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EIZ Impressed with Shimabala Toll Plaza Set-Up

The Engineering Institution of Zambia has cautioned against labelling all government projects as expensive.

Speaking after the tour of the National Road Fund Agency headquarters and the Shimabala Toll Plaza, EIZ president Sydney Matawandi said the Shimabala Toll Plaza was equaipped some intangible technology that would not be obvious to casual observers.

Matamwandi said the infrastructure at the NRFA headquarters and Shimabala Toll Plaza was clean and impressive.

He said that his organizations was also open to discussion about the lowering the costs of projects across the country.

The Shimabala Toll Plaza has many components, tangible and intangible including: concrete and steel structures; furniture; computer servers; power supply from three sources (solar, diesel generator and Zesco grid), electric Substation with transformer; borehole with pump and water articulation pipes; fibre optic cable connection to Lusaka and wireless backup; high-resolution cameras; large monitors; computers; cash registers that are not cheap to procure.

A Toll Plaza is a complex system with many accessories and a team of highly-qualified and dedicated personnel to operate and maintain it.

The Zambian Plazas are among the most advanced in Africa and EIZ was pleased that tolling agencies from other countries in the region have been coming to learn and benchmark with Zambia.

The Shimabala Toll Plaza between Lusaka and Kafue is an ultramodern facility and services an average of over 6,000 vehicles per day, the second busiest (after Michael Chilufya Sata Toll Plaza) in the country.

And NRFA Chief Executive Officer Wallace Mumba said the institution’s doors were open to other professional bodies to compare notes on possible areas of improvement.

The Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and the Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) were invited for an appreciation tour of the National Road Fund Authority (NRFA) Head Office in Lusaka and the Shimabala Toll Plaza in Kafue on 16 August 2019. The EIZ team was led by Matamwandi, and Acting Registrar, Eng Rev Happy Musumali, while Dr Lubinda Haabazoka led the EAZ team.

 

20 Comments

  1. P.M

    Useless Engineer. What has cleaness to do with cost of constructing a Toll aplaza?

  2. P.M

    As an Engineer, he should restrict himself to the design and construction of the building/Toll plaza. Computers, technology installed and furniture is not part of his design construction….instead the idiot is telling us about grass and flowers to justify the cost. Look at Chinese constructed roads..cracking after 6 months while our engineers focus on road markings wnd installed speed cameras to justify the cost.

    • Mapesho

      Ba opposition bola yakosa ko apa. You could tell from the way they are condemning.

  3. Chilankalipa

    This country indeed has no experts in certain fields. If this idiot has travel led in other much developed country than his back yard, he should understand that there are much more advanced toll gates both in infrastructure and technology whose cost is 9 times lower than this nonsense. Even the new minister of infrastructure has admitted that that the prices have been inflated in most structures, what is wrong with these thieves, don’t you know that you are killing the future generations of this country with your insatiable appetite of thieving?

  4. Chilankalipa

    This country indeed has no experts in certain fields. If this idiot has traveled in other much developed countries than his back yard, he would have understood that there are much more advanced toll gates both in infrastructure and technology whose cost is 9 times lower than this nonsense. Even the new minister of infrastructure has admitted that that the prices have been inflated in most structures, what is wrong with these thieves, don’t you know that you are killing the future generations of this country with your insatiable appetite of thieving?

  5. Brave

    Foolishness….

  6. Nkwangu sinzumwa

    He already said it and I quote. ‘ mulelya, nomba tekulila kumo ne mbuto’. His sheep is following the Sheppard’s instructions.

  7. Hangwende

    Jealous ! PF has done a lot.We will keep on voting for LUNGU. No change apa !!

  8. Mr.

    There’s nothing that pf has done after all it’s the duty of the government to developing the nation. The problem of this government is that they politicise serious things for there own benefits.

  9. Herv Rena

    Give us à seconded chànce you fellows and prove our plans as of,and check out the way roads are coming out.Its the same toll gates that are funding and developing the outlook of this great nation.Look at the way Soweto has b

  10. Nyengo

    Skills transfer is a solution 2 reduce cost of building in zambia. Road making is high in zambia and i don’t know cheaper it is in other country bcoz pipo feel can contract a road at k1000, i see politics not true observeration frm pipo accusation 2 win power. EIZ Observation is wel come and i hav 2 check more toll plaza and the institution is highly qualified 2 give zambia the value 4 the structure

  11. Himz

    Some pipo are just there to get butter. Instead of talking about figures, he says something else!!!! Is he a real technocrats with true reflection of the data he acquired from the same field or what?

  12. SEE MIND ( MWAMPO)

    NRFA THEIFS STEALING MONEY FROM MOTORISTS! IF YOU ARE MAKING PROFIT AND IS COMMANDABLE REDUCE TAXES SOME INDIVIDUALS!!!

  13. Choolwe miyanda

    That is y ZAMBIA is poor because of government officials always tells lies to the public. all the things you have mentioned is not the the ZAMBIA government brought the owner of all toll plaza in zamba he is from south Africa ZAMBIA government is only getting 24% percent please our PF don’t bocite for thing JUST DICARE THAT THEY IS ANGER IN THE COUNTRY. are we going to eat those toll plazas?

  14. Tt

    Sazakaiona hakainyela heka ( HH) Lungu is working tireless to bury the big mines privertiser. Kaukala byo kawalala hh

  15. Taliban

    Iam very humbled to see the entire senior EIZ engineers inspecting shimambala toll gate construction.this is very vital in the country like zambia to see wiz doing practical physical routine checkup of already constructed infrastrucure.kindly then give us your report concerning shimambala toll gate.congratulations for your visit

  16. Joe London

    Keep it up and develop Zambia. Nothing comes cheaply in this world.Even eating is expensive. So do not listen to those wet blankets who always condemn. We need development.

  17. Joe London

    If de USA and de UK the deveped are building infrastructures who are we to deny ourselves the much needed development. Listen to this, when Mr Trump came into office as de USA president he budgeted a 1 Trillion dollar just for infrastructure. In de UK they are also building something, they will be adding another Runway to their busiest Airport Heathrow to make 3 Runways, this also will add beauty to their cities and countries at large.

  18. Enalo

    You mean your national budget will just be eating no development of infrastrure. Eat and develop the farm.

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