By CHRISTINE CHISHA and KALONDE NYATI
ZAMBIA Daily Mail employees have been implored to reaffirm their commitment to rebuilding the company into the envy of the media in the country.
Managing director Isaac Chipampe said all employees at all levels should be committed to ensuring that the newspaper becomes the number one publication in Zambia.
“We need to live up to the legacy of those who came before us, to combine the enduring values that served us so well for so long such as hard work and responsibility with new ideas in the strategic plan,” he said.
Mr Chipampe said there is need to stick to the core values espoused in the new strategic plan such as integrity, fairness, quality service and team work. Other values are timelines, transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and innovation.
Mr Chipampe said this when he officiated at the company’s Labour Day awards ceremony held at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre on Friday night.
He said it was unfortunate that some employees have already forgotten how bad it was just two years ago when the newspaper was on the verge of collapsing.
The managing director said lots of copies were being produced yet few were sold and stories were highly censored by individual reporters and many times by Government.
He said the company has risen to the challenge with the hands-off approach that the government has afforded them.
“We have been spurred to do better by a professional board that we are lucky to have.
“Our circulation has increased, our advertising has increased and we’ve finished paying for the printing machine in record time,” Mr Chipampe said.
He said what was remaining was to put modern equipment in place and ensure smooth print runs.
The company has already acquired the Computer to Plate machine using own funds and is acquiring enough vehicles for distribution and editorial.
He said there was still need to expand circulation, increase advertisement and revive commercial printing.
Mr Chipampe urged workers to be productive and that the job evaluation exercise going on was a vehicle for efficiency and effectiveness.
Mr Chipampe said there is also need for workers to sign the performance management system (PMS) as a matter of urgency for workers to be productive and ensure the newspaper sells and has lots of advertisements.
And Zambia Union for Journalists Lusaka Chapel acting president Javan Chitembo commended management for introducing PMS and launching a new strategic plan that will help take the company to a higher level.
Mr Chitembo urged both the workers and management to guard jealously the new equipment that has been procured.
And director human resource Lutato Nyendwa said there was need to put a permanent committee to organise events on time.
He said Labour Day awards are not about unionised workers only but middle management staff as well.
Several workers were awards for their hard work and walked away with cash and gifts.
Among those awarded were Chambo Ng’uni as best news reporter, best sports reporter went to Elizabeth Chatuvela, Nancy Mwape was awarded best business reporter, Kelvin Kachingwe best feature writer and best sub-editor was given to Shupe Sakala.
Other who received awards were Nkole Nkole for best investigative reporter, best graphic designer went to Peter Mwenda, Timothy Ndovi got most efficient circulation personnel, best sales and advertiser went to Getrude Chisanga and Patience Mulubwa while the most hard working award went to driver, Godwin Mulubwa.
From Kitwe, NKOMBO KACHEMBA reports that Zambia Daily Mail deputy managing director Anthony Mukwita has urged workers on the Copperbelt to be productive to improve the financial capacity of the organisation.
Mr Mukwita said productivity is key to raising finances thus increasing the revenue for the organisation for it to be sustainable.
“Productivity is a key factor to raising finances, productivity is a measure of how much products we can produce with fewer staff, less resources and more ingenuity,” he said.
Mr Mukwita was speaking in Kitwe on Friday during the Labour Day party for members of staff on the Copperbelt.
He said any company that does not look into the productivity of its employees can fold up quickly hence the need for the workers to improve their performance.
Mr Mukwita said the company is currently conducting a job evaluation exercise to re-position itself correctly.
And Monica Mayuni, a senior reporter at the Zambia Daily Mail Ndola office, was awarded for being the most hardworking.
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