Mines work jointly for lo­cal com­mu­nity

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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.

Mr Kale­sha

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