South Africa: Teens to fly Cape to Cairo in a plane they assembled


An epic adventure in the form of an aviation challenge promoting and supporting innovation, technology and entrepreneurship will see 20 teenagers embark on a Cape-to-Cairo-and-back excursion in a self-assembled Sling-4 aircraft.

The aircraft uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in just three weeks.

The excursion, earmarked to start next month, will see different teams of the 20 teenagers pilot and charter a course that will cut across several African cities and towns, spreading the key messages of an African narrative that started as a dream.

Teen pilot, author and motivational speaker Megan Werner, sparked by her passion to inspire, founded U Dream Global Foundation to uplift, empower, equip and transform the lives of thousands of youth throughout Africa and the world by “dreaming and achieving the impossible as well as succeeding beyond expectations”.

“The challenge has enabled us to take a lot of teenagers from different backgrounds and to teach and equip them with life skills that they can take with them into the future.

“Throughout Africa, we are hoping to do similar initiatives affecting thousands of youths who are the future of the continent,” said Megan.

Megan and various teen co-pilots are now set to chart a course across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt, and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.

Pupils assemble the Sling-4 aircraft, which they plan to fly from Cape Town to Cairo and back on an epic journey next month.

Voluntary support for logistical aspects of the flight is being provided by CFS, ExecuJet, Worldfuel and Mike Blyth, the founder of The Airplane Factory – the enterprise that designed and built the original Sling plane series.

Using specially modified, self-made drones, the challenge will be documented on video.

Six teenage pilots will take turns to fly the plane as the challenge moves from country to country.

Zambian gov’t issues mining license to youths to curb illegal mining

The Zambian government on Sunday issued a small-scale mining license to youths in Chingola town on the Copperbelt Province to curb rising illegal mining activities.

By Xinhu

Chali Chilombo, a lawmaker for Nchanga constituency in the town, presented the license to the youths. The move is one of the government’s plans to empower young people in the district, he said.

The decision will reduce cases of illegal mining in the district, which has seen many illegal miners dying, Chilombo added. He said all young people that will be working on slag dumps will be trained in safety measures to avoid accidents. “Please let’s not fight over this site. Let’s work in harmony and ensure all working safety precautions are put in place before operations start,” Chilombo said.

Kabaso Mulenga, chairperson of the small-scale miners in the district, commended the government for the commitment to empowering young people. “To the youths let us ensure that the operations and distribution of resources are done in a transparent and equitable manner because no levels of selfishness will be entertained,” he said.

Zambia has been grappling with illegal mining activities especially on the Copperbelt province, as youths mine copper on slag dumps and disused pits.

Source The News Times

Zambia: Chingola PF Youth empowerment available but….


Copperbelt PF Youth Chairperson Don Mungulube says money for PF Youth empowerment is available but the money will only be accessed by those that will provide business proposals.

Speaking in Chingola when the provincial leadership met wards, constituency and district PF officials Mr Mungulube told all the PF to provide business proposals for them to access the money.

He said empowerment must be sustainable, saying the current leadership will not be dishing out empowerment funds like campaign money.

Mr Mungulube who is a businessman said that it’s time for youths to be business minded.

He said Chingola where the he and his treasurer Soko Mumba comes from would receive youth empowerment first then it will spread across the province.


Government and church working to ease youths’ suffering in Zambia

Government has partnered with the church to alleviate difficulties affecting young people in the country, Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has disclosed.

Mr. Mushanga said it was saddening to see youths engaging themselves in illegal activities such as corruption, drug abuse and early marriages due to economic challenges they face.

He said government and the church have potential to lead the country to greater heights of development and youth empowerment programmes.

The Province Minister said this through the Assistant Secretary, Mwape Kasanda during the official opening of the 2018 National Youth General Conference organized by Word of Faith Soul Wining Ministries, under the theme ‘crossing over to the other side’.

He said implementing and supporting programmes which are aimed at empowering youths through the word of God is a sure way of addressing some of the challenges affecting youths in the country.

Mr. Mushanga added that such programmes create a suitable platform for youths to be socially enlightened as they mingle with their God fearing friends.

He has since assured Zambians that government will always support any organization that is undertaking developmental projects aimed at benefiting the community.

Mr. Mushanga further urged youths to take advantage of the conference to learn and be equipped with knowledge in order to become relevant to the country’s development agenda.

And Word of Faith Soul Wining Ministries National Youth Secretary Reuben Mwale said the conference was held annually to train and build youths morally through the word of God.

Pastor Mwale noted that the number of youths getting involved in doing wrong things such as drug abuse and early marriages has increased in the country.

He added that through such conferences, youths are empowered with various activities to ensure that education becomes a priority in their lives as opposed to involving themselves in vices.

Pastor Mwale has since pledged continued partnership with government to ensure that the dream of attaining a smart and prosperous Zambia is achieved.

This article was first published on Lusaka Times