Two employees of Sana Cash ‘n’ Carry on Sunday received houses each from their employer for being recognised as long serving members of the company.
Warehouse supervisor Steven Zulu and security guard, Leonard Mkomo who have both worked over 10 years with Sana received the keys at a luncheon for Sana staff as part of the company’s celebrations for 17 years of existence in Malawi.
“I’m very happy that I have my own big house. Am very thankful for my boss and my fellow workers” expressed Zulu
Zulu who joined Sana in 2002, now has permanent home in area 24 after Sana had bought for him a plot and built a big self-contained house.
“I could not manage to build such a big house own my own. And am very happy that I have a permanent home in Lilongwe city” said Zulu who said has since moved out of the house he was renting to live in his new home
Similarly, Sana also bought another land in Area 23 where it has also built a self-contained house for another long serving employee Mr. Mkomo.
The company has further provided 10 bicycles to some of the best performing employees as token of appreciation for their hard work.
Sana Cash ‘n’ Carry Managing Director, Ali Muhammad said employees are essential in the business and that without their work it could not be possible to reach where the company is now.
“We believe in this team as one big family.” He said and disclosed that three more employees will have their houses built by next year 2018.
He promised that the vision of the company for its workers in the next 17 years is to build the houses for other 300 employees working in all Sana shops. He also said the company will live to its promise made some years ago that it will be paying the university tuition fees for its employees children.
In his remarks, Lilongwe City Mayor, His Worship Counsellor Desmond Bikoko who came at the event as guest of honor said was pleased to know some of the good work that Sana is doing in the country and in his city.
He said investing in its workers by building houses for them was one of the great work that the company is doing to people’s lives as well as providing housing in the city. He then urged Sana employees to work hard and be committed to support their company realise its vision of growth
“The growth of Sana is good for Malawi and Lilongwe city” he told Sana employees as he emphasised the need for them to work hard
“Sana is paying tax to government” he continued, “for our city, Sana is paying city rates. Importantly, Sana is also contribution to Malawi economy through salaries it pays you. So, Sana is playing an important economic value to the country and the city.”
Mayor Bikoko also said was pleased with Sana for its role in corporate social responsibility in his city.
He said early this year, Sana supported Lilongwe residence of Mtandire by donating food items when people were rendered homeless due to floods. He also mentioned that on 6 July during a stamped at the Bingu National Stadium which resulted to death of children, Sana again played a role by giving some relief items.
“So I want to thank you for the support you are providing in Lilongwe” said Bikoko
As Lilongwe City Council, he said “we will commit to support the growth of Sana because you have value to economy of the city of Lilongwe and its residents. Where you need us we are here to support you fully.”