Mines work jointly for local community
By NATION REPORTER KAGEM Mining Limited and Gemcanton Investment Holdings should work jointly in upgrading the road leading to the emerald mining area in Lufwanyama, Emerald and Semi-precious Minerals Association of Zambia (ESMAZ) President Victor Kalesha has suggested.
Mr Kalesha said both firms are involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in Lufwanyama but that they were doing so separately.
He said it would be more effective if the two giant firms worked jointly on the road leading to the mining area from the turn off in Chief Nkana’s area.
“The situation is such that Gemcanton will be working on this road at a particular time while Kagem will also start rehabilitation at a different time. They should work together and engage the Road Development Agency for specifications and advice,” he said.
He however pointed out that his association was satisfied with the CSR programmes being undertaken by the two mining companies in Lufwanyama.
He cited the construction of a school and a clinic in Chief Nkana’s area by Kagem as one such project done under the CSR programme.
Mr Kalesha said there were four emerald mining firms owned by the Chinese which also needed to join in efforts to improve the welfare of the community in Lufwanyama.
“We’ve engaged four Chinese mining companies about the need to get involved in community projects, but they have indicated that they are not producing,” he said.