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Unik gives destitutes blankets

FRANCISTOWN: Five hundred Monarch residents will this winter be saved from the cold as they were given blankets by the Chinese Company, Unik Construction.

Unik gave away blankets to 500 destitutes from Monarch through the Francistown City Council. Unik Engineering has been in Botswana for 12 years and it has projects running at Gerald and Monarch.

Monarch residents gathered at the civic centre hall to receive their donations. The blankets are valued at P125,000. Managing Director for Unik, Hong Bo Wang, said that they were trying to do their part in social responsibility for the community. "We are trying to make an effort towards the development of Botswana and Batswana," he said.

"We started in Gaborone 12 years ago and we are have constructed quite a number of projects including Machaneng and Kanye Police stations, Tutume Water Supply and Mahalapye Magistrates court," he added.

"We want to show Batswana that we are part of the community and we want to show our compassion during the winter time," said Hong.

He further said that 500 might not be a large number but it was only the first constribution.

"We will continue to show love and passion to the needy families of Botswana," he stated. Francistown City Clerk, Kesentseng Kebabonye, was grateful.

"Unik is also affected by the recession but they have found ways to give to other people," she said. She said that as council they have a mandate to take care of the underprivileged and they need companies like Unik Construction to help them out. "It is a very big gesture and even though they cannot help everyone they have done more than enough," she said.

Kebabonye further revealed that the city of Francistown takes care of 1,900 complaints, 605 destitutes, 700 needy students and 400 home based care patients bringing the total number to 3,605.

(27 May 2009, Mmegi)

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