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Bungee jumping equipment safe, despite weekend accident-Lubinda

Time Posted: January 5, 2012 9:12 am
Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Minister GIVEN LUBINDA

Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Minister GIVEN LUBINDA

GOVERNMENT has assured tourists visiting the Victoria Falls in Livingstone that the bungee jumping equipment at the falls is safe.

Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Given Lubinda said in an interview on Tuesday that tourists should not worry about the equipment as it has proven its reliability over the past years with only one mishap.

“The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year. It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps,” he said.

Mr Lubinda was commenting on an incident where a 22-year-old Australian tourist plunged into the Zambezi River on Saturday after the bungee jumping cord snapped.

Southern Province commissioner of police Brenda Muntemba, who confirmed the incident, said the tourist managed to swim to the Zimbabwean side where she was treated and later evacuated to South Africa.

And Mr Lubinda said the safety record of the bungee jumping equipment at the falls is enough to guarantee tourists’ safety.

The minister, however, said he will soon engage the operator of the bungee jumping equipment, Bungee Extreme, to ensure the equipment is safer than it currently is.

“I myself will be engaging the operator on how we can make this exciting tourism event become totally incident-free,” Mr Lubinda said.

He said his ministry has already swung into action on the matter and that he is waiting for a report from his officers in Livingstone before further action can be taken.

[Zambia Daily Mail]

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    flag Objective says: Objective
    January 5, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    Safe?

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    flag Scared says: Scared
    January 5, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    How many are going to go on it after this accident. Very unsafe! I am surprised the young lady managed to swim across with that current and water at that point.

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    flag Analyst says: Analyst
    January 5, 2012 at 9:42 am |

    how safe is safe ba Lubinda?

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    flag GK says: GK
    January 5, 2012 at 9:47 am |

    Ni ba Pilot ba Lubinda naimwe. Ladies and gentlemen, we have lost the left engine on our aircraft. However, sit back relax and enjoy your meal. We are 100 % safe. We will fly on two engines, the one on the tail and the right one. The weather is fine, Lusaka is also fine and we will be landing in 5 hours time.

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    flag job says: job
    January 5, 2012 at 10:01 am |

    I thought he was talking from him testing the equipment by a jump .

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    flag Smoking Gun says: Smoking Gun
    January 5, 2012 at 10:10 am |

    Thats the problem with kaladi,you are too quick to talk ,you are not expart on the matter .Why didn’t leave it to the operators to state the truth?Or better still you go and bungee jump yourself with all the cameras from ZNBC TV,MUVI TV,Post Shinda pepa etc at least you will restore confidence in the same.

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      flag Tafimbwa Lubilo says: Tafimbwa Lubilo
      January 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm |

      Why be racist about the issue? If you have to criticise him just criticise him. Dont refer to his race. Whats that got to do with it?

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    flag sessional says: sessional
    January 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    This was a very serious nearmiss, the best the minister can do, if he is to gain confidence from potential tourists, is to revoke the licence of this operator, find another one, ensure test runs are done every day and probably the minister should be the first one to jump once operatios resume – thats the way to gain confidence………..be practical.

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    flag yezyani says: yezyani
    January 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    #2,yu have tickled me hard.yu name sums it all.

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    flag yezyani says: yezyani
    January 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    pipo,how do yu expect lubinda to jump there,my foot! that thing,oho! ask chief fimofimo from the south,he will give details.not even hh can try.

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    flag Livingstone says: Livingstone
    January 5, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    Bane……… thats safe and its unfortunately she plunged into the river Zambezi, well done girl and good luck

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    flag GRZ Official says: GRZ Official
    January 5, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    …..motor bikes, guns, drink driving, bunjees, snakes, unprotected sex etc.. all same family.

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    flag Crooked I says: Crooked I
    January 5, 2012 at 10:49 am |

    How fat was the Australian Kid? And have we forgoten the Chief Mukuni “äccident”? LMAO

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      flag adam says: adam
      December 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

      she was not fat at all. note she is Australian not American. look it up before you comment. 

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    flag MUSOLI MUTHANSHI says: MUSOLI MUTHANSHI
    January 5, 2012 at 10:54 am |

    lubinda kuti akupayisha, dont listen to him people….ala ati safe??

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    flag job says: job
    January 5, 2012 at 11:01 am |

    If chief fimofimo could do it to “promote tourism” why cant the minister prove his point by jumping.
    Else we lose revenue.

