The Best of Zambia magazine (February 2012)

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February 2012 issue promoting the events, offers and news from thebestofzambia.com gold members. Of special interest this month are Valentine's ideas and special offers.

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<ul><li><p>House of Cakes</p><p>thebestofzambia.com</p><p>showcasing our members news</p><p>Issue 7 &gt;&gt; February 2012the magazine</p></li><li><p> 2</p><p>www.facebook.com/thebestofzambia</p><p>Baobab Collegethebestofzambia.com/baobab-college</p><p>Lusaka Trucks and Sparesthebestofzambia.com/lusaka-trucks Mukwa Lodge Chingolathebestofzambia.com/mukwa-lodge-chingola</p><p>Mukwa Lodge and Restaurant Kitwethebestofzambia.com/mukwa-lodge-kitwe</p><p>Mwasuwila Christian Book Storethebestofzambia.com/mwasuwila</p><p>Nkuku Take Away Restaurantthebestofzambia.com/nkuku</p><p>Smiles Enterprisesthebestofzambia.com/smiles</p><p>Universal Fitnessthebestofzambia.com/universal-fitness</p><p>New members on thebestofzambia.com &gt;&gt;</p><p> Page 14 for all the latest!</p><p> Special offers</p><p> Up n coming events</p><p> Hot news</p><p>......................................</p><p>!</p></li><li><p> 3</p><p> Welcome to the February issue! Its hard to believe that January is already behind us. And as </p><p>Valentines Day hurtles towards us, there are some great offers that you can use to spoil the loved ones in your life (page 12). </p><p>This months interview (page 4) is with Abel Ngandu, Managing Director of Ngandu Consulting. Read how Abel has built a company that has now been international recognised with an award. </p><p>This magazine was created to showcase our members and were really pleased that each issue has more and more member related news, events and special offers. We want this monthly edition to be the place to go for current news, offers and events. Heres to achieving that!</p><p>Sara Drawwater, Managing Editor</p><p>Nambeye Katebe, Assistant Editor</p><p>Contents &gt;&gt;</p><p> This months interview &gt;&gt; 4Every month well interview someone making an impact in Zambia or doing something were proud of internationally. </p><p> Travel and Leisure &gt;&gt; 6Articles, events, offers and news on products and services for people travelling in Zambia. Also relevant to those living in Zambia who are looking for exciting and interesting things to do, places to visit and events to attend.</p><p> Business and Services &gt;&gt; 8Articles, events, offers and news on enterprises in Zambia that help create the environment within which businesses operate and grow. </p><p> Staff news and opinions &gt;&gt; 12Every month we share the latest news and opinions from the Best of Zambia team</p><p> Valentines related offers &gt;&gt; 14Deals you can use to impress your l;oved ones this Valentines Day.</p><p> Hot off the press &gt;&gt; 19All special offers, events and news are now gathered together at the back of the magazine. </p><p>Magazine terms and conditions1. Whilst we will make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the material produced, we cannot be held responsible for the correctness or otherwise of copy, illustrations, photographs, trademarks, nor for attaining clearances or approvals. We accept no liability for information in the online magazine becoming out-of-date, containing typographical errors, or otherwise being factually inaccurate or omitted from publication by us. </p><p>2. We accept no liability for any material not received by us or received in a corrupted form, or for loss or damage to the clients published material, artwork or photographs. 3. We aim to promote our clients products and/or services through this online magazine, but we can in no way guarantee increased sales and business as a result, as that depends on factors outside our control. We shall not be liable to our clients </p><p>for any loss of profits, business, revenue, opportunity, goodwill or anticipated savings nor for any indirect, consequential or economic loss whatsoever arising in connection with the publication of this online magazine.</p><p>Please note:For further information, please refer to our full terms and conditions which are published on our website. </p><p>From the editor &gt;&gt;</p></li><li><p> 4</p><p>This months interview</p><p>An interview with Abel Ngandu, Managing Director of Ngandu Consulting</p><p>This month our Multi-Media Journalist, Nambeye Katebe, turned her attention to a Zambian engineering firm that has been making an impressive buzz in local media and has received recognition from the international community. </p><p>We caught up with Ngandu Consultings Managing Director, Abel Ngandu, to find out the secret behind their tremendous success.</p><p>NAMBEYE: To begin with, tell us a bit about yourself.</p><p>ABEL: I am originally from the Copperbelt Province and was born in the town of Chililabombwe. I attended Chawama Primary School then went on to Libala Secondary School. After that I had a short stint at the University of Zambia (UNZA) I was in the school of Natural Sciences and I intended to pursue an engineering course but the constant closures at the </p><p>University forced me to leave. I started applying for a scholarship outside the country and I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee) in India. It was there that I accomplished my dream of becoming an engineer byobtaining a degree in Civil Engineering.