|Marange Resources pays back to community|
|Friday, 07 September 2012 13:41|
DIAMOND mining concern Marange Resources' vibrant Corporate Social Responsibility drive has seen them assist more than 300 pupils with supplementary feeding as well as paying their school fees in Marange and Arda Transau area where villagers were relocated from Chiadzwa.
Marange Resources have since completed renovating a clinic with a marternity wing in the Arda Transau area while a total of 19 primary schools and seven secondary schools both in Marange and Arda Transau are benefiting from the supplementary feeding scheme.
Apart from the supplementary feeding scheme and paying school fees for relocated villagers' children, Marange Resources has also been actively involved in construction of state-of-the-art houses for the relocated villagers.
Marange Resources Chief Executive Obert Dube confirmed that more than 300 pupils are benefiting under their CSR programme in the area of paying school fees for them to enable them attain an education.
"We have a school fees assistance programme for 301 pupils as well as introducing a supplementary feeding scheme for 26 schools in Marange and Arda Transau.
“We have also completed renovating a clinic with a maternity wing for the Arda Transau area where villagers from Chiadzwa were relocated. In the same breadth, we have also renovated the school which most, if not all, of their children attend," he said.
In a wide ranging interview recently, Marange Resources Corporate Affairs Manager Ms Muriel Nqwababa confirmed that her company is committed to assisting in the development of the community in which it operates.
"We will continue playing our part in the development of the community in which we operate in. Apart from the disturbance allowances that were given to relocated villagers as well as the construction of decent houses, Marange Resources is catering for 301 pupils in enabling them attend school through paying their school fees as well as introducing a supplementary feeding scheme as from this coming school term.
"This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme and a way of giving back to the community in which we are doing business. We will continue exploring ways of how best we can strengthen the relationship between ourselves and the community around us," she said.
A representative of the headmasters in the area, Spiwe Munongwa commended Marange Resources for their benevolence.
"We really want to extend our sincere gratitude to Marange Resources for their assistance. We have no doubt that this will go a long way in improving the standards of life of the people in Marange and Arda Transau.
"It is a fact that there can never be effective learning if people are hungry, therefore the supplementary feeding scheme is a welcome development. We just want to thank Marange for that," said an elated Munongwa.
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