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China Henan hands over Link 3 of Lusaka-Chirundu Road to RDA

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Completed Sections of the Lusaka – Chirundu Road Link

 

The Rehabilitation of approximately 20.1 km Link 3 of the Lusaka - Chirundu road between Turn pike and the escarpment section has been completed and ready for a handover to the Road Development Agency (RDA) by the Contractor, China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited.

RDA Manager for World Bank Funded Projects, Eng. Nicholas Mulenga said that the Contractor will soon do the final hand over of the completed Project to the Agency following the completion and physical inspection of the Project on Tuesday, 14th April, 2015. Eng. Mulenga said the project which was undertaken at a total cost of ZMK 80,813,800.60 is part of the 70km Lusaka – Chirundu via Kafue Road Rehabilitation Project which is currently undergoing full rehabilitation.

“The Project has been successfully completed and has been inspected for compliance just to ensure that all works done by the Contractor were according to specifications. The final certificate will be issued to the Contractor by the RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer to officially signify the handover of the Project,” Eng. Mulenga said.

He said the scope of works for the Project included widening of the existing road, formation and reconstructing the road with a new asphalt concrete surface. The project was being supervised by Grontmij A/S in Association with BICON Zambia Limited.

Eng. Mulenga also disclosed that works on the Lusaka to Chilanga (Link 1) and the Chilanga to Turnpike (Link 2) had substantially been completed. Only ancillary works are outstanding. He said the completion date for the two Links is 19th June, 2015. The Project will thereafter be handed over to the Agency as well. Link 1 and 2 are also being implemented by China Henan.

Government hails World Bank, RDA for Good Governance Initiative in the Road Sector

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Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga addressing the gathering at Hotel Inter-Continental on 8th April, 2015

Government has commended the Road Development Agency (RDA) and the World Bank for coming up with the initiative of engaging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media in monitoring and providing information to the public on various road projects that are being implemented countrywide.

Speaking when he officiated at the Good Governance in Road Projects Public Event at Hotel Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka today, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga said Government welcomed the initiative because it was helping to monitor the quality of work that was being carried out by the contractors and consultants adding that government had allocated a lot of funds to the road sector whose value for money needed to be enjoyed by the citizens of this country.

He said he was particularly happy that ordinary people were involved in the monitoring of the road projects who had also been talking to the citizens in communities in which they conducted the exercise. He said Government was concerned about the value for money on all the projects it was undertaking. He further warned that those contractors who would be identified as poor performers would be blacklisted. Hon. Mukanga said Government through the RDA had come up with the Vendor Rating System (VRS) that was rating the performance of the contractors and those found wanting would immediately be isolated and would never be given any contracts.

“I am pleased therefore that the Good Governance in Road Sector Programme (GGRP) is calling for full participation of Citizens in order to enhance transparency and accountability in the various processes of contracting and construction. This is a clear indication that the Government needs everyone to participate as partners in infrastructure development of this country,” he said.

The Minister said he was pleased to note that cooperating partners like the World Bank worked closely with the RDA in the Good Governance in Road Projects initiative.

And speaking at the same Forum, World Bank Country Director, Mrs. Kundhavi Kadiresan implored Government to consider institutionalizing the engagement of Civil Society Organization and the media in the planning and execution of contracts so they could highlight the Road Sector developmental issues to the public.

She said there was need to involve the media by way of engaging journalists who were enlightened in road developmental issues adding that it would also be a good thing to recognize those that were highlighting good quality road works and promotion of good governance in the road sector.

“Government should consider introducing recognition for journalists who report on road issues,” she said. Mrs. Kadiresan said the role of the World Bank was to collect and facilitate the realization of ideas and see how such ideas could work when acted upon but that the success and continuity of such initiatives was up to government and such organization as RDA to continue if the idea was good.

And RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kanyuka Mumba who highlighted the mandate of the Agency echoed the Citizens’ expectations of value for money adding that RDA had been entrusted with a huge responsibility to keep roads in a good and maintainable condition and also construct new ones. He said the RDA had always upheld good governance in its operation and projects.

“That is why we have entrenched various measures to enhance and uphold good governance such as the formation of the RDA Integrity Committee, the implementation of the Vendor Rating System, participation in the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative Cost (CoST), adoption of Ethics Code and Whistle Blower Policy. We have also encouraged transparency in our procurement process by involving external institutions in tender evaluations,” he said.

Mr. Kanyuka said RDA was pleased with the positive developments and was happy that the Agency was party to the collaboration. He assured the stakeholders that the Agency would sustain the positive strides that were made by continuing to sensitise members of the community on new road projects. He thanked the World Bank for making resources available for the Programme.

ZAMBIA HOSTS 26th ASANRA BOARD MEETING

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Part of the ASANRA delegation at Protea Hotel in Livingstone.

Zambia is hosting the 26th Board meeting of   the Association of Southern African National Road Agencies (ASANRA) in Livingstone. The meeting which has attracted participants from Southern African Countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia is being hosted by the Road Development Agency (RDA).

 

The Board meeting to be held on Thursday 26th March will be preceded by committee meetings from five of the six standing committees of ASANRA. The committees include: the Road Network Management and Financing Committee, the Construction and Maintenance Committee, the Materials and Design Standards Committee, the Research and Development Committee and the Regional Technology Transfer and Capacity Building Committee.

 

High on the Agenda of the 26th Board meeting will be discussions on the implementation of the 3rd ASANRA Strategic Plan (2014- 2019). One of the key issues to be tabled by the Board will be the management of the Road Asset in Southern Africa. For many years, most member states have had no clearly defined asset management plan or strategy.

 

Also on the Agenda will be discussions on the use of sand in road construction. Member states have noted that with growing populations in member states and conflicts in demand over land, corridors for gravel which is a major material in road construction have been dwindling steadily. Countries like Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana are predominantly sand. There was therefore urgent need for member states to invest in research to explore the use of available sand for road construction. Trials for constructing roads using sand are already going on in countries like Mozambique and South Africa.

 

The ASANRA meeting will also discuss issues of axle loading particularly the use of trucks with single super tyres on regional road networks. It is generally believed that trucks with single super tyres cause premature damage to roads as compared to trucks with two tyres. There will therefore be need for research to establish the effect of single super tyres have on roads. The ASANRA meeting will also be seeking to come up with a policy direction on whether to ban the single super tyres on regional roads or whether to change design for roads to accommodate the use of these truck.

 

Speaking in Livingstone yesterday, RDA Director of Planning Eng. William Mulusa said Zambia and RDA in particular was happy to host the regional meeting. Eng. Mulusa said Zambia was looking forward to a fruitful meeting and hoped that all visiting delegates would also take time to enjoy Zambia’s hospitality in the tourist town of Livingstone.

 

ASANRA was founded under a charter on 19th March, 2001 in Maputo Mozambique in line with the SADC protocol on Transport, Communication and Meteorology. The main goal of the Association is to enhance regional policy coordination and road transport efficiency and lowering transport costs.

 

The Association also aims to achieve the following:

foster development, operation and maintenance of a region – wide integrated road transport system;

Cooperate with other SADC agencies in considering matters of mutual interest in serving the regions highway needs;

Develop and improve methods of administration, planning, research, design, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure and facilities;

Contribute to the provision of efficient, safe and effective transportation of persons and goods in support of regional as well as national goals and objectives in an environmentally and economically and sustainable manner.

Studying all problems connected with the region’s highway network and its impact on other models of transportation,

Consulting with SADC ministers on regional transportation policy and;

Developing technical, administrative and operational voluntary standards and policies.

 

This is the second time that Zambia is hosting the meeting, the first time being in 2010.

ASANRA Research and Development Committee in session at Protea Hotel in Livingstone.

RDA PAVES DRIVEWAY AND CARPARK AT CHIPATA DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN LUSAKA

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Deputy Minister Community Development Mother & Child health Hon. Obvious Chisala addressing RDA Staff

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has paved a 320 square meter driveway and car park at Lusaka’s Chipata District Hospital as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day.

RDA female employees led by RDA Director Human Capital & Administration Mr. Andrew Chisala clad in blue work suits arrived at Chipata clinic just before 09:00 hours today and immediately set down to work. The project has also employed 11 members of the local community. The project is being implemented at cost of over K50,000.

The Scope of works involves: earthworks, laying of Pavers and Curbstones on a 320 Square meters area inside Chipata Clinic yard. The project is part of the Pave Zambia 2000 Road Project which seeks to construct and rehabilitate approximately 2000 kilometers of township roads across the country.

The RDA female employees decided to embark on this project because of the deterioration of the access road and car park at Chipata Hospital.

Speaking on behalf of RDA Director & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Chisala said the improvement of the car park would provide easy access for vehicles and ambulances to the clinic as well as improvement to the general outlook and cleanliness of the hospital. The Chipata hospital services a population of about 153 thousand people living in the following townships: Mandevu, Kabanana, Garden, Zanimuone and Chipata compounds.  Before its upgrade, Chipata Hospital used to be a clinic. The improvement of the car park at the hospital will therefore ease accessibility for people accessing health services from this health facility.

Eng. Chiwala saluted and recognized the hard work that the female employees of the RDA had put in to realise the objectives of the Agency of delivering a better Road Network to Zambia.

“As you join millions of women world over to observe this year’s International women’s day which is being held under the theme : ‘Gender is my Agenda’, I can only wish you God’s blessings and urge you to even work harder this year as we together strive to improve our Road network”. He said.

And Deputy Minister of Community Development  Mother and Child Health  Honorable Obvious Chisala said that he was delighted with RDA’s gesture to pave the drive way. Honorable Chisala who was on an inspection of the clinic said he was pleasantly surprised to find RDA women paving the clinic. He appealed to the Agency to extend such works to other parts of the Country.

And Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry Professor Elwin Chomba who had accompanied the Minister said the gesture by RDA was a wonderful collaborative gesture of Government departments.

And Dr.  Evans Chinkoya from Chipata hospital thanked RDA for paving the driveway. He said the development would ease the movement of patient’s particularly expectant mothers as they are brought to the clinic. He said the paved driveway would also help to keep the surroundings clean as well as prevent dust from entering the hospital as was the case before.

RDA Women at work
RDA Women paving at Chipata District Hospital

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