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By McDonald Chapalapata, Contributor:

Ethanol distiller, Ethanol Company (EthCo), sugar manufacturer, Illovo Dwangwa Estate, and haulage and agriculture company, Unitrans, on Thursday donated equipment worth K8 million to Nkhotakota District Council to help in the fight Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the function in Dwangwa, EthCo Chief Executive Officer, Lusubilo Chakaniza, said the donation was part of corporate social responsibility.

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“The Company has stepped in with a new hand sanitizer in response to societal needs. We have assisted the district with 500 litres of hand sanitizers, 300 assorted masks, 4 thermo scanners, 200kgs HTH Chlorine and 100 litres of fuel,” Chakaniza said.

She said of the total amount, EthCo contributed about K2.6 million.

Illovo Dwangwa Estate General Manager, Jerry Ndlovu, said the donation would help community members surrounding the estate and other areas.

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“We are donating 4 thermo scanners, 400 pairs of heavy duty gloves, 97 aprons, 250 googles, 400 kilogrammes of chlorine, 20 FFP1 and 950 FFP2 disposable masks and 280 litres of fuel.

“Value of these items is K4 million. We believe these items will go a long way in fighting this invisible enemy called Covid-19,” Ndlovu said.

Unitrans Malawi Dwangwa Depot Manager, Masindisa Sambo said the firm donated 5000 latex gloves, 100 heavy duty gloves, 200 masks and K300,000 worth of fuel for the Covid-19 fight totaling to K1.2 million.

“We want to support the District Health Office to sensitize the communities on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by following the World Health Organisation-recommended procedures,” Sambo said.

Nkhotakota District Commissioner, Medson Matchaya, thanked the three companies for the support.

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