By Chancy Namadzunda:
One of the country’s chain stores Sana Cash n Carry franchise has clocked 19 years since its first stop was opened in Malawi.
Speaking during the celebrations marking the 19 years, Sana Cash n Carry Manager Kaleb Zikabuma described the 19 years of Sana’s existence in the country as successful.
According to Zikabuma despite the challenges in the business environment the company has grown from one shop in 2001 to many others in almost all the cities of the country.
“We started with a small shop in Lilongwe. But we have registered tremendous growth over the years. As we speak today we have eight shops in Lilongwe and another eight in Blantyre. We have just opened a shop in Area 47 and Balaka in the southern region,” Recalled Zikabuma.
He added that the opening of new shops has also accorded people new jobs.
“To show our support to the government’s agenda of creating one million jobs, we have created jobs for people in various departments through the new shops we have opened.” said Zakubuma disclosing that the franchise has over 1500 employees
He further announced that as part of the celebrations, the company awarded outstanding employees in several categories for their hard work and dedication to work.
The pinnacle of the awards is the housing scheme which has seen the company constructing a house every year for an employee who has served the company for more than ten years every year.
The 2020 housing scheme award went to two people.
One of the housing scheme awardees Oscar Kaunda who works in the accounts department described the award as life changing retirement gift considering his age.
“This is a great day for me to be chosen to receive this award of a house. Considering that I am aging this will remain a memorable gift the company has given me. I am very grateful and this has encouraged me to serve the company with more dedication and hard work than ever before. It is my hope that this will also encourage my colleagues to work hard.” Kaunda said.
Other outstanding employees received blankets mattresses and bicycles.
The company also announced several incentives like bonuses to motivate the workers.