GOVERNMENT and stakeholders should priorities the protection of Itawa Springs to ensure that social, economic and environmental sustainability is attained, says Zambian Breweries Plc corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele.
Speaking in Ndola during graduation of 32 students from Mapalo community which it funded in partnership with GIZ under the Itawa Springs project in crafts at a total cost of US$1,000, Mr Sekele said the springs benefited the town and Zambian Breweries for its production as well as residents and downstream communities who depended for it as a source for water.
Mr Sekele said the Itawa Springs protection project was established through a multi-stakeholder partnership to ensure the social, economic and environmental sustainability.
He said in the first phase, the implementation involved the rehabilitation of the degraded areas of the springs and improve water quality.
The company embarked on construction of three water kiosks, swimming pool and provision of training.
Speaking at the same event Ndola district commissioner George Chisulo assured the company that Government was keen on protecting the ecosystem of Ndola city’s main source of water for domestic and industrial use.
Mr. Chisulo said Government had a policy of supporting public private partnerships such as the Itawa Springs project.
And Zambia International Water Stewardship Programme country coordinator Robert Farrington said the partnership was financially supporting the initiative to rehabilitate the springs as well as relocating the informal community to a new area with improved sanitation facilities and living conditions.
He said the craft and entrepreneurship skills training provided by Mushili Skills Training Centre was jointly funded by UKAID and German development cooperation through GIZ, Zambian Breweries and Ndola City Council.
The training provided at Mushili training centre was jointly funded by Germany through GIZ who pumped in K166,534 with Zambian Breweries providing tools for graduates at a cost of K79,000 and Ndola City Council contributed K8,000.