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GOVT RECEIVES PPP PROPOSAL ON LUNDAZI BRIDGE

Government has confirmed receiving a proposal for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for reconstruction of Lundazi Bridge, which was washed away by heavy rains in 2019.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale says that the proposal is from one of the businesspersons operating in Lundazi district.

Mr. Mwale, however, says that the PPP on Lundazi Bridge cannot be approved because Government already fully funded the reconstruction of the Bridge.

He says that his ministry would advise the businessman, who wanted to assist in the reconstruction to choose another Bridge under PPP arrangement.

And Mr. Mwale says that heavy rains have continued to hinder the reconstruction works and that the contractor has decided to work on the bridge when rains subside.

He says that an embankment that was put up by the contractor to guide the water so that works could start was washed away.

Mr. Mwale assured residents of Lundazi and motorists that the Bridge, which would be longer and broader according to new designs, will be constructed.

Source: Breeze FM

VANDALISM CAUSED CULVET TO COLLAPSE ON THE ZIMBA – LIVINGSTONE ROAD

Investigation by Engineers from the Road Development Agency (RDA), into cause of the damaged culvert on the Zimba to Livingstone road has revealed that components of an Amco steel culvert were stolen thereby compromising the intergrity of the road.

This led to the section of the road to weaken and sink.

RDA Acting Director Communication and Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa says theft of the steel culverts caused the damage to a section of the Livingstone to Zimba road.

“After we received reports of damage to the road after a heavy down pour, Engineers at our Regional Office in Southern province moved to site very quickly to correct the situation so that traffic flow is maintained. Investigations carried out have established that there was theft of Amco steel pipe culverts which compromised the integrity of the road and resulted in the structure developing the defect.” Mr. Mulowa said.

He added that RDA has started working on the damaged portion to replace the stolen steel culverts with concrete ones.

Mr. Mulowa said that repair works were currently on course and are expected to be concluded at the weekend and that Traffic has not been disturbed.

“Our appeal to the Zambian people is to make sure that they are on alert and guard road infrastructure and furniture. Roads are constructed at a great cost and that every Zambian should look out and report any suspected vandalism on road furniture to law enforcers.” Mr. Mulowa added. 

Meanwhile, motorists are assured that RDA is on top of things and that the Livingstone to Zimba road remains a high-quality road with the bestriding surface since it was constructed over 10 years ago.

And in view of incidences of theft of steel culverts on road infrastructure across the country, RDA has now started installing concrete culverts to ensure roads have a durable lifespan.

Southern Province RDA Regional manager Emmanuel Kanguma says works to reinstate the road are going well.

Eng. Kanguma said the area was receiving normal to above normal rainfall which had made it challenging to work on the road.

He was however positive that works would be concluded over the weekend.

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MUKUPA APPLAUDS ROAD SECTOR AGENCIES, DEMANDS FOR MORE WORK

(L-R) RTSA Board Chairperson Dr Cornelius Chipoma, NRFA Vice Board Chairperson Kaitano Chungu,

RDA Board Chairperson Samuel Mukupa and RDA acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs

Anthony Mulowa during the tour of RDA Regional Offices in Lusaka.

 

Chairperson for Committee of Chairpersons of Road Sector Agencies, Mr. Samuel Mukupa says Road Sector Agencies are moving in the right direction to improve their operational environments. Mr. Mukupa says there is, however, room to up the game so that the Road Agencies inspire public confidence in as far as Corporate image is concerned. Speaking during a conducted tour of Road Sector Agencies Operations at the Road Development Agency (RDA), National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), Mr. Mukupa said the three sister Agencies had made remarkable progress in improving their operational environments from the time the team visited four months ago.

Mr. Mukupa confers with Mr. Mulowa as Regional Manager Eng. Guston Meleki (light blue jacket)

and Director Road Maintenance Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu look on.

 

" We want our infrastructure to be well kept. Maintenance should be part of our DNA, clearness and repairs to our buildings should be part of our DNA to inspire stakeholders confidence," Mr. Mukupa said in an interview after touring RDA Lusaka Regional Office, newly built RTSA Headquarters and RTSA Lumumba offices in Lusaka

The committee accompanied by RDA, NRFA and RTSA managements also inspected RTSA Lumumba road offices.

 

Mr. Mukupa was accomplished by RTSA Board Chairperson Dr. Cornelius Chipoma and NRFA Board Vice Chairperson Mr. Kaitano Chungu who also echoed Mr. Mukupa's sentiments. The team later proceeded to Central, Copperbelt and later North Western provinces to check on the Road Sector Infrastructure and Operations.

The team at NRFA Conference room before embarking on the tour.

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.