Sometimes our politicians need to make wider consultations before going to the media to make certain pronouncements, ” if cyber bullying , fake news and other vices continue will have to go the China way of banning Facebook and Google …..” , said our minister of communication and transport Eng Brian Mushimba ,China has its own tencent app wechat, and Sina Weibo which is the equivalent of Americas twitter, so which social media will the govt offer as alternatives after banning Facebook and Google? Most free smart phone apps we use are free of charge and a supported only by adverts which are powered by Google AdSense, which is way cheaper than advertising in traditional print media or even electronic media, imagine an advert which can reach millions of Zambians at only K9/ day, the same same story with Facebook the tech giant survives on advertising revenue, it’s target based adverts Which target a specific age group and location, we should not look for cosmetic solutions we must dig to find long lasting solutions, most of these problems can be curbed by having adequate legislation, like Zicta said having laws to curb cyber crime, than killing the spirit of enterprise, I have noticed alot of e-commerce going on from Facebook, now if it where to be banned that’s strangling an SME who markets his / her products on Facebook.
OUTSOURCING ; THE KCM STORY.
OVERVIEW AND BACKGROUND.
The definition of outsourcing in business is an agreement one company contracts-out a part of their existing internal activity to another company, it involves contracting out of a business e.g. payroll processing. Theconcept “ outsourcing “ came from American glossary ‘outside sourcing ‘ and it dates back to 1981 outsourcing sometimes, not always involves transfer of employees and assets from one firm to another.
Two organisations may enter into a contractual agreement involving exchange of services, expertise and payments, outsourcing is said to help firms perform well to their core business and/or competence. Outsourcing can offer greater budget flexibility and allows organisations pay for the services and functions they need and when they need them “Do what you do best and outsource the rest “.
It is used by several entities globally like certain companies in the shoe sector my outsource the making of the sole to a specialized company and also the tannering of the animal hide to another then they come and just complete the assembling of the shoes and hence reducing cost of resourcing labour and other cost implications.
THE ZAMBIAN SCENARIO
According to the core business of Konkola copper mines involves extracting of ore and mineral processing up to the smelting phase, now the question which begs more answers than anything else.
1. Are they outsourcing their primary core businesses or part of it?
2. Is due to lack of skill of expertise or any other arterial motive which is only known by them?
3. Are they also outsourcing labour (since they say all jobs are secure for all current employees)?
1. OUTSOURCING OF CORE BUSINESS .
(i) Among the core business is the mineral processing plants i.e. The concentrator and tailing leach plant the Nchanga concentrator engineering department is run by Africa Mechanical Super lift , this plant was the first to be placed underoutsourcing as far back as 2010 and the workforce then was taken over by FL SMIDTH which in about two years’ time failed to continue citing erratic payments by KCM , their came in a new contractor ONSHORE which took over but failing to keep the FL SMIDTH employees ( who were once KCM employees) saying their remuneration was too high and their salary have to reduced most people left and they had to bring in workforce from India and college graduates with little or no work experience .
(ii) Then comes the tailings leach plant which we hear has been planned to be outsourcedto little known MANOPEX of South Africa.
(iii) Konkola’s number four shaft which is planned to be outsourced to JCHX of China their contract involves extraction and transportation of the ore.
2. OUTSOURCING DUE TO LACK OF SKILLED MANPOWER .
If they say they have they want to outsource due to lack of expertise then that is a blue lie (refer to point 2(i) above ) they have the best man power at different levels hence a very productive work force but partially demotivated by its management, as compared to the semiskilled Asian workforce we see around, so that reason does not hold water if it’s about specialised equipment most of the equipment by the said contractors are rebuild machines which cannot operate a shift without a break down.
3. OUTSOURCING OF LABOUR
The management briefs said the jobs of the employees are safe but how possible is it that a permanent employee who is employed by the parent company can be reporting to a supervisor who is from a contracting company they can be a clash of interests where as they can be disciplinary actions every day taken against the KCM employees where on the labour laws or mining regulations does that apply? Because the norm is a KCM employee supervising a contractor, so that is indirectly outsourcing labour before we know it will all be contracted work force.
THE TRADE UNIONS .