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    flag kabungo musonde says: kabungo musonde
    January 5, 2012 at 11:20 am |

    Given ask government inspectors or any other respectable organisation to conduct a safety check/audit. A report submitted to you or ministry of works and supply let this company carry out improvements as be safety recommendations from safety inspectors then issue a statement based on the report and any adjustments that will be made.Avoid bbwa bbwa bbwa bbwa otherwise you may not bring back the confidence in people on the safety of this very important tourist attraction event to Zambia.  This is a matter of live and death and must be handled proffesionally and not bbwa bbwa bbwa PF?

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    flag kadoyo says: kadoyo
    January 5, 2012 at 11:35 am |

    it seriously had to take that incidence for somebody to look into the safety of that scary thing. I hope your behinds get seriously sued

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    flag Ugly Truth says: Ugly Truth
    January 5, 2012 at 11:36 am |

    Try to jump kaladi so that we all have confidence that it is safe,talk is cheap ka!

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      flag Bam says: Bam
      January 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm |

      Racist 

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    flag twanaka says: twanaka
    January 5, 2012 at 11:36 am |

    Mr Minister,i ask you be the first to test it after it has been worked on.That will definitely assure everybody that it is safe.

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    flag simeza says: simeza
    January 5, 2012 at 11:56 am |

    tell the truth!
    no way she could swim after that…it is the water that carried her to shore, otherwise why treat her in zim then fly her to SA for more treatment

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    flag Matthew says: Matthew
    January 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    CHIEF MUKUNI ANAZINYELA PAMENE PAJA

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    flag Mwape Mbokeme says: Mwape Mbokeme
    January 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    Lubinda will replace the equipment ma Guys, why are you worried? He is he chief buyer, procurer, accountant etc. His company is at the Ghetto in Thornpark…

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    flag David says: David
    January 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm |

    How many people die or seriously injured each year from mountain biking, car accidents, skateboards, surfing…. you name it! It think you will find the statistics and the actual risks are a lot higher!
    These guys are experts and will have done everything they can to ensure they are safe. Hopefully the girl will be ok.

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    flag suge says: suge
    January 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm |

    A trial from the minister will be in order.at the cameras can capture that and more tourists both local and inter will troop in large numbers.myself i can’t.

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    flag Dr OBATALA says: Dr OBATALA
    January 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

    And where was the crocodilo to allow swim safely.?

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    flag citizen says: citizen
    January 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

    i think its not safe, one will die one day ka

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    flag back bencher says: back bencher
    January 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

    @ USING statistic”The bungee has proven to be very viable operation considering that more than 50000 tourist jump on it every year.it has been in operation for 10 years.This is the first time i am hearing of accident.The probability of an incident is one in 500000 jumps”

    First you need TAILOKA to teach simply probability.Second looking at the years it has been in service and load per year means the probability of accidents is higher now because of tear and wear.Free solution Bwana.Let them replace it, they have made enough in 10 years as you have mentioned that it is viable business.

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    flag Leonardo says: Leonardo
    January 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

    I hear Chief *********** bogged in his trousers after bungee jumping. ha! ha! ha!

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    flag job says: job
    January 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

    Yes ! A trial from the minister or better still the presdo is in order so that we see the reflexes of our bodyguards in case the same happening.

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    flag Financial Analyst says: Financial Analyst
    January 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

    How fat was the lady in question? If you are obese, stay away please! 

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    flag Masebela says: Masebela
    January 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

    Lubinda, lead by example. Go there and jump, then come and tell us it is safe:((:((:d

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    flag nam says: nam
    January 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm |

    sad development

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    flag Son of Africa says: Son of Africa
    January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

    This is purely commerce. Why would an entire representative of our government expose himself by guaranteeing the safety of this equipment. How trivial does it get honestly. Evidently this minister doesn’t have much work on his desk or has already forgotten why we put him and his colleagues in power…. Stupidness to say the least…  

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    flag Liato says: Liato
    January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm |

    She did not swim to the shore because she is now paralysed, she hit a rock on her way down. the rope snapped after the first bounce. people had to rush down and pull her out. she was then rushed to zim and SA. she may never walk again.

    Once the equipment is repaired the Minister should give it a test run since the probability of it malfunctioning are 1 out of 500,000. that way he’ll give confidence to the rest of us who may want to try it out

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    flag Sly says: Sly
    January 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

    The true test of safety will for GBM and Liato to give it a try.

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    flag Sly says: Sly
    January 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |

    The true test of safety will be for GBM and Liato to give it a try.

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    flag Fr Bwalya says: Fr Bwalya
    January 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    Those tourists certainly will not believe Lubinda, they would feel more comfortable with a statement from the Vice President, I mean that he is more senior.

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    flag Tafimbwa Lubilo says: Tafimbwa Lubilo
    January 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    Iwe Sly you must never be put in our government. With such demands nothing will work. Ha! ha! ha! haaaaaaaaaaaa!

