TelOne urges firms to protect the environment

MUTARE - Fixed telephone service provider, TelOne, has challenged fellow corporates to show greater concern to their employees’ welfare and environment.

The company’s managing director Chipo Mtasa told the businessdaily on the side lines of TelOne’s two-day Wellness Fair which was launched after a clean-up campaign of Mutare’s central business district.

“This is not the time to do business in the usual way but also care for the health of staff and have concern for the environment around you,” she said.

The seasoned executive noted that industry can no longer operate oblivious to employees’ welfare and that of the surrounding community.

“We are trying to achieve a balance between being a good employer and responsible corporate citizens.

“This is the reason we have this wellness fair and had the clean-up,” she said, adding that businesses should not, however, shoulder the whole cost alone but can engage other partners who are willing to offer some services.

“We have a budget for health, but we also have many other stakeholders who also support our wellness programmes,” she said as non-profit organisations offered free health education to employees and offered HIV, hypertension and blood sugar tests among other things.

Meanwhile, TelOne is set to start upgrades of its telecommunication infrastructure after securing a $98,6 million loan from China-Exim Bank.

The company’s human resources director, Hopewell Zinyau confirmed recently that the loan was secured through a government-to-government agreement.

TelOne  has so far connected 86 000 clients through its broadband copper connectivity while it has set a target of connecting 100 000 through its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) project before the end of 2018.

The company is undertaking its $25 million FTTH project through a Private Public Partnership arrangement with Wuhan Fibre Home Technologies.

The company is hoping the cash injection would improve its fortunes after its revenue took a slump to $138 million from $157 million in 2014.

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