For a long times the unionised workers had been betrayed by the trade unions who had gone to bed with the management allowing the management not to be effecting salary increments citing losses by the company. The trade unions never took the time to update their members on the status of the negotiations only to realise no meaningfulincrement now that the outsourcing of the labour in the thousands means the trade unions will loose a significant number of members hence now their voices can be heard not that they are fighting for the workers , management knows they are too weak to fight them they aresimply protecting their interests because if they had their members at heart they wouldn’t have been doing what they have these past 5 years.
We guess the $1 Billion capital injection promised by the Vedantta chairman Anil Agarwal in the meeting he had with our head of state came with conditions one of them being outsourcing of its labour.
…KCM must not be allowed to fail, its cost of production is high
By Special Correspondent
In the world of rotaries Vedanta Mineral Resources must have won the biggest jackpot ever when it was handed the copper rich mine, the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in 2004.
Vedanta was handed over a property with over a month’s supply of finished copper that was on it’s way to customers but not yet paid for with two to three year caved reserved at Nchanga Underground mine.
Also there was over 2.5 metric tonnes of copper and cobalt ores on stockpiles at Nchanga Open Pits and large quantities of ores already exposed at Nchanga and Konkola Underground mine and Open Pits.
Additionally, KCM inherited US$60 million that was in the Bank at the time of this acquisition.
As if this was not enough Konkola Deep Mining Project (KDMP) was the icing on the cake.
The above was worthy billions of U.S Dollars. Vedanta only needed less than six tonnes of finished copper to pay for all that.
The above scenario became KCM’s aberration. Figuratively, Vedanta expected to find a small fishing boat but to their surprise found Titanic.
It is standard practice world wide that when an investor wants to purchase a mine, an advance team of experts visits that property in order to analyse in detail and evaluate the property.
These are experts in acquisitions and made up of geologists, miners, metallurgists, engineers and finance people.
In case of Vedanta there was never an advance team except a bus full of accountants who had zero knowledge of mining, wanting operate the property of this magnitude.
It later turned out that these were only experts in price negotiations when buying and settling accounts payables.
From the onset, Vedanta had only interest in the short-term life of mine and little interest in medium to long-term life of the property. Their investment strategy was tailored only for short-term purposes.
KCM later developed interest of developing KDMP and the Underground Upper Ore Body (UOB) but because of lack of requisite mining knowledge, skills and in depth understanding of the two projects numerous fatal mistakes were committed resulting in the abandoning of UOB and delays in KDMP.
The UOB was abandoned because costly mistakes were made. Similarly, KDMP, which was estimated to be at peak production by 2010 still lags far behind.
During this period when KCM was treating the ores mined by the previous management there were no plans to carry out any meaningful Primary developments in the Open Pits, underground mines at Nchanga and Konkola.
When all the ores from stockpiles dumps and exposed ores from the mines were exhausted a crisis loomed.
KCM had finally and literary run out of copper. Old mines now became less attractive to develop because they required injections of capital expenditures.
Nowhere could this aberration be seen more vividly than in the appointments of KCM Top Management.
In normal circumstances the nature of key challenges at the mine determine the type of appointments for certain key positions in the management hierarchies.
The fact that Vedanta had not sent an advance team of experts to study, analyse and evaluate the property KCM, it is clear they never knew what to expect.
It appears every body expected to find a tiny fishing boat but instead found a Titanic. Even after this realisation the appointments of the top management was skewed.
Instead of appointing capable people who could handle the new challenges, Vedanta for the most part appointed relatives and later on when faced with the crisis picked people who had failed elsewhere to run the mines. Square pegs in round holes’ scenario!
During the early days of cheap ores and high metal prices KCM was minting money.
However, apart from a small amount spent on KDMP little or nothing was put into revitalising the old mines or meeting the new challenges. Most money went out of the country, somehow.
Without the much needed primary developments and with the fast depletion of copper, KCM faced a major problem of how to fill up the high capacity Smelter.
Efforts to tall treat soon proved a failure. Other producers found it cost effective to construct their own treatment plants.
The next fraught step was to turn to old copper refractory dumps, again mined and stockpiled by previous management. This huge resource was at the time stockpiled because there was no technology of treating the material.
KCM did not have a proven method to treat this material but went ahead treating it, anyway.
