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10 Travel Zambia November 2009 David Shepherd and his wife Avril with President Rupiah Banda Nkani >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture VIEW FROM THE TOP In May the President met artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE, who was in Zambia to raise funds and support for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Among other things, the two men discussed the progress of the DSWF elephant orphanage project in Kafue National Park - to which the President gave his whole- hearted support. Shepherd explained that the long- term goal of the project is also to provide park protection and training to assist the Zambia Wildlife Authority in its efforts to secure Zambia's rich wildlife heritage for future generations. " I am tremendously encouraged by the President's warmth and enthusiasm for conservation," he said. " And it gives me great hope for the future of the project." Meanwhile Anna and Steve Tolan of Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust were also delighted to meet Mr Banda and discuss their work in South Luangwa. Two days later they were honoured by a fl ying visit from the fi rst Lady, Mrs Thandiwe Banda, together with The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Catherine Namugala, who swept in by helicopter to see for themselves why this remarkable centre deep in the bush is proving such an asset to the local community. Find out more at www. davidshepherd. org and www. chipembele. org IN THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS It is a lack of good marketing that has not brought more visitors to Zambia. So many people abroad do not know enough about Zambia and its attractions. We are addressing the lack of knowledge in the world about Zambia and trying to create more world- class tourist facilities. We are going to streamline our ( border) formalities because we need tourists more than they need us. We'd rather have you spend your money inside the country than spend it on fees at the border. We welcome tourists for their ability to create networking for our people in Zambia. Tourism is a way to open up a country that can bring big benefi ts. We are committed to protecting our wildlife in the game parks, and when we fi nd people poaching, they are punished. In Zambia we want opportunities for Zambians and also for foreign investors. There are many parks with almost no facilities and that has to change if we want to get more tourists to visit. From an interview by eTN's Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome for Executive Talk. Full version at www. eturbonews. com President Rupiah Banda has been out and about promoting Zambia's commitment to conservation, reports Mike Unwin. Anna Tolan with the First Lady ( centre) and Tourism Minister Catherine Namugula DSWF CHIPEMBELE

November 2009 Travel Zambia 11 People Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani Archbishop Desmond Tutu met Anne Cooper and Savina Geerinckx of Street Child Africa in July this year at Rotary International's peace symposium in Birmingham UK. Anne and Savina talked to Father Tutu about the plight of street children across sub- Saharan Africa - a subject close to his heart - and drew attention to their two projects in Zambia. With 2009 being the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the work of Street Child Africa remains more important than ever. This UK- based charity is devoted to helping street children across sub- Saharan Africa. It works in partnership with African agencies on the ground to offer support through counselling, healthcare, education, recreation and income- generating activities. Two projects are currently making a difference in Zambia's Copperbelt: Friends of the Street Children runs outreach programmes, street- corner education and two rehabilitation centres to help street children living in Kitwe; the Rainbow Project supports a dedicated services programme, a drop- in centre and a reintegration centre for street children in Ndola. Find out more at www. streetchildafrica. org. uk ARCHBISHOP SUPPORTS STREET CHILDREN ELTON GONE When a two- day- old orphaned buffalo was rescued by ZAWA scouts near Luambe National Park and taken to Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre, South Luangwa, Steve and Anna Tolan welcomed him with open arms. The baby bovine, christened ' Elton', quickly became imprinted on his humans, following Steve and Anna around house and home. Once weaned, however, he could not simply be abandoned with a wild herd. Thus a plan was hatched to move him to Liuwa Plain National Park as part of an ongoing buffalo translocation project. It took a full year to obtain all the necessary veterinary tests and movement permits. Then, this August, a much larger but very healthy Elton undertook his epic 1500km journey across Zambia. At Liuwa Plain he joined a herd of 19 young buffaloes that are currently being rehabilitated by the Africa Parks Foundation in collaboration with ZAWA. Maggie fi nds pastures new Margaret Mwale - whose cheerful face has greeted safari- goers at Kapani camp for the last fi ve years - is swapping the bush of South Luangwa for the bright lights of Lusaka. " I take with me all the cherished memories of my time at Norman Carr Safaris," says Maggie. " I thoroughly enjoyed my journey with all the wonderful people I met over the years." Maggie will not leave the industry altogether, however, as she will be joining Zambian Ground Handlers ( see p41) in Lusaka to help organise safaris. Meanwhile NCS are delighted to welcome Maggie's replacement, Collins Lungu. Collins brings new talents to the team, having come top in his year at his college course in Travel and Tourism. Courting conservation Isaiah Museto works as the court clerk for Chiawa Chiefdom in the Lower Zambezi region. Isaiah, a lifelong resident of the chiefdom, started work as the local court's messenger 12 years ago and today he deals with many cases. Despite this heavy workload, however, Isaiah has always remained very active in local conservation - and it was no surprise when the community elected him to represent the Chiawa and Mugurameno Zones on the board of the Lower Zambezi Conservation Trust. His studies in agricultural business have served him in good stead, and he is currently studying business administration through Preston Distance Learning Institute. Tragedy struck Isaiah's family last year when his 12- year- old son was killed by a crocodile. This has redoubled his determination to fi nd a sustainable solution to the harsh reality of human/ wildlife confl ict in the area. STEPHEN CUNLIFFE ( x3)