July 2008

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LUSAKA, July 31 (Xinhua) — Zambian Vice President Rupiah Banda has said that the International Smart Partnership Dialogue Global 2008 being held here will help Zambia provide solutions to overcome some of its challenges.

    At a dinner Wednesday night hosted for participants attending the dialogue which will end Thursday the vice president said Dialogue brings about understanding among people as it enables both sides to present their views on issues of common interest, according to Zambia News and Information Services.

    Banda said that solutions to the current rising food and oil prices can also be found in Dialogue among all stakeholders.

    He said the smart partnership movement is worth supporting as it is a creative and practical method of solving problems.

    He called on leaders from all sections of society to engage in Dialogue in order to find solutions that will improve people’s lives.

    He said Zambia’s spirit of unity in cultural diversity should be encouraged as it embraces Dialogue for the common good.

    Banda said that Zambia can learn from Uganda’s vision of transforming peasant farmers into commercial farmers and Malaysia’s path of economic growth.

    Ugandan Minister of Legal Affairs Sam Kutesa commended Zambia for successfully hosting the three-day event that attracted over 400 delegates across the globe.

    Kutesa said Uganda is challenged to organize the event next year and ensure it is fruitful to the satisfaction of participating countries.

    The fellows of Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) congratulated Zambia for hosting a successful dialogue.

    In their message read by Chief Executive and Joint Dialogue Convener Mihaela Smith, the fellows said the CPTM recognized the importance of devising new and improved ways to measure the contribution and value of the dialogue process.

    They hoped the challenges of climate change health, food and water shortages and poverty will be tackled using the expertise and experience gained in the smart partnership movement.

    The CPTM fellows also accepted the invitations from the governments of Uganda and Malaysia to host dialogues in 2009 and 2010.    

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LUSAKA, July 31 (Xinhua) — The British government has appointed a married couple to be joint high commissioner to Zambia, according to The Post.

    Announcing here Wednesday the appointment of the new high commissioner to Zambia, outgoing British high commissioner to Zambia Alistair Harrison said that Carolyn Davidson and Thomas Carter had been appointed joint British high commissioner to Zambia to take over the position.

    Harrison said that Davidson and Carter would take up their appointment next month.

    “As outgoing high commissioner, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of new high commissioner to the Republic of Zambia; Ms Davidson and Mr Carter are keen to continue to promote the excellent bilateral relations between the UK and Zambia and look forward to their time as joint high commissioner,” Harrison said.

    “The appointment also takes forward the British government’s objective to promote innovative and flexible working patterns.”

    Carter and Davidson are married with two sons.

    Carter joined the British diplomatic service in 1976 while Davidson joined in 1986.

    In their previous appointments, Carter and Davidson worked as deputy heads of mission in Bratislava between 2003 and 2008. 



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By Geoffrey Kapembwa

July 29 (Bloomberg) — Zambia’s Indeni Oil Refinery may not be able to resume production of petroleum products on July 31 as scheduled because of a further delay in the arrival of a shipment of 90,000 metric tons of crude oil, the Energy Ministry said.

Strong winds at sea have delayed the docking of the oil tanker at Dar es Salaam port in neighboring Tanzania, Oliver Kalumiana, acting permanent secretary at the ministry, said by phone today from the capital, Lusaka. The vessel was due to have docked today, he said.

The crude shipment was initially due to have arrived on July 21. It was delayed by the need for the government to sign an agreement with Zambia National Commercial Bank, part owned by Rabobank Corp., which will finance $400 million oil imports over the next two years.

Zambia, Africa’s biggest copper producer, needs diesel to keep its mines running. Indeni halted production on July 9 when it ran out of crude supplies. The government said on July 21 that it has made provisions to ensure adequate fuel supplies.

There was no immediate comment from Indeni when Bloomberg News called today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Geoffrey Kapembwa in Lusaka via the Johannesburg bureau at +27- abolleurs@bloomberg.net.

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LUSAKA (Thomson Financial) – Several African heads of state and business leaders began a four-day investment conference in Zambia on Monday which will focus on the global rise in food and oil prices, a government minister said.

The meeting, under the auspices of the Commonwealth’s Smart Partnership programme for developing nations, ‘will be attended by over 500 people, including top business leaders,’ said Zambia’s Trade Minister, Felix Mutati.

Membership includes Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.

Mutati said seven heads of state and goverment had confirmed their participation, but the meeting would also include ex-leaders like Mozambique’s Joachim Chissano, Botswana’s Ketumire Masire and Namibia’s Sam Nujoma.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma were due to arrive in Zambia on Monday.

Discussions will be held behind closed doors in order to allow frank discussions on issues affecting African development, the minister said.

Zambia’s deputy president Rupiah Banda is hosting the event in the absence of President Levy Mwanawasa, who has been hospitalised in Paris after suffering a stroke more than three weeks ago.