The outcome of this were very low recoveries and low concentrate grades. In short KCM was losing money by treating this material.
With the cost of new crushers built to handle large quantities of refractory material, the costs of production shot up.
Without the CRO KCM has no alternate material to treat except Tailings dams and a bit of tolling.
In summary the current situation at KCM is like a sinking Titanic. No amount of shifting seats around the ship will stop it Titanic from sinking.
Any new investor would find the cost of operating the mine to be too high to bear.
The only way out is for Vedanta to make good use of their promise of US$1billion promised by Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal to pump into the mines.
Government must insist that the funds are brought in to revitalise these mines by recapitalising the operations. KCM must not be allowed to fail!
This article was first published by The Independent Observer, an online and print media based in Chingola
AFTER A SAD OBSERVATION, A UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS IN SOUTH AFRICA HAS WRITTEN A VERY TOUCHING, EXPRESSIVE MESSAGE TO HIS STUDENTS PERSUING THEIR DOCTORATE, MASTERS AND BACHELOR’S DEGREES. AND PLACED IT AT THE UNIVERSITY NOTICE BOARD.
THIS IS HIS MESSAGE:
*”Collapsing any Nation does not require use of Atomic bombs or the use of Long range missiles. But it requires lowering the quality of Education and allowing cheating in the exams by the students”.*
THE PATIENT DIES in the hands of *the Doctor* who PASSED HIS EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
And the BUILDINGS COLLAPSE in the hands of *an Engineer* who PASSED HIS EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
The Country’s ECONOMY COLLAPSES in the hands of *an Economist* who PASSED HIS EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
And HUMANITY DIES in the hands of a *Religious Scholar* who PASSED HIS EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
AND JUSTICE IS LOST in the hands of *A Judge* who PASSED HIS EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
AND IGNORANCE is RAMPANT in the minds of children who are under the care of *a Teacher* who PASSED EXAMS THROUGH CHEATING.
*”THE COLLAPSE OF EDUCATION IS THE COLLAPSE OF THE NATION”*
THROW BACK 2013
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE :
Media Statement for Immediate Release
PRESIDENT SATA ON THE REMOVAL OF FUEL
LUSAKA, Thursday, May 2, 2013 – His Excellency,
Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic
of Zambia, has said the removal of the subsidy on
petroleum products will enable the state to have
more finances available for spending and guarantee
proper implementation of all government
programmes and projects.
President Sata said it is necessary that the subsidy
on petroleum products, which has been a burden on
state coffers for a longtime, is removed and
consequently the price of fuel adjusted upwards in
order to attract wider social benefits for the general
“In 2012 alone, the Treasury redirected resources
amounting to KR754 Million (K754 Billion) from
implementation of other government programmes
and activities in the Budget to finance the fuel
subsidy,” the Head of State said.
“For the 2013 budget, the Government has already
paid a sum of KR571.5 Million (K571.4 Billion) in
fuel subsidies as at 18th January, 2013. It is
estimated that more than K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1
Billion) will be paid in 2013 as subsidies if no
adjustment is made to the price build up and/or the
“Our people may wish to know that the estimated
K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1 Billion) subsidy can go a long
way in financing the construction of more than 100
new rural primary schools or over 120 new rural
health centres to help the majority marginalized
The President has further explained that these funds
are diverted from expenditure on social sectors and
infrastructure development that if spent would have
accelerated poverty reduction and employment
creation especially for the youths.
“The removal of the subsidy will make more
finances available for spending and guarantee job
creation and the development of infrastructure such
as schools, universities, hospitals as well as the
Link Zambia 8000 project, which will open up the
rural areas for increased trade and investment,”
President Sata said.
“The decision will also make funds available for the
upgrading of the Indeni Oil Refinery to enable it
process pure crude oil, which is cheaper to import
and will result in cheaper imports by about US$10
Million while providing other by-products to be used
in the plastic, road and fertilizer industries. I believe
the overall short and long-term benefits to
Zambians of this action, outweighs by far any
perceived negative consequences.”
President Sata said in its pursuit to improve the
livelihood of all Zambians, the PF government
remains committed to ensuring that there is a
transparent and equitable distribution of resources
to all sectors to facilitate greater economic growth.
