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Mansa Trades says it has the capacity to manufacture desks the meet the deficit in schools across Luapula Province

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The Mansa Trades Training Institute says it has the capacity to manufacture desks that can meet the deficit in schools across Luapula Province.

Mansa Trades Training Officer DETWILA NKONGE said the school will take advantage of government’s ban on importation of desks to help solve the shortage of school furniture in the Province.

Mrs. NKONGE who has praised government for the move says Mansa Trades has the necessary machinery needed to manufacture high quality school desks.

She said the school has in the recent past been engaged by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit -DMMU- to make desks which are being used in selected schools.

Mrs. NKONGE has however appealed for logistical support from government to aid the school for it to embark on mass production of desks.

Meanwhile, School head of Carpentry and Joinery STEPHEN MUNGOLE has advised government to allow the use of local timber instead of Medium Density Fireboard -MDF- wood products in the manufacture of desks as a measure to cut down on costs.

Mr. MUNGOLE explained that the continued use of MDF wood boards has made desk-making expensive hence the need to use the locally produced timber.

14 COMMENTS

  1. “I would say the people of Luapula and indeed Northern Province have been sidelined in terms of development. No wonder when you come around, like where we went for that ceremony [Samu lya Moomba], you could see the difference between Luapula and Southern Province. Southern Province is much developed than Luapula and Northern. I have gone as far as Chipata, I have seen a very big difference. There is balanced development in other provinces.” Chief Mabumba of Luapula .
    So where is the unprecedented infrastructural development that PF talks about?

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  2. Go ahead and make the desks. The New Dawn government will approve. Wht can be better than Zambians making things that they themselves need? Sound the trumpets, beat the drums in honour of Zambians minding their own business.

  3. “….Mr. MUNGOLE explained that the continued use of MDF wood boards has made desk-making expensive hence the need to use the locally produced timber…”

    The solution is not the use of local timber , but the local manufacturer of Medium Density Fireboard -MDF- wood ……..

    Ban the importation of MDF……..

    MDF is made mainly of wood chippings or wood waste. The lack of wood waste is a sign most of the timber is exported raw.
    Value addition of timber will create waste to manufacturer MDF…….

  4. If it were up to me, I would allow the people who were trained by trade schools get the contracts of manufacturing school desks instead of the trade schools themselves

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  5. “….Mr. MUNGOLE explained that the continued use of MDF wood boards has made desk-making expensive hence the need to use the locally produced timber…”

    The solution is not the use of local timber , but the local manufacturer of Medium Density Fireboard -MDF- wood ……..

    Stop the importation of MDF……..

    MDF is made mainly of wood chippings or wood waste. The lack of wood waste is a sign most of the timber is exported raw.
    Value addition of timber will create waste to manufacturer MDF…….

  6. The solution is not the use of local timber , but the local manufacturer of Medium Density Fireboard -MDF- wood ……..

    Stop the importation of MDF……..

  7. What capacity has a training school got apart from using students…your job is to train students to have the capacity not only manufacture but manage finances and working cooperatives.

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  8. The training institute could do with a bit of money too. I’m alive to the fact that its mandate may not allow it to enter into business contracts with its grant giver, the Government of the Republic of Zambia. But that’s wht sovereignty means at the end of the day; it’s having the ability to do whatever u want so long its lawful and is in your interest.

  9. Mansa Trades, your role should be to train Mansa youths to make quality desks. You should not turn into traders. Create opportunities for the youths to make money and have a future.

  10. @3 My opinion and @4 Spaka, GOOD SUGGESTIONS! Let the contracts be given to trained staff to produce desks who may then work with the Trades College to use their equipment to produce desks and also use the occasion as part of training for students. At the same time develop an industry to start producing Medium Density Fiber boards locally by encouraging local manufacturers to venture into the business.

  11. @3 My opinion and @4 Spaka, GOOD SUGGESTIONS! Let the contracts be given to trained staff to produce desks who may then work with the Trades College to use their equipment to produce desks and also use the occasion as part of training for students. At the same time develop an industry to start producing Medium Density Fiber boards locally by encouraging local manufacturers to venture into the business. WE ALSO NEED TO ENSURE ZABS WORKING WITH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS PRESCRIBE STANDARDS FOR DESKS TO AVOID SHODDY PRODUCTS!!

  12. @3 My Opinion, That’s a good point and these should be in cooperatives and not individuals otherwise the Chinese might come in through the v=back door and still take control of our resources.

  13. That is a good move. However you had better improve the design by including a shelf to keep books at the bottom of the desk please. What is displayed above is a restaurant desk for a market eating place and not school desk.

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