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Lafarge Zambia cements Lubombo Road Project

Lafarge Zambia cements Lubombo Road Project

May 11, 2020

 and Lafarge Zambia has cemented the implementation by providing contributing support to the project.

Lafarge Zambia is one of the partners on the multi-stakeholder road project and the company has contributed 350 tonnes of cement and offered significant discounts on further purchases of cement and other building materials.

Last week, Zambia Sugar Managing Director, Mrs Rebecca Katowa hosted Lafarge Zambia chief executive officer, Mr. Jimmy Khan and his entourage at Nakambala Estate. The Lafarge CEO visited to appreciate the partnership that the two companies have established on the implementation of the Lubombo Road Project.

Mr Khan and his delegation were received by Mrs Katowa and Zambia Sugar management team in the MD’s Board Room before a conducted tour of the project site to appreciate the initiative in Lubombo.

Mr Khan and his technical management team appreciated the project and works undertaken in phase one. The Lafarge CEO was pleased with the concepts of the two labour-based technologies being applied on the project and said it was encouraging that the project not only guarantees employment opportunities but also introduces alternative ways of construction roads in Zambia.

The two technologies are cobblestone paving and low volume sealed asphalt finish which involve the use of manual labour for road sealing works. The technologies involved provide cheaper alternatives for construction and maintenance of public roads, while at the same time promote skills development, enterprise development and job creation for rural communities.

The technologies were demonstrated on the Lubombo Road Project for the first phase which involved training and demonstration by local contractors and youths engaged from Lubombo.

Mr Khan said after the tour that the project was in line with the development interventions of Lafarge and it was pleasing that Zambia Sugar invited the company to partner on an important project.

Mr Khan was accompanied by Mr Giovanni Murialdo – Marketing and Strategy Director, Mr Mangiza Phiri – Sales Director, Mr Victor Maambah – Health, Safety and Environment Director, Caesar Samwaka – Mechanical Engineer Manager, Mr Gift Danga – Stakeholder Relations Officer and Mr Muluwa Matafwali – Engineer.

The National Council for Construction (NCC) is the partner delivering technical support, training and mentorship, as well as road surveys and road design. NCC was on hand to explain the application of the two labour-based technologies on the Lubombo Road Project. NCC represented by NCC Construction School Principal, Mr Chance Kaonga, Training Engineer, Ms Prudence Mushota and Training Officer, Mr Martin Daka.

The NCC officials explained the rationale for opting for the two technologies and the benefits of the project which include employment creation and skills development.

A team of surveyors from the NCC deployed at the weekend to commence survey works on the Lubombo Road to prepare ground for road works in earnest. The survey works would be undertaken on the remaining 6 kilometre stretch of the project. This is the most damaged stretch and would require extensive works.

Zambia Sugar, through its Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategy initiated the project with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) supporting through its Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP).

They invited other partners to implement the labour-based project to upgrade the project with the aim of delivering shared value benefits to the community of Lubombo in particular and Mazabuka in general.

The partners on board include the Road Development Agency (RDA) that has sanctioned the upgrade of the road and the National Council for Construction (NCC) delivering the training. Other partners are the Mazabuka Municipal Council (MMC), Department of Cooperatives in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI), supporting in formation of cooperatives; Barclays Bank Zambia delivering financial management skills; ZESCO Limited supporting with provision of power; Karltire supporting with provision of tyres for project equipment; I AM Grafix and Advertising Solutions supporting with road signage; and Lafarge Zambia providing road construction materials.

 

The People’s Action Forum (PAF), a non-governmental organisation operating in Lubombo, is a partner responsible for community mobilisation and coordination of the recruitment processes.

 

The project has leadership support of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI), Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development (MHID) and Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS).

 

The developmental objective for the Lubombo Road Project is to create partnerships that help to build thriving communities by creating employment and wealth creation opportunities to empower the youth in and around the Lubombo community.

 

The primary beneficiaries of the project are the youth from Lubombo and contractors drawn from within Mazabuka engaged in the road project.

The first phase of implementation was the Training and Demonstration Phase. This involved training of 60 youths from in cobblestone chiselling and paving technology. Five (5) contractors firms as well as five engineering staff from Mazabuka Municipal Council (MMC) and Zambia Sugar were trained in low-volume sealed road technology. Experts from Kenya and South Africa as well as the NCC in Zambia delivered the training.

Overall, the project has engaged 165 youths from the Lubombo area. These youths have been mobilised in cooperatives to be operationalised in the second phase with support from the Department of Cooperative Development.

 

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