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The Chipolopolo Boys will camp in Germany for 10 days ahead of their decisive group 11 2010 World Cup/Nations Cup qualifying encounter against the Hawks of Togo on September 11 in Chillilabombwe.
At a press briefing at the government house of Zambia, sports minister Gabriel Namulambe and German Ambassador Irene Hinrichsen announced that the Zambian team would camp in the European country which would be sponsored by Germany at a cost of 20,000 Euros.

Namulambe added that the trip was a product of series of discussions between himself and the German Ambassador. He also pointed out that the Zambian government would be responsible for the airfare for the delegation.

“It’s just that we can’t express it by dancing but we are so excited and gratified by the gesture by your government to the Zambian people. On behalf of Government, I would like to thank you very much,” Namulambe said

He expressed his profound gratitude to the German government, while urging the Zambian team to return the kind gesture of the Germans by defeating the Togolese national team when they come visiting in September.

Zambia are atop group 11 but have played a game more than the other two members of the three-team group. Any result against Togo other than a victory would do their World Cup/Nations Cup aspirations serious damage.

Awenlimobor Sylvester, Goal.com

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LUSAKA, July 28 (Xinhua) — Lithic Metal and Energy, a joint venture partner of Zambezi Resources Limited, has announced the discovery of uranium mineralisation at its Oryx Uranium prospect situated about 80 km east of Lusaka, according to Zambia Daily Mail.

    Lithic Metals managing director Jim Kerr said the company was encouraged by the early confirmation of uranium mineralisation.

    “Obviously we are encouraged by the early confirmation of uranium mineralised associated with what we think is in-situ davidite in trenching and in drill core. We look forward to receiving assays from this work in the near future,” Kerr said.

    The company had since announced completion of 26 new trenches totaling over 9051 meters of testing peak uranium radiometric anomalies along a 2 km strike length.

    During this program Lithic Metals encountered uranium mineralisation thought to be davidite, a uranium rare earth mineral that at Oryx.

    Kerr said 100 samples were collected from zones of background top elevated scintillometer readings from three adjacent trenches and dispatched to Alfred Knight laboratories of Kitwe for sample preparation and to Alfred Knight laboratories in Alaska in Canada for analysis.

    Meanwhile under terms agreed in letter of intent between Rio Tinto and Zambezi Resources Limited on their Uranium Mineral Rights joint venture have completed a major survey at Mulofwe and identified several electromagnetic conductors within a regional shear zone.

    The joint venture plans to conduct follow up work to investigate the potential for uranium radiometric anomalism and potential uranium mineralisation.

    This work will commence in the third quarter of this year under the management of Rio Tinto as joint venture operators, and will comprise trenching, geological mapping surveying and drilling.

    And Rio Tinto Minerals of Australia has commitment to spend million U.S. dollars minimum to assess the potential uranium mineralisation at the Mulofwe prospect in Southern province.

    Rio Tinto is one of the pre-eminent largest mining firms in the World.

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LUSAKA (Reuters) – Teal Mining has agreed a forward deal for processing copper concentrate with a Chinese-owned copper smelter currently under construction in Zambia, a company official said on Monday.

South-African-based Teal Mining has copper, cobalt and gold interests in Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Teal is also listed in Canada.

Teal vice president for investor relations and corporate development Julian Gwillim said the company, which plans to produce 25,000 tonnes copper metal per year at its Zambia unit, had also concluded a letter of commitment for power supply.

The power distributor to all Zambian mines, the Copperbelt Energy Company (CEC), will supply Teal’s mine.

Gwillim said the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) had approved Teal’s final environmental impact assessment study for the Konkola North Copper project, where Teal is due to start producing copper by 2009.

“The environmental assessment was approved in May (and) we concluded these (agreements) a couple of months ago,” Gwillim told Reuters by telephone from South Africa.

Teal said in a separate statement that it had reached an agreement with Chambishi Copper Smelter, where the Chinese government is spending $250 million to construct one of Zambia’s largest smelters.

Teal said it was also discussing with Zambia authorities the newly introduced mining taxes, which include a 25 percent profit windfall tax and 15 percent variable profit tax, introduced in April, but it gave no further details on the negotiations.

Teal said it had done extensive metallurgical tests under a feasibility study which includes construction of a metallurgical plant to produce 25,000 tonnes copper metal per year.

The company’s latest data showed that copper resources in the south limb of the mine totalled 51 million tonnes at a grade of 2.35 percent copper.

“The resource is now used for mine planning and scheduling, together with a review of capital and operating costs, to finalise an amended feasibility study,” the statement added.

Teal wholly owns the Konkola North Copper project, with Zambia’s state-run ZCCM-IH holding an option to purchase 20 percent of shares in the project.

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