Shayona Cement Company has unveiled a high technology second phase cement plant worth over USD50 million at its factory in Kasungu.
Commissioning the plant, Minister of Natural Resources and Mining, Bright Msaka described the cement company as a viable supplement in the development of the country.
Situated in the remote area of Traditional Authority Wimbe in Kasungu, Bright Msaka said Shayona Cement Company is an emerging giant in the mining industry in Malawi.
The Minister said he was impressed with the amount of investment on phase 2 of a high tech plant which will enable the company produce huge quantities of cement to satisfy the domestic market.
He further pointed out that the investment will help in saving the much needed forex than before when the country imported cement from outside.
In terms of standards, the company has a well stocked chemical laboratory to test the quality of the cement to match with Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) specifications.
The company which operates in a rural setting, also extended its social corporate responsibility to Chigumba Primary School in Kasungu which it constructed at a tune of K26 million.
Shayona Managing Director Jitendra Patel, lamented over challenges the company is facing seeking government’s attention.
“Our biggest challenge is the road. Trucks have problems using the dusty 27 kilometre road to reach our factory. I hope government will look into this problem,’’ said Patel.
An investment that Shayona Cement Company is offering is seen as a boost in meeting Malawi’s growing infrastructure development needs.
Shayona Cement Company started producing cement in 1997 at a rate of 400 tones per day, which has shot to 1,200 tones to date.
The company employs more than 1,200 people.-MBCFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :