Minister Rashy wants Mota-Engil to construct primary school in Machinjiri

Minister of Mining Rashid Gaffar has asked Mota-Engil to construct a primary school in Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Gaffar (R) interacts with Monteiro

Speaking when he visited the company’s quarry mining site in the area on Monday, the minister said although he was satisfied with the mining operations, the company needed to do more to give back to the community as it has been in the area for a long time.

Said Gaffar: “Although it is not your responsibility, you still should do something; in the next five years, I want to see a primary school constructed by you.

“In the next 10 to15 years, I want to see a secondary school and even a mining college that will teach surrounding communities basic mining skills.”

In his remarks, Blantyre district comissioner Bennet Nkasala assured the minister that his office will engage Mota-Engil on the way forward.

He said: “We shall engage them to help alleviate some problems the area is facing, especially on infrastructure development.

“The road from Machinjiri Area 5 to this site also needs upgrading to bitumen standard.”

On his part, the site’s manager Alexandra Monteiro commended the minister for sparing his time to visit the site, describing it as a wakeup call for the company to do more.

“We have taken note of all what the minister has said. Indeed we have been here since 2011 and it’s high time we did something for the community. But before everything, we need to consult and follow proper procedures,” he said.

The minister later also visited Tikondane Mining Cooperation in Lirangwe where he promised to source a soft loan amounting to K10 million for the group to purchase modern equipment to ensure smooth operations.

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Ndiye ngati za masanjetu! Ana akusewera pa mchenga. Kaya!


Thats a welcome development boss. But also the road that tge travel most often with their Tippaz and hired one from enegerm to Limbe is in bad state, in Limboz, so delapidated its like taking ourselves the way to the graveyard when driving and traveling. Salute sir

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Clearly there is no mining charter in which issues of corporate social responsibility, mine closure, mining impact assessments requirements, environmental, safety and health requirements etc become legal.In the availability of the charter, the minister would not be begging but demanding from the mining companies for a school, medical clinic etc. Whilst begging, he should seriously put in place a charter that will also help to deter illegal mining.


First upgrade the road. School later. Don’t forget covid has not said anything as to when it will be done with the earth. Covid can be with us next 3 years. But the road is crucial. The distance is not much but will make life easier to people going to zomba.
We also need to investigate how bitumen roads were constructed in one mulanje constituency mpaka njira yopita ku mjigo instead of fixing lilongwe or mzuzu roads


Covid is with us forever.


True. Even the road from enegerm filling station to Limbe is in bad state coz of Tippaz. So so dilapidated.


Rashy is just saying that coz mota owe him lots of money for tippa hire. It is one way of keeping them in the country so his tippa business continue and he gets paid.
Mota are part and parcel of dpp’s bad admin and attitude.