Mr Sanjay Awasthi, the chairman of Tembo Steels explains to the Cabinet team, which comprised the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Ministers of State: Mr Jacob Oboth-Oboth (Defense), and Mr Amos Lugoloobi (Planning), among others
The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Mineral Development of the Republic of Uganda has commended Tembo Steels (U) Ltd, Africa’s most varied & Integrated Steel Plant for playing a leading role in environmental conservation and improvement of Employees Welfare.
The Cabinet team, which comprised the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Ministers of State: Mr Jacob Oboth-Oboth (Defense), and Mr Amos Lugoloobi (Planning), among others was touring eastern region to assess the status of mineral development in the country.
‘’We are impressed by the fact that the area remains green .The area is dealing in breaking rocks and adding value but at the same time you come here and you’re enjoying the very cold and natural breeze. It is unusual that some manufacturers don’t care about this. I encourage all manufacturers to take the matter of environment as part and partial of their policy and I congratulate Tembo for this’’, noted Nankabirwa.
Tembo Steels Ltd has over years remained the leading steel firm in environmental conservation with its Environment Policy aiming to be the most efficient and reliable steel producer and carry out its business operations with utmost regard for safety of the environment.
Tembo has always committed to protect and improve the environment and abide by the laws and regulations concerning the same and it guaranteed to work towards environment protection, prevention of environmental pollution and environment improvement around our business units, adopt sound environment management practices to achieve sustainable growth, Implement systems to deal with environmental issues, thereby ensuring compliance and reporting, Evaluating effectiveness of system through regular audits and management reviews and Continual improvement in their environmental performance.
On the issues of employees, the committee congratulated the company’s labour policies which have created better working conditions for workers at the two plants; Iganga and Lugazi in Buikwe.
Addressing the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Mineral Development that visited the facilities, Mr Sanjay Awasthi, the chairman of Tembo Steels said the firm is committed to remaining the leading value addition company in the steel sector and also emphasized that their policies have promoted BUBU.
The visiting team toured the extra-large plant’s facilities, including the Furnace (S.M.S), Billet Yard, Rolling Mill/ Cooling Bed, Block Mills, State of the Art Laboratories, Wire Drawing Unit, Nail Plant, Wire Mesh Units, Gas Plant among others.
The Cabinet’s mission is to establish the status of the country’s ongoing initiatives to add value to Uganda’s products before export, in line with the presidential ban on the export of unprocessed minerals from Uganda, where Tembo was hailed for being the number one company value addition and heeding to the President’s call.
Uganda is one of the few African countries rich in mineral resource deposits, including Gold, Uranium, Iron ore, Limestone, Marble, Copper, Cobalt, Phosphate, and Lithium. Additional exploration projects for gold reserves with promising results continue in the Buhweju, Mubende, Namayingo, Karamoja, Kisoro, and Zombo districts.
Cabinet Sub-Committee on Minerals comprises the Ministries of Energy and Mineral Development, Trade and Industry; Science and Technology, Defence and Veterans Affairs; Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Uganda’s steel production (for both domestic and export markets) currently stands at an estimated 585,000 tonnes per annum, that is, 35 percent of installed capacity. Of these, 210,000 tonnes is liquid steel production, which is mainly produced through scrap smelting in the induction furnaces.
Uganda confirmed iron ore deposits of over 500 million tonnes. These include Hematite iron ore found in Muko in Kabale and Kisoro districts of southwestern Uganda, and magnetite iron ore in Sukulu and Bukusu in Tororo District in eastern Uganda.
Uganda spends over $360 million annually on the importation of steel, with at least 70 per cent on importation of coils and billets products. Some 30 per cent is spent on finished iron and steel products, the firm said.
Pictorial of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Mineral Development of the Republic of Uganda during a guided tour at Tembo Steels (U) Ltd,