FELLOWSHIP: Frank Ferguson

Irish Aid, in partnership with the Engineering Institution of Zambia and the National University of Ireland, Galway, have established a Frank Ferguson fellowship award that will fund successful Zambian candidates each year to study on a masters level engineering programme in Ireland. The Engineering School at NUIG is ranked in the top 1% globally and boasts strong research support in one of the world’s most welcoming cities.

This fellowship is in recognition of the achievements, and in memory of Frank Ferguson who was an engineer and innovator who dedicated fifty years of his life to promoting development in Zambia through numerous high-quality infrastructure projects.

Frank Ferguson Fellows should be prepared with the potential to make significant contributions to the development of Zambia.

EIZ is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Frank Ferguson fellowship Eng. Ngosa Chibuye and wish him well in his studies in Ireland.

Members of EIZ who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply. Please visit the sites below to apply;

https://www.irishaidfellowships.ie/strands/frank-ferguson-fellowship-engineering

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/zambia/news-and-events/latestnews/ireland-africa-fellows-programme-2020-2021–applications-now-open.html

Further information can be obtained from the Technical Officer, Tel:
260 966 832212 Email: rex.kalangu@eiz.org.zm

EIZ Tours Shimabala Toll Plaza: Ultramodern, clean busy and profitable Collection Point

16th. August, 2019

The Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) were invited for an appreciation tour of the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) Head Office in Lusaka and the Shimabala Toll Plaza in Kafue on 16 August 2019. The EIZ team was led by President, Eng. Sydney M. Matamwandi, and Acting Registrar, Eng. Rev. Happy Musumali, while Dr. Lubinda Haabazoka led the EAZ team. At HQ, the team toured the state-of-the-art Central Control Room where screens connected to Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed in all Toll Plazas across the country are monitored 24/7 by a team of dedicated staff. The high-resolution cameras are able to show in realtime every detail of happenings at Toll Plazas, including the cashiers in the booths, the vehicles on each lane, the drivers and number plates. The Centre also captures statistics of traffic flows and amounts collected.

In his brief to the team, the CEO, Eng Wallece Mumba, explained that NRFA is an institution in the road sector and draws its mandate from the National Road Fund Act No. 13 of 2002 and exists to “mobilise resources and administer the Road Fund in a transparent and sustainable way to stimulate socio-economic development”. As of Q2 2019, the Authority administered 31 Toll Collection points across the country with 21 in-land Toll Stations (17 Toll Plazas and 4 Weighbridges) and 9 Ports of Entry. In terms of collections, the Authority had realized K336 million against a target of K322 million for the accounting period ended 30 June 2019. The above-target performance was due to effective use of modern technology coupled with efficient application of world class management systems, policies and supervision best practices. With an additional 4 Collection points expected to be commissioned by end of year, the forecast collection is K1.04 billion. He emphasised that though NRFA was meeting and exceeding performance targets, management consistently invited stakeholders such as professional bodies to consult and exchange views on how to solve existing problems and take advantage of available opportunities, both technological and economic. It was in this spirit that EIZ and EAZ were invited. Despite improved collections at tolling points, the revenues were far less than what GRZ was spending on new roads and maintenance of existing ones. The Treasury foots the difference, hence the urgency to solicit new ideas on how the road sector could be self financing.

