted that the RDA was a critical institution in the Development Agenda of Zambia and thus the critical need by Government to support its operations. The Minister also directed the Board to ensure that more Toll Plazas were constructed on major roads throughout the country as a means of raising revenue for the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads. The Agency is expected to construct at least 12 Toll booths by the end of this year and have at least a total of 40 by the end of 2017.

The Minister also called on the Board of the RDA to remain disciplined and effective. He said his two guiding principles as a Minister were efficiency and effectiveness. He added that he wanted these principles to cascade from the Board, to management and staff of RDA.
And RDA Board Chairman Mr. Samuel Mukupa has expressed confidence that the new Minister would help to solve some of the problems that the road sector was facing. Mr. Mukupa said the Board and Management of the RDA including staff, comprised highly qualified men and women who had so far shown great commitment to deliver a good road network for Zambia.
“Honourable Minister, I can say that RDA has among the best brains for both the Board and staff. This team has so far delivered to the best of their abilities and can do more if our challenges are addressed”, Mr. Mukupa said.
Mr. Mukupa noted that one of the biggest challenges to the road sector was funding, a situation he said had affected the delivery of some programmes. Mr. Mukupa said he had no doubt that the challenges affecting the road sector would now be resolved as was evidenced by the determination of the new Minister to address challenges affecting the sector.
And moving a vote of thanks one of the Board Members Engineer Charles Sakanya said the Board members were delighted that the Minister has made an effort to visit the Board as one of his first key activities in the Ministry. He said the Board felt re-energized to continue delivering the mandate of RDA.



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The expanded section of Lusaka - Chirundu Road Link 4

Rehabilitation works on the 24.5 kilometres Lusaka - Chirundu Road from the escarpment section to Chirundu Border including approximately 2 kilometres of the Trans Frontier works across the Border into Zimbabwe have advanced with physical progress standing at 50 percent.

The works being undertaken by China Henan International Co-operation (CHICO) from which Link 4 of the Lusaka - Chirundu road project have accelerated with clearing and grabbing completed for the entire stretch while 14.1 kilometers of the diversion has been constructed.

Road Development Agency Lusaka Province Regional Manager, Joseph Mwiinga has disclosed that the Africa Development Bank (ADB) funded Project was on course. He said 22. 1 kilometres of the road had already been widened. Culvert extensions  have been covered on a 15.5 kilometre section.  In addition, over 10 kilometres of paving has been achieved.

The road is being constructed at the total cost of US $23.4 million and is aimed at improving the riding quality as well as safety aspects through widening of the carriageway.

The scope of works includes among others: clearing and grubbing, roadbed formation, subgrade, crushed stone base and asphalt wearing course. Others are lining of drainage, culvert extension and road furniture installation as well as road markings.

The Project is being supervised by SWECO in Association with BICON Zambia Limited and the contract is expected to be completed by February, 2017.  The improvement of the road will enhance trade between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the entire COMESA and SADC Regions.

Cement stabilization on a widened  section of  the Lusaka - Chirundu Road    ( Link 4 )


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