CHIREDZI – The sugar-producing company, Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe (THZ) last week handed over a US$36 000 12-roomed office block at Chiredzi Police station which was built as part of it corporate social responsibility. Tongaat which is probably the biggest employer in the country outside government partnered the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) through its Public Private Partnership and constructed an office block to decongest the wooden cabins that were being used as offices where over 68 police officers were squashing.
Speaking at the handover ceremony on Thursday last week, Tongaat Corporate Affairs Executive, Dr Dahlia Garwe said the construction of the office block is part of Tongaat’s goals to achieve sustainable development and empowering communities.
“Tongaat operations are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9 on investment in infrastructure as it is crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowerment of communities.”said Garwe.
Garwe went on to say ZRP provided labour and project supervision while Tongaat provided materials for the block.
Assistant Commissioner Responsible for Administration in Masvingo Province, Shelton Dube who was the guest of honour hailed Tongaat for its kind gesture and said that ZRP often fail to carry out their duties due to lack of resources. Dube also said that lack of resources to combat crime has led to an upsurge in the number of crimes being committed with crime in Chiredzi increasing by 11% from 1 January to 31 October this year compared to the same period last year.
“We are so grateful to the kind gesture. This will decongest crowded offices. There is an increase in murder cases, stock theft, armed robbery and unlawful entry cases and the district has recorded a total of 3889 cases between January and October,” said Dube.
Obert Ngwenya Ward 2 councillor under which the police station falls donated 42 inch television. This is not the first time that the ZRP has received a helping hand from the community, last year the business community pulled resources to repair a police car