In his reaction, Eng. Matamwandi acknowledged the exceedingly clean and impressive infrastructure at both HQ and Shimabala Plaza where workers operated in a decent environment: spacious offices; ergonomic furniture; cooling and heating units; running water; and access ways for the differently-abled. He also thanked NRFA for employing many Engineering Professionals in various departments, particularly females and prioritizing the recruiting of locals in areas where Toll Plazas are installed across the country. Eng Matamwandi reiterated the message that EIZ shared the position of the Ministry of Infrastructure that costs of projects, especially in the Road Sector, must go down to levels comparable to what was obtaining in other countries. It was therefore important that money collected by NRFA ought to be utilized transparently, prudently and in priority areas. However, he cautioned against arbitrarily describing every project as expensive. The Shimabala Toll Plazza had many components, tangible and intangible, that cost money, including: concrete and steel structures; furniture; computer servers; power supply from three sources (solar, diesel generator and Zesco grid), electric Substation with transformer; borehole with pump and water articulation pipes; fibre optic cable connection to Lusaka and wireless backup; high-resolution cameras; large monitors; computers; cash registers that are not cheap to procure. A Toll Plaza is a complex system with many accessories and a team of highly-qualified and dedicated personnel to operate and maintain it. The Zambian Plazas are among the most advanced in Africa and EIZ was pleased that tolling agencies from other countries in the region have been coming to learn and benchmark with Zambia. The Shimabala Toll Plaza between Lusaka and Kafue is an ultramodern facility and services an average of over 6,000 vehicles per day, the second busiest (after Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza) in the country.

Congratulations team NRFA for blowing the myth that Zambians can’t operate advanced systems. Zambia’s Tolling program is the envy of the region, a mark of technological excellence, a symbol of efficient service delivery and a benchmark of prudent stewardship of public resources. Keep it up! In support of technological sophistication and ease of payment at the Toll Gate, EIZ is encouraging all its members, and the general public, to apply and get Road User Master Toll Card that can be swiped instead of carrying cash.

As regards areas of opportunities, EIZ encouraged NRFA to utilize its core competences in Tolling and CCTV technology to partner with local authorities and Football Association of Zambia to put tolling facilities in some roads leading to central business districts and car parks at shopping malls and sports stadium. The city councils should own all car parks at malls. That way they could get revenues to continued maintenance of parking areas and township roads.

The Engineering Council met the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development

13th. August, 2019

The Engineering Council met the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Vincent Mwale, MP., at his Office in Lusaka today, 13 August 2019. The Minister invited the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) as part of the regular and early consultations, as he settles and is inducted in the new portfolio. EIZ delegation comprised the President (Eng. Sydney M Matamwandi), the three Vice Presidents (Eng. Eugene Haazele, Eng. Wesley Kaluba and Eng. William Mulusa), the Acting Registrar (Eng. Rev. Happy Musumali) and EIZ Communications Officer (Mrs. Cynthia Ngwengwe). The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Eng. Charles Mushota, and two Directors were also present.

Eng. Matamwandi thanked the Minister for an early invitation of the Institution to see the Minister as he begins a new tour of duty. He briefed the Minister on the statutory composition and functions of EIZ as a regulator and apprised him on the status of EIZ as an association of members whose common interest is the welfare of Engineering Professionals, Engineering Students and Engineering Organisations or Units.

In his response, the Minister assured EIZ of the support of the Ministry and the constant consultation with the Institution in searching for solutions. He pointed out that the Ministry would prioritise the search for solutions to the problem of infrastructure projects that, are on average, more costly than comparable projects elsewhere. He cited the construction of roads and schools in Zambia as too expensive and challenged EIZ to identify the problem and recommend solutions. On payment of Zambian suppliers, Zambia contractors and Zambian consultants, his Ministry would be sensitive, committed and transparent to source money and clear arrears. He however, acknowledged that liquidity was a challenge because government had contracted a lot of projects and the problem of high costs had constrained the Treasury’s capacity to pay stakeholders on time. As regards construction materials, the Minister challenged EIZ to promote local materials, including steel, cement, paints and chemicals and discourage contractors from importing expensive materials from abroad, consequently denying local manufacturers from benefiting from the infrastructure growth. On the Africa Engineering Conference, Hon. Mwale pledged to promote the event and encourage all stakeholders from GRZ and the private sector to attend this important event. It was the priority of government to encourage knowledge sharing, common resolution of problems and the presence of participants from abroad was good for tourism.

In response, Eng. Matamwandi assured the Minister that the Institution would engage members and come up with problem identification as to why projects, especially are too costly in Zambia and make tangible proposals to be presented to the Minister.

