The Road Development Agency (RDA) has started installation of solar lights at crossing points such as bridges as part of enhancing security.

RDA Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu say the programme is also meant to enhance safety of motorists and security personnel at the bridge.

Mr. Ndhlovu says Luangwa Bridge is the first crossing point to be installed with eco-friendly lighting system because it is an integral part of the Great East road which links Zambia to Mozambique and Malawi.

He says the lighting has also added beauty to the bridge especially at night.

Speaking after checking on the works done in Luangwa, Mr. Ndhlovu was elated with the development which extends to the trading area saying it has given traders increased hours to conduct their business.

He said lighting of bridges will be an ongoing undertaking at crossing points once funds are availed.

Meanwhile, the Energy Forum Zambia has noted that Zambia’s energy sector has made steady progress despite the loss of about 3-hundred Mega Watts of Electricity due to reduced water levels in Lake Kariba Dam.

Forum Chairperson Johnstone Chikwanda says the country has been taught lessons regarding consequences of over dependence on hydro-electricity generation.

He observes that government has responded well by commencing efforts aimed at diversifying the energy mix.

Mr. Chikwanda adds that energy is the engine for economic growth hence the need to embrace other forms of large-Scale energy generation.

He was speaking at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa where he led a delegation of South Africans who went to update the Commission on their mining projects in Zambia.

This is contained in a statement availed to ZNBC News by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa Naomi Nyawali.

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  1. This is the role of Local Authorities, RDA projects are one-off in nature. These lights will soon be off because there’ll be no one to maintain them. The same applies to the roads, there should be a provision to handover to councils for maintenance and that sits well with the decentralization policy. It’s amazing that even traffic lights are being done by RDA, that’s how corruption is abated because people receive projects they are not aware of how they were conceived

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    • Solar lights are meant to be maintenance free for a very long time good sir..if you say Vandals and petty thief’s maybe i will agree with you.

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  2. Comment:nice move ba RDA but please look into to the issue of maintenance and security most of the street lights we hav country wide especially in choma ar out of use wen the project is less than 10 years

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  3. I wonder how much one solar lamp post has been procured for by RDA…I wouldn’t be surprised if a $399 Solar Street light post is costing $3000 each

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