Sch­weppes part­ners JMN Poly

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Richard Muponde

SCH­WEPPES Hold­ings Africa Limited through its sub­sidiary, Beit­bridge Juice (BJ), has part­nered the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo (JMN) Polytech­nic Col­lege in Gwanda in set­ting up a hor­ti­cul­ture project that will see the learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion pro­duc­ing fruits for pro­cess­ing into juice by the com­pany.

To achieve this, the juice com­pany on Fri­day un­veiled a five-year spon­sor­ship pro­gramme to the col­lege in which it will avail $6 500 ev­ery year as part of its cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The two part­ners com­mis­sioned a 72-me­tre deep bore­hole at its old site to kick start the hor­ti­cul­ture project.

Speak­ing dur­ing the event, Sch­weppes Hold­ings Africa Limited head of mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions, Ms Unaiswi Nyikadzino, said her com­pany would con­tinue to sup­port the col­lege in projects for mu­tual ben­e­fit.

“Our mar­riage started last year when we dis­bursed the first tranche of the $6 500 to the col­lege which they used to con­struct a green house. The money, when we ini­tially gave them, they had the dis­cre­tion to use it for any other projects but they de­cided on a green house. This time they drilled a bore­hole for hor­ti­cul­ture,” said Ms Nyikadzino.

She said her or­gan­i­sa­tion would work closely with the col­lege to es­tab­lish an or­chard.

“Our com­pany will get fruits from here for juice pro­cess­ing most of which goes to make Ma­zoe Or­ange Crush.

“The in­sti­tu­tion will ben­e­fit like our other part­ners in Beit­bridge who sup­ply or­anges.”

JMN Poly prin­ci­pal Dr Ngoni Moyo said their part­ner­ship with BJ was in line with the Zim-As­set blue print, which en­cour­ages Pri­vate Pub­lic Part­ner­ships (PPPs).

“The high yield­ing bore­hole will help mit­i­gate wa­ter short­ages at the col­lege. You can see that at this old cam­pus there is not much hor­ti­cul­ture un­like the main cam­pus be­cause of short­ages of wa­ter. Now that we have plenty wa­ter it is our time to em­bark on full time hor­ti­cul­ture,” said Dr Moyo.

Sch­weppes Africa Hold­ings Limited bought the Beit­bridge Juice Plant BJ last year. - @richardmuponde.

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