STATEMENT BY EIZ PRESIDENT DURING THE COURTESY CALL BY THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL ON THE MINISTER OF HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

STATEMENT BY THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA (EIZ) PRESIDENT, ENG SYDNEY MATONGO MATAMWANDI DURING THE COURTESY CALL BY THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL ON THE MINISTER OF HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, HONORABLE VINCENT MWALE, MP, AT INFRASTRUCTURE HOUSE, LUSAKA, ON 13TH AUGUST 2019

  1. Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Vincent Mwale, MP.
  2. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Eng Charles Mushota
  3. Senior Government Officials here present
  4. Members of the Engineering
  5. The Registrar of EIZ
  6. Ladies & Gentlemen

Honorable Minister
Thank you for inviting the leadership of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) to this esteemed Office. We bring you greetings from our members.

May I start by congratulating you on your appointment as Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development, the supervising Ministry for the Engineering Institution of Zambia. May I also express our thanks to you for the service you rendered to the country in your previous portfolio as Minister of Local Government. Your diligence and work ethic, especially during the difficult period of the cholera epidemic, epitomize rare leadership and exceptional professionalism that, as an Institution we acknowledge and cherish. We are honored that early in your tenure as Minister, you have called on us to apprise you on how we are executing our mandate. We are grateful and are confident that, with your impressive track record and experience from both the legislative and executive organs of the State, you will succeed in your new portfolio. On behalf of the people we lead, we are here to pledge our readiness to walk with you and to work with you. Please also convey our thanks to your brother, Honorable Ronald Kaoma Chitotela, MP, who has just completed a successful tour of duty here and has been redeployed to an equally-task demanding task at the Ministry of Tourism.

Honorable Minister
As you might be aware, EIZ is a professional statutory body established to register and regulate the professional conduct of Engineering Professionals, Engineering Students and Engineering Organizations or Units in Zambia. We draw our mandate from the Engineering Institution of Zambia Act No. 17 of 2010 of the laws of Zambia. EIZ comprises over 45,000 members, both individuals and corporates, and has been in existence since 1955, thus making it one of the oldest professional bodies in the Land. Until 2010, only Engineers, or university graduates of Engineering, were registered and regulated through the Engineering Registration Board (EngRB), as is the case in a number of jurisdictions such as Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The new Act however, mandates the Minister (yourself), through delegated authority to the EngRB, to register and regulate the conduct of all Engineering Professionals. EIZ also functions as an association of Engineering Professionals whose objective is to promote the practice and learning of Engineering. The terms of reference of EIZ as a regulator sit in the EIZ Act and EIZ as an association sit in the EIZ Constitution.

Honorable Minister
In order to ensure effective and efficient administration of EIZ, the Institution comprises the following organs:

  • The General Meeting of Members which is the highest organ that only meets at an AGM to resolve major policies. Members comprise all engineering professionals that include Engineers, Technologists, Technicians, Craftspersons and Students.
  • The Engineering Council which is a body elected at an AGM for a tenure of 2 years to superintend over affairs of the Institution in between AGMs. The Engineering Council comprises the President, three Vice Presidents, the Immediate Past President, the EngRB Chairperson and representatives of all membership categories.
  • The Engineering Registration Board (EngRB) which registers Engineering Professionals, Engineering Organizations and Engineering Units and regulate their professional conduct. The EngRB performs its mandate by delegated authority from the Minister. The EngRB comprises representatives of all Nominating Colleges.
  • The Disciplinary Committee which investigates allegations of professional misconduct and imposes such sanctions as may be necessary. The composition of the Disciplinary Committee is the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson that are senior Judicial Officers nominated by LAZ, five Senior engineers elected by members and the EIZ President. The Disciplinary Committee sits as a Court and its decisions can only be appealed in the High Court of Zambia.
  • The Secretariat which is a full-time body, with the Registrar as CEO, and is responsible for implementing the EIZ functions on behalf of the Engineering Council. The functions are many and include: the development of appropriate standards of qualifications; the promotion of comparable engineering practice standards in Zambia; the promotion of the general advancement of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM); the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR); the investigation and monitoring of national emergencies or disasters; and the advising GRZ on matters of engineering.

