Over dozen families from Rusizi District can now put on a smile on their faces after CIMERWA, a local cement plant, donated modern houses, as part of its corporate social investments.
In collaboration with the District administration, 18 houses under a Rwf190 million housing project were built to resettle families that were being affected by mining activities in Rusizi.
The projected was endorsed by Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) and the Rwanda Natural Resource Authority.
Juvenal Rutaganda, the Strategic Initiative Manager for CIMERWA, the project was a result of mining site visits that established a need for families living within 300 meters to relocate.
“CIMERWA has a limestone quarry at Mashyuza and there was a local community living around it, being affected by our mining activities.
In 2015 CIMERWA sought advice from relevant authorities and the team visited the site and recommended that people living within 300 meters from the blasting line shall leave the place”.”
An MoU was signed with district officials that saw construction work go on smoothly.
“The houses were constructed on land provided by the district of Rusizi, in Bugarama Sector, Ryankana Cell and It is the place allocated to IDP model houses in Rusizi.
The houses are 5 blocks of 4 in one. Each block is accommodating 4 families and has a living room, 3 rooms, one livestock room, a washroom, toilet and a kitchen,” Rutaganda said.
Minister for local government, Francis Kaboneka presided over the ceremony, along with the Governor of the Western Province, Ildephonse Munyentwari and the CEO of CIMERWA Bheki Mthembu, among other district officials.
Minister Kaboneka commended CIMERWA for the good cooperation with government institutions and the commitment to safeguard safety of the community living close to its operations. He requested owners of the houses to preserve them, as they work hard to improve their social welfare.
CIMERWA is 51 per cent owned by PPC Ltd, Southern Africa’s largest cement producer.
PPC Ltd has been in the cement business for more than 100 years and is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
It is currently engaged in education, entrepreneurship, clean water supply and construction projects to improve community welfare.