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Refurbished Kapiri Mposhi Weighbridge reopens

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Above: Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga touring the refurbished Kapiri Mposhi weighbridge.

Below: Truck being weighed on the weighing deck.

 

The Road Development Agency has re-opened the refurbished Kapiri-Mposhi weighbridge to the public. Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Hon. Yamfwa Mukanga who officially opened the weighbridge yesterday urged transporters to observe maximum permissible weights in order to preserve the road asset.

The weighbridge has been refurbished and upgraded at a cost of K 31 million by a Chinese construction company, Sino Hydro Zambia Limited who were contracted by Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) to do the job.

Hon. Mukanga said the re-opening of the weighbridge marked the beginning of a new phase in Government’s efforts in preserving the road network. The Minister noted that the government through the RDA had embarked on implementation of the Axle Load Control programme through the use of weighbridges.

Currently, the country has eight weighbridges namely: Mwami, Mpika, Kafulafuta, Solwezi, Kazungula, Livingstone, Kafue and Kapiri Mposhi. Others are yet to be constructed in areas such as Chongwe and Mumbwa.

Hon. Mukanga regretted that most weighbridges in the country were still operating manually and were far from attaining the SATCC standards that had been set by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). He said government had therefore embarked on the upgrading of weighbridge facilities. He explained that the Kapiri Mposhi weighbridge which was the first of its kind in the country and had been upgraded to an ultra-modern facility with multi decks that had the capacity to weigh an entire truck at once.

The new weighbridge with an additional weighing platform and weighbridge house will be able to handle approximately 1,000 vehicles per day from the current 500.The Kapiri Mpsohi junction has also been re-engineered with increased road lanes and traffic lights in order to allow free flow of traffic around the weighbridge,” Hon. Mukanga stated.

Hon Mukanga warned that government through the RDA had procured road patrol vehicles and would intensify road patrols to ensure that axle load violations on Zambian roads were curbed.

And Central Province Minister, Obvious Mwaliteta has Kapiri Mposhi residents and all citizen to guard the weighbridge jealously as its existence was meant to control overloading and preserve the roads. The Provincial Minister also reiterated the need for the section of the Great North Road passing through the Central Province to be expanded.

 

“You may wish to know that the volume of traffic through Central Province is very high and no province can be compared to us in this regard. The highway through Central province should be six to eight lanes with at least three or four lanes in each direction,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, RDA Board Chairperson, Willie Nsanda said the new weighbridge has been tired and certified. He noted that the RDA was confident that the refurbished weighbridge would improve efficiency.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:54

Samfya – Lubwe – Kasaba Road contract signed

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RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Bernard Chiwala and BSBK Limited Chief Executive Officer R.D Gupta exchange signed copies of the contract on 28th March, 2014.

 

The Road Development Agency has signed a K439 million contract with BSBK JV Limited  for the upgrading of 113Km of  the Samfya to Kasaba via Lubwe  road in Luapula province to bituminous standard.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at the RDA head office today, RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Bernard Chiwala said the contract will be executed within 30 months.  The scope of works includes:  bush and vegetation clearing , construction of road pavement layers and double final riding layer including installation of road signs and road markings.

“The contractor is expected to fully mobilise and commence works within three months from the date of signing this contract. Once the project is completed, the road will enhance smooth passage of goods and services to and from Samfya through Lubwe to Kasaba. The road will also enhance tourism activities in the Luapula province as it will run along Lake Bangweulu from the South to the North,” Eng. Chiwala said.

And BSBK Limited Chief Executive Officer R.D Gupta has assured the government  that his company will put up a road of high quality. The works would also be done within the expected timeframe adding that with the experience the company had Government and RDA were assured of good work.

Meanwhile, Eng. Chiwala has revealed that most of the works on the Link Zambia 8000 projects were progressing well. He said by mid-2014 it was expected that most of the roads that were under design would have their designs submitted for review.

“The other major road is the Chingola – Solwezi road were we are going to get a consultant to do the design for the dual carriageway because there has been appreciable increase in levels of traffic particularly the trucks from the mines,” said Eng. Chiwala.

“The agency will before the end of July, 2014 also be handing over the Chiawa bridge so that connectivity is improved on that part of the country. By and large, progress is being made and we are happy with the works that are going on,” Engineer Chiwala said.

Government woos investors to Lusaka South MFEZ

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Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Hon. Mwimba Malama (in suit and blue shirt) cuts the ribbon to signify receipt of the handed over roads in the Lusaka South MFEZ.

 

The Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Deputy Minister, Hon. Mwimba Malama has called on potential investors to take interest and explore the investment opportunities that exist in the Lusaka South Multi – Facility Economic Zone (LM FEZ).

Speaking during the handover ceremony of 18.7 km of the completed roads in the multi-facility economic zone by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Hon. Malama said government had priotised road construction countrywide because roads were a pre-requisite to national development. The Minister noted that in the last two years, the county had witnessed unprecedented construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads. He said a number of major road construction had been necessitated such as the Link Zambia 8000, L 400 and Pave Zambia 2000 were currently under implementation.

Hon. Malama added that there was no doubt road infrastructure would attract investment that would create more jobs for the Zambians. He said his Ministry was happy that RDA had delivered the 18.7 kilometres of MFEZ which included 2.4 kilometres of Chifwema road, the access road to the MFEZ and 16.3 km of internal roads within the economic zone.

The Minister disclosed that the completed roads had been constructed at a total cost of K 83.3 million adding that it was the wish of government to construct an additional 33.7 kilometers when funds were secured. He added that the Lusaka South MFEZ was accessible through Chifwema road connecting to Leopards’ Hill road with the alternative road being through the Ring Road currently under construction from the built up area of Chalala.