Honorable Minister
EIZ is alive and active across the length of the breadth of this Country. For ease of serving our members, Secretariat has offices in the Northern Region (Kitwe) and Southern Region (Lusaka), each catering for 5 Provinces. Further devolution exists in the form of Branches, currently 24, and Student Chapters at all the major universities and technical colleges. We also have special interest groups, including the Zambia Women in Engineering Sections (ZWES), Craftspersons and Technicians’ Section (CTS, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Chemical Engineers sections.

Honorable Minister
EIZ is also an active member of the regional and international engineering families. In this regard, we are a member of the Southern African Federation of Engineering Organizations (SAFEO), the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). WFEO is part of the United Nations, through UNESCO.

Being a committed and good member of FAEO, Zambia was chosen to host the UNESCO Africa Engineering Week (AEW) in Livingstone from the 15th to the 21st September 2019 at Avani Victoria Falls Resort. During AEW, the Africa Engineering Conference, the Women in Engineering (WiE) Forum, and Skills Competitions will be held in Livingstone. The highlight of the events is the Africa Engineering Conference which is expected to attract over 500 delegates from Zambia and at least 20 other African countries, including Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria,

RSA, Rwanda, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. We have received confirmation that the President-elect of the WFEO, Eng Prof Gong Ke, from China and the President of FAEO, Eng Martin Manuhwa, from Zimbabwe will be participating in the conference that is being cosponsored by UNESCO. As an Institution, we will be working closely with our line Ministry, yourself honorable Minister and GRZ as we navigate the complex diplomatic and protocol intricacies of organizing such an auspicious event.

In regard to the above conference, I wish to express our thanks as an Institution to your government in general and your Ministry in particular for the support rendered during our bid to host. We won because Zambia has demonstrated impressive engineering (infrastructure and mining), we are a peaceful country; we are connected to the world by road and air, and we have world-class conference and hotel facilities. We are also thankful to your Office for extending an invitation to the Republican President, His Excellency, Dr Edgar C Lungu, to grace the biggest convention of engineers from across the Continent, who will convene in Livingstone to deliberate on Sustainable Development Goals and Engineering. The occasion is good for Zambia’s standing in the community of nations; good for Zambia’s engineering and good for Zambia’s tourism. It is the humble request of our members to you Minister that you be the No 1 ambassador to sell this conference to other departments of government and private sector in Zambia.

Honorable Minister
We are also here, on behalf of the people we lead, to express total support for the work that your Government is undertaking, particularly in the area of Infrastructural Development. We are cognizant of the fact that as Engineers we are an essential cog in the realization of your government’s vison as outlined in the 7th National Development Plan and other blueprints mirroring the bright future that awaits our children and grandchildren. It is in this regard that I wish to deliver a message of assurance, that the Zambian Engineers have been, are and will always be partners to GRZ in developing this country. That is our patriotic imperative and a professional duty we can never neglect.

Honorable Minister
We are also here to apprise you of the status of the Engineering Sector, as seen from the perspective of the practitioners. We are encouraged by the volume of work and the opportunities that are on the horizon for the Zambian Engineering Organizations and Zambian Engineering Professionals. Today has, no doubt, been the best time to be an Engineering Professional in the history of our Country. We thank your Government for creating an enabling environment where Engineers are given countless opportunities to practice their trade and contribute to the wellbeing of society.
The Engineering Institution of Zambia is nonpartisan, is apolitical and does not participate in discourse outside our area of specialization. Nonetheless, we are Citizens and are therefore appreciative of matters that are progressive. It is in this regard, that we wish to state that this government has been inspirational to the Engineers, because through its programmes and projects, Engineering has prospered. We are inspired.

