As part of Satemwa's social responsibility program, we provide a number of welfare services, which are available to both staff and their immediate dependants.
The Satemwa Clinic is under the able hands of Mr. Phiri (Clinical Officer) and continues to provide professional medical services to all employees, and their immediate families and to all students at the Satemwa Primary School. There is a 3 bed antenatal facility and an under 5 clinic on Mondays that is provided in partnership with Government and is accessible to all the communities on and around Satemwa. A 24hour ambulance service funded by the company takes any referrals to hospitals within the district of Thyolo.
Satemwa is supporting the national drive by government to support community policing programs. The security department of Satemwa assists the local community policing network on a day to day basis with resources such as transport and communications in order to help maintain law and order within the Satemwa catchment area. Our Security Officer is also a key member of the District Community Policing Committee.
Satemwa supports divisional sporting activities which give workers a breather after a week's hard work in the fields. Divisions play competitive soccer with other divisions and estates.
The Satemwa Primary School seats +/- 900 pupils. Education is provided in partnership with government who provide the teachers, learning materials and curriculum, whilst Satemwa provides land, buildings and other structural needs such as teachers housing. This year, Satemwa sent 19 pupils to various secondary schools. The school also recently benefited from tea Charity tea Fund which saw construction of a new school black last year.
Environment is one of the issues that top the agenda of our CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) program and deforestation has long reached crisis point in Southern Malawi. Other than regular tree planting on Satemwa, we have a program aimed at training workers and members of the community on the use of stoves that use less firewood. The technology was originally developed by a GTZ funded project called PROBEC who have trained our builders in how to construct fuel efficient water heaters, estate catering size stoves and small domestic stoves. All the estate kitchen stoves have been converted and the next phase of the project will see the introduction of these stoves into all workers housing. A pilot stove has been put into a supervisors house with good results - Mrs. Chiwaya is thrilled with the stove, saying it reduces the time she has to spend collecting firewood and also reduces her cooking time due to the heat the stove generates.