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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #120 on: April 30, 2013, 09:32:35 am »
Ok, so I moved to Lusaka on 1 April to head up the Southern African operations for our company, based in Dubai. I work for a company that operates in 23 countries all over the Middle East and North Africa, and we have now ventured into Sub Saharan Africa as we spotted huge opportunities and massive potential in Zambia. I was initially sent to Qatar to head up Vodafone’s Distribution Channel, and after the distribution channel was brought to the point of “running like a well-oiled machine” the boss decided I need to do the same in Zambia. After Zambia, I might head to Oman or Mozambique to do the same thing, but not sure when that will happen. We are currently doing research in Botswana to see if the business is viable there, but it does not look too good for us, so we might go for Mozambique or Oman next, but time will tell.

All this work of setting up a new company, getting all the bank accounts opened, registering with all the correct authorities, setting up a distribution network, planning a distribution strategy, fighting with Customs on importing issues, dealing with new Zambian staff and so on, is really messing with my drinking and party time, so I have not been out much in my first month!
So after living in a Hotel for 26 days, I finally moved into my own place in Lusaka.

Some pics of the new place

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #121 on: April 30, 2013, 09:46:49 am »
Lusaka is actually a great place to stay, yes it is busy, yes traffic is kak, but the people are great, welcoming and fairly efficient. You have everything here you need, there are three decent shopping centers with all the same stores you have in South Africa (Spar / Game / Pick n Pay / Shoprite etc). Also the same clothing stores (Edgars / Woolworths / Markhams / Totalsports etc) and the same places to eat (Spur / Wimpy / Ciao Baby / Mugg & Bean etc) and also movie theatres like Ster Kinekor. There is DSTV with Super Rugby and all the channels you will find in SA. So all in all it is just like South Africa but without the kak attitude, in other words = BRILLIANT!!!

I have read some comments on the horrible traffic in Lusaka. Yes it is pretty congested, but no more than in Doha or even in Joburg peak hour traffic, and do not even mention Sri Lanka!! In Lusaka everything is very close as it is a pretty small city. The drivers are very friendly and I have not seen any aggressive or reckless driving and I have been driving all over the place every single day! This is the biggest plus and makes the driving conditions a lot better. In the Middle East the traffic is just as congested, but you have incredible reckless and aggressive drivers, which you do not really have in Lusaka.

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #122 on: May 05, 2013, 08:18:04 pm »
Very interesting.

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #123 on: May 30, 2013, 10:31:05 am »
Old pictures I took before I returned back to HO

Some Farming Pictures for ChrisL

They use to farm on a big scale but now with 21 rooms fully occupied - they harvest for the kitchen only


















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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #124 on: May 30, 2013, 10:37:36 am »
Lodge





Work in Progress



Stilte voor die storm



Happy B-Day







Solving the worlds problems



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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #125 on: May 30, 2013, 10:38:19 am »
These pics make me think about working in Zambia :pot:

Looks great :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #126 on: May 30, 2013, 10:40:53 am »












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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #127 on: May 30, 2013, 10:42:30 am »
These pics make me think about working in Zambia :pot:

Looks great :thumleft:

Doen dit - beste ding wat ek direk na Universiteit kon gaan doen het!

Huidiglik gaan ek nog 1x per maand op vir n week en dis great!
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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #128 on: May 30, 2013, 10:46:49 am »
These pics make me think about working in Zambia :pot:

Looks great :thumleft:

Doen dit - beste ding wat ek direk na Universiteit kon gaan doen het!

Huidiglik gaan ek nog 1x per maand op vir n week en dis great!

Ek het probeer maar kon nie werk kry in die buiteland na Universiteit nie. Wou baie graag die afrika werk ding doen, maak nie saak waar nie. Maar dit nou n bietjie laat, het nou ander commitments met vrou ens en gesettle in my werk :-[

Maar in watter industry is jy?
 

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #129 on: May 30, 2013, 10:48:04 am »
Project 95% complete

Lekker BIG Workshop



Servicing





Rock Winder being installed



Man winder installed



Imagine the power these machines have hauling out the loads up the decline





Production Plant

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #130 on: May 30, 2013, 10:53:33 am »
These pics make me think about working in Zambia :pot:

Looks great :thumleft:

Doen dit - beste ding wat ek direk na Universiteit kon gaan doen het!

Huidiglik gaan ek nog 1x per maand op vir n week en dis great!

