Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd on Saturday donated 100 desks to Ruangwa District in the Lindi Region, an initiative intended to back government’s efforts towards improvement of the Education Sector in rural areas.
A subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa’s donation worth 10 Million Tanzanian shillings was received by Prime minister and Ruangwa Constituent Member of Parliament Hon. Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa and is aimed at lifting up the education sector in rural areas and addressing the challenges of school desks shortage.
Speaking at the event, Coca-Cola Kwanza’s Director of Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, Mr. Salum Nassor said the company’s donation aimed at bringing back to the community part of the gains.
“Coca Cola Kwanza’s vision is to refresh and improve lives of Tanzanians in various sectors including the education sector. We do business the right way for a better-shared future, this support will resolve school desks shortages benefitting 200 students at a time in Ruangwa District and can be used for over 10 years”, he said.
Mr. Nassor added, “There is a great focus in the Southern Regions of Tanzania, we opened a Strategic Selling Depot (SSD) in Lindi last year and are planning to open another in Mtwara in April this year to bring our products closer to the consumers’ arm reach. Same way, we have donated 100 desks in Kibiti in January and same amount in Ruangwa today”
The Coca-Cola Kwanza’s Director urged other institutions, stakeholders, and non-government organizations to work together and support the government’s efforts in finding solutions to community problems.
Speaking at the event, Ruangwa Member of Parliament and the Prime minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa congratulated Coca-Cola Kwanza for their continuous support and said it is the community’s responsibility to preserve, protect and utilize wisely different supports from stakeholders.
Since launching the initiative of making School desks as part of its corporate social responsibility, Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd has made and distributed over 3,000 desks to various schools, impacting lives of over 6,000 students at a time.
CCBA is the 8th largest Coca-Cola bottling partner in the world by revenue, and the largest on the continent. It accounts for 40 percent of all Coca-Cola products sold in Africa by volume.
CCBA’s African footprint now encompasses South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Comoros, Mayotte, Zambia, Botswana, Eswatini and now Lesotho. The group employs more than 16 000 people directly, almost half of them in South Africa.