Le­saf­fre in­jects $500k into wa­ter treat­ment plant

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Love­more Zi­gara Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

THE coun­try’s sole yeast man­u­fac­turer, Le­saf­fre Zim­babwe has in­vested $500 000 to­wards the set­ting up of a wa­ter treat­ment plant at its Gweru fac­tory.

This fol­lows the in­stal­la­tion of a wa­ter pump by Gweru City Coun­cil at Ng­amo Dam which has re­sulted in the com­pany re­ceiv­ing un­in­ter­rupted raw wa­ter sup­plies.

Wa­ter is a key com­po­nent in the pro­duc­tion of yeast and Le­saf­fre con­sumes 400 000 litres of the com­mod­ity daily.

The com­pany’s gen­eral man­ager, Mr Bernard La­guerre told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that the wa­ter treat­ment plant is ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned this week.

This, he said, would re­duce the cost of wa­ter from the lo­cal au­thor­ity as the com­pany will treat its own wa­ter.

“We’re grate­ful with the as­sis­tance that we got from Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa who en­sured the City Coun­cil in­stalls a pump from Ng­amo Dam where we are re­ceiv­ing raw wa­ter sup­plies.

We’re set­ting up a wa­ter treat­ment plant at a cost of $500 000 to re­duce our wa­ter bill be­cause treated wa­ter from coun­cil is very ex­pen­sive so it is pru­dent to treat the wa­ter right from our fac­tory,” he said.

“We’ve al­ready installed wa­ter tanks and ma­chin­ery is in the process of be­ing installed.

By the end of this week, the treat­ment plant would be fully com­mis­sioned,” said Mr La­guerre.

He said the in­stal­la­tion of the treat­ment plant is part of his com­pany’s re­tool­ing pro­gramme.

The yeast pro­ducer has since from the be­gin­ning of the year in­vested $2 mil­lion at its fac­tory in Gweru and the money has been largely chan­nelled to­wards the re­fur­bish­ment ex­er­cise and ac­qui­si­tion of new equip­ment.

The cap­i­tal in­jec­tion was made after a French con­glom­er­ate, Le­saf­fre Group ac­quired a 60 per­cent stake in An­chor Yeast re­sult­ing in the lo­cal firm chang­ing its name to Le­saf­fre Zim­babwe.

Fol­low­ing the in­vest­ment, Le­saf­fre has im­proved on ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion to 100 per­cent re­sult­ing in the firm re­cruit­ing ad­di­tional work­force by 50 per­cent, from 125 em­ploy­ees — @lavuzi­gara1

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