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Pick n Pay to employ UNZA students

The US$3million store at the newly-constructed East Park Mall at UNZA, intends to create about 200 jobs
KELLY NJOMBO – Lusaka
PICK n Pay Zambia is in talks with the University of Zambia (UNZA) over the engagement of students at its newly-constructed store at East Park Mall which is expected to open next month.
The US$3million store in Lusaka, intends to create about 200 jobs for the local people.
Pick n Pay head of human resource Elizabeth Moyo said before the store is opened, the company will also conduct training programmes for the employees as a way of improving their skills and techniques.
“We are in-talks with the vice-chancellor’s office because we want to engage students from UNZA so they can work in our East Park Mall store on a part time basis, either on weekends or night shifts. Our main objective is to try and help the students benefit from the development through skills enhancement and income generation,” she said.
She said the company wants to ensure the students are empowered without disturbing their studies.
Ms Moyo said this in Lusaka on Thursday during the company’s open day ahead of the official opening of the store next month.
Earlier, company general manager Andy Roberts said the East Park Mall Pick n Pay will be the flagship store, and the ninth in the country.
Mr Roberts said the company projects a total investment of US$50 million in Zambia by the end of next year, upon opening 15 stores in the country.
“Pick n Pay has been investing in the Zambian economy since 2009, and we project a total investment of US$50 million by the end of 2015, complemented with a total 15 stores and 2,000 employees”, he said.
Mr Roberts said the company has also made significant investments in the communities where it operates in areas like education, and empowering of physically challenged people.

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