By Godfrey Philip Msiska
Kansanshi Mining Plc has donated three computers to the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) to facilitate a diagnostic survey among their 17,459 members across Zambia.
The three Dell laptops valued at K68,300 were handed over to Francis Mwale, a Kitwe-based member of the EIZ, on September 25. Mwale sits on the Engineering Registration Board, where he represents the interests of Electronic Engineering and ICT members of EIZ.
Francis Mwale reached out to Kansanshi Mining Plc through the General Manager Anthony Mukutuma to garner support for the project – who immediately confirmed the company was keen to partner with EIZ on this project.
“Kansanshi has been a key partner to the EIZ over the years and values the statutory role EIZ plays in promoting and regulating the engineering profession in Zambia. The diagnostic survey that Francis is embarking on will provide invaluable information to EIZ – no doubt,” Mukutuma said.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the EIZ, Francis Mwale said, “These computers will go a long way in meeting the need for the EIZ to undertake a Diagnostic and Satisfaction Survey on how its members perceive, own and participate in EIZ programmes”.
In the year 2020, Mwale made a proposal to the EIZ Secretariat to undertake such a survey. He was glad to receive the EIZ Chief Executive Officer’s approval to do so in August 2021. The EIZ chief noted that conducting such a survey was one of his organisation’s key performance indicators.
The survey will be undertaken using Google Documents’ in-built survey module to provide access to the questionnaire which will go out to all the EIZ members. The EIZ is hoping to have at least 1,000 responses from its members between mid-October and mid-December 2021.
“We need to get the information in before people start breaking off for Christmas,” Mwale said.
To enable EIZ members with limited Internet access to participate in the survey, an ‘Audio Contact’ centre will also be set up at the EIZ Regional Office in Kitwe. Agents will take calls and fill in the survey questionnaire on behalf of the callers.
Both the Internet based and audio respondents to the survey will be processed using the three laptops donated by Kansanshi Mine.
This is a milestone for the EIZ and Kansanshi Mining Plc is delighted to be associated with another progressive EIZ initiative.