Larfage to construct factory in Maamba – Khan
By Staff Reporter
Minister of Works and Supply Mutotwe Kafwaya says Government is committed to creating an enabling environment for private companies to drive the economy.
And Larfage has announced plans to construct a cement fly ash blending factory in Maamba, Southern Province.
Speaking when Lafarge Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Jimmy Khan paid a courtesy call on him, Kafwaya said participation of private entities such as Larfage in the Zambia economy could not be over emphasised.
Kafwaya was responding to Khan who said his firm had an opportunity of having 1,400 applicants for internship last year.
He said a stronger partnership with the cement firm in the quest for development and maintenance works would guarantee sustainability.
He said most of the buildings currently in use were very old and required renewal by way of pulling them down and replace them with new ones.
On climate change, Kafwaya expressed his passion on the need to protect the environment.
He said climate change was real, which should be taken seriously and contribute towards smart thinking so that the production of goods and services was friendly to the environment.
And Khan revealed that Larfage had embarked on a partnership programme with Maamba Collieries that would see the construction of a cement fly ash blending factory in Southern Province.
He said once there was legislation in place to compel Africa’s cement companies to use fly ash, it would be a good opportunity to explore the sector that would also help in creating more jobs.