The Solar Milling Plant
The Solar Milling Plant

The Zambia Cooperative Federation (ZCF) says six thousand job opportunities have been created under the Presidential Solar Milling Plant Initiative which was rolled out in 2015.

ZCF Director-General James Chirwa said more youths will be employed as the installation of the milling plants progresses.

Mr. Chirwa told ZANIS in an interview today that the project is meeting its intended purpose of providing cheaper mealie-meal and creating employment to the citizenry.

He disclosed that the federation has so far installed 1,600 milling plants countrywide out of the required 2,000.

Mr. Chirwa said ZCF is aware of some milling plants that are not functioning well saying they are working round the clock to resuscitate them.

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  1. NOT TO BE SCEPTICAL BUT WHEN ON THE GROUND WE BUY MEALIE MEAL AT A CHEAPER PRICE WE WILL THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE AND I HOPE THE PAY FOR THE 6000 JOBS IS GOOD AND ALSO THAT IT’S BEING PAID TO THE WORKERS LET IT NOT BE LIKE THE COUNCIL’S GOING INTO THREE MONTHS NO PAY. LET IT NOT BENEFIT THE COMMON FOLK ON PAPER AND NOT IN REALITY.

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    • @Zambian by blood. The solar milling plants are a waste of resources. Milling plants need maintenance plus a proper management system. If they’re going to be given to the youths, they need to know how to take care of them. Unfortunately this has not been the case and the information we’re getting is that most of them are no longer working and have been vandalized with solar panels stolen. Yesterday I watched a video by one Kasonde mwenda about the solar milling plants and according to the video, the plants are mostly non functional and vandalized. In fact this news item here on LT is GRZ response to Kasonde Mwenda’s video. It’s basically propaganda. Check him on facebook.

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    • Solar idiocy is another mobile ambulance idiocy scandal by RB, bupuba bwashani ubu, if what is being vomited is anything to go by, why is the price of mealie meal so high bangwele imwe?

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    • Imagine my rage, i even call it ambulance because there are other ambulances scandal but that one is mobile hospital idiocy.

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  2. Sometimes I feel these chaps live in a parallel Zambia, they seem soo detached from reality. All these solar mills I pass seem deserted throughout the year, clearly this was a total waste of resources on the part of government..sad indeed.

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  3. Fcuken lies, lies lies, useless PF stup!d govt with their ka useless worst president in the world…… what jobs

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  4. Mr Chirwa, Mr Chirwa sir, assuming what you say is true, at what cost? Why do you have to justify the unjustifiable?
    What reasonable and prudent people would have done is to run that project as a pilot with 10 plants so that they assess their technical, economic and commercial viability before rolling it out to 2,000 plants at such high cost. So what are you going to do now that the project has been proved unviable?

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    • When people want to steal, patience can cost them the opportunity. So the best thing is while they are saying pabwato, ewe ulesobolafye using wheelbarrows or forklifts. By the time they relies you just pure some more chibuku in their mugs; let’s drink bane we will took later.

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  5. I thought the initial reason given for the project was that it wud bring down the cost of mealie meal. Why is it now K120/bag?

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    • Zambians arenot blessed with financial acumen…HENCE THE REASON FOR EVERY ZAMBIAN’s BUSINESS FAILING!
      Face facts guys

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    • @Kishore Josh. On the contrary, I believe the knowledge required to successfully run a business does not need someone to have a degree in accounts or finance. Most of it is common sense, probably at least grade seven. That’s why we have people like GBM and others who are extremely dull but have made it big in business. Educated people in Finance are for the most part needed because of standards and regulations. There are lots people who’ve never even heard of the word ‘Ledger’ or the term ‘Financial statement’ who run successful businesses. Go and ask a Jerabo in the Copperbelt about a Financial Statement and they’ll have no idea but they call themselves business men

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  6. Please just wait for climate change to take its toll. You will appreciate their importance.Lake Kariba is running dry.

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  7. I have yet to come across any one person who has managed to buy Leslie meal at a cheaper price from these solar hammer mills.

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