PLANS by the Oasis Cafeteria stationed at the University of Zambia (UNZA) main campus to start using the Siwela Lecture Hall has been received with mixed feelings by the student populace. Oasis Cafeteria management are in talks with the Registrar’s Office over the possibility of using the Siwela Lecture Hall as part of the cafeteria.
The University of Zambia Business and Economics Association (UNZABECA) has called on students to develop their entrepreneurship skills in order to earn a living after school. UNZABECA President, Collins Mulenga said students should not solely depend on government and other companies for employment opportunities but rather create employment for themselves through entrepreneurship.
The Ministry of Finance and National Planning has said spending of the two Sovereign Bonds that government acquired is effectively minimizing the level of external debt. Speaking to the Lusaka Star in an interview, Ministry of Finance Public Relations Officer, Chileshe Kandeta said Zambia’s Sovereign Bonds issued in the international capital markets are performing to the desired expectations.
The Zambia Competition Commission has put measures that will allow individual farmers to negotiate cotton prices. Cotton Board of Zambia (CBZ) Secretary Dafulin Kaonga said this will ensure that individual farmers negotiate the prices of cotton with individual ginneries. In an intreview with the Lusaka Star, Mr kaonga also said the depreciation of the Zambian currency, the Kwacha, will not affect the cotton prices significantly.
The University Of Zambia (UNZA) management has warned gown traders to avoid duplicating the new patented graduation gowns. In an interview with Lusaka star, UNZA Public Relations officer Stanslous Chewe said management has patented the graduation gowns to curb unauthorised reproduction. Mr Chewe said the general pattern of the undergraduate gowns has been changed and the official logo slightly altered.
THE Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (PRA) has urged the general public to beware of uncertified medicine on the Zambian market as they pose a danger to their health. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, PRA Public Relations Officer Ludovic Mwape said all medicines that were packaged in a conventional manner such as syrups and tablets had to be certified before they could be put on the market.
THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says the gradual but steady weakening of the Kwacha against major international currencies must be addressed from a comprehensive perspective. JCTR acting information officer Bwalya Musoma said while short-term measures to stabilize the Kwacha were welcome, there was urgent need to focus on long-term solutions. She added that a broad range of factors must be comprehensively considered in order to address root causes of the Kwacha’s depreciation.
TRADERS at Mtendere Khazimai Market have bemoaned the inadequate collection of garbage at the market by the Lusaka city council (LCC). But LCC acting public relations manager Habenzu Mulunda urged the traders to pay more money if they wanted frequent collection of garbage. In an interview with the Lusaka star, a charcoal trader Boyd Chibwe at the market said the garbage which was dumped next to his stand produced a bad smell and was a health risk.
A Lusaka based entrepreneur has urged government to look into the different challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. In an interview with the Lusaka star, Docus Chigalula said women are poor due to the absence of a strong policy framework that supported the growth of an entrepreneurial culture among Zambians especially and women.