SHOPRITE Zambia Limited will continue to work with local farmers to enable them establish strong market linkages for export of various agricultural products, thereby increase foreign exchange, say company general manager Charles Bota.
He also said Shoprite Zambia Limited would continue supplementing Government’s efforts of creating jobs for the locals and ensure that it does not exploit consumers.,
Mr Bota said this yesterday during the Shoprite 20 car draw in Lusaka. “Shoprite has been in Zambia for 20 years; this milestone could not have been reached without stakeholders who are the Zambians, the Government of Zambia, our suppliers, employees and our customers,” he said.
Mr Bota also disclosed that the company had now an average of over 100,000 customers a day buying from Shoprite, stressing that they were the ones who paid their salaries.
He said the company had grown to over 26 supermarkets and other subsidiaries that have employed over 300,000 locals and sourced 78 percent of its fruit and vegetable supplies from local farmers.
Mr Bota said in honour of Shoprite’s 20th anniversary in Zambia, the supermarket decided to give away 20 new Renault cars at a cost of K6.4 million to lucky winners from Central, Eastern, Western, Southern, Copperbelt and Luapula provinces.
“Over the last three months, we had low prices each month compared to our competitors for our customers as we have done over the last 20 years. We decided this was not enough and therefore arranged a massive “win-one of 20 cars competition,” he said.
The competition was running from 22 October to 31 December 2015.
Meanwhile, Ernst and Young representative Brian Sitamahulo assured all the customers who had entered the draw that it would be done in a transparent manner.
Mr Sitamahulo said the winners would be known on 23 January 2016.
Ernst and Young is the firm which would audit the draw.