Lafarge Zambia Plc and Total Zambia launched a dual branded container in Ndola, Copperbelt on 9 March 2016. This is a modern container, which is the first of its kind in the Copperbelt, and demonstrates Lafarge Zambia's drive to find meaningful solutions that cater to the needs of customers.
The launch was held at Itawa, Total filling station along Hammarskjold road and was attended by Copperbelt Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Elias Kamanga, Acting Ndola District Commissioner Mr Taphen Muloonga, Total Zambia CEO Mr Damien Ricour-Dumas and Lafarge Zambia CEO Mr Emmanuel Rigaux.
Speaking at the event, the Lafarge Zambia CEO Mr Emmanuel Rigaux said that Lafarge and Total Zambia have co-operated to jointly develop dual branded containers to promote greater access to our products, increase convenience, save time and allow consumers to purchase any quantity they desire.
The initiative is bound to create jobs for the Copperbelt. "In addition to improving the distribution of our products, these containers would create jobs with at least two people managing each container. This offers a good opportunity for many of the country's youths to support the entrepreneurship agenda that the Government is pursing", Mr Rigaux added.
Meanwhile, Total Zambia CEO Mr Damien Ricour-Dumas stressed the positive impacts of the Awango lamps in rural and urban areas. "The implementation of these dual branded containers supports our ambition to provide access to energy to the whole country. The Awango by Total range of Solar lamps, which will be sold in the container, is designed to supplement this aim by providing reliable low cost lighting and phone charging solutions to communities that have no access or little access to electricity", he said.
He further stated that Total Zambia together with Lafarge, clearly have a growth strategy in Zambia to support and be a part of the impressive growth and development of the country.
The Copperbelt Deputy permanent Secretary Mr. Elias Kamanga who launched the container, was happy to see that the dual branded container launched in the Copperbelt. He commended Lafarge and Total for working together to compliment Government efforts in promoting diversification by selling solar lamps and building materials in one container.
"As Government we have been encouraging private sector to come up with alternative energy solutions especially at a time when we as a nation are experiencing load shedding to mitigate government effort. I am happy to see that Lafarge Zambia and Total are taking the lead in conducting business in a sustainable manner", he said.
Lafarge Zambia and Total Zambia aim to have the dual branded containers distributed across the country thereby making cement and solar lamps available to all in a way that improves customer convenience.