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PPC Barnet initiatives support local community

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PPC’s Barnet cement plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is making an impact in the local community with a number of initiatives to create opportunities for local residents and their children.

One such initiative has been PPC Barnet establish a technical training centre in the area to help fill a need for local skills development and employment. The centre focuses on teaching the engineering skills required for entry-level technical jobs in most factories. The centre provides free tuition and lunch, as well as providing a small allowance to assist the students with general upkeep.

“Through this initiative, some graduates have secured permanent employments at PPC Barnet, whilst others have started their own businesses in the local town,” said Kabira Akoob, PPC CSI Manager. “Others have found employment in manufacturing-related industries.”

PPC Barnet has also established an agri-farming project to help improve crop production and small-holding farming activities for household consumption and commercial use. “This has boosted employment and crop success rate, as well as helped us to address malnutrition in the area, specifically with families with younger children,” said Akoob.

PPC is a leading supplier of cement and building materials to southern Africa. The PPC Barnet plant is part of the companies expansion into new markets, which also includes a new plant in Ethiopia. In addition, the company has recently commissioned a new milling depot in Zimbabwe and is currently construction a new production line at its Slurry plant in South Africa.

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