Honorable Minister
Whereas the massive Engineering Projects going on across the country have brought remarkable benefits to many, EIZ has noted with concern that some areas of the Engineering Sector have been adversely affected. A number of our members in the Contractor and Consultant category of membership have had to close their businesses because of not been paid for works done. In most cases, banks and bailiffs have repossessed assets from these firms, employees have gone for months without pay and companies have been ruined. We are nonetheless, encouraged by pronouncements from your Government that this matter is being looked at, and we look forward to positive results soon.

Honorable Minister
Finally, I wish to thank you once again for the invitation and look forward to working with you, to working for you and to working alongside you.

Thank You Sir.

South African Entrepreneurs beg to partner with Zambian Engineering Organisations

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019.

A delegation of South African businesspersons called on the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) on Wednesday, 13 August 2019. The team represented the Built Environment and Manufacturing subsector clusters of the high-powered delegation of the private entrepreneurs who are in Zambia, under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, to interact with Zambian stakeholders to look for investment opportunities and other business synergies. The Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, through its investments promotions’ arm, the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA). ZDA is coordinating the identification of local stakeholders that could potentially partner with South African counterparts. ZDA identified EIZ as a key stakeholder that has, in its membership, individuals, organizations and units in both the built environment and the manufacturing sector.

The EIZ team was led by President Sydney M. Matamwandi and comprised the Vice President for Policy (Eugene Haazele), Acting Registrar (Happy Musumali) and Regional Manager (David Kamungu) and the meeting took place at Privatization House in Lusaka.

Eng. Matamwandi apprised the investors on the mandate, composition and objectives of EIZ as related to encouraging and promoting the interests of its members to participate and prosper in the engineering sector while adhering to professionalism and applying engineering standards. He explained that EIZ has been in existence for over 60 years and comprises over 45,000 individual members and about 3,500 engineering organizations operating in most sectors of the economy, including agriculture, construction, energy, manufacturing, mining, telecommunications, and water and sanitation. EIZ President stressed that Zambia was generally well-endowed with the presence of a huge number of highly trained and experienced engineering personnel with requisite skills that are highly sought-after in the SADC region and beyond. The categories of members comprise Engineers (degree holders), Technologists (Diploma holders) and Artisans (Technician and Crafts’ Certificate Holders), trained locally and from various other reputable engineering universities and technical colleges in Europe, China, RSA and USA. He further explained that foreign engineers can practice in Zambia and are always registered and regulated by EIZ. As much as it’s the desire to have Zambians in most engineering jobs in Zambia, EIZ does work closely with the Department of Immigration to facilitate acquisition of work permits and the registration of foreign engineers and technicians with rare skills and experiences that are not available in Zambia. However, EIZ does not encourage the importing of technicians that want to come to do jobs that can be done by Zambians. He also emphasised that EIZ has registered a number of South African Engineering Organizations and Engineering Professionals who are practicing in Zambia and enjoying all the rights and privileges of membership. He also noted that EIZ had a lot of members that are practicing in RSA and demanded that efforts must be enhanced to protect them in RSA. Zambian Engineering Professionals in RSA are highly qualified individuals that are contributing to that economy and hence, stories of alleged xenophobic attacks on foreigners in RSA were not in the spirit of the African free trade agenda and did not reflect the ubuntu philosophy of reciprocity.

As regards Engineering Organizations, EIZ explained that though Zambia had few big companies such as mines, railways, factories and power stations; there were many small and medium-sized engineering firms across the value chain for spares’ supplies, manufacturing of materials and maintenance services. These organizations would require partners from abroad to expand and modernise. EIZ would encourage South African entrepreneurs to invest in either setting up new engineering firms or partnering with existing Zambian engineering firms to synergize and improve efficiencies. Zambian firms are well regulated (EIZ, NCC, Department of Factories, Mines Safety Department, ZABS, ZEMA) and generally apply good engineering practices and adhere to international standards. Further, Zambian engineering workers are trainable and easily adaptable to new technologies and systems because of the solid foundation they have from earlier formalized learning from universities and colleges that offer modern and comparable training benchmarked against requirements stipulated by the international Engineering Alliance (IEA), similar to RSA.

