Proflight Zambia has hired 19-year-old Besa Mumba, making Mumba the country's youngest commercial pilot. Mumba began a two-year flight training course in 2013; after earning her private pilot's license, she immediately sought her commercial license. "Initially I wanted to be cabin crew, but I thought to myself: Why not be the person who flies the aircraft?" she said.
Kalenga Kamwendo was in high school when he decided he wanted to become a pilot. Though flight school would strain his family financially, his parents were supportive. Kamwendo enrolled in Forty Three Air School in South Africa, where he was the youngest in his class. At 17, he earned his private pilot's license, and at 18, he earned his commercial license. Now 20, Kamwendo flies a Cessna 208 Caravan for Proflight Zambia.
Allan Thomson, CEO of Zambia's Bond and Derivatives Exchange, says the bourse has signed on three clearing members and is prepared to launch trading Nov. 5. "We're really just putting the plumbing in place," Thomson said.
Low uranium prices and financing issues have prompted Equinox Minerals to hold off on construction of a uranium processing plant in Zambia. Copper production at Lumwana began in December but Equinox said it will delay the uranium project until it benefits shareholders.