ZAMBIA’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba has urged Zambians to start preparing to travel to Zambia to vote in the August 11 national elections.
And Zambians in East London, South Africa, have formed a branch affiliated to the Zambia Association in South Africa (ZASA) in order to have effective representation of the nationals.
Mr. Mwamba has said that it was important for everyone to start making preparations now so that they did not miss the day.
On Dual Citizenship which has just been introduced through the new Republican Constitution, Mr. Mwamba explained that there had to be an amendment to the current Citizenship Clause by Parliament in line with what had been adopted before the new law could apply to citizens.
He said the Mission had opened its doors to its citizens and encouraged Zambians living in South Africa to feel free to approach the High Commission whenever they had challenges to do with their welfare.
Mr. Mwamba said this in a message delivered at the launch of a ZASA branch in Port Elizabeth yesterday. The message was delivered by ZASA president, Mr. Ferdinand Simaanya on behalf of Mr. Mwamba.
The High Commissioner encouraged the Zambians to invest back home pointing out that the Mission was working on establishing a system that would make it easier for those in the diaspora to easily access land in Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba urged Zambians in South Africa to remain united as this was important particularly when living in foreign land.
And Mr. Simaanya noted that there were a number of groups that had mushroomed around South Africa with an objective of representing the interests of Zambians. He said all such groups should come to a compromise and affiliate themselves ZASA as this was the body that represented Zambians of diverse backgrounds and embraced an approach based on non-partisanship, non-racial, gender equity, non-tribal and interdenominational.
Mr. Simaanya said there was a lot of potential in the Zambian agriculture, tourism and energy sectors urged nationals in South Africa to start small enterprises as these were the backbone of economies. He said there was also need to invest in education back in Zambia as the education curriculum did not equip graduates with skills that could enable them survive without seeking employment from government or the private sector. “
“We need to promote investment in Zambia and to share information on business opportunities and potential investors. Zambia is ready for business and if anyone doubts that, they will miss the bus,” Mr. Simaanya said.
Mr. Simaanya also pointed out that ZASA was working to change its approach in the manner it handled funerals involving Zambians who died in South Africa by utilizing contributions to the Zambia Welfare Fund.
“We need to change how we handle funerals, we need to stop begging and whether we want it or not, the pace of this change will accelerate. We should make this change work for us. We should make the Zambia Welfare Fund our next frontier. It is a spirit of hard work and commitment that will make this progress,” he said.
The East London branch is headed by Mr. Moses Kalima.
ZASA aims to encourage an inclusive and vibrant Zambian community in which members have the opportunity to expand their horizons, to business network, share job opportunities, defend their culture and heritage and look after each other in times of need through creating lasting solutions to matters that affect the welfare of Zambians living in South Africa.