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‘Davis and Shirtliff’ to Drill and Equip 100
Solar Powered Boreholes for Meru County

Coastweek--  The final quarter of the Davis and Shirtliff (D&S) year is always the busiest with this year being no exception, writes D&S chairman ALEC DAVIS.

The key event has been the Management Conference where we review the past year and plan for the next, this year’s theme being ‘Winning The Digital Era’ - most appropriate for the fast changing world we live in!

Though Davis and Shirtliff is already relatively advanced in the digital space with a sophisticated ERP system, the new D&S FLO App and a prominent on-line presence there remains much to do.

We had various internal and external inputs on the theme, though I was particularly grateful for the contribution made by the principal speaker, Dr Bitange Ndemo, one of Kenya’s digital pioneers who opened our minds to many new possibilities !

An important tradition at the Conference is the Manager of the Year Awards and I was particularly pleased to present the overall winner’s award to Ephraim Wainaina, Managing Director Davis and Shirtliff Uganda.

He is one of the Group’s longest serving staffers with over 40 years’ service and has achieved many things, particularly the creation of Davis and Shirtliff Uganda and its current success.

I also congratulate the Commended Managers, Lena Sumuni for the excellent work she has done in developing the HR function and Ken Muturi on his achievement in developing Davis and Shirtliff’s high profile on-line presence.

All awards were thoroughly deserved and I am very grateful for the winners’ contributions.

Another notable event has been a visit to Davis and Shirtliff by the Grundfos Group CEO Mads Nipper who was very supportive in his comments.

Grundfos and Davis and Shirtliff have been partners for over 50 years and we were honoured to host him. Good discussions were held on how to build on the already strong relationship and we look forward to continued growth of our mutual business.

Finally I must mention Davis and Shirtliff Kenya’s biggest ever project, the drilling and equipping of 100 solar powered boreholes for Meru County.

This is an ambitious initiative by Governor Kiraitu Murungi to bring water to the people of his County and Davis and Shirtliff is working closely with his team to complete the project in record time.

Negotiated and managed by COO Dr. MAS Waweru, the project is progressing well with a number of sites now commissioned and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when there is commitment by all parties to achieve the common good.

This project is pioneering an approach to bring water to remote communities in a sustainable way and Davis and Shirtliff is proud to be involved in it.

             

 

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