Kabwata customers happy with water utility company’s initiative

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LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company customers in Kabwata are pleased with the utility company’s introduction of prepaid water metres.

In an interview with Lusaka Star, Tamara Mwale said she is happy with the service hours of the Kabwata branch.

“I have not experienced any poor service like the branch not selling water units over the weekend, they are quite efficient,” she added.

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Another customer Chileshe Bwalya said he prefers the new prepaid metres to the old fixed billing system as one can plan how much water they use in a month.

He pointed out that customers are better off with the prepaid water metres as they only pay for the water they use.

“The metres were introduced with the customer’s budget in mind and the company has to be commended for this brilliant idea,” Bwalya said.

And Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company Kabwata branch manager Ason Banda said the branch hopes all of its ten thousand Kabwata area customers will have prepaid metres installed by June as the metres have already been procured and are only awaiting installation.

Banda noted that the installation which started in late 2013 is still ongoing as the Kabwata area is quite large and covers residential areas from the Kamwala shopping area to the border of Libala and Chilenge.

“So far about seven thousand of the total customers have had the metres installed and the exercise is creating a buzz among customers,” Banda explained.

He added that the installation of prepaid metres is exciting as customers are responding well to the high water pressure being maintained since the start of the exercise.

He further said that several recommendations are made to customers before installation.

No immediate change in educational materials – Longman

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LONGMAN Publishers Zambia has reassured consumers that there will be no immediate change in its educational materials following the introduction of local languages at primary school level last year.

Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star, Longman Zambia sales manager Mabvuto Zulu explained the company has for sometime now been publishing materials for grades one to seven in local languages and is for now unaffected by the syllabus change.

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“This is not a new thing for us, we have been producing materials in the local languages and we will continue with this practice with the change in primary school syllabus,” he said.

Zulu pointed out that the company will only make changes to its publications if requested by the Curriculum Development Commission.

He added that although Longman Zambia has a bias for primary level education, the company also carters for the secondary and tertiary levels.

“Of course most of our materials are for the lower and primary levels, this is because we try to strengthen the educational foundation of our students,” he said.

Zulu further added that it is due to the company’s commitment to developing the Zambian educational sector that it has grown into the country’s leading publisher of educational materials.

Meanwhile, Liseteli Lubinda a primary school teacher in Lusaka has commended the move by government to introduce local languages as it will ensure students cherish their heritage through their school years.

Lubinda noted that since the introduction of local languages in the primary syllabus most pupils have become aware and appreciative of their culture.

“Our children are now able to know certain words and things that are distinct to our culture and tradition that would otherwise be nonexistent or nameless in the English language,” he added.