Meanwhile, President Sata is this Friday [tomorrow]
expected to flag off the commencement of the
construction of the 61Km Chalimbana Road project.
This is another project under the Link Zambia 8000,
which will provide a shorter route to the Leopards
Hill Road passing through Chiawa to Chirundu.
The same day, the Head of State is also expected
to lay a foundation stone for the construction of
This is part of President Sata’s vision to overhaul
and develop the education system by increasing the
number of public universities as espoused in the PF
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC. Now the question is from 2013 after the partial removal of subsidies have the Zambian people benefitted ? what assurance does the ordinary man on the street have that he or she will benefit from the removal of subsidies in 2016 , only posterity will judge us .
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he
inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He
brought me up also out of an horrible pit,
out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon
a rock, and established my goings. 3 And
he hath put a new song in my mouth, even
praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. 4
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord
his trust, and respecteth not the proud,
nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O
Lord my God, are thy wonderful works
which thou hast done, and thy thoughts
which are to us-ward: they cannot be
reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would
declare and speak of them, they are more
than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not
desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt
offering and sin offering hast thou not
required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the
volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I
delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy
law is within my heart. 9 I have preached
righteousness in the great congregation:
lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord,
thou knowest. 10 I have not hid thy
righteousness within my heart; I have
declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation:
I have not concealed thy lovingkindness
and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies
from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness
and thy truth continually preserve me. 12
For innumerable evils have compassed me
about: mine iniquities have taken hold
upon me, so that I am not able to look up;
they are more than the hairs of mine
head: therefore my heart faileth me. 13 Be
pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord,
make haste to help me. 14 Let them be
ashamed and confounded together that
seek after my soul to destroy it; let them
be driven backward and put to shame that
wish me evil. 15 Let them be desolate for
a reward of their shame that say unto me,
Aha, aha. 16 Let all those that seek thee
rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as
love thy salvation say continually, The Lord
be magnified. 17 But I am poor and needy;
yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art
my help and my deliverer; make no
tarrying, O my God.
You pray to God to send you a partner in
your life and when He does, you don’t
treat them right. You have been so badly
damaged by past relationships that it
makes you resort back to your old ways of
You pray to God for a job just months down the line you develop negativity towards it.
You need to know that you are ready to
handle what God is sending you. Be
prepared for the blessings that is about to
come your way because when it does, you
need to take care of it. Be careful what
you pray for. You might just get it.
Chief Mpenzeni and Chief Chitimukulu were
visiting Chief Mukuni and sat in his Insaka
enjoying Chibwantu and Gankata.
After a few cups of the brew, chief
Chitimukula started to brag:
Chitimukulu : My chiefdom brought you
Donald Nkabika of Andrew Kurt, who gave
us Mobile Toilets. We also have Kapembwa
Simbao who brought you Mobile Hospitals.
Not to be out done..Chief Mpezeni
Mpezeni : Naseo tekupani a Mobile
President pela..Akulu mpuno
In the Bible, Jesus has many names that
identify His character. One of those names
is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
Before Jesus came to earth, the Spirit of
God resided in the temple. The people had
to go through all sorts of rituals to become
clean enough to go near Him. Now, as
believers, we are the temple of the Holy
Spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Lord
and Savior, He is the one who cleanses us
and actually makes His home in our hearts.
Isn’t it good to know that God is with us?
He is closer than the very air that we
breathe. His peace is always with us. His
joy is always with us. His power is always
with us, and His victory is always with us.
The next time you feel alone, remember,
you serve Emmanuel — the God who is
always with you!
In any relationship listening without
interrupting your partner is very
important. You see, when you don’t listen,
it says many things. It says that you don’t
respect your partner and what they have
to say doesn’t mean anything to you. It
shows that you are not patient because it
takes patience to wait for the other person
to finish what they are saying.
It also shows that you don’t have any self
control which is to keep quiet while your
partner is speaking. It also shows that you
are only interested in yourself and your
own thoughts. James 1:19 says we should
be quick to listen but slow to speak.
Nothing, when you are in the middle of an
argument will get resolved if you both keep
interrupting each other or talking over one
another and getting louder and louder in
the process. Hear me when I tell you this.
If you get this area under control, your
relationship will only get better.