EIZ President concluded by thanking the delegation, and mentioned that the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was one of the sponsors of the Africa Engineering Conference slated for the Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia, from 15-21 September 2019 and looked forward to welcoming the South African Engineering Professionals that will join colleagues from other African countries to discuss SDGs in relation to African problems and solutions.

Remarks by EIZ President during the launch of the Strategic Plan

REMARKS BY ENG. SYDNEY M. MATAMWANDI THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA (EIZ) PRESIDENT DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE 2019 – 2023 STRATEGIC PLAN AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AT MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER IN LUSAKA ON 28TH JUNE 2019

Welcome to this auspicious occasion at which the Engineering Institution of Zambia is about to launch two important tools that will guide the way EIZ will be managed.

We at EIZ believe that any plan must be written and our actions must be guided by written instructions that are premised on regulations. Today we are launching the Strategic Plan to guide us from 2019 to 2023 and the Mentorship Programme to guide us in creating a cadre of Engineering Professionals that will be better than us in the way they think, they talk and they act.

Guest of Honour Sir, The Engineering Council and Management have just completed the implementation of the instructions given to us by members, as itemized in the Strategic Plan of 2014 to 2018. May I hasten to say that, though the goals given were challenging, we performed tremendously well and we met and exceeded most of the set KPIs.

The last Strategic Plan was premised on consolidating the Institution in the wake of the new EIZ Act No. 17 of 2010, building identity of EIZ and growing membership across the length and breadth of the country and in all sectors and disciplines of Engineering. I am happy to report that we have established constitutional order in our systems, we have internalized corporate governance best practices; we have attracted highly qualified staff at Secretariat and built the EIZ brand into an admired, envied and respected professional body in the Land.

The results of the impressive implementation of the Strategic Plan have manifested in form of membership growth to over 45,000 Engineering Professionals, Students and Firms and annual revenues in excess of K35 million. May I thank and congratulate all those that have contributed to this impressive performance on all the objectives set in the last Strategic Plan.

Guest of Honour Sir,
The Strategic Plan we are about to launch today is tuned to build on the gains of the previous one. As a Council we took time to review our internal and external environment. We identified our strengths and weaknesses. On the basis of our findings and Lessons Learnt from the last five years, we have crafted a new Strategic Plan that is forward looking and focused on improving the welfare of our members and our communities, in accordance with the dictates of our creed as Engineering, which is to put service before profits, to always act in a manner that uplifts the Engineering Profession and to do everything in our powers to enhance the welfare of our society.

Our new Strategic Plan recognises our expanding membership and therefore has put in place objectives to enhance our Information Management Systems to more effectively register our members and manage our database. We have recognised our growing finances and have therefore, put in place objectives to more effectively provide stewardship over resources of members using computerised accounting and control systems. We have recognised the need for faster, reliable and real time communication with our members, therefore we have put in place objectives for implementing smart solutions, to take advantage of the Engineering advances such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. We have recognised members’ fatigue to paying subscriptions; therefore we have put in place strategies for alternative and innovative sources of revenue from initiatives such as the EIZ Shop, specialist training and investment options.

As regards our statutory function as the advisor to GRZ on matters of Engineering, EIZ has crafted strategies on how to effectively influence government policy in a manner that will make Zambia meet the goals summarised in the Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063. In the area of international engagement, EIZ will engage robustly within UNESCO, World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) and Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisations (SAFEO) to participate in using Engineering to find solutions to problems affecting humanity, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa, caused by climate change, hunger, depleting water sources, poor communication networks and ignorance.

