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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.

 ENDS/MC/ZANIS/KABWE/ZAMBIA/19-05/09

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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.

ENDS/HN/ZANIS/KABWE/ZAMBIA/19-06-09

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

Medical personnel challenged to take a lead in quality innovations to improve healthcare services

A senior government official has challenged the medical fraternity in Central Province to take a lead in quality innovations in order to improve healthcare services.

 

Central Province Permanent Secretary; Danny Lumbama made this challenge in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Permanent Secretary; Mark Mankapi during the World Nurses Day celebration held at Civic Centre in Kabwe.

Kabwe is the administrative City of Central Province situated about 140 kilometers from the capital City of Lusaka, Zambia.

 

Mr. Lumbama reminded the medical personnel that it was impossible to have a successful health sector in any country minus their pivotal role.

 

He further stated that nurses were unique in that they trained in both social and biological sciences, and were therefore able to analyse situations, manage patients and generate information, all of which helped to improve the healthcare system.

 

Mr. Lumbama, however, challenged the senior nurses to take keen interest in finding lasting solutions to the complaints made by the public by examining their criticism so as to regain the public’s confidence.

 

At the same event, Zambia Union of Nurses (ZUN) Chairperson Anjelina Malambo informed those gathered that nurses had taken part in community services over the past week.

 

These activities included generally taking care of patients, cleaning, and making donations in various orphanages and hospices in Kabwe.

 

Mrs. Malambo appealed to the Permanent Secretary to assist the nursing organisation in a bid to enable the nurses to continue helping the less privileged people in society.

 

World Nurses Day is an annual event which falls on May 12th, and is internally commemorated.

 

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May 13, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Senior government officials survives car robbery but sustains injuries

By Nalumino Nalumino

 

Crime appears to be on the rise in the recent past in Kabwe, the provincial capital of Central Province situated about 138 kilometers north of Zambia..

 

This development calls for the security wings to combine their efforts and investigate the criminal elements involved with destabilizing peace and traumatizing the lives of innocent peoples’ lives.

 

The latest incident of the Provincial Permanent Secretary Denny Lumbama who was attacked on Sunday October 19th, 2008 by six armed robbers who attempted to steal his motor vehicle should make every Kabwe resident and Zambians insecure .

 

The senior government official who had gone to visit his grandmother at Railways Township around 18:00 hours was attacked at the gate of his official residence when he returned home.

 

The local police chief Brenda Muntemba Sichilembe confirmed the development saying Mr. Lumbama was badly injured, as he was beaten by the robbers and was only saved when an alert female motorist put her head lumps on full beam when she realized that a person was being attacked.

 

The thieves had a backup vehicle that they were using and when they drove off, it was difficult to know exactly the direction of their escape rout. However, the permanent secretary’s car was abandoned after the criminal on the run had problems with the immobilizer.

 

Just a month ago, a prominent businessman popularly known as TITA, was abducted together with his wife and over K100 million stolen before they were abandoned. The couple which is highly dedicated to their business suffered at the hands of criminals who may have even harmed their lives but it was not over unless God permitted it.

 

There are several other crimes taking place in this town which never knew crime. The challenge is: will the residents allow this situation to continue or they will collaborate first among themselves and secondly the security wings in putting a stop to this no sense.

 

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October 20, 2008 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment