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Stakeholder dialogue in Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam is facing long-term water shortages, exacerbated by problems with the distribution network. Water quality can be poor with high levels of groundwater salinity.

In March 2008, Tanzania Breweries Ltd brought together a range of stakeholders to discuss the short-, medium- and long-term water challenges facing the city. The output from the day was a statement of priorities detailing actions that should be taken to secure and enhance water resources in the area. This will now be used as a basis for further dialogue with government and donor agencies.

Save Water - Save Lives

Man standing looking over reservoir

In a water-stressed country like Botswana, water efficiency and mapping key activities are essential in ensuring the long-term viability of our operations.

Kgalagadi Breweries has considered a number of alternatives to municipal supplies of water. However, groundwater levels are too low for a borehole to be viable and the small size of the brewery means it is not feasible to harvest rainwater.

The focus, therefore, has been on adapting manufacturing processes to reduce water consumption – for example, recovering water from a pasteuriser for secondary operations like cleaning floors and quenching coal ash. The business is also educating employees on the importance of water conservation through its ‘Save Water – Save Lives’ campaign.

Meanwhile, it continues to work closely with the government, the water provider and other stakeholders to understand more about the sources, quality and supply of the operation’s water.

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Water in Botswana


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Fighting litter in Zambia

Advertising poster about respect for the environment

Litter has become a common problem in many communities in Zambia, a situation compounded by the inability of most local authorities to collect and manage it.

In June 2007, the Zambian president, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, launched a ‘Keep Zambia Clean’ campaign, calling on all citizens and businesses to find ways of curbing the problem.

National Breweries supplies over five million one-way traditional beer cartons every month. These are often thrown into the streets once the beer has been consumed.

National Breweries and its packaging supplier, Nampak Zambia Ltd, have sponsored anti-litter campaigns in the three major cities of Zambia, raising awareness in local communities and encouraging the proper disposal of waste packaging. Programmes have included using local theatre groups to take the message onto the streets and have so far reached over 11,000 people.

The challenge of sustainable smallholder models

Sorghum growing in Uganda

Eagle Extra Lager has long been a SABMiller success story and a source of company pride. It is the result of extensive collaboration between Nile Breweries Ltd and the Government of Uganda to develop a high-quality clear beer, affordable to lower income consumers and made from home-grown raw materials.

Eagle Extra Lager is an award-winning and top-selling brand that offered, at its peak, direct financial benefits to over 8,000 farming families. However, this has not been without its challenges. It can be difficult to match harvest yields with the brewery’s requirements – a problem exacerbated currently by an increase in excise duty, which has led to a fall in sales.

During 2007/08 we collaborated with farmers, our seed supplier and the government to come up with a sustainable solution to this issue and to establish mechanisms to help manage the relationships.

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This films shows how SABMiller is encouraging enterprise development in its value chains in Uganda through working with smallholder sorghum farmers


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Fighting malaria in Uganda

In September 2007, the eastern and northern regions of Uganda suffered severe floods. In response, Nile Breweries Limited donated 1,500 treated mosquito nets to the Red Cross to be distributed to children who had been displaced from their homes.

Floods and water logging provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes and increase the risk of malaria, to which children are particularly susceptible. The donated nets are impregnated with repellent and are large enough to shelter up to four children. The donation enabled the Red Cross to deliver the necessary aid to those in most urgent need and so protect children against this killer disease.

Supporting local communities in Lesotho

Over 1,500 residents in a village at Ha Thetsane industrial area, Maseru, Lesotho now no longer have to wait four hours to draw water, thanks to the Lesotho Brewing Company.

In 2007 the company donated funds to the Water and Sewerage Authority of Lesotho to erect seven communal standpipes and so provide access to clean, potable water. As well as ensuring cheap and ample supplies, the new standpipes avoid the need to draw water from puddles, streams and springs as the villagers previously had to do with all the associated risks of water-borne diseases.

Other projects by which the company has returned part of its profits to the community included donations for trees to the Ministry of Forestry, the provision of furniture to seven primary schools and the building of a dam in the village of Ha Makhate.

Tackling malaria in Tanzania

A group of young children smiling

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Tanzania, particularly among children under five. In a population of about 34 million, there are over 16 million cases a year. Malaria kills one Tanzanian every five minutes and 80,000 children under five each year.

At Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), malaria is the most frequently reported illness among employees and their spouses at company clinics. It’s also the highest cause of absenteeism. Realising that prevention is better than cure, the company decided in 2005 to give each employee a pair of insecticide-treated bed nets – these having been shown to halve the risk of catching malaria. Just a week later, the number of reported cases had fallen considerably.

As part of its community outreach, TBL then decided to provide free treated nets to hospitals in the malaria-prone north west region of Tanzania. Over a thousand nets have now been donated to Bugando, Shinyanga and Sekou Toure hospitals.

Breaking down barriers

Staff at our on-site clinic in Botswana

Botswana suffers an extraordinarily high HIV prevalence rate, yet a major obstacle to combating the disease is the prejudice and stigma that means that individuals are reluctant to admit publicly that they are infected.

When Leso, an employee in Botswana, discovered he was HIV-positive, he made the brave decision to tell his colleagues. His story has now been made into a series of presentations. The aim is not only to raise HIV awareness and encourage people to go for testing, but to ensure greater acceptance and empathy towards those living with HIV and Aids.

Leso’s story proves that HIV is not a bar to living a full, active life and shows that, with testing and treatment, HIV is manageable rather than a death sentence. Since Leso declared his status, over 90% of people in his workplace have volunteered to be tested.

Supporting World Aids Day

Millions of people around the globe marked the 20th World Aids Day in December 2007. As part of its contribution, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) joined forces with Imani Center for Policy and Education to host a community awareness event in the town of Adabraka.

A packed crowd listened as speakers stressed the need to avoid shunning those with HIV/Aids and addressed the prevention of HIV and hepatitis B. Personnel from the local hospital offered counselling and testing while medical students from the University of Ghana screened volunteers for hepatitis B and checked body mass, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. With drummers providing entertainment, ABL staff handed out T-shirts and drinks and the event was widely covered by local and national media.

Also marking World AIDS Day 2007, Nile Breweries in Uganda continued its well-established HIV/Aids programme by conducting voluntary counselling and testing among employees, contractors and the neighbouring community.

Encouraging employees to know their status in Mozambique

Against a background of rising HIV/Aids rates in Mozambique, Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM) introduced an HIV policy in 2005 to protect employees and reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by HIV-infected people in the workplace. It also launched the first phase of its ‘Know Your Status’ campaign, aimed at encouraging employees to find out their HIV status.

Two years on, in October 2007, the second phase of ‘Know Your Status’ kicked off. Over 100 employees and family members are currently benefiting from CDM’s treatment programme, which is considered to be one of the best in Mozambique. In addition, volunteers from CDM’s workforce act as peer educators to spread information about the pandemic and encourage participants in the company-sponsored antiretroviral programme to adhere to the treatment.

Transforming our business in Botswana

SABMiller factory employee

Changes to the country’s economy meant Kgalagadi Breweries was faced with falling sales, falling profitability and falling morale. In 2007, the business embarked on a transformation plan, a key component of which has been a series of Action Learning Programmes.

Employees have worked together to understand the challenges and tackle specific issues, making recommendations to the executive team and adding to their own skills and experience in the process.

Twenty of these exercises have been undertaken and many of the recommendations are being implemented. The business has now turned things round, employee turnover is down from 18% to 10% and sales have turned from a 16% decline to a 6% growth over a two-year period.