Ethanol Company (EthCo) Limited, a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) has handed over a bridge and a teachers house as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
On Friday, EthCo handed over a bridge worth K2.5 million at Kachere Village in Traditional Authority Kanyenda in Nkhota-Kota which will connect about 3,000 families living on the shores of Lake Malawi but are separated from the Dwangwa Sugar Estate by a canal.
Village Headman Simeon Kanyenda thanked EthCo for constructing the bridge which he said will help ‘thousands’ of people who ply their fish trade in the area and come from as far away places like Dwambazi,Nkhata-Bay and Likoma.
“We are very thankful to EthCo for coming to our rescue with the new bridge as we have been having difficulties maintaining the old one which was built in 2006,” said Kanyenda.
EthCo General Manager Lusubilo Chakaniza asked the people of Kachere village and surrounding areas to take ownership of the bridge.
“This is your bridge, it’s not owned by EthCo and hence it is important that the Kachere Community demonstrates ownership by taking care of it,” said Chakaniza.
Later in the day, EthCo also handed over a teacher’s house at Dwasulu Community Secondary School in the district which the company finished and rehabilitated at the cost of K1.5 million.
Head Teacher for Dwasulu Community Secondary School SithabileMasamba commended EthCo for finishing the house which they abandoned in 2009 due to limited resources.
“With this house we will now have five teachers residing at the school and the other four elsewhere. We are thankful to EthCo for helping us out,” said Masamba.
Chakaniza said EthCo recognizes the need for good corporate citizenry and the need to plough back into the Community a portion of the proceeds that it makes through the production of ethanol.
She said education is just one of the areas that EthCo supports in its CSR initiatives.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :