LAFARGE Zambia this morning handed over five cheques valued at K210,000 to help supplement the efforts of selected institutions that are established to help the community.
The beneficiaries of the cheques included Chilanga Mother of Mercy Hospice, Cheshire Home-Kabulonga, Cheshire Home- Chawama, Livingstone General Hospital, and Author Davison Children’s Hospital.
Lafarge Zambia PLC Board Chairman Mr Muna Hantuba disclosed that a sum of K230,000 was raised from the Lusaka Marathon that took place this year.
Each of the five institutions received a cheque worth K42,000 during a colorful handover ceremony held at Twangale Park in Lusaka’s Lilayi area.
Mr Hantuba also thanked all Zambians and international athletes that participated in the marathon saying their generous contribution has made the vision a reality.
And speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Peter White from Cheshire Home- Kabulonga, said it was gratifying that their plea for help was answered by an industrial giant such as Lafarge.
White hopes that other major companies in the country will follow suit.
He said the funds that are donated will go a long way in feeding, clothing and providing proper medical care for the children at the named organizations.
According to White, it has been difficult for his institution to provide all the needs for the children and that therefore it is discouraging when some companies refuse to render help.
White also stressed that there are so many children that need help and that if more firms came on board, more children in the country will be helped.
He however thanked Lafarge and other partners more sincerely for the gesture.
Earlier, Mr Hantuba commended the government through Zambia Amateur Athletics Association for being highly supportive.
He encouraged more people to participate in the forth coming marathon which takes place on 27 April, 2019 at Levy Mall under the theme “Cement your fitness”.
Lafarge Zambia has observed over the years, great willingness by most people to be fit hence the company has decided to maintain the same participation fees to promote wellness and contribution toward needy institutions in the community.
Participants in the full marathon are required to pay K350, the half marathon is also pegged at K 350, a 10 kilometer- race at K200 while 5kilometre walk is K100.
” We guarantee the runners of total safety and we have started engaging the Government authorities to have total road closure along the routes and in addition the traffic officers from RTSA to patrol the routes so that safety of the runners is not compromised. I also want to urge the motorists to take upon themselves and observe the traffic rules on that day and seek alternative routes to avoid roads marked for the race,” Hantuba added.
And Lafarge Zambia interim Country Chief Executive Officer, Mr Raphael Chipoma explained that the event was aimed at appreciating the work of those taking good care of orphans and the disabled in society.
Meanwhile, ZAAA President Elias Mpondela during the same event hailed Lafarge for the commitment of channeling proceeds of the Lusaka marathon to charitable organizations.
He said when Lafarge told him that they wanted to donate proceeds of the marathon to the needy a few years ago, he was touched.
And Dr Kaseya Chiyeng’u who is Clinical Care in-charge at Livingstone General Hospital said he would recommend to management to consider allocating the larger part of the funds received to the Children’s ward since most patients at the hospital are children.
The event was also attended by representatives from Madison General Insurance, and Standard Chartered Bank.
This year alone, the Lafarge Lusaka Marathon attracted 2500 participants. The sixth edition of the marathon will be held in April next year.
The annual event focuses on promoting wellness and social cohesion as well as supporting the spirit of marathon running in the country. The support rendered to the marathon is channeled towards helping the Lafarge Foundation which is the main vehicle through which it continues to address the needs within communities.
Lafarge Cement is one of the oldest and most enduring manufacturing companies in Zambia.
Its greatest corporate social responsibility to the country is provision of jobs for Zambians and comparable contribution to government tax revenue.
It has also contributed immensely to high standards of safety, health and environmental protection.
Royal Zambian Airlines takes to the air
Royal Zambian Airlines was officially incorporated in May of 2020, and now prepares to embark on its maiden voyage in December 2020.Even though the company operates as a department within the Royal Air Charters brand, and exists commercially as its subsidiary, Royal Zambian Airlines is a wonder all of its own – offering ‘best-in-class’, medium-range jet capability for fifty (50) passengers, by way of an Embraer 145LR.
The carrier is supported by a 30-seater twin-turboprop Embraer 120 ER, and by a world class management team that will work around the clock to ensure flyers enjoy a safe and luxurious travel experience at all times.
The debut of Royal Zambian Airlines is purposely defined by a renewed dedication to ensuring the health and safety of all passengers, aboard our flights and beyond. Our current flight schedule covers the route from Lusaka to Johannesburg, and vice versa, and allows customers to change their travel plans up to 24 hours before departure (at no cost!) with flexible tickets.
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Zamtel named Most Improved and Innovative Enterprise
ZAMTEL has been named “The Most Improved Enterprise” and the “Most Innovative Enterprise” by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
The awards were presented to Zamtel Board Chairman Mr. Danny Luswili and Chief Executive Officer Mr Sydney Mupeta at the IDC Awards Gala held in Livingstone over the weekend by the Minister of Finance Hon. Bwalya Ng’andu.
In announcing the awards, IDC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mateyo Kaluba attributed the win to Zamtel’s determination and success in rebuilding its business and its focus in driving innovation.
The award for the “Most Innovative Enterprise” was given to Zamtel for its Velocity home internet product which has transformed the internet experience in Zambia.
Commenting on the awards, Mr Mupeta thanked Zamtel staff for their contribution in the transformation that is taking place across the business.
“We are proud of this recognition which speaks to the transformational journey we have been on to improve our business. Over the last few years we have been developing a number of digital solutions and we will continue to innovate and deliver the best products to meet our customer’s ever evolving needs,” Mr Mupeta said.
“The Zamtel team and I are humbled to win these awards. In a year that has been challenging for everyone, this recognition fuels our mission to improve the business by offering world class products. At the heart of our strategy is technology and innovation that will transform our customer’s quality of experience. We believe that every Zambian deserves the benefits of a digitally connected life.” He further stated.
“I further wish to thank our customers for their continued support and encourage potential customers to join the Zamtel family to start enjoying our services. Our pursuit of technology leadership and superior customer experience is driven by our staff who work tirelessly to ensure that we put our customers first in everything we do and these awards belong to them.” Mr Mupeta said.
This is according to a statement issued by Zamtel Corporate Communications Manager Changwe Kabwe.
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