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EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENT - DIRECTOR & CEO

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             Eng. George Manyele

KAZUNGULA BRIDGE FINAL INSPECTION DONE!

                 
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale (R) and his Botswana counterpart
Thulangano Segokgo (L)

 

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale and his Botswana counterpart Thulangano Segokgo have carried out a final inspection of the Kazungula Bridge.

The two Minister’s first had a virtual bilateral meeting before undertaking the inspection of the bridge and later held a joint media briefing in the middle of the master piece bridge.

The final inspection signifies that the Kazungula Bridge is now ready to be officially commissioned by the Presidents of Zambia and Botswana.

And Hon. Mwale said the two governments were excited that the bridge had been completed and that it would help ease movement of goods and services not only between the two countries but the entire Southern African region.

“We are excited that this state of the art bridge has been completed and I have been told that this facility will reduce the transit time for heavy duty vehicles between Zambia and Botswana from more than 3 days to only 2 hours. This is a great milestone in the promotion of trade and regional integration.” Hon. Mwale said.

Hon. Thulangano Segokgo said Botswana was excited with the successful completion of the Kazungula Bridge which is one of the best modern engineering venture not only in Southern Africa but the entire Africa.

And Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale said the province was impressed with the facility which is one of the biggest in Africa.

He said the Province was grateful to the Government for implementing the project.

Meanwhile, Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Danny Mfune said Zambia and Botswana have made significant progress in coming up with the Kazungula Bridge Project Authority.

Eng. Mfune said the authority would administrate the day to day operations of the Kazungula Bridge one stop border facility.

The ceremony was also witnessed by Transport and Communications Permanent Secretary Misheck Lungu, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana, Mwansa Kapeya, Road Development Agency (RDA) Acting Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele among many others.

 

         
Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale and his Botswana counterpart
Thulangano Segokgo during the final inspection of the bridge.

RDA CEO UPBEAT ON RESCOPING OF ROAD PROJECTS

RDA Acting Director and CEO Eng. George Manyele with ZNBC’s Patricia Ellis when he featured on the MY ROAD TV programme 

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has said the rescoping of road projects is aimed at ensuring that Government rehabilitates as many roads as possible using the limited resource envelope. 

RDA acting Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele said Government through RDA had rescoped some road projects, meaning that some roads which were supposed to be upgraded to bituminous standard would now be constructed as all-weather friendly and engineered gravel roads. 

Eng. Manyele said this during an interview on ZNBC TV 1 Programme called “My Road”.

He said by constructing all-weather friendly gravel roads, the available limited resource envelope would be able to finance more road projects in the country.

When we talk about an all-weather gravel road, we mean a road that has specified  layers of compaction so that it meets the required specifications and does not wear out quickly.

This is a road that is designed in such a way that, although it’s a gravel road, it will not have water collect on top during the rainy season but the water will be able to flow to the shadows and to the drains, ” Eng. Manyele explained. 

He said an all-weather friendly road offers acceptable levels of service and motorists are able to drive up to a speed of 80km/h. 

Eng. Manyele said the Government had thought it prudent to provide such type of roads so that different users were able to provide services such as Health and education to  different parts of the country. 

And Eng. Manyele said the RDA is implementing another road project called Improved Rural Connectivity Project (IRCP) which aims at constructing and maintaining feeder roads to support among other things agricultural activities in the country. 

This project is being implemented through the Output Based Performance Road Contracts (OPRC). 

“This project is being carried out in such a way that in the first two years the contractors would carry out rehabilitation works to bring the road to acceptable standards and thereafter, there would be three  years in which the contractor will carry out regular maintenance to sustain the road so that it continues in provide excellent level of performance, ” Eng. Manyele said. 

He said works under IRCP had started in Mkushi and Chibombo districts. 

Eng. Manyele added that recently RDA signed contracts for works to start in Luapula and Northern Provinces while works for other Provinces were at different levels of procurement processes.

REHABILITATION WORKS ON CHINSALI - NAKONDE ROAD

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu who is on a media tour of various road projects in Muchinga and Northern Provinces is impressed with the progress so far recorded on the Chinsali-Nakonde road. 

Lot 1 which is a 103 km stretch from Chinsali to Isoka and being worked on by China State Construction Engineering Limited has recorded 27.92 percent physical progress. 

Lot 2 has a stretch of 107 km, from Isoka to Nakonde and the contractor is China Railway Seventh Group Company Limited. Physical progress on this Lot stands at 25.57 percent. 

The consultant on both Lots is Civil and Planning Group.

 

WASHED AWAY BRIDGES TO GOBBLE K217 MILLION - ENG. MANYELE

RDA Acting Director and CEO Eng. George Manyele

 

Road Development Agency (RDA) Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele says rehabilitation of washed away bridges and culverts in the country will cost K217 million. 

Eng. Manyele says the exercise of rehabilitating the washed away crossing points had started and is being spearheaded by RDA Provincial Regional Managers. 

The Acting RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer was speaking on a ZNBC TV1 RDA sponsored programme called “MY ROAD”. 

“We had tasked our Regional Managers to go around their respective Provinces to capture all structures that were washed away and those that are on the verge of being washed away. This task has been completed and the total budget to address all the washed away crossings in the country is K217 million, ” Eng. Manyele said. 

He added that Provincial Regional Managers have been advised to devise a Strategy by prioritizing the crossings so that areas with larger population are not cut off.

Eng. Manyele said funds are being released slowly to address this national exercise. 

And the RDA has engaged a contractor to start phase 1 of installing Acrow bridges in the country.

Eng. Manyele said the exercise would start with Eastern province before the onset of the rainy season. 

“Government through the RDA bought 131 Acrow bridges. I must confirm that all components of these bridges are in the country and the first set will be installed in Eastern Province. The contractor has been engaged and money has been released to start the process.” Eng. Manyele said.

He said once the exercise is completed in Eastern province the nation would be informed where phase 2 will be conducted. 

Meanwhile, the Kazungula Bridge will be fully complete next month, October 2020.

Eng. Manyele says the bilateral project between Zambia – Botswana has advanced and currently stands at 99 percent complete. 

“I together with RDA Board Members this Month inspected the bridge and I can confirm that the bridge will be fully complete in the Month of October 2020, ” Eng. Manyele said. 

He said there would be a last detailed technical inspection that will be carried out after which RDA would hand over the bridge to its mother Ministry, the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development for necessary official opening protocols.

The Kazungula Bridge is a 923-meter-long bilateral initiative by Zambia and Botswana at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe rivers. 

The completion of this facility is expected to ease trade by significantly reducing time in transit across the borders and expand access through most land-linked SADC member states. 

Meanwhile Eng. Manyele said Covid-19 has not spared road projects being undertaken by the RDA.

“As you are aware the Covid-19 pandemic started at a time when activities for constructions were supposed to start just after the rainy season. This meant that foreign key experts and imported equipment failed to enter the country because of travel restrictions.” Eng. Manyele said.

RDA has therefore been adversely affected because many works as planned have not been worked on. 

He however said the RDA, like many other sectors in the world, was in a recovery mood in working under the new normal.