News Date : 16 November, 2023
BUAN SIGNS MOU WITH COCA COLA BEVERAGES
On 16th November 2023 Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Coca Cola beverages signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the donation of water from the water treatment plant of Coca Cola Beverages Botswana for use at BUAN. Speaking on behalf of the University, Vice Chancellor Professor Ketlhatlogile Mosepele said that the objectives of the MoU are to foster water stewardship where water is treated as a critical resource at the heart of operations and as a shared resource with various stakeholders.
Coca Cola beverages General Manager Mr David Chait stated that the water will be coming from Coca Cola’s new wastewater treatment plant which allows the company to return clean water to the environment. This paradigm shift is essential to drive long-term sustainable change and where possible, the newly constructed facilities tend to use local suppliers, including the large water tanks and the water reticulation machinery.
Another key objective mentioned by Prof. Mosepele is to assume the leadership role of convener, partners and advocate for change as the two parties recognize that water security cannot be achieved in isolation. He reiterated that the MoU focuses on accelerating actions to increase water security where both Institutions operate, at all levels.
The duo will develop localized solutions and prioritize actions where needed. These include innovative approaches to regenerative water use, prioritization of replenishment interventions, and holistic approaches to water-based health.
Mr David Chait said that the MOU signed with the university today is an example of how Coca Cola puts its water strategy into practice, replenishing water and giving it back. Adding that “Profitability is important, but so is doing business the right way by growing with a conscience”
In his concluding remarks, Prof. Mosepele said that The MOU is a testament of BUAN and Coca Cola beverages’commitment to water security and sustainability.