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Lafarge to build 400 houses for workers

By NKOLE MULAMBIA
LAFARGE Cement Zambia Plc intends to construct between 350 and 400 houses for the firm’s employees as part of an empowerment programme.
Meanwhile, the firm is targeting to double exports of cement to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from the current 250,000 metric tonnes after new milling capacity is in place.
Company managing director Emmanuel Rigaux said the firm was currently assessing different house designs to ascertain the actual investment.
“We are looking at developing 350 and 400 and possibly more, once we have selected the appropriate house design and solution we will give the actual investments,” Mr Rigaux told journalists in Lusaka on Friday.
Mr Rigaux said five developers have so far been identified and selected for the project.
Mr Rigaux further said the company’s cement export market is currently challenging saying only between 250,000 and 300,000 metric tonnes is exported into the DRC.
“This week I was in that country to discuss with customers. We want to bring in another milling capacity which will allow us to double production,” he said.
The firm is currently supplying 900,000 metric tonnes of cement to the local market as its priority.

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