Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company board has appointed Sylvester Mashamba as the new managing director for the water utility firm to replace Mr George Ndongwe. Dr Mashamba, 53, takes over from interim manager Manuel Mutale who took over the seat the last few months at the company. The new MD holds a PhD and Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne – UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from the University of Zambia. In his long career in academia and public sector spanning over 23 years, Dr Mashamba has served as chief executive officer for the National Construction Council (NCC) for 13 years and has also been a lecturer at the Copperbelt University, rising to the position of dean of School of Built Environment. According to a statement by LWSC public relations officer Nshamba Muzungu, company board chairperson Dennis Mwanza announced the appointment of Dr. Mashamba. “After a rigorous and extensive search, I am very pleased to be able to announce Dr Mashamba’s appointment. He has distinguished experience in the management of public organizations and is a real leader in the field of development. “ I am convinced that with Dr Mashamba’s wide experience, leadership and management, LWSC will become the company of choice for water and sanitation service delivery,” he said. And Dr Mashamba thanked the board for the confidence shown in him by appointing him managing director for the water utility company. “I wish to thank the board for showing confidence in me. The expectations from the board, customers and the shareholders are very clear and therefore LWSC has no time to waste, we should all strive to make a difference in the lives of our customers, he said. The Zambia Water Sanitation Engineering and Allied Workers Union branch chairperson, Moses Mwale, welcomed Dr. Mashamba’s appointment and pledged its support to the new management.