ZAMBIA Sugar Company management says its corporate social responsibility policy is not lip service but is practical and meant to improve the lives of the community in Mazabuka and the country at large.

And the company anticipates to spend over K710 million this year on projects aimed at consolidating the water infrastructure project that has been implemented over the years at Mazabuka Golf Club.

Head of corporate affairs, Lovemore Sievu said in a statement on Sunday that the company had spent billions of kwacha on infrastructure development and provision of required services to the community.

Sievu observed that billions of kwacha had also been spent by his company to build classroom blocks and improve the water reticulation system at some selected schools in Mazabuka and Monze districts.

He stated that Mazabuka Girls High School was given K300 million for the construction of a classroom block while St Edmunds High School was given K100 million to conduct general rehabilitation works at the learning institution.
Sievu stated that the water reticulation system at Rusangu Secondary School was improved as three boreholes were sunk and equipped to provide a steady supply of the commodity to all the departments.

He also revealed that the company had been donating sugar to some schools implementing the school feeding programme as a way of contributing to pupils' nutrition and improve the attendance of vulnerable children.

Sievu stated that Mazabuka district hospital also received a facelift of all the wards and turned the maternity ward into an ultra-modern facility while Monze Mission hospital received a donation of laundry equipment and a generator set.

He stated that in order to help the community in Mazabuka, Zambia Sugar Company had devised a determined policy of supplying raw bulky water to the Southern Water and Sewerage Company for treatment and subsequent reticulation in Mazabuka town.

Sievu stated that the company had also been involved in the construction of a pedestrian road and bridge, excavating and rehabilitation of main drains in two high density townships adjacent to the estate.

And Sievu disclosed that Zambia Sugar has in the past few years pumped over K1 billion in upgrading infrastructure at the Mazabuka Golf Club.

The Mazabuka Golf Club offers recreation to Zambia Sugar company staff, their spouses and the community and employees are actively engaged in the organisation and running of the club.