To help achieve our goals in Strategic Plan and expectations of our Community, as summarized in the 7th National Development Plan, Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063, EIZ believes that a professional Engineering cadre with the correct training, correct attitude towards work and is well-grounded in ethics and patriotism is ensured. It is in this regard that we are today launching the EIZ Mentorship, Apprenticeship and Internship Program. This is a program, benchmarked against similar initiatives in countries that have excelled. Young Engineering Professionals will be assigned mentors, specially selected from Senior Members of the fraternity with track record for achievement. The purpose is to facilitate the transfer of values, good attitude and to facilitate networking with those that have achieved. On behalf of the Engineering Council, I would like to thank the Mentorship Committee that was chaired by Senior Engineer Jackson Sikamo, for a good document that was a result of 2 years of very hard and professional work.

On behalf of The Engineering Institution of Zambia I wish to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Eng. Jackson Sikamo yesterday 27th June 2019 (MHSRIP). We are especially thankful to the Office of the Secretary to the Cabinet, and the former SC Dr Roland Msiska, for the encouragement and assistance to EIZ to start this programme.

It’s my hope that the two documents will help EIZ achieve its aspirations to be a world class Professional Body that meets the expectations of stakeholders.

Thank you. May God Bless

Eng. Sydney M Matamwandi
EIZ President

Lungu challenges engineers to be proactive

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has challenged engineers to be proactive in finding locally grown solutions which will unlock the country’s potential.
President Lungu said this when he officiated at the 2019 Engineering Institution of Zambia Symposium held in Livingstone at Avani Victoria Falls Resort under the theme Sustainable National Development; Issues and Challenges for Zambia’s Development Agenda.

He said the current situation where the country seems to rely much on imported solutions to address local problems must come to an end.

“I am confident that the engineering fraternity can make immense contributions by devising innovative solutions to Zambia’s developmental challenges,” he said.

President Lungu said this can only happen when men and women in the leadership of EIZ who are dynamic, practical and forward looking.

Republican President HE Edgar Lungu and EIZ President Eng. Sydney Matamwandi during the Symposium

He further said there is need for the Institution and the profession at large to seriously invest in research and development for engineering to contribute to the country’s development aspirations.

“For this reason, our country needs a cadre of enterprising engineers to revolutionalise the practice of engineering for the country to reduce importation of technology. Therefore, as you deliberate at this symposium, I implore you to focus on addressing the challenges that undermine the contribution of engineering to the development of our country,” he said.

He said the country has reached a stage where it needs to harness the human capital endowment to respond to challenges facing the country.

President Lungu said some of the challenges include inadequate power supply, clement change, negative impacts of climate change, poor design and poor quality of infrastructure, poor accessibility in rural areas, congestion and population among others.

“Most, if not all these challenges and the consequences they represent, makes it absolutely necessary for the country to have engineering professionals who are conversant with latest development in construction materials, technology and processes,” he said.

President Lungu said for the engineering profession to achieve all these there is need to collaborate with other professionals such as Economists, Lawyers, Environmentalists, Development Planners, Quantity Surveyors, Project and Financial analysts because synergies of this nature will promote sustainable engineering for the benefit of the nation.

He said it is a fact that where engineering projects are designed and implemented in close collaboration with others professionals, project deliverables are not only responsive and sustainable, but are tenable at reasonable cost.

“I now wish to take this opportunity to express concern at the current trend were project costs are escalated through systematic variations and if this trend is left unchecked, it has potential to erode the achievements we have made so far,” he said.

He said before commencement of projects there is need to ensure that everything is factored to avoid situation where the country starts paying more than budgeted for.

He urged the Institution to up its game by constantly monitoring of projects under the national development programme across the country.

EIZ appreciative of Government efforts

Engineering is the empowering discipline of our time, creating unprecedented advances for sustainability, health, security, and quality of life in our rapidly advancing technological environment.
Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) President said this when he addressed engineering professionals during the 2019 Symposium held under the theme Sustainable National Development; Issues and Challenges for Zambia’s Development Agenda.

Eng. Matamwandi said the role of engineering can only increase because of advancing technological tools, opportunities for making advancements, scientific progress, societal needs, and increasing numbers of engineering systems.

