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Training fire fighting personnel is mandatory



By Mweene Chigantu

KABWE Town Clerk, Vivian Chikoti has said that training of personnel in fire fighting in an industry is a requirement under the Factories Act CAP 441 of the Laws of Zambia.

She was speaking in Kabwe, today in a speech read for her by Social Economic Planner, Daniel Mapulanga at the closing ceremony of the part-time fire fighters course at the National Fire Services School.

The course was tailored upon special request by Copperbelt Energy Corporation (C.E.C). The duration of the course was two weeks, in which 15 students were trained to tackle fire, in its early stage as first strike team before the arrival of any nearby local authority fire brigade.

Speaking at the same function C.E.C organisational Development Head, Cassius Chafumapunda said this course was the beginning of a new working relationship between C.E.C and the school and that the company would send more workers for training.

He also said that what has been learned will be of great benefit not only to the company but also to Kitwe Town as a whole.

In his word of thanks, the students squad leader urged the Kabwe Municipal Council to approach organisations such as the C.E.C to be of assistance to the school especially on repairs of the fire tender equipments of which their repairs has been long over due.

He also pleaded with the town Clerk to approach organisation like the CEC who may help with equipments in fire fighting.


June 10, 2009 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Council to use force on Kabwe vendors

By Hlupekile Ndhlovu

Marketeers at New Kasanda market have complained of the number of illegal traders who sell outside the market area.

A marketeer Jane Kunda said the traders who sell outside the market do not even pay levy.

Mrs Kunda said people who sell outside the market disturb the business for those who sell in the market.

She said there was space in the market and that the traders who sell outside the market just want to do so.

And the market Chairperson Joe Mpundu said they consulted the Kabwe Council to help move the traders inside the market.

He said although some traders who sell outside the market complain that the levy in the market was too high it is not true and the market levy is only K500 per day.

Meanwhile the Acting Director of Public Health and Social Services Joseph Kayombo said the council was in the process of removing traders along the line of rail and outside the market.

Mr Kayombo said the council will use force if the vendors fail to comply.

He said the council would meet next week so that they decide on when to implement what they agreed concerning removing vendors from outside the market and along the line of rail.

Mr Kayombo said the council wanted to raise revenue and therefore all those vendors who sell in the streets should be in the markets since they just make the streets dirty without paying levy.

He said in Kabwe vendors increase around 18hrs and these vendors usually come out of the market.

As a solution to this problem, Mr Kayombo said the council will start a street market but will first have to consult stakeholders so that they are able to deal with street vending.

He further said a road has been picked to be a street market and everybody will be eligible and a levy will be introduced.


June 10, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment