Mazabuka awaits Zuma visit



Mazabuka District Commissioner, Tyson Hamaamba says the visit to the District by South African President, Jacob Zuma and his Zambian counterpart, Rupiah Banda is of significant economic importance to the district.

Mr Hamaamba told ZANIS in Mazabuka today, President Zuma is expected to visit Mazabuka on Wednesday next week where he is expected to commission the  K 840 billion Zambia Sugar Company expansion project.

He said the visit by the duo is important to the district because it will expose the economic potential the district has to the outside world.

Mr Hamaamba said Mazabuka district has become a strategic economic base for the country because of the massive revenue contribution to the country’s gross domestic product.

He further said the commissioning of the project will help address problems of job opportunities for the local people.

Mr Hamaamba said the community will benefit greatly apart from the job opportunities because the company’ budget under its social corporate responsibility will increase.

He said Zambia Suagr Company PLC has been involved in the rehabilitation of schools, health facilities and the Keep Zambia clean programme through openning up of blocked drainages in Cholera prone townships such Ndeke and Zambia compound.

Zambia Sugar Company Corporate Affairs Manager, Lovemore Sievu who also confirmed the arrival of the two heads of state to the district said the visit is important to the company.

Mr Sievu said the commissioning of the project by South African President symbolises the strong economic bonds existing between Zambia and South Africa.

He said the expansion is based on a 50 percent increase in cane crushing capacity of the factory due to expanded sugar cane growing and the construction of new canals to deliver irrigation water to news areas of sugarcane development.

Mr. Sievu said the growth in the production comes from a combination of Zambia Sugar’s own estate operations, commerciall outgrowers and small growers scheme adding that both new and existing totalling some 10,500 hactres.

He observed that as a result of the expansion, sugar production base is expected to 440,000 tonnes of sugar per annum, and increase of approximately 200,000 tonnes compared to the pre expansion period.

The second phase of the expansion was completed in April,2009.

Mr Sievu said Mollases production is expected to increase to 95,000 tonnes by the end of the project and that feasibility studies to investigate the production of alcohol for the national fuel pool will be undertaken.

He also revealed that if an ethnol plant proves viable, the company will be able to supply approximately 10 percent of the country’s fuel requirement.

Late  President, Levy Mwanawasa officially launched the project on 18 September,2007 in Mazabuka.

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