Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has embarked on a road rehabilitation project in partnership with local rural communities which is set to create up to 1.000 jobs.
The Econet Wireless Zimbabwe chief executive Douglas Mboweni, this week announced that the mobile operator has embarked on a road rehabilitation project, in partnership with local rural communities, which is set to create up to 1 000 jobs.
He said the company would invest $3 million dollars over the next 8 months in repairing the rural access roads that lead to its base station sites and, in the process, create jobs for rural communities within Econet’s rural network coverage areas.
“It’s basically an opportunity for us to give back to the communities we serve,” said Mboweni.
“Rather than hire contractors from the big cities and towns – whose turnaround time is often quicker – we thought it would be beneficial to the rural communities if we hired local labour from among the communities to do the work,” he said, adding that the company expected to create anything between 700 and 1000 jobs from the initiative.
Mr Mboweni said: “We believe, from a sustainability point of view, in involving the local people in the work we do in their communities because when we involve them, they become better stewards of the resources and investments in their localities.”
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Regarding the rural access roads, Econet’s technical director, Mr Kezito Makuni, said work was already underway in the four provinces of Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Manicaland and Matabeleland South, where he said the company’s project teams had already surveyed a total of 43 roads targeted for rehabilitation, out of a total of 100, when the project is completed early next year.”
The announcement of the rural road rehabilitation follows a partnership the company has forged with the Environmental Management Agency, which saw the company supply 1 000 litter bins to the City of Harare last week, as part its support for the capital city’s waste disposal efforts, and its commitment to a clean environment.