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NCC constitutes task-force to implement 20% policy

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File:National Council for Construction Principal Architecture Chance Kaonga confers with National Council for Construction Executive Director Mathew Ngulube during the meeting at Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower

National Council for Construction (NCC) Executive Director, Mathew Ngulube says a task force has been constituted to come up with ways of how foreign contractors can implement the 20% policy on sub contraction to local contractors.

It is Government Policy that a minimum of 20% of all Government-funded road contracts awarded by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Local Road Authorities (LRAs) and other Government institutions should be executed by Zambian citizens owned companies in line with the shareholding structure specified in the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006.

Speaking to Q-news in a telephone interview, Mr. Ngulube said the task force will be chaired by local contractors.

He said the task force will meet next week Tuesday to finalize how best foreign contractors can implement this policy.

Mr Nguluba said the resolutions of the meeting will then be sent to President Edgar Lungu through his Special Assistant for Projects Implementation and Monitoring, Andrew Chellah to guide on how the implementation can be done without affecting the projects that are ongoing.

The NCC will ensure that the implementation of the 20% sub contraction to local contractors achieves its intended objective.

35 COMMENTS

  1. You don’t need a task force, just compel all foreign contractors to submit joint bids with local contractors.

  2. National Council for Construction Principal Architecture Chance Kaonga? The person is an Architect and the Field is Architecture!

    Why even plead? Make it the law and whoever does not follow it has broken THE LAW!

    • These guys do not know how to lobby govt they only know how to get deals for their companies like Mathew Ngulube who runs his own surveying practice…they dont see the bigger picture. Chitotela will simply tell them to shut or else he wont include them on the next million dollar contract. How can they even allow companies that are registered today to even get a million dollar contract tomorrow.

    • Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

      1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
      1818: His mother died.
      1831: Failed in business.
      1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
      1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
      1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
      1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
      1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
      1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
      1838: Sought to become speaker of the state…

  3. “It is Government Policy that a minimum of 20% of all Government-funded road contracts awarded by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Local Road Authorities (LRAs) and other Government institutions should be executed by Zambian citizens owned companies in line with the shareholding structure specified in the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006.”
    I thought this applied to EXIM Bank funded projects …its stuupid for us to even allow 20% minimum on GRZ contracts funded by taxpayers.

    • On behalf of your 1.1;
      HH is a corrupt leader and head of a tribal gathering bent at tarnishing the President’s name in public not because of anything but because he keeps beating the tribal gathering at the polls and they stand no chance at winning. HH will go in retirement with a record loss of 6 consecutive presidential losses! That my friend is a Guiness Book of World record!

    • 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
      1818: His mother died.
      1831: Failed in business.
      1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
      1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
      1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
      1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
      1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
      1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
      1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
      1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
      1843: Ran for Congress – lost.

    • So you are happy with someone who is the Special Adviser to the President complaining …he is the mouthpiece of the president and these are GRZ contracts, now you are so confused that you even applaud mediocrity.

  4. OUR OWN ZAMBIAN CONTRACTORS ARE A DISAPPOINTMENT. LOOK AT THE CHINGOLA-SOLWEZI ROAD. IT IS BEING CONSTRUCTED BY CHINA-GEO, BUILDCON AND SWIFT CONTRACTORS. THE PORTIONS DONE BY CHINA-GEO AND BUILDCON ARE VERY NICE AND SMOOTH. BUT THE PORTION BY SWIFT CONTRACTORS IS A DISASTER. IT IS ROUGH, BUMPY AND COLLECTS WATER IN THE RAIN SEASON. WHILE THE CHINESE ARE WORKING IN THE EVENINGS, THE ZAMBIANS ARE NO WHERE TO BE SEEN. EVEN PATCHING UP POTHOLES AT THE JUNCTION TO KANSANSHI, IT HAD TO TAKE A CHINESE COMPANY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. ZAMBIAN FIRMS WERE FAILING ALL THE TIME. THE 20% POLICY WILL JUST EMPOWER ONE PERSONS COMPANY, BUT WILL SPELL 20% OF DISASTER FOR THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

    • You point to construction Chingola -Solwezi road but do you know if the govt was keeping up with payments to local contractors…how do you make a payment to a Zambian contractor after 2 years? Do you know the reason FQM put in $50million and its own machines to work on the road? Who do you think is going to pay for all the machinery you have hired when the project stalls because of non payment? Dont you know that Chinese State Companies have to borrow from China Bank just to keep projects going …do you think local contractors have that luxury where borrowing rates are 40% APR.
      Use your head!!

