I have been playing around with Shapefiles  these last couple of weeks. So I got the most recently available Zambia GDM Shapefiles , made a few modifications to take into account Muchinga Province and new districts, and subsequently merged the DBF file with the 2011 presidential elections results . While I have been exclusively using R packages like maptools , I spent the last few minutes working with Google Fusion Tables  and came up with the interactive map below. (more…)
I have spent the last couple of weeks sieving through Zambia census data, as part of a personal project I am working on. With the looming presidential by-election, I decided to extend this analysis to include election results since democracy was re-introduced in 1991. I have spent the last few days compiling this information and will dedicate the next few posts to visualising this data—I hope someone out there finds this useful. (more…)
I left Cape Town on June 9 2013, after spending a total of 861 days. It feels good to be back home, however, I anticipate the road ahead will be long and hard… re-integration is already proving hard –day 7 in the small mining town of Mufulira, Zambia and bandwidth is already top on the list of things I’ve had to grapple with. It’s expensive and DAMN slow. I saw this coming though… (more…)
I got my hands on some really interest data a couple of weeks back and decided to compile the information and publish it, just in case someone out there finds it useful. And for the record NO! I am not planning to open a bank of my own –well, at least that thought hasn’t crossed my mind yet 😉 I have never quite been interested in the banking sector, not until more and more of them kept coming to Zambia. (more…)
Update (January 12, 2018): (1) New NAPSA ceiling is ZMW 995.00. (2) Tax relief for pension contributions removed 🙁 (see budget speech).
There has been a lot of hype [1, 2, 3] about Zambia’s supposedly “Pro-Poor” 2012 budget… and rightfully so –it is perhaps the one most significant piece of evidence linking the Patriotic Front  to their Socialist agenda. The one thing everyone seems to be talking about though is the new PAYE Tax bands; and effective April 1, 2012 the new personal tax rates in Zambia be as depicted in table below. (more…)