Zambian Breweries donates to Cyclone Idai victims

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Zambian Breweries has dispatched much-needed aid to victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

With millions of families dispersed and terrorised by torrential rain and strong winds, the exit wounds of this storm on the economy and livelihood of affected countries has been substantial.

Touched by their plight, Zambian Breweries has dispatched a consignment of bottled water, tinned food and medical supplies totalling to over K195,000, destined for Beira, Mozambique.

Presenting the consignment to Minister in the Vice President’s office Sylvia Chalikosa, director of corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele said Zambia shared Zambian Breweries’ dream of bringing people together for a better world by how different stakeholders and citizens have come together to display generosity to the victims of the natural disaster.

“I want to believe that the whole country (Zambia) shares our dream. We can see the passion of people extending a lending hand through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and the Office of the Vice President. We also want to thank our colleagues, our suppliers who contributed medical supplies for this noble cause,” said Sekele.

Sekele further, explained that the additional contributions were received from Coca-Cola Beverages Africa – CCBA – Kalunda Beverages Limited, which donated 2,000 cases of 500ml mineral water.

Nemchem assisted with cleaning materials and Yash Pharmacy and Asian Medical contributed medical items.

“The disaster in Mozambique has touched the country and Zambian Breweries in particular because our sister company Cervejas de Moçambique, which also belongs to our global parent company AB InBev, has operations in Maputo, Beira and Nampula. The plant in which the company operates from in Beira is completely destroyed. Our colleagues there managed to get in touch with us a few days after the cyclone. Much as we were affected by the cyclone, we were also concerned about the community around the brewery in Beira that were affected,” Sekele said.

Receiving the donation, the minister encouraged more people to remember the cyclone victims, noting that no gift was too small.

“The donations by Zambian Breweries will significantly assist the Cyclone Idai-affected communities around the company’s plant in Beira, Mozambique including its employees and is expected to reach out to over 5,000 people,” said Chalikosa.

“The nation may wish to note that Beira is gradually returning to life, but thousands of people are still in camps. Those that were in safe havens such as schools have started relocating to established camps such as Samora Machel camp, which is expected to accommodate about 1500 displaced persons. May I retaliate that the affected countries still requires our support in this enormous humanitarian response,” she added.

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