‘GIVING BACK’

NMS Infrastructure, lead contractor on this Ministry of Health ‘Built To Care’ programme, understands the overarching aim of socio-economic development and is committed to carrying out its work on this project with this in mind. In addition to conducting an ethical business policy, sourcing materials, expertise and staff locally where possible, respecting local sensitivities and needs through engagement and inclusivity, NMSI is committed to supporting the development of the countries and communities in which they work.

‘KEY FOCUS’

The key focus around all CSR programs undertaken by NMS Infrastructure will be Health, Welfare, Education and Youth Sport.  Underpinning, but not exclusive, is a child focus.

 

The 4 key fundamentals that are considered when in the decision making process for CSR activities are:

PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

CSR projects should be sustainable and provide a long term benefit.

EFFECTIVE RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Any investment needs to demonstrate a real benefit.  Being in Partnership requires benefit to both parties but the end user has the biggest benefit.

BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY

Any CSR activity considered is right for the community and leads to a real improvement, whether on Health, Welfare or Education.

SUPPORTS COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Any activity promotes and supports the objectives trying to be achieved in Zambia.

News

NMSI Sponsor KDS Rugby Event

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NMS Infrastructure sponsored the Kondwani Dimitry Sakala Youth Rugby Tournament that was held in Lusaka on 24th April 2021 as part of its CSR programme, honoring the life of the late Kondwani Dimitry Sakala.

The KDS tournament brings together youth rugby teams from across the Lusaka region, many of which come from a low standard of living and do not have the funds or access to basic services. This tournament thereby provides a platform for local youths to showcase their talents to rugby union leaders, improving the lives of the less privileged youth within the local community. It also serves to provide the opportunity for young Zambians to play rugby, who would not otherwise have access to equipment or facilities.

The promotion of health and wellbeing within the local community is of paramount significance to NMS Infrastructure. ‘We are grateful to the Zambian government for allowing us to build a lot of hospitals across the nation’, stated NMS Business Development Manager, Alistair Johnston, ‘it fits in well with our agenda which is health for the nation because it contributes to the development of the nation.’ NMS is passionate to continue to promote health and welfare within the country and viewed the sponsoring of the KDS Tournament as a fantastic way to give back to the local community.

The Lions Rugby Club hosted seven different teams from across Lusaka, with a total of 145 male and female players present between the ages of 11-16, helping to promote rugby in Zambia. Thirteen games were played in total, with the Rhinos Rugby Club emerging victorious to win a K1000 cash prize.

The event was attended by the Sakala family and friends, Lusaka Rugby Club members, Rugby Union members, press officials and NMS employees. NMS’s sponsorship helped with vital tournament preparations, as well as towards the provision of refreshments, music, and entertainment.

Lions Rugby Club official, Akim Kabemba, stated, ‘this tournament has been hugely beneficial to both the club and the community, bringing both male and female children together to showcase their talents in the game. We would like to thank NMSI for their sponsorship as it has really helped us as a club to put this tournament together as a great success.’

Meanwhile, Kondwani Dimitry Sakala’s father, Mr. Arundel Sakala, was also in attendance to honor his son’s life, stating, ‘I am really grateful and thankful for the sponsorship rendered by NMSI in sponsoring this colorful tournament and I know my son is the happiest where he is. God bless NMSI.’

 

 

NMS Sponsored Clean-Up Leads to Royal Palace Visit

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NMS Infrastructure joined with The Bright Future Project (TBFP) in Zambia to sponsor a community-led Clean-Up Day in Chongwe on Saturday 13th March.

NMSI provided a contribution under its Built to Care CSR programme for the purchase of roofing sheets, gravel, heavy duty gloves, bin liners, trees and plants, for a team of community volunteers to undertake litter picking within the local province. The community team also planted an array of trees and plants to improve the area in which NMSI staff live and operate. As part of their mandate, TBFP participate in at least two community clean-ups each month.

In recognition of the success of the project, TBFP was invited by Chiefteness Nkomesha and Princess Nkomesha of Chongwe to visit The Royal Palace on Tuesday 16th March. The Royal Establishment of Chongwe expressed their gratitude to NMSI for supporting the community with environmental issues, assisting with the fight against climate change, and thanked NMSI for their sponsorship for the project.

TBFP’s agenda focuses on sustainable development through the creation of a circular economy and green practices. Ngozika Victoria Onyekwelu, founder of TBFP, strategized with The Royal Establishment of Chongwe on the issue of mass deforestation in Chongwe. The forest opposite the Chongwe Mini Hospital site, built as part of NMSI’s ‘Built to Care’ programme, has shrunk from 7,000 to 650 hectares and so TBFP has been tasked with suggesting alternative sources of income generation for communities that rely on charcoal burning for their livelihoods.

 

Bauleni Footbridges Completed

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The two footbridges which NMSI and Suscon jointly worked on for the Bauleni community to provide safe pedestrian traffic whilst trying to help prevent infant mortality when crossing the deep culvert are now fully complete. 

Given the current restrictions on public gatherings in Zambia, a formal opening ceremony has had to be postponed however we aim to complete a formal handover once restrictions have been removed and public assemblies are permitted once again.  It is hoped that these bridges will be a great addition for those who live in this community.

Corporate Social Responsibility – Bauleni Footbridges

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Both CSR footbridges across the deep drainage culvert in central Bauleni have now been installed and are actively in use. A formal handover of the footbridges to the Bauleni Community will be conducted later in the month after preparations have been agreed and commemorative plaques prepared and fixed to each structure. In the meantime, the communities are making the most of the new bridges and the children are enjoying the joys of safe crossings!

 

Corporate Social Responsibility – Bauleni Footbridges

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NMSI are jointly contributing with Suscon to the design, fabrication and installation of two footbridges across a wide, deep and dangerous drainage culvert in Central Bauleni, which has tragically claimed the lives of several toddlers in recent months.

The central Bauleni footbridges site was visited to measure the various levels on either side of the embankments to mark the best location for the foundations of the two bridges. During the first week of construction, the workers dug the foundations and the civil contractor cast a 50mm layer of concrete at the bottom of each foundation. Following this, rebars were placed and concrete was cast ready, so the fabrication of the structural steel pieces could begin. The footbridges were constructed off-site and when completed, were transported by lorry to the Bauleni site where they awaited the installation process.