  5. That’s a good move, but also conduct as many training clinics as possible to enable locals meet your registration requirements

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    Task force for what? It is the government or a government agency that is awarding the contracts and disbursing funds… how hard is that to monitor and implement? Task force onto another task force.

    Just eliminate corruption, bribery, nepotism and probity breaches. There should be laws that companies that are owned by govt officials or their proxies should not be bidding for government contracts. That’s the task force you really need. What a rotten country this is!

    • Dont mind them …they just want an excuse to run up hefty allowances…I mean where is this so called National Council for Construction (NCC) when roads in the country are costing a whooping $1million per kilometer….take the upgrading of Lumumba Road by AVIC surely how can a road less than 10 kilometers cost $23 million, yes its a heavy goods road with a concert subbase but it shouldn’t cost that much. National Council for Construction (NCC) executive will not say anything as they profit from this via consultation fees.

      lusakatimes.com/2018/05/11/us-23-million-lumumba-road-upgrade-project-advances/

  7. @Jay Jay: SOMEONE REMIND ME. I THOUGHT JAY JAY REFERS TO THE TWO FEMALE LABIA. ANY WAY, POINT IS, LETS LOOK AT THE FINAL PROJECT, WHETHER AFTER 2 OR 10 YEARS. IN FACT IT SHOWS THAT THE CHINESE COMPANIES ARE MUCH BETTER BECAUSE THEY HAVE PLAN B.

    • And this is the selfsame reason why you are over your eyeballs in debt and going back to Beijing to remortgage debt after eating everything…you just pour money in projects over a period without reflection a project costing $50million ends up costing $500million over a period of 7 years.
      Wake up from your folly and docility!!!!!!!!!!

    • “IN FACT IT SHOWS THAT THE CHINESE COMPANIES ARE MUCH BETTER BECAUSE THEY HAVE PLAN B.”

      Are you plain daft or just absolutely thick….Chinese companies are killing local companies this is why you are not learning anything.

  8. Useless ……now when all the money is finished is when you are waking up ?

    And those blaming local contractors , they are are not to blame if the country has weak, corrupt certification , vetting and inspection regimes …that is GRZ is to blame for not implementing this.

  9. OH NO JAY JAY. THE LOCAL COMPANIES WILL DIE IF PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO CLAIM TO HAVE EVEN A BIT OF KNOWLEDGE CONTINUE HIDDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE GUISE OF FAKE NAMES. YOU ARE A NAYSAYER PROBABLY PAID BY UPND TO DISCREDIT PF. MEN OF SUBSTANCE MUST COME IN THE OPEN AND BE COUNTED. DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE A COWARD. YOU ARE A DANGEROUS ARM- CHAIR-NAYSAYER WHO IS ONLY CLEVER ON THE MOUTH. WHEN YOUR OWN LOCAL PEOPLE ARE GIVEN CONTRACTS YOU ARE THE FIRST TO CLAIM THAT IT WAS CORRUPTLY GIVE.

    • Here here we go again when all intelligent debate fails just paint him as a fooolish UPND cadre….what is Sunday Chanda teaching you silly dingbats, do you honestly think foools in UPND can afford to pay everyone who blogs?
      “WHEN YOUR OWN LOCAL PEOPLE ARE GIVEN CONTRACTS YOU ARE THE FIRST TO CLAIM THAT IT WAS CORRUPTLY GIVE.”
      Clean up the Tender and Procurement dept ..did you not read KBF wrote same civil servants working in these depts are moonlighting as bid-writers for Chink companies.
      Wake up from your stupiiidity!!

    • @#10, Not probably. UPND Online is an Horganised Tribal Gathering and HaJayHay, (true story) is the chief of this. He is on Hatribes United unconventional Horganised Team. They support one one another and strike the thumbs up for one Hanother! Imagine what happens in Hoffices!

    • 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
      1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
      1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
      1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
      1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
      1846: Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
      1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
      1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
      1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
      1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
      1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
      1860: Elected president of the United States.

  10. 1800s, thank God but it will not happen to Childish! Keep Hallucinating you might work up in Namwala and see a new Paramount Chief there!

  11. We have had various recommendations as far back as 2013-14, but is NCC trying to re-invent already known solutions? And dear bloggers, my observation is only those who have used or know an encyclopedia as research book reference are the ones writing sensible and articulate progressive national interest comments. The majority more, well, its sad for the country i must confess. Still immature poetic academics. For the sake of the under researched bloggers who seem to know nothing, i have given you reference for your knowledge gap. ******

  12. Already local contractors are either failing to do the job or selling the job to Chinese contractors. This is not the objective and it will add to the cost of the project or you will get substandard products.

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