A Goromonzi councillor has praised mining company Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe for “its dedication” to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Prospect Lithium entered the Goromonzi district a year ago.
In an interview with The Herald, Ward 12 councillor Kondwakuenda Magaya said Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe had helped in the reduction of several issues including unemployment and the underdevelopment of the education and healthcare systems.
Cllr Ditima Mabasa of Ward 17 said Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe was transforming lives in the district. Mabasa is quoted as saying:
In just a short period, Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe has done a lot in Goromonzi district and Zimbabwe at large.
2022 saw Vhuta Primary School in Goromonzi being transformed. New classroom blocks were constructed, old ones were renovated while semi-detached teachers’ houses were constructed.
Donations of 5 500 textbooks and furniture were also made to Vhuta Primary, Belmont Primary and Mwanza Primary and Secondary schools.
Other interventions include prizes for the Vhuta Farmers Dry Show, Goromonzi highway road resurfacing, Goromonzi road gravelling and construction of bridges.
The lithium mining company also donated painting accessories to Goromonzi Police Station and constructed a police base in Ward 13.
PLZ has said it intends to focus on infrastructure development and agriculture, increased company-wide commitments to reduce its environmental footprint, and boost health and education in the communities the company is operating in.
It also intends to contribute millions of dollars toward:
1). the building and rehabilitation of community schools,
2). supporting the educational needs of underprivileged children,
3). sponsoring sporting disciplines,
4). supporting health and disability centres,
5). agriculture and training of farmers to enable them to enhance household livelihoods.
This year’s corporate social responsibility programmes are based on its investment philosophy, “no matter where you invest, you must contribute to the local economy and society.”
Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe is a lithium exploration and development company focused on the Kamativi Tailings Project in Zimbabwe.
The company’s goal is to become a significant lithium producer in the region and to take advantage of the growing demand for lithium, which is used in the production of batteries for electric vehicles and other electronic devices.