Agriculture, Zambia Sugar PlcJuly 11, 2018

Zambia Sugar to Reduce Work Force
When Zambia Sugar’s Corporate Affairs Manager Sally Namutowe made the July 2018 press statement that her company was engaging employees in effecting a voluntary separation program, we were not surprised that the sweetest company in Zambia was considering a cost reduction strategy to save its position. According to an extract from her statement, Sally indicated […]

ManufacturingJuly 6, 2018

Waste Management Must Be A Collaborative Effort
We have noted with deep concern the current discourse around the development and possible enactment of a Statutory Instrument (SI) compelling manufacturers of packaging materials like plastics and bottles to remove them from the environment after use by consumers. Whereas Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) supports measures to promote the development of a clean and […]

Mining, ZCCM-Investment Holdings PlcJuly 2, 2018

ZCCM IH 2017 Performance
In his maiden letter to shareholders, State Counsel Eric Silwamba (the newly appointed board Chair of ZCCM Investment Holdings) expressed confidence in the management team of Pius Kasolo (CEO) and the group’s prospects going forward. Although new to the role, SC Silwamba takes over an investment group that is at a critical stage in its […]

Banking, StandchartJune 24, 2018

A Sky Blue Wedding of The Banks In London?
It’s 19th May 2018 and millions of people across the globe are witnessing the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was a historical occasion that happened at Windsor castle. A week later after this momentous occasion, financial observers around the world were treated to some more exciting news that filtered through on […]

CavmontJune 17, 2018

Cavmont joins the fray
It is always a delight when we see a CEO grabbing the ‘bull by its horns’ and taking charge when their product enters a new market or their firm delivers a new product. We have seen the likes of Elon Musk show case the Tesla by driving it on stage or Tim Cook playfully demonstrate […]

Zambeef Products PlcJune 9, 2018

The Exit of Tim Pollock. Why leave when you are winning?
When the UK’s development finance institution, the CDC Group, announced its acquisition of a 17.5% equity stake in Zambeef Products for $65 million in 2016, the local food industry was taken by storm. Not only did this investment show the confidence in the Zambian local food industry, it showed that Zambeef was ready to scale […]

Zambeef Products PlcJune 9, 2018

ZAMBEEF Half Year Performance 2018
In a period that was marred by increases in fuel and electricity and the outbreak of foot & mouth and Cholera, it is impressive to hear a board Chairman be proud of his food producing company’s performance. Revenue for the half year period was up by 6%. This is the success that was echoed in […]

Banking, Retail, ZANACO plcMay 28, 2018

ZANACO 2017 Performance
It’s always refreshing reading a board chairperson’s letter to shareholders in annual reports that speaks to the heart of what the firm tried to achieve in the year under review. Charity Lumpa’s 2017 letter to shareholders was no exception. Her letter touched on everything from operational efficiency to prudent risk management.  It is clear from […]

EnergyMay 26, 2018

CEC Africa: Hopes High on Sector Reform
Siyanga Malumo is an optimistic man. The power sector veteran and Chairman of CEC Africa makes a compelling case for shareholders to remain optimistic in his letter to shareholders in the CEC Africa 2017 annual report. The chairman is placing most of his faith in the fact that their Nigerian story has an opportunity of […]

Beverage, Zambian BreweriesMay 21, 2018

Zambrew Loses Taste for Coca Cola
It started in October 2016 when the first cautionary announcement (published through SENS Announcement from LuSE) was made by Zambrew on its proposed disposal of the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink business segment of the company. In that announcement (and 8 others that followed), shareholders were advised that on 11 October 2016, Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABInBev the parent of […]