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RDA CEO REGRETS DEATH OF RDA BOARD CHAIRMAN WILLIE NSANDA.

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The late RDA Board Chairman Mr. Willie Nsanda

Road Development Agency Director & Chief Executive Officer Eng. Kanyuka Mumba has described the death of the RDA Board Chairman as sad.

Eng. Mumba in an interview today said Mr. Nsanda was instrumental in the implementation of road projects in the last three years. He said Mr. Nsanda had rare wisdom and provided the much needed guidance to the RDA management team.

“Mr.  Nsanda had rare wisdom and was very approachable; he demonstrated that he could take the institution to a higher level in terms of road development. We shall fondly miss him” Eng. Mumba said.

Mr. Nsanda was appointed Board Chairman of the Road Development Agency on 20th September, 2012.   He held various portfolios in Government before his appointment as Board Chairman of RDA. Mr. Nsanda also served as Deputy Minister of Transport Communication from 2001- 2002, Minister of Local Government and Housing from 2002 - 2003 and also served as Chairman of the United Transport and Taxis Association (UTTA).

Mr. Nsanda’s other experiences in various fields includes: had 42 years’ experience in Earth Moving Equipment Maintenance and 34 years as a businessman and passenger haulage transporter.

Mr. Nsanda also served as a Member of Parliament for Chimwemwe for 10 years.

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

RDA REVIEWS VENDOR RATING SYSTEM

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•	Consultants and Contractors at the Vendor Rating Workshop in Lusaka yesterday

The Road Development Agency has carried out a review of the Vendor Rating System (VRS) a tool introduced by the Agency over two years ago to monitor the performance of Contractors and Consultants engaged in road projects countrywide.

The Vendor Rating system was introduced by RDA in 2013 to measure, analyse and document past and current performance of all consultants and contractors in order to achieve the best performance of projects in the road sector.

Speaking at a review meeting of the Vendor Rating System held at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka yesterday, RDA Director & Chief Executive Officer Eng. Bernard Chiwala said that the Vendor Rating system apart from ensuring that vendors engaged by the Agency performed to required standard was also a tool for encouraging continuous improvement among the vendors.

Eng. Chiwala told the gathering that government had attached great importance to the development of infrastructure particularly roads adding that the onus was on RDA and the stakeholders to ensure that public resources were not wasted as a result of poor quality management systems which sometimes lead to sub-standard roads being constructed. He said that RDA on its part had taken a step to include Vendor Rating clauses in the solicitation documents to encourage good performance from vendors.

“It is the desire of the RDA to receive feedback from our vendors on the Vendor Rating System, which has now been in use for the past two (2) years, hence this meeting. Further, the Agency will take advantage of this gathering to share with you our expectations of you regarding this system in order to keep you abreast of the current performances and expectations of the Agency, “he said.

Eng. Chiwala called for stakeholder support of the Vendor Rating System saying it needed to be fully embraced and supported by all contractors and consultants if the program was to realise its objectives.

And speaking at the same occasion, RDA Director Planning has allayed fears that the Vendor Rating System was meant to punish contractors and consultants. Eng. Mulusa said that the system was meant to correct vendors and help them attain continuous improvement in their work. Mr. Mulusa was responding to a question raised by one of the participants on how objective the vendor rating system was. There has been a general feeling among contractors and consultants that the Vendor Rating System could be subjective because it was being done by RDA officers.

RDA Senior Manager Monitoring and Evaluation, John Kapenda, encouraged contractors and consultants to work hard and co-operate with the RDA officers who were visiting them for rating. He said the Vendor Rating System was still being perfected and would soon address all the concerns raised by the vendors.

Some of the concerns raised by the vendors were that most of vendors did not receive feedback of the ratings on time and that there were no incentives for the vendors who are performing well. They also submitted that the VRS was punitive and not educative.

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