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Volume 1, issue 5 – September 2009

The Work Issue

The editorial

2009 looks like a year of many changes, good ones and bad ones. For one Obama was elected into office, that has to be a progressive development. He is a big thinker, wants to be all inclusive and has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve for the world and he is a black man, the world is indeed changing. We are waiting with baited breath to see how the next ten years unfold. However it may not be all up to him, the world has its own plans; the world economy is grinding to a halt and everyone is reeling from the effects from the big corporate cats to the lowly labourer right at the bottom of the rung. All of a sudden many livelihoods are in perilous positions as jobs are lost or in the process of being lost. In Zambia, where employment is already very low, people are losing their jobs by the thousands.
The mining sector that was booming only months ago is now in recession and companies are cutting back, the first to goof course are the workers and with not much of a system to support them most are being left out in the cold. A sad state of affairs indeed. Now unions and governments are running after themselves trying to figure out ways to improve the situation, something that should have been perhaps sorted out long before a crisis like this came up. In this edition we explore different aspects of employment in Zambia. We question whether decent work actually equals decent living, what level of experience is required to get a good job and whether women are aptly remunerated for their work. Our editorial team did a good job of putting a good mix of interesting articles and thoughts just to keep your mind ticking and thinking of what the world situation means to the a country like Zambia. Enjoy

Samba Yonga, Editor

The summary


Decent Work = Decent Living: True or False?
Samba Yonga asks “why hasn’t Zambia’s jump in Gross Domestic Product resulted in better lives for most of us?”

Do I get a Certificate For That?
Anne Johnson tackles how to get ahead in the Zambian workplace and why collecting certificates might not be the best way.

All Work and No Pay
Zambian women work more than men, so why don’t they get paid? Mwila Agatha Zaza looks at the pernicious phenomenon of “Women’s Work”.

Does Tourism Really Benefit All?
Zambian tour operators can benefit some or many. Aaron Leaf goes looking for the good ones. Story and Photos.

Slavery in the City of Madrid
This story from our Spanish sister publication shows that slavery comes in many forms. By Jake Rollnick.


From The Editor


Just the Facts

How Well Do You Play Office Politics?

Cartoon: What’s The Big Issue About Anyways


Small Loans, Big Results
Hellen Stockdale reports on a Micro-Credit program in Lusaka’s Garden Compound that’s allowing some of Zambia’s poorest to start businesses.

Kicking it into High Gear
World Bike Relief provides transportation solutions for rural Zambians. By Aaron Leaf.


Global Voices
We ask people from around the world, “What did you want to be when you were a child and how different is that from what you do now?”.

Voices of Disability

Posters from a new exhibition at the British Council in Lusaka featuring some of Zambia’s most succesful people and the disabilities that didn’t hold them back.

What you should know about three of Lusaka’s best value restaurants.

Zambia’s women win the Homeless World Cup of football in Australia while Afghanistan, despite the odds, win the mens.

Seven Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Workmates, Kapalu sets us straight.

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