Noranda recognised for contribution to development
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
FOR YEARS, the media have highlighted Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners' (NJBP) contribution towards the development of the society in several areas, including education, sports, agriculture, and community development.
Recently, the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation ensured that the tables were turned, for once, when it honoured Noranda, which is under the expert guidance of President Pansy Johnson, for its contribution.
Noranda, as a single entity, has contributed to the development of St Ann over the years.
This includes a $15-million annual investment in community education, a greenhouse project that has led to the construction of some 60 greenhouses in its mining area since 2010, annual work experience programme for tertiary students, a community-outreach programme which includes health assistance, sports development, and contributions of water to schools, health facilities and communities in need.
Its contribution in sports includes annual summer camps for children in the areas of cricket, football and netball, and its continuing sponsorship of cricket, netball, and football competitions in the parish.
Pleased with award
Regarding its core function of bauxite production, the foundation noted that Noranda pumps some US$80 million into the national economy each year and employs 500 workers directly and 300 indirectly.
Johnson, Jamaica's first female president of a bauxite company who took up the post in 2009, said she was pleased to accept it on behalf of the employees. She described the award as "a credit to the community-engagement practices managed through employee involvement with local community residents".