Mota-Engil, the firm constructing the Nacala Railway Corridor, has drilled four boreholes and replaced 11 others in communities around its Mkwinda Campsite in Neno and near the railway work fronts.
Mota-Engil environment and local communities manager Susan Namangale told journalists during a recent media tour that the boreholes were yet to be officially handed over to the communities but are already in use.
Namangale said the replacement was for boreholes which were removed due to the railway works whereas the four were drilled as part of Mota-Engil’s corporate social responsibility to help communities with clean water.
“A total of 15 boreholes have been drilled along the work areas. For example, boreholes were drilled around the camp site in Mkwinda and Nkundika villages in Neno, Gadama and Gaga villages in Chikhwawa and Kamowatimwa Village in Balaka,” she said.
Namangale said apart from the boreholes, Mota-Engil supports Mwanza District Hospital with a monthly diesel supply of 100 litres for running its power supply generators to keep the hospital functional during blackouts.
She said the company has so far supplied over 600 litres of diesel to Lisungwi Community Hospital.
As part of its environmental protection and management project, Namangale said Mota-Engil has been supplying fruit and natural tree seedlings and working tools to Neno and Mwanza through the district forestry offices.
“We have so far empowered five villages in Neno with 2 000 seedlings. In Mwanza, one village has been empowered but we are targeting four. The seedlings are for various fruits such as oranges, tangerines and mangoes,” she said.