Coca-Cola Beverages Africa partners with NGOs to support communities in Ethiopia, South Africa

ETHIOPIA – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa-Ethiopia, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Drop of Water, to provide access to clean water to more than 17,000 households.

The initiative with a market investment of Birr 3 million will be undertaken through CCBA-Ethiopia’s unit, East Africa Bottling SC, in partnership with the benefiting community and local government.

To be undertaken in the community of Bahirdar Zuria Woreda in the Mi’erab Gojam zone, the project will construct a reservoir and pipeline from a rehabilitated borehole.

Also, it will undertake the installation of a submersible pump to create a safe water supply for 3 000 households, along with health centres, schools and religious institutions.

“A total of 17 000 community members will benefit, with positive impacts on health and development.

“Access to a safe water supply and better sanitation facilities lowers the risk of disease and the dignity, privacy and safety of communities, especially vulnerable women and children, is ensured,” indicated Coca-Cola Beverages Africa on a LinkedIn post.

“As a business with our manufacturing operation located nearby, that has in recent years supported a number of activities and programmes within the community, we decided to become a key sponsor of this project because we wanted to make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of the community.”

CCBSA’s Nathalie Hendricks

Meanwhile, the soft beverage manufacturer has built a world-class multi-million-rand youth development centre, aimed to radically transform the lives of hundreds of children living in Malusi, an informal settlement located in Pretoria West popularly known Gomorrah.

The centre was built by CCBA in partnership with non-profit organisations to the tune of R2 million.

“As a business with our manufacturing operation located nearby, that has in recent years supported a number of activities and programmes within the community, we decided to become a key sponsor of this project because we wanted to make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of the community” said CCBSA’s Nathalie Hendricks.

“We recognise that by investing in the development of young people and granting them access to a safe learning environment, they would be able to transform their future prospects and at the same time provide the community a facility they can all be proud of,” Hendricks said. 

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Moving upwards to West Africa, Coca-Cola Hellenic has introduced two new variants of the Schweppes drink in Nigeria.

The two new exciting entrants are Schweppes Zobo and Schweppes Ginger to be distributed by its bottling partner, Nigerian Bottling Company.

“With these new products, we are creating value for our customers, delighting Nigerian consumers, and extending our unique 24/7 portfolio even further,” stated Coca-Cola HBC.

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