Hon. Malama hailed the contractor China Jiangxi for a job well done and for completing   phase one of the project in the zone within the contract duration. He thanked the companies that had already expressed interest to secure portions of land in the MFEZ for the initiative.

And RDA Board Chairman Mr. Willie Nsanda, in a speech read on his behalf by RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala said that he was very happy to witness the handover of roads in the first phase of the LSMFEZ. Mr. Nsanda said it was delightful for RDA to see that the project entrusted in it were successfully completed and delivered in time.

He said that RDA was happy to be associated with the Lusaka South MFEZ road project because of its economic significance and that apart from boosting production in various industrial activities it was also going to assist government in creating jobs for the people in line with its Government policy. Mr. Nsanda further said the works on this project were substantially completed.

And speaking at the same function, the Board Chairperson of Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone Limited who is also Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Mr. Siazongo Siakelenge thanked RDA for completing the construction of approximately 19 km of asphalt concrete roads in the zone as at 31st December, 2013.

Mr. Siakelenge said the completion of the 19 kilometres of roads would go a long way in speeding up development of the zone adding that so far, the zone had signed five lease agreements with various investors and construction works had since commenced in some sites of the zone.

He disclosed that according to the institutional plan, 120 kilometres of asphalt concrete roads were required to be constructed in the economic zone adding that handover ceremony was not the end of the partnership between RDA and the LS MFES but the beginning because in the this year the Lusaka South MFES through RDA, hoped to construct about 5 kilometres of additional asphalt concrete roads in the zone.

He noted that since the Zambian government had prioritised the development of multi-facility economic zone and industrial clusters as one way of up scaling economic development in the Country, it will help in creating jobs especially for the youths.

Mr. Siakelenge further said the LSMFEZ was a mixed development comprising industrial, commercial and residential developments. He said the LS MFEZ was a public led institution in which the government through the establishment was developing requisite infrastructure and utility system such as roads, water and sewerage treatment plants and solid waste treatment facilities to enable the private sector set up enterprises and establishments in an enabled environment.

He said the LSMFEZ was expected to act as a catalyst for industrial development in Zambia and contribute to the attainment of the vision 2030 which aimed at making Zambia a prosperous middle income country by 2030. The handover was done on Friday, 14th March, 2014.

An intersection of roads at one of the junctions in the Zone

Billboard at the entrance of the Economic Zone

RDA embarks on the construction of drainage structures in Lusaka City

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Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala exchanges signed copies of drainage construction contract with Kaungu General Dealers Director, Eunice Zeko in Lusaka. Looking on is RDA Director of Construction, Eng. Remmy Chanda.

 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed four contracts with local contractors for the construction of drainages structures in Lusaka at an estimated cost of K2.5 million. The signing of the contracts is meant to address the challenge of flooding in Lusaka City which has unfortunately become a perennial problem because of the poor state of drainage structures.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Bernard Chiwala said the scope of works will include earth works, concrete and stone pitching. He said the drainage structural contracts were aimed at controlling the current flooding the city of Lusaka has been experiencing each rainy season. This floods he  had continued to cause serious damage to the road network within the City.

“Today, RDA has signed four contracts to deal with drainage structures in the City of Lusaka.All the four contractors shall commence works two weeks after the date of signing of these contracts and the completion period is four months from the commencement date,” stated Eng. Chiwala.  The companies that have signed up for drainage works include: Kapomu General Dealers, Kaungu General Dealers, Geomaceni Enterprises and Magwend Suppliers.

Eng. Chiwala disclosed that Kaungu General Dealers will work on Lot 7 A1 at a contract sum of K557, 433.36, Geomaceni Enterprises on Lot 8 A6 at a contract sum of K449, 335.74, while Magwend Suppliers would work on Lot 8 A7 at contract sum of K725, 967.44 and Kapomu General Dealers on Lot 8 B11 at a contract sum of K725, 967.44

The RDA CEO emphasised that the agency wanted to ensure that reputable Zambian owned firms participated in road works. Eng Chiwala was partiuclalry happy that contracting firms owned by Zambian women had been awarded contracts. Eng Chiwala further added that it was government policy to empower local contractors and as a result RDA was working with National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) and the National Council for Construction (NCC) to implement this policy.

And speaking at the same function, Kaungu General Dealers Director, Eunice Zeko, who signed on behalf of her company, pledged that her company will endeavor to deliver quality work. She said her company had done a lot of construction works but that this was the first time her firm was  getting a job from RDA.

“We have done works for other institutions but this is the first contract we are getting with RDA. We shall show that even women can work and we look forward to putting in our best,” said Mrs. Zeko.

During the same event, the Agency signed a contract with Messr Dawiq Limited and Keren Motors Limited for periodic maintenance of 131Km Mpika (Great North Road junction) to Chambeshi Bridge in Muchinga Province for a period of 12 months at a total cost of K118.3million.

“As you are aware, we signed a contract about 10 days ago for periodic maintenance of the road between Chambeshi Bridge and Kasama. So today’s contract will complete the whole stretch of that part of the road link which will mean that the entire road will be under periodic maintenance and life will be added to it,” explained Eng. Chiwala.

Eng. Chiwala revealed that the scope of works for the Mpika (Great North Road junction) to Chambeshi Bridge would include but not limited to pothole patching, construction of shoulders, reconstruction of selected sections and repair or replacement of drainage structures.

And Dawiq Construction Company Project Manager Kapemba Siwale has pledged to deliver the project within the budget and time frame given. He said the company was one hundred percent owned by Zambians and would use the experience gained in the past to deliver a good quality road to the RDA and Government. He thanked RDA and the Government for giving his company an opportunity to prove its ability to perform.

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