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Ngandu Consulting is one of the leading engineering consulting firms in the country. What inspired you to start the company?</p><p>ABEL: In order to answer that question appropriately, I will needto give you some background. In 2003 I partnered with a South African company called UWP Engineers, founding Ngandu-UWP Consulting with a 20% Zambian shareholding and 80% South African. In 2009, I felt I had acquired all the necessary skills I needed from my time at UWP to venture out on my own. I felt confident enough to leave. I realised that Zambia had significant growth potential in terms of the </p><p>construction industry and I had the desire to set up a company that could provide quality, cost effective and innovative engineering services to Zambia and the whole sub-region of Africa. In 2009 Ngandu Consulting, which is a 100% Zambian owned company, was formed.</p><p>NAMBEYE: What would you say are some of the key services that Ngandu Consulting provides?</p><p>ABEL: Ngandu Consulting provides a multi-disciplinary servicethrough its dedicated specialist divisions - water, transport,structures, programme management and project management.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Ngandu Consulting has been operational since 2009. What has the response from the industry been like and do you feel you have met a need?</p><p>ABEL: The response has been tremendous. Since forming the company in 2009, our average </p></li><li><p> 5</p><p>turnover has been above 30 billion Kwacha and in 2011 we saw a turnover above 40 billion Kwacha. </p><p>We originally started with about 15 employees but we now have over 92 employees. I think its safe to say that we have made significant progress since we started in 2009. Our clients have responded favourably to the management systems that we have put in place to ensure total client satisfaction. In 2010 we opened a branch outside Zambia, in Kigali which is in Rwanda.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Last year Ngandu Consulting was awarded the European award for best practices 2011 in the gold category. This reward was in recognition of the companys extraordinary achievements in 2011. What has this award meant for your company?</p><p>ABEL: This award has not only been a great achievement for NganduConsulting, it has also been a confirmation of our commitment toquality and excellence in everything we do. We have not ended there. </p><p>We have put in a roadmap to be ISO certified within the next two years. </p><p>This will make us one of the few civil engineering companies in Zambia to be certified by the International Organization for Standardization.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Ngandu Consulting scooped the award for its splendidperformance in customer satisfaction and outstanding results in quality management. How do you manage to ensure that these values are instilled in your company?</p><p>ABEL: We have put in place systems that have been developed from already existing international standards. These systems ensure quality management both at the head office and on site. The systems enable us to monitor all aspects of our work to ensure that client expectations are met. We have the same systems in our Rwandan office; the staff who operate in Rwanda are trained in Zambia so that we keep theexact standards.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Needless to say, you have an exceptionally talented team. How have you achieved such a loyal and hardworking workforce?</p><p>ABEL: Company success depends on leadership. We have a firm belief in investing in people. Training is thecornerstone of our company and we keep our staff highly motivated by rewarding them with a good salary. We carry out training not only in Zambia but also abroad. Several of our workers have been granted scholarships in order to further their education. </p><p>Last year, seven people from our team were sent to pursue their Masters Degree in Civil Engineering outside of Zambia. </p><p>This year we are encouraging our female staff. We have three women we intend to send for further studies. We have adopted training as an on-going 30 year strategic plan.</p><p>NAMBEYE: With so much achieved already, what is your focus for the next few years?</p><p>ABEL: We have a 30 year strategic plan which we have divided intofive year sections so that we can monitor our achievements. </p><p>In the next five years we want to invest in the construction of a research institution in Zambia. </p><p>This institution will be a facility for the development of innovative designs and for building and road construction materials. Our dream is to inspire the construction of landmark buildings in the country. We want people to admire buildings which show off innovative designs that incorporate culture with modern construction techniques - buildings that create symbols of achievements and confidence in our local engineers.</p><p>NAMBEYE: Finally, with the growth of engineering consulting firms in the country, why should people come to Ngandu Consulting?