Malawi’s sole sugar producing company Illovo Sugar Limited over the weekend celebrated 50 years of existence in the country.
The date was marked with different activities held at the Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo Chikwawa.
The activities included drama, poetry and a football match involving Dwangwa United and Nchalo United which Nchalo won 3-1.
Among the high profile guests, staff and management of Illovo Sugar Limited at the comemorations the Trade and Industry Minister Joseph
Mwanamveka who pledged goverment’s continued support to the company in providing a conduncive business environment.
He also pleaded with the company to embrace corporate and social responsibility for the betterment of the surrounding communities.
On his part, Nchalo Sugar Estate General Manager Ken Tembo expressed concern with the behaviour of some of the surrounding community
members accused of stealing sugarcane.
He said so far the practice and effects of climate change leading to dry spell are the major challenges the company is experiencing.
On the issue, social and corperate responsibility, Tembo said his company has been helping alot in areas of health, education among others during its 50 years of existence.
He said his company is working on coming up with Sustainable Corporate and Social Programmes to prevent people from relying on hand outs.
Currently, Illovo Sugar Limited employs about 11,000 employees.