KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
ZAMBIAN Breweries Plc environmental manager Chifundo Phiri says nature and the environment are key to the survival of human beings and businesses.
Mr Phiri said the company has been doing a lot to promote a green economy through environmental protection and sensitisation of employees.
“We are sensitising them on the need of conserving and re-using water, recycling and waste management and power conservation among others. We are working in an environment that requires nature’s elements,” he said at the just-ended Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show held under the theme ‘promoting a green economy’.
Mr Phiri said the company has engaged with schools and will be planting trees, obtained from the Forest Department, along with sensitising pupils on the importance of environmental protection.
And in line with its dream of a better world, Zambian Breweries had declared commitment to the preservation and protection of nature as evidenced with the protection of the Itawa Springs in Ndola.
The Itawa Springs, a tributary to the Kafubu River, accounts for between 50 and 60 percent of the water supply for both domestic and industrial use for Ndola, Luanshya and Masaiti.
Despite its huge importance, this precious source of water has been under significant threat due to land degradation and pollution caused by brick-making and unregulated effluent discharge.
“We have moved the people that were operating around the spring and empowered them with skills and equipment. We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Zambia and have built 28 houses for the affected people. We decided to move them because their stay and operating around the springs posed pollution to the water.
“The company recognises that the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources is essential for its business success and long-term growth. Zambian Breweries strives to efficiently use and protect natural resources across its value chain,” Zambian Breweries corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele said.