Ek het probeer maar kon nie werk kry in die buiteland na Universiteit nie. Wou baie graag die afrika werk ding doen, maak nie saak waar nie. Maar dit nou n bietjie laat, het nou ander commitments met vrou ens en gesettle in my werk :-[

Maar in watter industry is jy?

Dis moeilik as daar 'n vrou betrokke is. Gelukkig het my (toe meisie / nou verloofde) my die kans gegun en ons het dit maak werk en dit het ons 'n lekker hupstoot gegee.

Ons doen projekbestuur, Bourekenaar werk op die ontwikkelikg van myne en dan ook "Cost Engineering" om die myn se begrotings en kontantvloei aan te help
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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #131 on: May 30, 2013, 10:57:49 am »
Taking on the mighty KAFUE



Jack in his K1



I tried my hand at the K1 once....flipped the thing within 2 seconds. There are still some crocs around so as fast as I flipped the kayak, I was on land again and never again got the urge to try my hand at the K1

Lekker koppie boere troos na n harde dag in afrika  ;D


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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #132 on: May 30, 2013, 11:03:27 am »
These pics make me think about working in Zambia :pot:

Looks great :thumleft:

Doen dit - beste ding wat ek direk na Universiteit kon gaan doen het!

Huidiglik gaan ek nog 1x per maand op vir n week en dis great!

Ek het probeer maar kon nie werk kry in die buiteland na Universiteit nie. Wou baie graag die afrika werk ding doen, maak nie saak waar nie. Maar dit nou n bietjie laat, het nou ander commitments met vrou ens en gesettle in my werk :-[

Maar in watter industry is jy?

Dis moeilik as daar 'n vrou betrokke is. Gelukkig het my (toe meisie / nou verloofde) my die kans gegun en ons het dit maak werk en dit het ons 'n lekker hupstoot gegee.

Ons doen projekbestuur, Bourekenaar werk op die ontwikkelikg van myne en dan ook "Cost Engineering" om die myn se begrotings en kontantvloei aan te help

Jap, stem saam, alreeds 2 jaar besig met die long distance ding. Dit is op die beste van tye nogsteeds n fokop maar dit werk nog. Ek moes in die 2 jaar wat ons die long distance ding gedoen het afrika in gemoer het maar kon nie werk kry nie. So nou n bietjie laat om te probeer. Sal my prof registrasie klaar maak en dan weer kyk wat ek kan reel

Maar bly julle kon dit maak werk, lyk na n great experience :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #133 on: May 30, 2013, 11:10:47 am »
Laaste klomp foto's van my besoek die Maand









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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #134 on: June 01, 2013, 04:17:44 pm »
Awesome thread, really enjoyed reading and looking at the pics.
Planning a trip through Zambia in October to Malawi and back, what is the weather like at that time of year?
 

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« Reply #135 on: June 03, 2013, 09:55:57 am »
My son Dean moved to Mufulira two weeks ago. He is a site engineer for WBHO. He is extending an acid plant at a mine there. Is Mufulira far from you?
 

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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #136 on: June 03, 2013, 10:15:06 am »
Awesome thread, really enjoyed reading and looking at the pics.
Planning a trip through Zambia in October to Malawi and back, what is the weather like at that time of year?

Pleasure :-)

The rain season is usually from November - April so October should be a good time to visit Zambia. The temperature will also be rather fair - I would say high 20's which is perfect.  :ricky:



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Re: Life in Zambia - Knopkop to Continue
« Reply #137 on: June 03, 2013, 10:30:27 am »
My son Dean moved to Mufulira two weeks ago. He is a site engineer for WBHO. He is extending an acid plant at a mine there. Is Mufulira far from you?

WBHO did all the earthworks, Tailing Dams and Civil work on the mine where I am involved and am sure a lot of the old crew is now in Mufulira

It is actually close, we are about 65km NW of Muf.

How long will he be on Site?

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« Reply #138 on: June 03, 2013, 01:17:50 pm »
Dean is scheduled to be in Zambia for another year. He might move to Kitwe in 3 months to work on a brewery or something. He hasn't really met anyone there yet and is a bit stuck for transport on the weekends so he is still feeling a bit homesick. Judging by your pics there is tons to do there so I guess he'll get out and about soon.
 

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« Reply #139 on: June 03, 2013, 01:21:23 pm »
Minora, isn't there a huge contingency of Ching Chongs in the copper industry there?

Flying from Hong Kong to JHB I sat next to a guy who was en route to Zambia for his 2nd 18mnth stint...."building houses". I thought to myself...jeezlaaik, where is Africa going that they have to import expertise for mere residential house bulding....