Showing posts from November, 2017


Women's football in Zambia is yet to be fully developed. Nevertheless, small strides are being made to change this. One person who can attest to this positive change and advancement in the women's game is Zambia, is the Women's national team assistant coach, Kape Melissa Saili.

Saili started her footballing career in the 1990s and has not looked back since then.  Zambia did not have a specific women's league back then. Hence, she did not play competitive football until 1999 when Lusaka select team faced off with the Copperbelt select side.  This was the birth of organised women's football in Zambia. 

Saili told me, in an exclusive interview that she has ambitions of coaching an all men's super league team one day.

" I want to see equals opportunities for both men and Women. My short term goal is to become Head coach of a women national team, and then my long term goal is to one day coach a men's super league team," - KAPE

Saili was part of the first …

Government to compel mining firms to set up processing plants in Zambia

The government says it will soon pass a policy to compel mining firms to engage importers of their copper to set up processing plants for finished products in Zambia. Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma says it is unacceptable that Zambia continues importing finished products of copper mined in Zambia instead of manufacturing them from within the country. Addressing a business delegation from South Africa’s Gauteng Province at his office today, Mr Yaluma said adding value to copper will create a lot of jobs and contribute to revenue earnings. He said exporting copper blisters denies Zambia revenue because it contains a lot of minerals which are disintegrated in the foreign processing plants. The Minister adds that most small-scale miners are exploited by large firms who buy them off at low prices because they lack machinery for mining. He is however delighted that the South African delegation which includes SA Capital Equipment is looking at Zambia as a potential market.
Mr Yaluma notes th…

Zambian made shoes?

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As shoe brands go, it’s not exactly up there with the major high-street labels; but CLCs – pronounced “Clicks” – are slowly gaining a reputation on the Copperbelt as good-quality, hand-made shoes that won’t break the bank.

CLC is an acronym for Chingola Leather Cluster, a small cottage industry that produces handmade leather shoes, thanks to a K120 000 grant by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The money has funded training, the purchase of leather, and the installation of shoe-making equipment and machinery. “We noticed many people in the townships were repairing shoes, but not making them,” says local entrepreneur Preston Viswamo, who came up with the idea for the business. “It was just the skills that were lacking, so we set about teaching them the skills.” CLC is part of the larger CLIC (Copperbelt Leather Industry Cluster), which was founded by Viswamo. As we take a tour of the Chingola workshop, one can’t help noticing that Viswamo is wear…


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