“Engineering education today should also be preparing engineering students for opportunities beyond those in their homeland. It should be preparing them to engage in engineering globally through foreign engineering experiences in multicultural, multidisciplinary, socially conscious initiatives,” he said.

He said engineers from every country must be prepared for serious global engagement, even if the idea may seem remote at the moment. Change is accelerating, globalization continues to expand, and preparation for this reality will be invaluable today and inevitable subsequently.
Members during the Symposium

“We have planned to use this year’s Symposium to, among other things discuss and reflect on the critical role that we play as Engineers in the Country’s development agenda and strategize on how best we can apply our knowledge and skills to advance the betterment of our society in line with our creed, which is to place service before profit, to promote the honor and standing of the profession before personal advantage, and the support public welfare above all other considerations,” he said.

He said the Institution supports works that Government is undertaking, particularly in the area of Infrastructural Development.
Eng. Matamwandi said the Institution is cognizant of the fact that Engineers are on the frontline of the implementation of various projects being undertaken to improve the lives of the people.

“It is in this regard that I wish to deliver a message of assurance, that since your vision and our vision are inextricably intertwined, we pledge our unwavering support to make you succeed. We thank your Government in general and your Excellency in particular, for creating an enabling environment where Engineers are given countless opportunities to practice their trade and contribute to the wellbeing of society,” he said.

He further said the Institution was grateful for Government’s deliberate policies to place Engineering at the center of national development.

He went on to thank government for the 7th National Development Plan which reads like an Engineering Job Description.

“You can count on us to help you implement those plans to achieve the development aspirations of your Government as laid in Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063 to transform Zambia into a Middle Income and Developed Country respectively,” he said.

Eng. Matamwandi said the Institution was also pleased with Government’s pronouncement to encourage the participation of Zambian Engineering Organizations and Professionals in the jobs being undertaken. The policy on 20% contracting to local firms, the availability of finances through Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) and restrictions on issuing of Work Permits to foreigners who want to do jobs that can be done by locals are progressive policies that have brought immense benefits to your Citizens, including our members, especially in the SMEs category of business owners.

He said the Engineering Institution of Zambia is appreciative for the magnanimous to have appointed some of the members to positions of leadership in Government, including as Cabinet Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.

“Whereas the massive Engineering Projects going on across the country have brought remarkable benefits to many, EIZ has noted with concern that some areas of the Engineering Sector have been adversely affected. A number of our members in the Contractor and Consultant category of membership have had to close their businesses because of not been paid for works done. In most cases, banks and bailiffs have repossessed assets from these firms, employees have gone for months without pay and companies have been ruined. We are nonetheless, encouraged by pronouncements from your Government that this matter is being looked at, and we look forward to positive results soon”, he said.

EIZ Disciplinary Committee in place

During this year’s Annual General Meeting, the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) Disciplinary Committee was put in place to fully execute its mandate to enforce the code of ethics and professional conduct of the members of EIZ. During the same meeting elections were held to elect five registered EIZ members to sit on the committee.
The committee also comprises of two legal practitioners who will be chairperson and vice chairperson respectively.
The following are the disciplinary committee members;
1. Ms. Dras Maria Neves – Chairperson
2. Mrs. Martha Kashala Tembo – Vice Chairperson
3. Eng. Sydney Matamwandi – Member
4. Eng. Musompa K. Masanza – Member
5. Eng. Elson Banda – Member
6. David Chomba Chakonta – Member
7. Alinani Msisya – Member
8. Levi Zulu – Member

ZWES Elects new Executive

The Zambia Women in Engineering Section (ZWES) has put in place a new executive after all positions went unopposed, except for the position of technologist which did not have any nomination.

The following are the new executive members of ZWES
1. Eng. Ennie Muchelemba – Chairperson
2. Eng. Agness Mofya Mwansa – Vice Chairperson
3. Eng. Edith Munungwe – Engineers Representative
4. Tec. Kwimbi Namwila – Technician Representative
5. Cra. Nchimunya Mulala – Craftsperson’s Representative