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    flag Back bencher no 2 says: Back bencher no 2
    January 6, 2012 at 2:07 am |

    Let’s try on trying to make the probability 0 in 500000 :d :D

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      flag Concerned reader says: Concerned reader
      January 6, 2012 at 11:22 am |

      50 000 jumps a year? At US$150 a pop (jump and video) that calculates to US$ 6 million to the bungee operator alone – No wonder Mr Lubinda is worried. But then assuming 8 hours operations for 365 days a year, 50 000 jumps come to a jump every 3 and a half minutes – May help explain the reason for failure…

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    flag Jeff Mwanza says: Jeff Mwanza
    January 6, 2012 at 5:33 am |

    too bad for the injured tourist. hope there will be no more accidents.

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    flag Sandgroppa says: Sandgroppa
    January 6, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    there is nothing like “totally incident-free,” Mr Lubinda said. You are guarranteeing the impossible

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    flag Samlindo says: Samlindo
    January 6, 2012 at 10:32 am |

    I think we need to deign special wings for Bunjee Jumpers Bo Lubinda, these will act as a second line of safety.

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    flag Ex-Aspirant Vic falls bungee jumper says: Ex-Aspirant Vic falls bungee jumper
    January 6, 2012 at 11:05 am |

    I think Mr Lubinda needs to explain how one can RESPONSIBLY claim the jump is safe if the cause of last week failure is not understood – Surely only after fully understanding the reasons of the failure and the implementation of mitigation actions can one make such claim (or is Mr Lubinda not disclosing everything he knows) – I suspect that improper procedure and/or maintenance will emerge as part of the root cause – Until such time as we know what went wrong I for one won’t take part in the Vic fall bungee jump

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    flag Acquintance of Vic falls bungee jumper says: Acquintance of Vic falls bungee jumper
    January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am |

    The lady involved is a slim and fit 22 year old, Erin was extremely lucky to has survived, She was released from hospital yesterday and over time should fully recover from her injuries – Her personal plight is that the reasons need to be found and no one’s life should be exposed until such time that mitigating actions have been put in place to 100% guarantee reoccurance She was the 105’th jumper that day, so testing the rope with dummies as contemplated ny the operators won’t help.

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      flag klady says: klady
      January 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm |

      So glad Erin has been released from hospital.
      I was there when the accident happened, saw everything. My brother was video recording Erin as she was about to jump.

      I will continue praying for her full recovery.

      By the way, if she is still in South Africa, is it possible to see her?

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    flag Concerned reader says: Concerned reader
    January 6, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    Mr Lubinda claims 50 000 incident free jumps a year for last 10 years – Assuming US150 a pop (jump and video) that calculated to US$7,5million to the bungee operator alone – No wonder Mr Lubinda is concerned – But then, assuming 365 days a year , 8 hours operations a day, then 50000 calculated to a jump every 3 and half minutes – May help explain reason for incident

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    flag Mwaba Phiri's Cousin says: Mwaba Phiri's Cousin
    January 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm |

    No guarantee Until we see Liato and GBM swinging there !

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    flag CHOLA JHB says: CHOLA JHB
    January 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm |

    Mr. Lubinda test it first for us pls

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    flag Alvinhno says: Alvinhno
    January 8, 2012 at 2:17 am |

    This was a seriously accident bane swimming in Zambezi is that dangeriouse with ma crock all around. I am suprised i am here in Australia eating mac donaldand this Australian lady was bungee jumping in my country. We should thank the lady for making effort to swim in Zambezi . Even though you should admit Australian are good swimmers. If it was someone from a different country our comments could have been different ba Lu-Bin-Da;-) And what happened to chief fimofimo from the South? 

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    flag kjc says: kjc
    January 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm |

    I’d like to see this guy take a jump off the bridge with the same rope. Safe is it? This kind of response shows how politicians view the safety of visitors to their country and will turn people off visiting the area. This company should be closed at least until a proper safety review is carried out by an independant qualified inspector, not government officials.

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    flag nyalu says: nyalu
    January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    mwebantu palya teti pabe ing’ena. the current is too much for ng’ena.

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    flag solomon says: solomon
    January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am |

    all well said .
    shame on that ompany to hide and not issue a communique ater the accident to indicate what they wil do to try avod another one . not hide behind stats if a muzungu dies the all of the tourist area will be affected and shoul be the hon . minister to enforce code of practice for operators not just give a blanket cover over something he may be has n ides of the impications ? dies the on minister knowstha law governing visitors coming from all the countries ? talk sense plz. then what about the ele phant accident ?

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