Vice President Guy Scott has called on foreign investors in the country to make use of local products in their operations.
ZANIS Ndola reports that the vice president made the pronouncements this morning during the official opening of the new 90 million United States dollars investment at the Zambian Breweries Ndola Brewery plant.
Dr Scott said he was happy that the Zambian Breweries was buying its wheat from the local farmers.
And speaking earlier Sub Miller Africa Managing Director Mark Bowman explained that apart from the $90m plant in Ndola, his company had invested a further $25m investment in the Chibuku plant in Lusaka earmarked for completion by the end of this year.
Mr Bowman said the Ndola plant was one of the modern plants in Sub Miller’s entire African group of companies.
“I am glad to stand here and boast that the Ndola plant is the best plant in all our African group of companies,” he said.
He further revealed that Sub Miller had developed a technique of producing beer from cassava with a plot project in Mozambique, which is expected to be introduced in all the African group of companies.
“Let me also take this opportunity to inform you that we have developed a technique where we are producing beer from cassava and our plot project is in Mozambique but will soon spread to all our African group,” he said.
And Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda who also witnessed the official opening of the plant called on Zambian Breweries to employ local youths in Ndola Central constituency where the is located.
“Am very happy that this plant is situated here in Ndola Central Constituency and as Area MP, am appealing to you to employ the many unemployed youths from this very constituency,’ he said.
He further implored the company to adhere to the labour laws and to maintain a motivated workforce.
And in his vote of thanks Ndola Mayor Davies Chiwala said the opening of the new plant in Ndola would go a long way in revitalizing the city as an industrial hub in the province.
“This new plant will take back Ndola to what it was, because people think Ndola is a dead town, but we are now taking back our status as an industrial town in the province,” he said.
Councillor Chiwala explained that Zambian Breweries was a responsible company which had partnered with the Ndola City Council in solid waste collection.