</p><p>ABEL: Ngandu Consulting is a unique and innovative company. Wehave achieved international recognition as a result of our policy of employing some of the best civil engineers in the country and by investing in the training of our staff in the latest technology. All of this means our staff are able to deliver the best solutions. Most importantly we are open to new ideas from our clients and aim to provide totalcustomer satisfaction.</p><p>Information+260 (0) 211 237 768info@nganduconsult.com.zmthebestofzambia.com/ngandu-consulting</p></li><li><p> 6</p><p>Its always fascinating to read about wildlife antics from the Zambian bush! </p><p>Pippa Turner from Mayukuyuku in Kafue National Park sent us their Christmas newsletter and we extracted these wonderful snippets.</p><p>On wild dogsOur pack on this side of the bridge seems to go from four to three and back again so we are not too sure what is going on. They were seen early season and then again late season in November. </p><p>On leopardsEarly one morning in the early green season two male leopards were seen across from each other in the bushes. We are not sure if they were seeking to mate with an unseen female or bruising up for a fight.</p><p>One day we were summoned by staff who were repairing the road into camp.</p><p>A leopard was sitting watching the guys work in broad daylight. </p><p>We rushed up the road and sure enough, there was our young female leopard Tinkerbell, peeping out from behind an anthill. She had been watching the guys earlier and when they returned from the pits with more soil, they found her balancing on a branch over the road. She continued to play silly games, jumping up tree trunks and trying to hunt for about another half an hour before she left.</p><p>Wildlife sitings and other news from Mayukuyuku Bush Camp</p><p>In September we discovered a new pair of leopards together. They were extremely chilled with the vehicle. The female was so fascinated she almost had her head on the bull bars!</p><p>On the Pels Fishing OwlWe now go up the Mukombo Stream in the boat during the green season. This proved very productive for seeing the Pels Fishing Owl in the same tree on numerous occasions. Also, over the last few nights I have heard them calling further up by the rapids at around 4 a.m.</p><p>On buffalo and lion</p><p>The big herd of buffalo on the Chunga side have been very reliable. We know to wait till they have passed to see lions who always appear to follow this big herd of around 1,000 strong. </p><p>Recently we have seen around 80 buffalo on this side of the bridge which is a huge increase from the eight we would see now and again. Lions have </p><p> Travel and Leisure</p></li><li><p> 7</p><p>been seen a lot off the tar road this year. The hunt and killing of a zebra has been seen from there. The cubs ran and joined the females once the action was over. The two males who were relocated to Liuwa Plains to join lady Liuwa have not managed to breed with her probably she is just too old. So a female will be relocated sometime in the future to join them. </p><p>On cheetah</p><p>Cheetah have been seen throughout the season but maybe not as often as in years gone by. </p><p>However, we are definitely seeing our two more often on this side, on Duiker Loop and Pontoon Road especially. Sometimes just one is sighted on Pontoon Road, so maybe they split and join up again? </p><p>On wildlife in the campOne very quiet afternoon when just a couple of staff were in camp alone, a leopard probably Tom, came in and rested under the tree on the anthill behind reception. Sadly neither had a camera to hand!</p><p>In June we had an older elephant come into the camp and lie down and sleep, first just by the entrance. Then a day later, near to the bridge across to the campsite. It was hard to photograph as he just resembled a large rock with a tusk sticking up but it was a first for many of us. He acted very similar to Dave One Tusk and hung around the camp for three days. One night at dinner he was right by the solar shower and then next to the dining room. We spent dinner whispering quietly until he was right up against the thatch at which point Yoram moved us all back to the campfire.</p><p>However, his desire for green leaves or company meant that he tried to squeeze his 60 year old large frame between the bar, the bushes and the anthill.</p><p> He could not fit, so indignantly went off towards the water pump and allowed us to finish our dinner! </p><p>June and July were the months to see leopard in the campsite. A young American couple were the first. They were brushing their teeth in the bathrooms at around 8.30 p.m. when they picked up eyes coming towards them. Rather than get stuck in the bathroom, they went hastily back to the campfire at their campsite and sat while a leopard calmly walked past them to the slipway to drink. This happened three times over the next week or so and on one occasion two leopards were on the adjacent pitch to the guests. We can tell when this is happening as the bushbuck and monkeys start with their warning calls.</p><p>A guest spotted a leopard on the opposite bank. It sat on the beach during the daytime in mid August. We had a busy camp at the time so many guests got their binoculars and cameras and watched the leopard. It rested between a hippo and a crocodile for quite a long period! </p><p>I think the moment of the year for me was an evening in October when a bushbaby started making a huge racket above the dining room roof. Collins our barman was sure somet...</p></li></ul>