| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(BBC News Africa 03/01/13)
FROM BEHIND THE wheel of an air-conditioned car on the Great North Road bisecting northern Zambia it is easy to argue that Africa can be wealthy and well-governed. The country’s road system is so good that many visitors hire a car and drive themselves. The police are benign and rest stops are plentiful. The same goes for much of southern Africa. Lines of tarmac unspool in all directions across fertile savannahs and open deserts. Most roads have been financed with what is found below them: a wealth of minerals and metals. Ever since the arrival of Cecil Rhodes more than a century ago, local miners have generated immense wealth and inspired successive eras of Afro-optimism. From colonial railways to modern...
(VOA News 02/26/13)
Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has rejected criticism that President Michael Sata and leading members of the ruling Patriot Front (PF) entered politics to enrich themselves. Scott says members of the administration are working hard to better the lives of all Zambians irrespective of their political affiliation. In an interview with VOA, Vice President Scott says senior officials of the government are not interested in amassing wealth – a charge being made by members of the opposition. “I can tell you that the party was founded on the premise to serve the people of Zambia, which sounds a bit corny. But we haven’t gone into this business to make money,” Scott said. “In fact, we would have been much better...
( 02/26/13)
The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has denied it transferred and registered players while they were banned for match-fixing in Finland. Fifa has opened an investigation into the matter, which involves eight players who were allegedly transferred without an international transfer certificate and outside of the registration period. Football's world governing body has said that "at least four of the eight players apparently played in official matches in Zambia despite being suspended on a worldwide basis." The Zambian players were banned from all football-related activity by the Finnish federation for two years from April 2011 for match-fixing and unsporting behaviour. Fifa subsequently extended the ban worldwide. Eric Mwanza, Faz's communications manager and spokesman, told BBC Sport that the body did...
(Afreeknews 02/26/13)
When last did news depicting prevailing living standards grab a front page headline? Or a headline where politicians debated alternative policies on how to best alleviate poverty in this country? The previous most extensive debate on people's wellbeing could have been concerning the 2013 budget (or was it Zambia's USD 750m?). Nowadays such discussions are in short supply among politicians - almost non-existent. Of late, intra and inter-party politics have taken the centre stage in Zambia. This is not to suggest that political activity at that level is itself undesirable. Rather, there is a certain extent to which politicking approaches detrimental levels. Indicators on current political landscape seem to be pointing out that our politics may be headed in that...
( 02/26/13)
Feb 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state utility ZESA said it had started paying a $70 million debt to Zambia, a necessary step before the two nations can embark on a joint 1,600 megawatt hydroelectric plant, which could help relieve a power shortage. The two southern African countries have started preliminary work on the Batoka power project, estimated to cost $2.5 billion, and expected to be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before transferring ownership to the two states. Zimbabwe, which currently generates just over 1,000 MW of power or about half of peak demand, has struggled to get funding for new projects to expand capacity, largely due to concerns about President Robert Mugabe's handling...
( 02/26/13)
Zambia has increased the cost of its mining licences in order to bring them in line with other countries, its mines minister said on Friday. The fees for large-scale mining and change of control licences have been increased to 28,800 kwacha ($5,400) from 1,800 kwacha ($340) from this month, Yamfwa Mukanga said in a statement. The increase is also expected to deter speculators from buying land in Africa's top copper producer. "We want to ensure that only serious investors get these licences," Mukanga said. Foreign mining companies operating in Zambia include Canada's First Quantum Minerals, London-listed Vedanta Resources and Glencore of Switzerland.

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