Cost of Production Pushing Prices of Cement Upwards – Shayona
A Cement manufacturing company Shayona Cement has attributed the recent sharp rise of cement in the country to current persistent power blackouts that have forced them to be relying on fuel to operate their machines.
Administration Manager of the Company, Spencer M'baka says they buy more than 15,000 liters of diesel per day which produces at least 2,000 metric tons of the product saying this is costly.
``You already know the electricity problems the country is facing. But, the good thing is that we have been in talks with the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), and government to give us extra megawatts and the promises sound promising,” said M’baka.
He added that in the meantime, the company is in agreement with NOCMA which is selling diesel so that production of cement does not stop.
Explained M’baka: "Construction is everyday business. People are building and we just need to supply them with cement.”
The Prices of locally made cement have been rapidly rising on the market with some people in the building sector opting for imported cement which is far much affordable.
This was disclosed on the sidelines of the commissioning of Chibwaka police Road Block in Mzuzu which they have constructed to the tune of K12 million. Law enforcement says the checkpoint will greatly help to reduce some criminal activities in the city.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in the north, Patrick Teleka said the roadblock is crucial in checking illegal immigration which is rampant in the region being the entry point into the country.
Noted Teleka: `` This roadblock will among other things play an important role in combat crime in the region like people entering into the country without documents.
Chibwaka Police roadblock which borders Mzuzu and Mzimba along the M1 was initiated in 2021 after abolishing the Lusangazi checkpoint in the northern region city.