Lafarge spends $400 000 on CSR

HARARE - Cement producer Lafarge Zimbabwe says it spent $400 000 this year on corporate social responsibility programmes as part of its strategy to empower communities.

“We are likely to increase the amount next year because we believe in empowering the communities. As the company grows, we also like to see communities around the country growing,” said Jonathan Shoniwa, Lafarge managing director, at the graduation ceremony of 30 members of the Zimbabwe Women in Construction Association (Ziwca) last Friday.

“As a major producer of cement and allied products and key player in the construction sector in Zimbabwe, we are proud to be associated with this programme which has been crafted with the desire to improve quality in the construction industry and encourage women to participate in the construction industry to truly reflect our diversity,” said Shoniwa.

Shoniwa said while women have made some gains in occupying positions traditionally occupied by men, construction trade remained overwhelmingly male dominated.

“Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe continues to engage in strategies that create value for the society.”
Shoniwa said the partnership in building programme presented a suitable opportunity for building capacity for qualified individuals to contribute effectively to the economy.

Ziwca is an association of women involved in brick-laying, brick making, production of roof tiles and window seals moulding while others are builders. - Business Writer

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